All posts by Lone Watie

Cover art by Jeremy Hush

Valkyrie – Fear Review

Not sure what happened for the boys in Valkyrie since 2015, but it’s pretty clear that, at some point, the blue sky gave way to gray clouds. Judging by the song titles and lyrics on

Haken – Virus Review

Alright, first off: no, Virus is not the product of a cynical marketing ploy designed to exploit current world circumstances. In fact, the notion of Haken’s sixth album and sequel to 2018’s Vector germinated while

Pale Divine – Consequence Of Time Review

I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night a lot lately. All the stuff going on in the world. It’s sometimes hard to figure out what to do with myself in the sleepless

Artwork by Crux (Vaggelis Neofotistos)

Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse Review

People find solace in the strangest places. Heavy metal fans, in particular, must seem to the outsider at least a card short of a full deck when they describe the grounding and centering comfort of

Fughu – Lost Connection Review

When I reviewed Fughu’s debut album in 2009, I said of it, “On nearly every count, it can be said that Absence channels Dream Theater’s most famous (and, arguably, best) work, Images & Words.” Looking

Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped Void Review

Through 10 years of frustrating underexposure and relative obscurity, Psychotic Waltz never compromised their vision. Even in the comparatively wide open world of heavy metal, they broke boundaries and defied expectation, creating music that was

Just At The Edge Of The Light: A Psychotic Waltz Primer

Every passionate music fan has a litmus test band or artist, the one that, when mentioned, signifies the speaker’s legitimate expertise in that area. For a lot of progressive metal devotees that band is Psychotic

Leprous – Pitfalls Review

Leprous’ sixth studio album, Pitfalls, gives it all away in its first song’s opening lines: All of my stories are below Beneath the surface you cannot grow Curled and naked, I defer to shaky thoughts