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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: MORGOTH: GOD IS EVIL

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,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: GODSMACK: 1000HP

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...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NACHTMYSTIUM: THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND (NSFW)

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...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NOVEMBERS DOOM: BLED WHITE

#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...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FOZZY: DO YOU WANNA START A WAR

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...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHRIS BARRETTO OF MONUMENTS

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...
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KILLER AUDIO: THE DAGGER – “Skygazer”


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. ...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: TRAP THEM: BLISSFUCKER

“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...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: ARCH ENEMY: WAR ETERNAL

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...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: MARTY FRIEDMAN: INFERNO

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...
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    MOUMOON: I'M SCARLET Release Date:  8/6/14 Label:  Avex Are you having a bad day? If so, moumoon's "I'm Scarlet" is just the song to elevate your spirits. Are you having a bad day? If so, moumoon's "I'm Scarlet" is just the song to elevate your spirits. And if you're having a good day, why not make it a great
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    LEO IEIRI: JUNJO Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment "Junjo" is among her most vibrant and infectious tunes to date, which is surely why it's being used as the ending theme for the new Dragonball Kai anime series. Singer/songwriter Leo Ieiri's new single, "純情," or "Junjo," finds her doing what she does
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    PAIPAI DEKAMI: レッツドリーム小学校 [Let's Dream Shogakko] Release Date:  6/25/14 Label:  MYRD But after listening to the album, all of my preconceived notions leapt out the window and crashed to the pavement, dying when their necks were all but shattered. This one really surprised me, not unlike half of the stuff I listen to in the interest of reviewing it for y
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    ZIGZO: FOREVER YOUNG Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  Japan Crown Forever Young is ZIGZO's way of celebrating their 15th anniversary. It's also a great hits compilation that's also noteworthy because it includes a re-recording of their 1999 single "Himawari." Who the hell are ZIGZO? According to Wiki, they're a Japanese rock superg
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    MOTOHIRO HATA: ひまわりの約束 [Himawari No Yakusoku] Release Date:  8/6/14 Label:  AUCL If very mellow singer/songwriter music is your thing... I know I review more female artists than male artists here. It's been that way from day one. Why? Because I like to write about what I enjoy and I was already an active fan of many of the female artists I regularly cov