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Album Review: Accept - "Blind Rage"

Longtime fans of heavy metal will surely recognize the subject of this week's review. It's a little band from Germany known as Accept. Personally, Accept holds the distinction of being the very first metal band I ever saw live. At the risk of dating myself, I saw them in support of their "Metal Heart" album when they opened for Iron Maiden at the Glens Falls Civic Center back in 1985. Their classic "Balls To The Wall" is still one of my favorites.

Album Review: New Medicine - "Breaking the Model"

New Medicine seems to be dawning at just about the perfect time. While popular music remains entrenched in the throes of an electronic revolution, a predicted comeback of industrial music has been flagging behind. Building up to that potential future though, has been an influx of rock and metal bands who generously incorporate the tents of electronic into their sound, easing us into this brave new reality of music. New Medicine toes that line even more daringly than most, tipping the scales slightly from rock to electronic with the promise of something new.

Album Review: Neal Morse - Songs From November

Progressive musicians are not known for their songwriting acumen. The nature of the music means that most of the artists who trade in it are likely to indulge their creative freedom, writing songs that are more interesting for musicians than for listeners. It is one of the main reasons why progressive music is often derided by people who haven't succumbed to its charms. There are exceptions, of course, and chief among them is Neal Morse.

Album Review: Wovenwar - Wovenwar

As the tumult surrounding As I Lay Dying unfolded, I may have been one of the only people with a tangential attachment to the metal universe who had no opinion on the matter. That's not because of the details of the situation, but merely because no matter how big the band may have been in the mainstream of metal, I had never heard a note of their music, nor had I wanted to. The type of music they represented was not what I was interested in hearing, a feeling that somehow felt morally justified, not just artistically, as the saga continued to drag on.

Album Review: Entombed A.D. - "Back To The Front"

I know what you're thinking; What's going on with that Swedish "death 'n' roll" band, Entombed? Well, it looks like after releasing 9 albums since 1990 Entombed may or may not be calling it a day. It seems the boys are having some personal issues and the Entombed name is off limits. Fortunately for us we have "Back To The Front", an album from a Swedish "death 'n' roll" band called Entombed A.D. to listen to.

Album Review: Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

One thing we rarely see in music is a band that knows when to hang it up. Virtually every band that we will ever love ends only after they have beaten the horse to death, tarnishing their good name with an extra decade of sub-par albums and tours. It's rare for anyone in a creative field to know when their talents are slipping, or to tell when the public no longer wants them around. Every musician who enjoys being on the stage has an ego complex to some degree, and with that comes a need for the spotlight, and an inability to give it up.

Album Review: John 5 - "Careful With That Axe"

By and large, anyone who has listened to a guitar album knows that there’s a certain acceptance bound into the very act of listening; that the ‘songs’ on the record will not be so much songs in the traditional sense, but rather long stretches of creative fretwork and mixing that makes something resembling a high-class tech demonstration crossed with an introspective poetry reading.

Album Review: Eluveitie - Origins

A few weeks ago, I noted that I found it interesting how extreme metal and folk music had found themselves intertwined. The combination of the two elements doesn't make a lot of sense, but yet the folk-influenced versions of extreme sounds are usually far more preferable than there more traditional colleagues. The introduction of new and unusual instruments does something that I think is of vital importance to extreme metal, something I find is sorely lacking in almost everything that falls under that umbrella; diversity.

Album Review: Ill Nino - "Till Death, La Familia"

What would a heavy metal album be without some crazy sub-genre label? Nu metal, alternative metal, metalcore, latin metal - these are just some of the genres used to describe New Jersey band Ill Nino. I'm going to use one word to describe their newest record; intense.

Ill Nino has just released their latest album titled "Till Death, La Familia". As I mentioned, their sound has been described as "Latin Metal" which intrigued me to say the least. This record is heavy on the heavy with some spectacular Latin percussion throughout.

Album Review: Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War

I've had a love/hate relationship with Fozzy, ever since they ditched the cover band gimmick and started writing their own material. With each passing album, I've seen a band that knows how to write some solid melodic rock/metal, but can't keep their focus all the way through. “All The Remains” had some great tracks, but ventured off into unnecessary rap metal. They then ventured off into unnecessary prog, and more beat-driven music, all of which brought down the solid songs that made up the majority of the records.

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