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Album Review: Dark Forest - "The Awakening"

Let’s start at the top – the first thing that attracted me to Dark Forest’s new record “The Awakening” was the cover art. I was pretty sure I had seen that cover on a ‘Magic: The Gathering’ card, definitely green, probably an enchantment. Anyway, while that’s obviously the least important aspect of Dark Forest’s new effort, it does speak to the continuing power of cover art, even during this new digital age.

Album Review: Black Sabbath - "13"

Deep breath.

This is one of things that you never think you’ll see in your life. Usually the next statement after that is some kind of unbridled joy, but the release of Black Sabbath’s “13” leaves feelings of wary confusion. Questions remain abound – What is this? Why are we here? Was this trip really necessary? This isn’t a cash grab (at least it better not be,) so why does it even exist?

Dancing in the Eldritch Dark: A Conversation with Blood Ceremony

The past five years have seen the gears of the machine behind Blood Ceremony turning with increasing velocity. Born in 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the band released a self-titled record in 2008 that was re-released in a deft move by Metal Blade Records in 2011. Credited as being one of the most original bands in all of Toronto, Blood Ceremony returns this year with their third effort, the excellent and innovative "The Eldritch Dark." Here to explain the album, how it came to be and how the band started is bassist Lucas Gadke. Oh, and he drops some wicked classic horror titles, too.
M. DREW: You have a new album out, “The Eldritch Dark” (which is excellent, by the way.) Tell me a little something about it. How do you feel about it? What was your objective in writing it?

Album Review: Blood Ceremony - "The Eldritch Dark"

During this recent revival of traditional metal, it has become commonplace that any band with blues roots and an analog mentality gets slapped with the label “sounds like Black Sabbath.” While that speaks volumes about the enormity of Black Sabbath’s legacy, it’s also an easy, marketable out for any band that rocks at less than 200 bpm.

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