heavy metal

I've got some good news and bad news for fans of the Canadian metal band The Agonist. Lead singer and founding member Alissa White-Gluz has departed the group to take over lead vocalist duties for Arch Enemy. But I said there's good news!

When the touring version of Thin Lizzy announced they were changing their name and releasing an all-new album, there was a huge buzz for the first new quasi-Lizzy music in a long, long time. That did not extend to me, however, as I had never been swept away as a fan of the band.

“Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know.” – Groucho Marx

When I reviewed Sylosis' previous album, I came away from it thinking that Sylosis was a band that had potential, but was still quite a ways from making the most of it.

Despite what the name might lead you to think, progressive metal is among the most static and boring of all heavy music genres.

Sometimes when I hear a band for the first time I find myself thinking about their motivation. Why did they choose this style of music? What is their ultimate goal for the band?

After a strong start to the decade, the thrash revival seems to be slowly fading back into the shadows.  The bands are still going strong, and are still pumping out records, but they aren't resonating the way they did just a few short years ago.  Much like the original wave of thrash, t

Are we forever doomed to repeat the history of popular music cycles?  It’s the logical question that one can ask when listening to “The Apocalypse DJ,” the new record from Swedish rockers Smash Into Pieces. 


Are you familiar with the Corrosion Of Conformity song "Diablo Boulevard" off of their "America's Volume Dealer" album? Well, the subject of this week's review is familiar with it. In fact,  they liked the song so much they named their band Diablo Blvd.

The legend of Dracula is many things to many people, but the story of Vlad the Impaler is surely one thing; metal.