INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY – JJ
So in case you haven’t noticed, I really dig doom/stoner metal. Anyone that has read my interview with Elder knows I practically worship the ground they walk on. Just so our readers don’t think that I am that monogamous, I’ve decided to let you in on another of my crushes: Summoner. Also based out of Boston, Summoner has a bit more of a “classic rock” feel than typical doom bands. Once they started posting pics of their recording sessions on Facebook, I decided to quit being shy and just ask for an interview. Thankfully, they obliged, and this is the resulting conversation. Enjoy.
WRITTEN BY – Jason Sterner
Helloween is still kicking around after 29 years of power metal madness. I’m not a big power metal fan, and I generally overlook most releases in the subgenre except for a few choice bands. Helloween is one of those bands. Straight Out of Hell is their fourteenth studio ablum, which is pretty impressive. How does it stack up?
Written By: Saylor
Ancient VVisdom’s sophomore album improves upon their formula of rock and blues acoustic / electric death and despair in almost every way. From the first note of the opening track fittingly titled ‘The Beginning’ a feeling of sorrow and doom seep into your head and stays there until the very last note of ‘Here is the Grave’. The album cover adds to the theme and sound of the music depicting the grim reaper, scythe in hand ready to take your soul and at the same time holding the power of life in hand. The songs on Deathlike are all centered around life and death, written in a traditional ballad / ode style except for the track The Last Man On Earth that is a roots rock and blues style tune. The haunting vocals, acoustic instrumentation and percussion choices are quite unique and refreshing in today’s music climate.
REVIEWED BY – JJ
I’m just going to be blunt about this. The music scene has really sucked the past three weeks or so, and it has left me uninspired. I could write a seething review and get my jollies off issuing a 3.5 out of 11 to some shitty band, or I can break into the vault and pull out something priceless. Something timeless. Something to restore my faith in the metal scene again. So today, I am going to wade through the layers of cobwebs and dust and emerge with one of the best albums of the 1990s: Massive Killing Capacity Continue reading
CONCERT COVERAGE BY – Jason Sterner
If my experience on February 1st is any indication, this is going to be a good year for live shows. I got my ticket while only having knowledge of the headlining band, Enslaved. Knowing full well that they put on a killer live show I knew without question that I would be attending this show as soon as I saw the announcement. Well, I got my killer Enslaved performance, and became a fan of not one, not two, but THREE other bands in the process.
WRITTEN BY – JJ
Hey readers in Europe (all 7 of you)!!! You know that super awesome band Elder that I have been going on and on about since the inception of our awesome little website? Well they put on one hell of a live show (I’ve seen it for myself), and they are crossing the pond to your neck of the woods. They are even making an appearance at the world-renowned Roadburn Festival. Don’t miss the chance to see them in your neck of the woods. Catch them at one of the locations listed below:
4/10/2013 – Paris, France – Les Combustibles
4/11/2013 – Venlo, Netherlands – Perron 55
4/12/2013 – Siegen, Germany – Vortex
4/13/2013 – Luzern, Switzerland – Sedel
4/14/2013 – Milan, Italy – Blue Rose Saloon
4/16/2013 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
4/17/2013 – Dresden, Germany – Chemiefabrik
4/18/2013 – Warsaw, Poland – To Be Announced
4/19/2013 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
4/20/2013 – Roadburn, O13/Patronaat, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival
4/22/2013 – London, UK – The Black Heart
4/24/2013 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
4/25/2013 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
Of course, you can always visit their Facebook page for updates. Enjoy the shows European super friends!!!!
REVIEWED BY – JJ
Despite the fact that I am not the biggest post-metal fan in the world (I despise that genre classification, but that is a whole other article), I have been looking forward to Cult of Luna’s newly released LP “Vertikal” for quite some time now. In case our readers haven’t noticed, I am a fan of jam oriented metal. And Cult of Luna certainly qualifies for that distinction. Unfortunately, “Vertikal” left me wanting to be horizontal, as in tucked in with a pillow and blanky, because this shit was booooooring…. Continue reading