Album Review: Monsterworks - Universe

When I first heard Monsterworks' unique brand of 'super metal', it was one of the most staggering things I had heard in years. Their music sounded like the aural equivalent of putting pieces from different jigsaw puzzles together, and yet somehow ending up with a beautiful picture when you were done. “Album Of Man” is still one of the more interesting albums I have heard, on an intellectual level, and one that gave me hope that I may have found a band that could both surprise and please me.

Jigoku (The Sinners of Hell) (REVIEW)

“Jigoku” is both an incredible and truly bizarre film. The director of the movie, Nobuo Nakagawa, made 97 films over the course of his career, which is an ungodly large number by American standards (only two other of his films are easily available in the States, i.e. "The Ghost Story of Yotsuya" and "Snake Woman’s Curse"). If you think of a current director like Quentin Tarantino maybe making one movie every four years, many Japanese directors at the time, were making four or more movies every single year.

Album Review: Battleaxe - "Heavy Metal Sanctuary"

"Behold the rock of ages. There stands the gates of steel where destiny awaits us - heavy metal sanctuary" - Battleaxe. Metal is as much a lifestyle as it is a musical genre. Metal is a brotherhood that can't be understood by non-metal fans. Put two metalheads in a room together and they will converse for hours about the origins and evolution of the music they love. Metal is life and life is metal. That seems to be the credo of the English metal band Battleaxe.

Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: BRIAN YUZNA

Some creators are so indelibly linked to a certain franchise or film that it becomes the thing for which they are known, and the title of that film is always located in parentheses after their name. In the case of “Re-Animator,” you might think of director Stuart Gordon, actor Jeffrey Combs, or even original story author H.P. Lovecraft. However, you’d be missing the most important piece of the Herbert West franchise: writer/director/producer Brian Yuzna.

A Conversation with Frankie Palmeri of Emmure

With the crest of a new album over the not so distant horizon, Emmure seeks to rally the troops and become a force that can't be ignored. With momentum building behind them, we sat down with outspoken vocalist and songwriter Frankie Palmeri to talk music, his band and general nerdery.
M.DREW: Let’s start at the top – what’s new on this record? What can long-time Emmure fans expect from this record?
FRANKIE PALMERI: “Eternal Enemies” is a big “fuck you” to everyone who has ever doubted us or has challenged us. This is the record that not only defines our band but I think defines us as people. It's also a true and passionate record that we made for our fans. Everyone else who isn't down with Emmure can go fuck themselves.

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