All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

Happily committed to the foolish pursuit of words about sounds. Not actually a dinosaur.

Krisiun – The Great Execution Review

For no real reason other than the foolish human yearning for order and symmetry, I’ve often thought of the ‘Big Three’ of German thrash – Sodom, Destruction, and Kreator – as having a cross-hemispheric counterpart

Sanguis Imperem – In Glory We March Towards Our Doom Review

To take Sanguis Imperem as straight-up death metal is a mistake. These Californians (also active as live backing for similarly-minded noiseniks Nocturnal Blood) clearly take their inspiration from that murky, ill-defined, yet fertile territory often

White Wizzard – Flying Tigers Review

It’s a given that everything new borrows and steals from the old, and while this platitude ought to liberate us critics from the tiresome debate over authenticity versus pastiche, there’s enough of a difference between

Esoteric – Paragon Of Dissonance Review

Funeral doom is, in most appreciable ways, a niche within a niche. Forcing the listener to bear witness to a cripplingly slow march to oblivion is not, it must be said, the easiest way to

Megadeth – Thirteen Review

The narrative arc of Megadeth’s career over the past decade has been your standard, steady upward climb from a series of miscalculations and baldly embarrassing albums. With their career arguably hitting a soul-deflating nadir with

Lonely Kamel – Dust Devil Review

Norway’s Lonely Kamel is clearly on a mission to play against type, eager to prove with this, the band’s third album, that if Americans can ply the frost-bittenest of black metal from some of the

Vintage Hallows – Iced Earth

Yes, Iced Earth’s 2001 album Horror Show is probably as obvious a choice for a Halloween album as one could ever hope to find, but here’s the thing: it’s also a pretty kickass heavy metal record. Having capped

Shub Niggurath – A Deadly Call From The Stars Review

Shub Niggurath (the name’s from Lovecraft, and I shall make no other comment) is the project of longtime member of The Chasm Julio Viterbo, and despite having been active since the late 80s, A Deadly