Category Archives: metal

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

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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

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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

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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

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Turbid North – “Eyes Alive”

Disclaimer: this record is very heavy. There are guttural vocals, blast beats, and granite crushing riffs for days. Turbid North, the Texas-by-way-of- Alaska trio, will never be mistaken for Pink Floyd (although they are very assuredly influenced by them) and … Continue reading

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Interview with Jan Christian Halfbrodt of Mob Rules

Congrats on the new album, “Tales From Beyond.” Can you tell me a bit about the underlying theme of the album and it’s tracks? It’s not a concept album, but the music feels connected. Thank you very much! It was … Continue reading

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Mob Rules – “Tales From Beyond”

Mob Rules are one of those bands that should be a lot more famous than they are. At least, that’s my take on it. The biggest issue for them is being labeled as “power metal” when that seems like a … Continue reading

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