All posts by Matthew Cooper

Razor of Occam – Homage to Martyrs Review

Occam’s Razor is a scientific principle that all things equal, the most simple explanation (theory) for something is likely to be the correct one. Razor of Occam is a black thrash act from London by way of

Grayceon – This Grand Show Review

Wow. After hearing the first two songs from the sophomore effort from Grayceon, I promptly picked my jaw up off the floor and immediately kicked myself for not heeding the universal–and I do mean universal–praise and

Subrosa – Strega Review

From the metal as hell I Hate comes the, uh, so not metal as hell second album from Salt Lake City’s SubRosa. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a distinctly arid, desert-doom quality to this album, but if I

Opeth – The Roundhouse Tapes Review

Opeth make it hard on the elitists, cynics and complainers with their first live album, the two-disc The Roundhouse Tapes. As Opeth’s commercial appeal has grown, so has the disenchanted segment of the underground that resents the band’s

Blut Aus Nord – Odinist: The Destruction of Reason By Illumination Review

French black metal behemoth Blut Aus Nord returns with Odinist: The Destruction of Reason By Illumination, an intriguing release in that since the band burst onto the larger metal stage with the phenomenal The Work Which Transforms God, they’ve been

October File – Holy Armour From the Jaws of God Review

October File are sportin’ some serious wood for Killing Joke–not that there’s any blame in that, of course. What is unusual though is that the feeling seems to be mutual. Killing Joke front(mad)man Jaz Coleman produced and adds guest vocals to October

Overkill – Immortalis Review

If anyone deserves to benefit from the current resurgence (read: commercial viability) of thrash, it’s a band like Overkill. These originators have been hard at it for two decades; not collapsing under egos and superstar expectations,

Om – Pilgrimage Review

It would have been hard to believe that the demise of doom titans Sleep would eventually pay major dividends to fans, but here we are, gifted with two of the year’s best albums, within less than a