Black Label Society Live at the Aura, 2.2.2018

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Band: Black Label Society

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Aura, Portland, Maine

Date: February 2, 2018

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Profile: Trevor De Block of Canada’s Heavy Hitters Thy Kingdom Slum

Thy Kingdom Slum
With an interesting promo sheet and heavy Clutch / Down influences, Canada’s Thy Kingdom Slum will be releasing their debut album, A History of Dissent, this week on Slum World Productions. The previously mentioned promo sheet reads like a dossier from a group of mercenaries bent on, in their own words, “reweaponizing musical frequencies to awaken the complacent and inactive dissenters.” The band’s muscular rock swagger throughout will not only appeal to a wide audience but is also more than enough to keep listeners entertained and maybe even jump start this reweaponization. Just ahead of the album’s release we spoke with mastermind Trevor De Block so head inside to see what he had to say.

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Album Review: Corrosion of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown”

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I’m conflicted with No Cross No Crown.

Not because it’s a bad or mediocre album – my conflict comes in reviewing this latest offering from Corrosion of Conformity with fresh ears and holding back the urge to compare. Both Deliverance and Wiseblood are absolute pillars in my listening habits and collection, and I’m coming to the conclusion it’s impossible to be objective when this reunion album with Pepper Keenan has been one of my most anticipated releases for so long. So, gather around while I make a complete ass out of myself. Continue reading

Profile: John T of Speedblow

Speedblow
Speedblow

Athens, Greece based heavy metal band Speedblow recently released their newest full length When Giants Walked the Earth and somewhere amongst the gruff vocals, melodic grooves and soaring lead guitar work lies a classic and extremely strong heavy metal heart. Modern metal is a crowded place to be which makes it very difficult to stand out. Where Speedblow excels is that while they are technically ‘modern day’ they have a strong foundation steeped in traditional doom, epic heavy metal and a touch of thrash all wrapped tightly in a blanket of laser precise execution. We recently had a conversation with guitarist John T. and asked him our set of Profile questions in an effort to get to know the band better. Read on to see what he had to say and make sure to check out the album streams contained within but be ready to raise your fists in the air.

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Album Review: RAM – “Rod”

Ram - Rod

I long for the day when new heavy metal can exist with a voice of its own. A voice strong enough to shed the nauseating “vintage” labels, rooting itself so deep in innovation that the world stops questioning the genre’s ability to exist in this decade. I have followed Swedish heavy metallers RAM for years in faith that the band will help eliminate this stagnation from my most beloved area of metal, and their newest release Rod is a commendable attempt. Referencing the 1980’s out of pure accessibility can be understandable, but it feels like an injustice to prioritize a mention of the state of metal thirty years ago when RAM have proven they have much to contribute in 2017. Continue reading