The Gathering – Sleepy Buildings Review

Originally written by Ian Dreilinger. Acoustic albums hardly ever wind up in middle ground; they’re usually either excellent or awful. With just about any music, be it metal or something mellower in nature, it’s very

Peccatum – Lost In Reverie Review

Originally written by Ian Dreilinger. Ihsahn is back! Back, weirder than ever, easily aeons ahead of past Peccatum releases, and, to these ears, at least as good as anything Emperor released. Peccatum is now made

Byzantine – The Fundamental Component Review

Originally written by Tim Pigeon What’s up with all these young bands going retro? The recent resurgence of metal seems to be coupled with a revival of metal bands and metal sounds of years past.

Finntroll – Nattfodd Review

Originally written by Gregory Bradley. A young goblin boy’s bar mitzvah. A polka party for a troll pirate captain. The soundtrack for two orc children ceremonially bowling human heads into a poisonous bog. All of

Mayhem – Chimera Review

Originally written by Ryan Plunkett Mayhem is a band whose career has spanned 20 years now, although you’d never know it by looking at their discography. With Chimera being only their sixth real studio release,

Clutch – Blast Tyrant Review

Originally written by Ian Dreilinger. It’s been over a decade since Clutch first made their way into the stoner rock/metal scene, and it’s been an inconsistent career, to say the least. There have been some great records

Threshold – Critical Energy Review

Jesus H Christ…Now THIS is anachrometal done right! Start with songs that, while seemingly simple, leave a lot of room for individual movement by the various players. Add a clean singer that seems to understand

In The Woods – Heart Of The Ages Review

Apparently I was fortunate enough to see In The Woods at their first, last, and only U.S. appearance at November to Dismember 2000 (the band broke up shortly after). I didn’t know who they were,

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