All posts by Andrew Edmunds

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Seven Kingdoms – Decennium Review

Originally released on Nightmare Records back in January, Decennium proved itself worthy enough to score a re-release just a few short months later, now on power-metal “major” Napalm. In their ten-year career (hence this latest

Lock Up – Demonization Review

On paper, Lock Up looks like a killer band. And it should be, in whichever of its four incarnations (so far) that you choose. It should add up to a sum greater than its parts,

Diamonds & Rust – Exploring Metal Classics: Queensrÿche’s The Warning

I’ve always been an anachronism. I was born in 1977, and thanks to some older cousins, I got into metal in the dying days of the 1980s, mostly through records and bands already well established

Looking For An Answer – Dios Carne Review

If there’s two things I know about Spain, it’s that the rain there falls mainly on the plain, and that Spanish death metal bands have a great way with that thick, oozing, rotten sound, and

Music Over My Head – A King’s X Primer, Part 2

The first part of this two-piece primer covered King’s X’s golden era, the ten years between their debut and the loss of their major label deal. Of the six records they released during that decade,

Music Over My Head – A King’s X Primer, Part 1

Generally speaking, artists are the sum of their influences. Narrow the scope of the influences and you narrow the scope of the art, and the artist will have a harder time separating his or her

Drap – Rotten Till Allt Ont Review

Sweden’s Dråp emerged in 2013 with their first full-length, En Naturlig Död (Swedish for “a natural death”), which was written in tribute to vocalist Joachim Lyngfelt’s mother, who passed away from cancer in 2010. En

Holy Martyr – Darkness Shall Prevail Review

What has two thumbs and really likes Manilla Road? (Author’s Note: This is not really me.) What has (presumably) ten thumbs and also really likes Manilla Road? Like those long-running Wichita-born brothers of the hammer,

The Drip – The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability Review

Way back in 2014, this oddly-named group of grinders caught my attention on the strength of their EP A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, their third EP overall and their first for Relapse. That one was

Devils In The Mist – Overkill’s Groove Years

For years, on these pages and in myriad (often one-sided) conversations, I’ve opined that Overkill’s 90s and early 2000s forays into the then-modern trend of groove weren’t as embarrassingly off-base as those of most of