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

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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”

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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

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

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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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