All posts by Manny-O-War

Infinitely committed to the expansion of artistic horizons. Interested in hearing your grandparent's anecdotes and recipes. @mannyowar

Ironflame – Blood Red Victory Review

Like most of us, Andrew D’Cagna grew up in a quiet town bereft of Crusades, wars fought upon horseback and plagues. Thus, we were all forced to cobble together medieval weaponry made from sticks, battle

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut Review

Let’s assume that Porta Nigra means “black door,” which could potentially have a serious spooky factor. It would also mean that these Germans spend their evenings traveling by auto to the nearby cities of Frankfurt

Best Of 2019 – Manny-O-War: Tales Of Woe And Abstract Sympathy

2019 can absolutely get fucked. To be honest with you, dear reader, I’ve been dreading writing this intro. It’s hung over my head like an anvil held fast to a roof beam raised high by

The Deathtrip – Demon Solar Totem Review

[Artwork by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos] There are few bands in the history of humanity that can change crucial members and move forward seamlessly. The group becomes even more narrow when the member being spoken of

Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence Review

Anxiety has become something of a very public topic as of late (slide over to Lone Watie’s brilliant review of Leprous’ Pitfalls for a brief discussion). As mental health falls into focus and our darkest

Schammasch – Hearts Of No Light Review

[Artwork by C.S.R / SAROS Collective] As young children, humans tend to be categorized and labeled by their peers. Some of those children are labeled weird or freak or merely “other”—an outcast to spend recess

Vastum-Orificial-Purge

Vastum – Orificial Purge Review

[Artwork by Laina Terpstra (no relation to Niki Terpstra)] Death metal may forever be maligned by its detractors as simply “dumb.” In general, it’s an unfair label that reveals a shallow digging into what is

Ray Alder – What the Water Wants Review

Throughout the years (dating back to the late 80s) Ray Alder has brought endless joy to fans of progressive music in Fates Warning, Redemption, his work as a guest vocalist with Dream Theater, Mirrormaze and