All posts by Dave Pirtle

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HammerFall – Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken Review

Oh, how I wish HammerFall could be new to me again! When I first heard them it was as the opening act for Death on their 1999 tour, and for a kid who grew up

Fozzy – All That Remains Review

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Fozzy is back for another round. Long gone are the days of being the long-lost heavy metal band at last freed from Japan, back to reclaim their stolen hits like

Loits – Vere Kutse Kohustab Review

Call in the sub-genre police – I think this is black metal but they might insist it’s pagan metal or some other silly sub-categorization. At any rate, the spirit of Loits is definitely in black

Devil Lee Rot – Metalizer Review

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” Thus began Franz Kafka’s story The Metamorphosis. An important line not only because it

Crowbar – Lifesblood for the Downtrodden Review

I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on Crowbar here. Fact of the matter is, the only album of theirs I’ve heard before this (in its entirety) was their previous effort, Sonic Excess

Chris Caffery – Faces Review

Not many musicians could be involved in two high-profile bands and still find time to release solo material. But, when your primary band is not nearly as active as it used to be, and on

Painmuseum – Metal For Life Review

See that thing up there? That’s the bar that’s been set incredibly high for Metal Mike Chlasciak and the debut recording from his Painmuseum outfit. First, we’ve heard about this band for years, including a

Derek Sherinian – Mythology Review

Well, well, well. All this time I thought Derek Sherinian was just a former Dream Theater keyboardist continuing to make music after his firing prior to the band recording Scenes from a Memory. Little did