All posts by Matthew Cooper


Yob – The Unreal Never Lived Review

Geez, for a band that spends a fair amount of time playing so slowly, YOB sure works quickly.  Beginning with their sophomore effort in 2003, not a year has gone by without another offering of mountainous modern

Minsk – Out Of A Center Which Is Neither Dead Nor Alive Review

When members of Illinois’ Minsk are asked why they chose to name their band after a city in Belarus (which should happen, oh, just about every single interview for the rest of their lives), they speak about

Flotsam and Jetsam – Dreams Of Death Review

The long-serving Flotsam and Jetsam return a little older and weathered, but steadfast in their role among the keepers of the flame. Like most, I became interested in F&J in 1987, when nearly all metal fans were ravenous for

Judas Priest – Angel Of Retribution Review

“What have you achieved? Now you’re old. Did you fulfill ambition?”–“Run of the Mill”, 1974 “The Painkiller rises again”–“Demonizer”, 2005 The wait is over. After fifteen years, Judas Priest has given the fans what they want. Few