Tag: Traditional

Manilla Road – To Kill A King Review

Surviving for over 35 years and producing one of the more plentiful and consistent discographies in metal puts Wichita’s Manilla Road in an interesting position. It’s clear that principal architect (and sole founding member) Mark Shelton continues

Metalian – Midnight Rider Review

Wake up, feel like hell, get ready for work, sit in traffic, manage spreadsheets, eat a sensible lunch, rot in a meeting, rifle through department emails, trash your inbox, sit in traffic, walk the dog,

Walpyrgus – Walpyrgus Nights Review

Dear brothers and sisters, dear enemies and friends: it is okay to smile. Walpyrgus, the outstanding new(ish) project from members of Twisted Tower Dire, While Heaven Wept, and Daylight Dies that is more interested in

Astral Doors – Black Eyed Children Review

Traditionally, Astral Doors has never been my favorite of Nils Patrik Johansson’s projects, but with his abrupt departure from Civil War earlier this year, I guess it is now. Formed fifteen years ago as a

Jordablod – Upon My Cremation Pyre Review

The greatest virtue of Sweden’s Jordablod is that they sound like a band. “But wait,” you say, “aren’t the vast majority of the albums reviewed on this site created by bands?” Well yes, but sometimes

Diamonds & Rust – Exploring Metal Classics: Queensrÿche’s The Warning

I’ve always been an anachronism. I was born in 1977, and thanks to some older cousins, I got into metal in the dying days of the 1980s, mostly through records and bands already well established

Holy Martyr – Darkness Shall Prevail Review

What has two thumbs and really likes Manilla Road? (Author’s Note: This is not really me.) What has (presumably) ten thumbs and also really likes Manilla Road? Like those long-running Wichita-born brothers of the hammer,

Locust Leaves – A Subtler Kind Of Light Review

There are no two ways to put it: A Subtler Kind of Light, the debut album from Greece’s Locust Leaves, is a bizarre piece of music. However, what makes it strange is not its roots