Tag: Traditional

Quicksand Dream – Beheading Tyrants Review

Many metal enthusiasts love debating Integrity and purity and how those words relate to the truest of the true “true metal” champions. Does this band honor the roots enough, does that band adhere to the

Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder Review

One of unlimited advantages of Darkthrone is the fact that they’ve always guarded an inherent, gleaming “metalness” at their core that’s never come close to being doused. That’s something that likewise radiated within the foundation

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

Them – Sweet Hollow Review

You like King Diamond? Of course you do. International metal collective Them also likes King Diamond. They like him quite a lot. So yes, they’re named after King’s best album (feel free to debate me

Diamonds & Rust – Exploring Metal Classics: W.A.S.P. – The Headless Children

When Last Rites did it’s Most Essential Albums of the Eighties Feature, there was a fairly vigorous debate as to whether W.A.S.P.’s debut record belonged on the main list or if it should be relegated

Eternal Champion – The Armor of Ire Review

Reviews are unnecessary. We don’t really like to talk about that out in the open like this, but there you go. Any schmoe with an internet connection and an afternoon off can judge whether or

High Spirits – Motivator Review

There’s just so many things on a given day that I do not want to do. Work. Pay bills. Mow the lawn. Shower. I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that’s true for

Sumerlands – Sumerlands Review

It’s pretty astounding that after the nearly half century of heavy metal, bands are still finding ways to sound fresh without necessarily doing anything new. Actually, it’s less astounding than it is just plain fun

Altar of Oblivion – Barren Grounds Review

Doomed Thursday continues… One week ago today, it was the feel-good buzz of Beelzefuzz. The week before, the leveling debut from Wretch. And really, those are just two pieces of a greater puzzle revealing the

Diamonds And Rust – Exploring Metal Classics: Riot – Fire Down Under

This reviewing gig exposes me to a lot of new metal, for free, and that’s great. But you know what I like more than discovering new metal? I like discovering old metal. For whatever reason,