Album Review: Iced Earth – “Incorruptible”

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I take no small measure of comfort in knowing that someday, when the white belts and skinny jeans have faded from memory, when the fads and fashions of the day wither away like so much blackgaze on a hot afternoon, Jon Schaffer will still be making new Iced Earth music, and said music will fiercely stick to its guns, brandishing solid, chunky heavy metal with a level of sincerity and commitment that hasn’t wavered in over 25 years.  The sound is nigh incorruptible, and it just so happens so it the title.

Incorruptible, that is…   Continue reading

Profile: Michel Regueiro of The Evil Dead

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Argentina’s The Evil Dead play an eclectic and extremely addicting mix of classic heavy metal, modern day speed metal and black n roll. The band started in 2006 and have one demo, one EP and, as of this past January, their second full length Earth Inferno was released. This album finds the band with even more beautifully executed NWOBHM harmonies and structures, a tighter grip on the speed metal resurgence and a larger focus on black metal this time out with an exceptional vocal performance that would make Jon Nodtveidt proud. All of which make for an outstanding sophomore effort that while it may remind you of the glory days in metal it is by no means a carbon copy, instead the band takes all of their influences and comes away with something that will find an audience with metal fans from all across the spectrum. We recently had the opportunity to ask Michel Regueiro (guitarist) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.

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Album Review: Midnight – “Shox of Violence”

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Midnight is back. The blackened heavy metal punk thrashers have returned with a new release care of Hells Headbangers called Shox of Violence. Shox of Violence features five new tracks and a host of live and/or unreleased tracks that includes Venom, Quiet Riot, and The Spits covers amongst others. This is a compilation and not a new full-length release. If that prompts you to think that this won’t be a fun headbanging ride then you’re sadly mistaken. Midnight knows fans are salivating for new material from the band after the release of No Mercy for Mayhem, and fan-favorite and critically acclaimed album, Satanic Royalty. Shox of Violence features some new material, and the rest of the album is as enjoyable as any you’ll find from a band’s compilation of b-sides. The truth is that Midnight is one of the best bands in the business, and they do nothing but rock, thrash and punk out twenty-five short but catchy tracks of live-take violence. Continue reading

Retrospective: Metallica

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Not sure if you heard, but a few people have an opinion on the new Metallica record. I know…crazy, right? Those guys haven’t done anything in like, 30 years! Who cares? Did you hear that new porno doom spazz release by HyphēnX1göRe?  Their last four splits and that demo are more vital than anything those old farts have done in forev— ugh! Wha! blech…ack–*gasp* thud…

(puts down bat, removes butcher’s apron and wipes hands and face with a wet-nap)

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Album Review: Quicksand Dream – “Beheading Tyrants”

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What is “Metal?”  Pick 20 metalheads and chances are you’ll get 20 different ideas. “Metal” as a category gets tossed around so much the image is fuzzy at best. But hear the words “Heavy Metal” and the image starts to crystallize: razor sharp power chords; bass and drums locked in a four to the floor frenzy as a voice rises in majesty to carry the melody to the tops of mountains, to the caves of dragons. It’s epic, it’s full of might and story and proud to thump its chest at self made mythologies. Call it traditional, call it power…call it whatever you want but make sure to count among its rank Quicksand Dream whose first album in 16 years, Beheading Tyrants, is a clarion call to the likes of early Cirith Ungol and Manilla Road, an album that revels in the majestic stomp of what Carl Jung surely would have defined as the Heavy Metal Archetype. Continue reading