Album Reviews

Wicked Smile – Delirium EP Review

Wicked Smile’s Delirium EP is hopefully just a small taste of what they have ahead for them. I’m looking forward to a full release (the sooner the better.) The duo has already started generating some good words in the music world, which is a testament to the quality of the music contained here. Wicked Smile certainly has some tremendous potential, so here’s hoping they can maintain this level of awesome moving forward!

Album Reviews

Falconer – From a Dying Ember Review

just weeks before releasing the album, the band announced that they were disbanding and that this would be their final release. I had already heard this album a few times before reading that statement, however, I would be lying if I said knowing this was the last new music I’d ever hear from Falconer, didn’t cause my review process for this to be more emotional than initially expected

Interviews

Mark Menghi BPMD on New CD American Made – We Picked The Best Songs For the CD Rather Than For the Individual Player!

Last summer, I was hanging out in my backyard shortly after July 4th, listening to tunes, relaxing, and making S’mores with the kids when Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special” came on. My youngest son said, “Hey, Dad, you guys should play this song.” Initially, I thought this is not for Metal Allegiance and told him, “Son, we’re a thrash band.” As the song continued to play, I started to think if I were to play this song, what would I do? I immediately started hearing guitar parts, Hetfield-style riffing, and drum patterns. Coincidentally at the same time, Blitz and I were in the middle of one of our famous ball-busting text exchanges. I called to asked him his thoughts about covering a tune like “Saturday Night Special.” Before I even finished my thought, he said, “YES! I wanna do “Never in My Life” by Mountain, I wanna do a Cactus song called “American Made,” and that was it. Within five minutes, the seeds for BPMD were born, and the album was named. When he asked who would play drums and guitar, I said for the drums, “I know a guy.” I texted Mike Portnoy and asked him if he was down and then hit-up Phil Demmel to get his thoughts about playing guitar. We all had great chemistry within the Metal Allegiance ranks, so we all know each other as well our capabilities? In a few weeks, we all met at Mike’s house in PA to start arranging and recording.

News

The Metal Tour Of The Year Announces Massive Streaming Event

To celebrate what would have been the start of one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, showcasing four of the world’s very best metal bands, The Metal Tour Of The Year will be broadcasting a mammoth streaming event this Friday, June 12th beginning at 2pm PST/5pm EST/10pm BST/11pm CET. The stream will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin and will feature full sets from Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames along with an exclusive interview with each band prior to the broadcast of their set.

Interviews

Stephen Christian of Anchor & Braille On New CD, Tension – As Long As Someone Will Listen, I’ll Always Push Out Albums!

Anchor & Braille, the side project of Anberlin vocalist Stephen Christian, will be releasing his fourth solo CD, Tension, on May 22nd via Tooth & Nail Records. This new studio release is inherently personal and a departure from the music he has come to be known for with Anberlin. Tension explores the more pop-driven side of his songwriting and was born out of a creative time during the recent Anberlin reunion in 2019.

Album Reviews

Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut Review

While I was initially a bit worried, Curse of the Crystal Coconuts has turned out to be yet another excellent Alestorm album. At this point, fans know what to expect, as this is yet another collection of insanely goofy, wildly entertaining pirate themed tracks, with a steady balance between power, folk and symphonic metal, as well as the occasional more epic sequences. Despite a couple weaker tracks, the album is amazing overall, with some of the band’s absolute best work to date, spread out fairly evenly throughout the album. Fans of the band are sure to love this, while anyone looking for fun pirate themed metal would be highly recommended to give this a listen, as it’s every bit as good as any other Alestorm album.