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
Category Archives: Metal
Interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, I was introduced to the music of Monuments, a genre-defying band who are often mislabeled as various genres and subgenres, as you’re about to read below. Their music was like a sonic equivalent of a rich, complex roast of coffee… Sometimes I daydream about Starbucks using their Italian...Read more
If Styx and Iron Maiden had a love child, Sweden's The Dagger would be it. You can hear classic '70's rock in this as well as vintage '80's Iron Maiden. You also hear hints of Rainbow, Foreigner, Deep Purple and so many other renowned bands. ...
“They wanted to make to make it ugly and bitter,” states the press release that arrived at our office (read: E-mail) with this one. And I’ll come right out and say it: they did exactly what they set out to do. Trap Them’s backstory: Ryan McKenney (former vocalist of Backstabbers Incorporated) and Brian...Read more
War Eternal is the first album by death metal legends Arch Enemy to feature new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of the Canadian band The Agonist. Angela Gossow, who joined the band in 2000, has stepped down from the spotlight in order to focus on being the band’s manager. Meanwhile, Chris Amott has...Read more
Metal fans here in the States have long wondered whatever happened to the amazing guitarist Marty Friedman. The short version? He was fluent in Japanese and wanted to crack the Japanese market, so after he left Megadeth he moved there and started releasing solo albums there, which were hugely successful. So much so...Read more
Looking for a monstrous new metal track to brighten your day? Well, look no further. Monuments' "I, The Creator" is a sharp metal blade ready to pierce your ears wide open while it fills your head with images of dragons rising from cracks in the ground...
Unholy fucking shit, does this one rule. And I do mean rule. As in, it’s easily the year’s best metal release thus far and I doubt there will be anything as earth-shattering throughout the rest of the year. A bit pre-mature to be making such a statement? Sure. But give this one a...Read more
Back in March I reviewed Lacuna Coil's superb new album, Broken Crown Halo, but I didn't say much about this song, "I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)," for the simple reason that I'd already written so much about other songs on the album that first caught...
There are an awful lot of bands calling themselves “melodic death metal” these days, but in most cases the vocals are still raw and growled throughout their albums, only the guitars having a more melodic vibe than you’d get with your standard death metal. Not the case with Insomnium, however. On the contrary,...Read more
It seems like most rock fans gave up on Saliva when vocalist Josey Scott left the band. But I was actually kind of glad he left. While I’d loved the first couple of Saliva albums, nothing they’d done since had really grabbed me. Somehow a hair band element had crept into the band...Read more
To each, his own, they say. Meaning, of course, that each of us has our own tastes. But, occasionally, an artist comes along that almost everyone likes. Take Nirvana and Metallica, for example. Or Nine Inch Nails. There are not many naysayers...
If you follow the black metal scene at all then chances are you’re already familiar with Triptykon or are at least aware that it’s the new band fronted by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) of the late black/extreme metal bands Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. If I understand...Read more
During January of 2012, Lacuna Coil released their sixth studio album, Dark Adrenaline. The album debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and proved to be quite successful as the band toured as a headliner and also joined forces some of the greats, including Motörhead, Megadeth, Sevendust and Paradise...Read more