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Fates Warning – A Pleasant Shade of Gray Expanded Review

Fates Warning’s epic A Pleasant Shade of Gray is one of those albums that from the moment I heard it all the way through, and every listen subsequently (and that is numerous,) I loved deeply and immensely. So much about it connected with me on a far deeper level than music listener or fan: it touched my soul, and very few albums have managed to do that with me.

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Denner/Shermann – Satan’s Tomb Review

When I was presented with this EP to review, I got a sense of excitement after reminiscing about the quality of work these two guitarists have covered in their career. Fans will remember them as the original guitarists of Mercyful Fate’s legendary “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” albums. Two albums that have gone on to inspire so many generations of guitarists whom are trying to keep the scene alive.

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Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction Review

I love Cattle Decapitation. From the moment I heard the name I knew I had to check them out. I was not disappointed when I did. Lucky enough I was already getting more and more into extreme metal at the time, and they are one of the best extreme metal bands out there. Combining Death and Grindcore to make their own distinct sound, they have been carving out their piece of the metal world for 19 years now.

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Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy Review

When a band records a first album that is so amazing, you wonder if that band will be able to follow it up and come even close to its greatness. Look at a band like GNR: Appetite For Destruction remains one of the greatest hard rock albums ever recorded, yet they never were able to achieve that same level of awesome.

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Armored Saint – Win Hands Down Review

Playing music can be a cruel mistress and overlook the very best and get behind the mediocre. Armored Saint are one of those bands that just didn’t get the push they needed to make sure everyone knew about them and revel in the excellent heavy metal they have put out over the last 30 years. John Bush as you know sang with Anthrax for many years and has one of those voices that would sound good singing a takeaway menu, its unmistakable whether that be with Anthrax, Armored Saint or the collaboration with Long Distance Calling, he puts his stamp on it.

Interviews

Interview with Joey Vera Bassist Motor Sister/Armored Saint/Fates Warning

Special Brooklyn, NY Show on February 12th? MOTOR SISTER is comprised of a veritable super group; a team of musicians whose collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves. Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax’s Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums.

Album Reviews

Ensiferum – One Man Army Review

During my more experimental phase of trying to further evolve and refine my tastes in various types of metal, I would occasionally struggle with certain genres, until I found that one band that would eventually convince me to dig deeper.