All posts by Dave Pirtle

Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea Review

So things got pretty dark the last time we met. Belated thanks to everyone for their support. I’ve taken a few more hits since then, but I think I’ve finally found the answer; a lucrative

Life Of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain Review

It’s been over a decade since Life of Agony released Broken Valley. I don’t remember what the critical response was, but it didn’t matter. One of the most important bands from my youth was back,

Bill + Phil – Songs of Darkness and Despair Review

“Bill” is Bill Mosely, noted horror movie icon. Bill is no stranger to music, having previously collaborated with Buckethead on a project called Cornbugs; he also has a solo album entitled Spider Mountain. He wrote

Dave Pirtle’s Best of 2016 – Blitzing The Shark

For those of you unfamiliar with the phrase “jumping the shark”, let me summarize. It’s a phrase used to define/describe the moment in which something takes a turn for the ridiculous and essentially signaling the

Running Wild – Rapid Foray Review

Avast, ye scurvy dogs. It’s been almost two months since Running Wild released Rapid Foray to the world, and just a little bit longer since I heard it for the first time. After an initial

Temple Nightside – The Hecatomb Review

I don’t listen to a lot of death metal, or at least not that often. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just… well, I don’t know.

Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony Review

I’m not gonna lie: I feel like a fraud reviewing this album (even more so than I normally do just being here with the rest of this intrepid staff). I’m a moderate fan of Accept

Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us Review

Up until recently, I was unaware of any fuckery and douchebaggery that Nails may have engaged in during their time as a band. They were just a bunch of guys who made very angry music

Aborted – Retrogore Review

The last time we spoke, I was salivating at the prospect of Retrogore, thanks to the excruciatingly exquisite Termination Redux EP. Truth is, I already had it in hand at that time – I just

5Q5A – Hand Of Fire

In a very short time, Hand of Fire has become one of the most talked about bands in the Bay Area metal scene. Their initial demo offering, Let The Killings Begin, is comprised of three