“Do you wanna see the stars before they fall?” asks lead singer James Michael during the chorus of “Stars,” the opening song on SIXX A.M.’s new — and third — album, Modern Vintage. It’s an inspiring tune that really makes one want to stop and smell the roses, as they say. It also...Read more
Category Archives: Metal
interview by Michael McCarthy Back in July of 2013, I gave a very positive review to the debut album by Starkill, Fires of Life, which was a perfect blend of the death and symphonic metal subgenres. Nightwish as performed by Dimmu Borgir, if you will. Well, those artists continue to be among the...Read more
"Before Hope Fades" is the second track to be unleashed from Starkill's upcoming album Virus of the Mind, which drops on October 14th and it's easily one of their best tracks to date, meshing everything from death metal vocals to clean vocals to orchestration to raw guitars to...
Inspired by Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses, who each released collections of unexpected cover songs, Butcher Babies bring you Uncovered, a collection of killer — and brutal — cover tunes to hold fans over until their next album of original material. Each member of the band selected one tune for the EP, which...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...Read more
Swiss band Gotthard have been around 20 years and their new album BANG! follows an impressive total of 14 albums (studio and live)… That’s a catalog as extensive as Motley Crue’s! And yet it’s the first Gotthard album I’ve ever heard, largely due to the fact that most of their material hasn’t been...Read more
Morgoth’s “God Is Evil” 7″ and digital single is their first studio recording since 1996’s “Feel Sorry For The Fanatic” and, holy fuck, was it worth the wait. From the second the song opens, they unleash a cavalcade of spiky, blood-spilling riffs, brutal drums and scathing vocals. It’s a massive onslaught of evil,...Read more
This video (click read more) is very, very NOT SAFE FOR WORK. (So much so that we had to spell it out.) It also may be triggering (extreme sex). To listen without the video, play it on Soundcloud below:Read more
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To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a fan of Godsmack. Back around the time of their debut album, I went to one of their shows because I was publishing a hair metal zine and their drummer was a guy who’d played in Lillian Axe. While I didn’t hate the show, to my...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Recently Century Media Records sent me Otherwise’s new record, Peace At All Costs. As I listened to it, loving every minute of it, I could not figure out just what genre or sub-genre of metal they were. I remember going to bed thinking I’d just call them post nu...Read more
At the time Century Media Records started promoting this new album by psychedelic black metallers Nachtmystium (meaning: Encompassing Darkness), word was that the band’s mastermind, Blake Judd, had decided to break up the band. According to Wiki, he made this decision prior to going away for drug rehabilitation, and they also quote him...Read more
ENTOMBED A.D.: BACK TO THE FRONT Thrash music has been pretty lame as of late, if you ask me. But perhaps listening to so much black metal and death metal has made thrash feel a bit too safe, too tame and too accessible. Likewise, there are far too many death metal acts out...Read more
#9. Not many bands reach that number of albums. Even the best bands seem to break up or otherwise call it quits after number five or six. Not so with Chicago’s Novembers Doom, however. They’re a wicked beast that refuses to die, thrashing away at anything that gets in their way, thus painting...Read more
Fozzy has a backstory almost as weird as Spinal Tap’s. The funny thing here, however, is that their backstory started out entirely fictional when they released their debut album nearly a decade and a half ago with the band saying they went to Japan with a record deal, destined to become huge rock...Read more