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Concert Review - Danzig

It seemed somehow appropriate that a crowd had gathered for a Danzig show on what Edward Bulwer-Lytton once called "a dark and stormy night." As the winds howled and raged and rain pounded upon gathered concertgoers awaiting admittance, those inside were greeted by the cloaked vestiges of Danzig's staging.

Album Review: Adelitas Way - "Home School Valedictorian"

Adelitas Way has done a lot of maturing since their very raw, emotionally melodramatic debut from 2009. While “Home School Valedictorian” maintains the genre’s penchant for self-deprecation, it’s not nearly as needlessly apologetic or adolescently bitchy as others in the vein.

Heavy Metal News Updates!

*Camp OZZY will be releasing a 30th anniversary remastered edition of "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman." The two will release on May 31st in multiple editions, and will be available on CD or vinyl. A 30th anniversary limited edition box set will also be released, featuring a coffee-table book, double-sided wall poster, replica of Ozzy's gigantic gold cross, previously unreleased studio and live tracks, and the "Thirty Years After the Blizzard" DVD.

Concert Review - Avenged Sevenfold

The show began with a hanging. The crowd cheered.

We’ll get back to that in a minute. Roughly an hour before the body was hung from the rafters and following a solid, capable performance by veterans Sevendust, Three Days Grace took to the stage. Capturing the attention of the largely teen crowd, the band rode through a complete set of their (remarkably similar) singles, the highlight being 2006’s “Pain.”

Album Review: The Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"

One of the pitfalls of reviewing the Foo Fighters is that because of their long-standing popularity and success, it is all too easy to slip into the circular logic of "it's good rock and roll because it's the Foo Fighters, and it's the Foo Fighters because it's good rock and roll."

That said, it might be hyperbole to say that "Wasting Light" is the paramount Foo Fighters release since the self-titled debut in 1995, but the new album certainly exceeds the musical accomplishments of any other FF release in the new millennium.

Concert Review - Volbeat

Back in November of 2009, I saw an up and coming band called Volbeat open for the legends known as Metallica. At the time, I confessed ignorance to the band; I knew their name, and I knew they were Danish, and that was about it.

Album Review: Winterus - "In Carbon Mysticism"

Hailing from oft-overlooked Kalamazoo, Michigan, the band originally known as The Ancient changed their name to Winterus and released this new full-length studio album, “In Carbon Mysticism.”

The album is an intriguing exploration of some of the farther corners of common territory between black and death metal. While not exactly revolutionary on either count, Winterus manages to cover a curious bit of ground through a combination of intricate layering and deceptively simple progressions.

Album Review: As We Fight/The Psyke Project - "Ebola" Split EP

Oh, the split EP. Some of you, particularly the punk fans among you, will also recognize this gimmick as a “Versus” album, where two bands split the tracks and try to bring their best guns to bear. I’ve always tried to picture a split EP like some kind of heavy metal Sharks/Jets West Side Story knife fight, but…wait, what? More contemporary reference? What the hell do kids watch these days? Fine, I’ve always tried to picture it like a “Stomp the Yard” style showdown.

Album Review: Children of Bodom - "Relentless, Reckless Forever"

It actually takes several listenings of “Relentless, Reckless Forever” to appreciate everything that’s going on. That said, if the listener has the patience to get over the initial confusion of what he or she is hearing, the album’s petals will unfold into a blooming heavy metal flower.

Album Review: Turisas - "Stand Up and Fight"

If “Stand Up and Fight” can’t make you smile at least a little, you’re taking yourself way too seriously.

Turisas manages to triumph valiantly on this new album through a combination of gigantic attitude, sense of the moment, dramatic construction and no small amount of rock and roll sensibility.

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