The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Addendum, Part I

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote anything for the column. I have been trying to take things easy in the meantime, but life has been fucking with me. Not only has it been giving me more things to be concerned about, but has led to a worsened mental state and a depressive episode to boot. Don’t worry, though – I am feeling a lot better and I am in a better place mentally. With that in mind, we can now move towards talking about the leftover albums I didn’t have time to discuss. Continue reading

Premiere: Dialith – “Libra”

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Connecticut may not be the first rock you pull for symphonic metal but Dialith hope to change that with their debut full length, Extinction Six, due out August 16 on the band’s Bandcamp page. Their 2017 EP, Through Stone, hinted at the power they harness through melodic riffs and towering vocals but Extinction Six pulls the ace out of the proverbial sleeve and offers all anyone could ask from heavy, symphonic metal. Today, we are pleased to bring you an exclusive premiere of the album’s fourth track “Libra” to whet appetites of what to expect come release day so head directly below to get your fill. Continue reading

Album Review: Dreams in Fragments – “Reflections of a Nightmare”

Dreams In Fragments - Reflections of a Nightmare

After making a hard left on symphonic and gothic metal around 2014 and going straight off the deep end, I figured the genre was as good as dead. Given the saturation of it, I became jaded and decided to stick to bands that I knew and loved. Over the years, I have seen bands come and go in this genre and while some have done things differently by changing their sound, others have been using the same tropes. When I heard of Dreams In Fragments and their latest album Reflections of a Nightmare, I was hoping for new things – a change in the beauty/beast vocal trope, new tones embedded in the music, and maybe a new approach to the genre. Every year, I am disappointed with new bands and unfortunately, this one is no exception to the rule. Continue reading

Within Temptation live at the House of Blues, 3.3.2019

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Band: Within Temptation

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: House of Blues, Boston, MA

Date: March 3, 2019

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Album Review: MaterDea – “Pyaneta”

MaterDea - Pyaneta

Over the years, symphonic metal has remained stagnant, allowing bands that have remained in the game to continue releasing albums while new, fledgling bands have to stand out by incorporating new elements in the tried-and-true method of operatic vocals and death growls. In short, it’s a battleground where bands have to prove they have staying power. Now, that doesn’t mean that bands have to add new things in order to stand out – sometimes, having the same formula in your albums is better than throwing different elements at the wall to see what sticks. In the case of MaterDea, their fifth release Pyaneta does a little bit of both, eventually changing into something more cohesive and consistent. Continue reading