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Album Review: Stratovarius - "Elysium"

What seems like a lifetime ago, I can remember sitting in my college radio station and giving Stratovarius a shot. I had of course heard and read much from friends and in publications, but as a kid growing up in the whitewashed suburbs of New York State’s capital city during the days before downloadable music, Stratovarius albums eluded me.

Album Review: Rev Theory - "Justice"

Preconception can be a subtle but influential force on the human psyche. Often, knowledge of past or present environments and decisions can color a person's view of any new situation, person or object he or she encounters.

Album Review: Shroud Eater - "ThunderNoise"

Sometimes, you get bored with eating filet mignon. Prosciutto with melon loses its kick, you grow weary of truffles, you get tired of fine wine and you can't stomach anymore decadent crème brûlée. Sometimes, all you desire and the only thing that will give you satiety is to trundle over to the local greasy spoon and choke down the drippiest, greasiest, densest cheeseburger on the menu.

So it is with Shroud Eater.

Album Review: Volbeat - "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven"

Even after repeated listening, it’s difficult to give this album sort of cohesive context. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it speaks to the creative and musical range of Danish rock/metallers Volbeat. They’ve been taking the world by seeming storm, and their rapid ascension is at least in part attributable to the wide range of talents they can showcase.

Forgotten Classics: Big Dumb Face

Heavy metal and comedy can be a caustic combination. The frequently acerbic nature of either medium can, if not properly mixed and settled, create an overly acidic and tartly sardonic solution that is unfit for consumption.

Album Review: The Damned Things - "Ironiclast"

You got alternative rock in my metal! You got metal in my alternative rock! Thus was born “The Damned Things,” a supergroup formed of pieces from Anthrax, Every Time I Die, and Fall Out Boy. Their debut album “Ironiclast” is an attempt to bridge the gap between genres and pump out some classic-rock inspired throaty jams.

Valora Chapter 2 and More News Updates!

You remember Valora chapter 1? Well, Chapter 2 is fresh out this week!

Ruminations on Judas Priest's Retirement

It was announced on December 7th with little fanfare that Judas Priest, pillar of the heavy metal community, integral cog in its formation and champion of its mainstream breakthrough, will retire after the curtain drops on one final tour.

Album Review: As They Sleep - Dynasty

As They Sleep couldn’t be more different from their namesake. Anything but a languid trip through tranquil dreams, the band’s new album “Dynasty” is a nightmare landscape of all-out sonic assault.

A Night at the Opera (Not Featuring the Marx Brothers)

Sometimes in your life, you need to step outside the circle you've known and experience something completely out of character. Whether you enter a relationship with someone who's not good for you, blow a lot of money on an impromptu weekend road trip vacation, or finally leave Tattooine to join in the fight to topple a corrupt Empire, new experiences are good for the soul.

So it was that I found myself at the New York Metropolitan Opera's presentation of the Mussorgsky classic "Boris Godunov" for Halloween weekend.

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