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Album Review: Decapitated - Blood Mantra

Most people wouldn't know it by looking at me, but half of my heritage comes from Poland. Knowing that fact, you might think that I would taken at least a passing interest in the music scene from that country, but that isn't the least bit true. Poland has not been a leading exporter of music I would want to listen to, but the fact that Decapitated comes from one of my ancestral homelands is enough to at least pique my curiosity.

Administering the Death Penalty - A Conversation With Gaz Jennings

It’s been a long career for Garry ‘Gaz’ Jennings, most famously of Cathedral.  Now he comes back to the fore with Death Penalty, joining forces with pieces from Serpentcult to make a new, groovy throwback metal experience.  Jennings lives on in testament to the axiom that it’s never too late to start a new project, bringing his unique talent for riff crafting to a new adventure.  He took some time to sit down with us and answer a few questions about what it’s like to begin again.
 
M.DREW: What’s the central theme of this album?

Album Review: In Flames - Siren Charms

If there is a band that is a better example of the dangers that come with artistic evolution in the world of metal, I don't know of them.  In Flames has, over the course of their career, inspired more venomous rage amongst their fans than anyone this side of Metallica.  After pioneering melodic death metal with their early releases, they did the natural thing and changed course as they got older.  At first they dipped their toe into the sounds of nu metal, but quickly moved on to a mix of modern rock and sinewy guitar riffs that was more befitting a band of their age.

Album Review: Red Eleven - "Round 2"

It seems appropriate to be discussing Red Eleven in the aftermath of Gene Simmons declaring rock ‘dead,’ or whatever asinine, old-man thing it was that he said.  It wasn’t so long ago that Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet spoke on these very pages about how rock certainly needed to be brought back to the fore, but that there were musicians out there who believed in real rock music, that the genre may mutate and adapt, but would ultimately survive.  It is in light of Wyndorf’s optimistic viewpoint that Red Eleven’s simply entitled “Round II” hits the airwaves.

 

Album Review: Project Arcadia - A Time Of Changes

Modern metal has become about nothing but guitars and drums pounding away, and if you're lucky there will be a vocalist who doesn't ruin things with a tortured performance. Heaviness is the only thing that matters, and singing isn't heavy, so it's often ignored. But I still believe in the power of singers, those magical voices that call to us to sing along with them, that write anthems we'll never forget, no matter how long it's been since we heard those songs.

Album Review: Shaman's Harvest - Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns

The intersection between metal, country and rock has long been a crowded one, with bands from the southern and Midwestern United States attempting to conjure up the most perfect amalgam of all three.  Shaman’s Harvest out of Missouri is another name on the list, trying again to crawl above the heap and tap into their built-in name recognition through their frequent collaborations with both the WWE and feature cinema.  As with all rock bands, Shaman’s Harvest is attempting to take over the world, this time through their fifth studio record, “Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns.” 

Album Review: Pord - Wild

Music is, in essence, the art of carefully controlling noise. In the massive spectrum of audible sounds, we have singled out the ones that are pleasing to us, and those are used as the basis for everything we choose to pour into our ears. The fact that it is still noise is forgotten, unless we are griping about a style of music we don't enjoy.

Album Review: The Haunted - "Exit Wounds"

Who's in the mood for some more metal from Sweden? How about something groovy with a good beat? You know, something you can dance to. Well, I guess it depends on the style of dancing you're in to but maybe you'd be interested in "Exit Wounds", the latest album from Swedish metal band The Haunted, a band who has been around since 1997 and a band I am hearing for the first time.

Scott Ian's "Swearing Words in Glasgow"

It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone.  For Scott Ian, that’s exactly what he’s doing, coming out from the behind the guitar, so long the sole identity of his artistic expression, and putting together a one man show describing his crazy career from the very beginning.  Ian, the formative rhythm man for Anthrax, has some experience as a television personality, but centering the attention on himself without the benefit of his primary craft is a new, and likely moderately terrifying, experience.

 

Album Review: Cannibal Corpse - "A Skeletal Domain"

Metal, as a genre, shows a great deal of fealty to the parties responsible for its creation. That fealty, undying in its virility, is often rewarded with a recurring stream of new material from the bands being revered. It is a cycle that is unique to the genre – such loyalty to artists in other contemporary genres tends to lead to great fame and fortune, where in metal it is more prone to cause underground acceptance, increased inspiration and a comfortable, if perhaps not incredibly lucrative, living.

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