Album Review: Khemmis – “Desolation”

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Denver’s Khemmis took the fast lane to acclaim on debut Absolution and quickly followed it with the ante-upper Hunted and now return with Desolation which will catapult the band into a stratosphere they’ve yet to see. And it should because it’s THAT good. Take everything that made those first two a success, split it, mix it, swirl it and make it, for lack of a better word, better and you have this album. Weird right? Not really, since in my opinion bands with any salt at all will do their best to better themselves and their craft. Khemmis are hungry and it shows time and again. Here they’ve topped themselves but more than that have truly entered the all exclusive hall of heavy metal legends and with three albums of top quality I can’t see this stopping anytime soon. Continue reading

Profile: Gisele Marie Rocha and Marcos Henrique of Heavy Metallers Eden Seed

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Eden Seed – Photo Courtesy of Vitoria Mantovani

Based out of São Paulo, Brazil and being the first heavy / thrash metal act to be recorded my a Muslim woman guitarist, Eden Seed just released their debut Age of Creation. The band seemingly don’t adhere to any set of rules as this debut is a pillar of heavy metal laced with a healthy dose of thrash and progressive elements that recalls many of metal’s most revered bands but sits comfortably in today’s landscape. Just behind this album’s release we had the chance to sit down with guitarist Gisele Marie Rocha and drummer Marcos Henrique with our set of Profile questions to get a better understanding of what they are all about. Their answers are astounding and deserve your attention so read on to see what they had to say. Don’t forget to support the band with some Bandcamp love via the embed contained within.

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Iced Earth Live at the Brighton Music Hall, 3.23.2018

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Band: Iced Earth

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Brighton Music Hall, Boston

Date: March 23, 2018

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Profile: Heavy Metallists Owl Maker

Owl Maker

Connecticut’s Owl Maker just released their heavy metal infused debut Paths Of the Slain digitally via their Bandcamp page and will be following this edition with a physical version later in the year. This debut is six tracks of hard hitting metal that recalls memories of early wave NWOBHM but also the titans of riff driven hard rock. The band features Simon Tuozzoli (Vestal Claret) and was mixed / mastered by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Power Trip). So, that should be enough firepower to make you take a listen and once you do the hooks will be set. Just behind this release we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Album Review: Judas Priest – “Firepower”

Judas Priest - Firepower

There’s a reason everyone, including the Washington Post, are getting a word in concerning Firepower, the 18th opus from Judas Priest.  Forget the fact that few bands have sustained their vitality over 40+ years like with so few missteps¹: even fewer bands can boast of the visual impact they’ve had on a genre.  For so many people Judas Priest by their very presence defined metal.  Taking their cues from the likes of peers Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and injecting a lethal dose of razor sharp riffs and that iconic scream, Priest crafted a singular sound that could encompass blues, prog, glam and straight up thrash without ever losing an iota of identity,  there’s simply nothing left to prove.  And yet Firepower proves to be the best album the band have released in over 25 years, filled with everything the band have dipped their hands into since “Rocka Rolla” graced our ears back in ’74.   Continue reading