Album Review: RAM – “Rod”

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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

Album Review: The King Is Blind – “We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer”

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Heavy is a subjective term when it comes to metal fans and, as such, largely depends on the listener. What’s heavy to one may not be to another, and don’t even get me started on “status quo” because honestly that’s boring as hell. Regardless of where you stand on it, heavy is precisely what The King Is Blind have up their sleeve on sophomore full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and it’s not just in their rugged music but also in their continuing message of religion, death, destruction and how all this affects the world as we know it.  Continue reading

Column: The Best Era to Be A Metalhead

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I am honored to join the Nine Circles team and the superb work they’re doing covering metal. I visit their site every week in my never-ending quest for heavy, ugly, gorgeous music.  I’m hoping to add some periodic banter about the state of metal in 2017, and the journey of being a lifelong metal fan.

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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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