November 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Dire Peril – “The Extraterrestrial Compendium”

PMAOTM november 2018 dire peril - the extraterrestrial compendium

Taking over the reins of this column has been an experience.  As I dove deeper into the ever-evolving mass that is power metal and its many offshoots, I’ve begun to tap back into those things that made me fall in love with metal when I was a kid.  The deeper narratives and mythologies, the technical prowess, all in favor to the all-mighty chorus – these were the things that shielded a troubled awkward kid growing up afraid and uncertain.  And as my life as a 45-year old man takes another sharp turn to the afraid and uncertain I’ve been leaning hard into those things that provided comfort before.  Since getting the promo for The Extraterrestrial Compendium, the debut full length from power metal super-duo Dire Peril, I’ve been struck with just how effective the album is at balancing grace and power, despite the pedigree behind.  For that and so much more it was a no-brainer it would be the November Power Metal Album of the Month.    Continue reading

Album Review: Grayceon – “IV”

Grayceon - IV

When it comes to the “progressive” label, the music that is labeled as such usually doesn’t fit what the listener’s concept of progressive is. The label is a subjective one, as sometimes, music that is considered to be progressive doesn’t fall under that label. Because of progressive metal’s tendency to feature technical complexity, lengthy instrumental passages, and various foreign influences like an uncommon instrument – in this case, the cello – the label can become broad and confusing. Thus, with Grayceon‘s IV being labeled as a progressive metal album, I decided to dive in and see whether the label actually fits. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Kaffaljidhma and Citra 7 IPA

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Kaffaljidhma’s IV and Saint Archer Brewing Company’s Citra 7 IPA.   Continue reading