Category Archives: metal

Sectile – “Sectile” EP

There are times when a review is easy to write. Usually it’s when I really love something or really hate something. For Dublin’s Sectile, it’s actually neither of those. Their self titled EP is okay for what it is. The … Continue reading

Posted in metal | Tagged | Leave a comment

Toothgrinder – “Phantom Amour”

For the longest time, I was completely unsure if I liked or hated Toothgrinder’s last album “Nocturnal Masquerade.” There were elements I liked, and others that I didn’t. The band were heavy and yes fairly technical. This certainly gave them … Continue reading

Posted in groove metal, metal, metalcore, modern metal, progressive metal | Tagged | Leave a comment

Sons of Apollo – “Psychotic Symphony”

Sons of Apollo is of course the project of ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. I will admit being VERY apprehensive of this album. I’m a huge fan of all of Sherinian’s post DT work but Portnoy’s hyperactivity … Continue reading

Posted in metal, progressive metal | Tagged | Leave a comment

Edguy – “Monuments”

Compilations are a tricky situation. A band wants to release something that not only might attract new fans but also be something that existing fans will want to buy as well. Edguy has been around quite a while now and … Continue reading

Posted in hard rock, melodic rock, metal, power metal, progressive metal | Tagged | Leave a comment

Cosmosquad – “The Morbid Tango”

I was reared on the instrumental guitar album, and it is this style that in many ways informed my initial dive into progressive rock and metal. As a musician, an active listener, and an analyst (for better or worse), there … Continue reading

Posted in experimental rock, hard rock, jazz, metal, progressive metal, progressive rock | Tagged | Leave a comment

Black Sites – “In Monochrome”

Black Sites are a Chicago band formed with the remnants of the band Trials. I reviewed that album and didn’t like it. Part of the problem was the insistence by others that the songs were well written and the music … Continue reading

Posted in hard rock, metal | Tagged | Leave a comment

Revocation – “Great is Our Sin”

I was admittedly late to the Revocation party, and it was by my own design. I would see a feature in a metal magazine, or hear friends extol the virtues of this new band that was doing really interesting and … Continue reading

Posted in death metal, extreme metal, metal, speed metal, tech death metal | Leave a comment