Candlemass – King Of The Grey Islands Review

The best way I can think to summarize my feelings about King Of The Grey Islands is to compare its release with the Christmas I experienced back around 1981. It was a year when all

In This Moment – Beautiful Tragedy Review

Originally written by Harley Carlson. In the perpetual quest to become a mainstream mainstay, Century Media‘s continued signing of sub-standard acts like Agents Of Man, Blessed By A Broken Heart, and Manntis has significantly marred their underground credibility. As they’ve

The Pax Cecilia – Blessed Are the Bonds Review

Originally written by Erik Thomas. Synopsis: How this band remained unsigned after releasing (and giving away) their superb debut EP, Nouveau, truly baffles me. And now with an equally stunning, challenging and artistic, self released and

Oxbow – The Narcotic Story Review

Originally written by Ian Chainey There are those drug albums that glorify the experience of the high; experimental recordings that are meant to add something to the process of self-exploration through mind-altering substances. And then,

Serpentcult – Trident Nor Fire Review

Originally written by Jon Eardley After the shocking and disturbing events surrounding the frontman of Belgian sludgy doom troopers Thee Plague of Gentlemen in the middle part of 2006, it would have been easy for

Shining – V – Halmstad (Niklas Angaende Niklas) Review

originally written by Chris McDonald My previous experience with Sweden’s Shining is limited to friends playing them for me and hearing several of their songs through various promotional mediums, but I am well aware of the semi-legendary

Estuary – The Craft Of Contradiction Review

Originally written by Chris Chellis. Truly melodic DEATH metal is a nearly extinct species. Weak, diluted bands pollute our metal air with their limp, failed stabs at being “accessible” while still technically fitting the death

Sigh – Hangman’s Hymn Review

Originally written by Erik Thomas. Synopsis: In my recent black metal sabbatical, one of the names that kept surfacing was Japan’s apparently highly revered Sigh. So when Hangman’s Hymn, the band’s eight album, was released, I decided to

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