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Lacuna Coil - "Shallow Life" Review

I have been loosely following the career of Lacuna Coil for a number of years now. I was first exposed to them when they opened for Anthrax in the summer of 2003. My friend and I were going to the show, and he mentioned that he was excited to see this new band from Italy start the program. On stage, they were fantastic. “Heaven’s a Lie,” was their signature single, and with the burgeoning chemistry of their dual lead singers, I couldn’t help but be entranced.

The Veer Union - "Against the Grain" Review

Hey there ladies and gents. You might remember a couple weeks back, I spoke about a young up and coming back called "The Veer Union," and how their live show was full of energy and potential. Well, their album has been released, and I was curious to see if they could capture that kind of energy in recorded form.

The answer is both yes and no. "Against the Grain" does contain glimmering pieces of the potential that the band showcased during their on-stage performance. The sin here is that the consistency is lacking.

Blackguard - "Profugus Mortis" review

Sometimes it just takes some tenacity and hardwork. Blackguard, a band formed in 2001 under the name Profugus Mortis, finally settles on a lineup and gets their album onto the streets. Profugus Mortis had released a handful of EP's and small collections of music, but never had they come upon one definitive idea. Enter their self-reinvention as Blackguard.

Rob Halford's Metal God Apparel

The website for Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford's new fashion company is up and running. Metal God Apparel is the name of the new collection (for lack of a better term) and is now taking presales to be shipped in June. The "sale" price of $45 seems a touch heavy, even if that is the going rate for designer t-shirts (although "designer t-shirt" is sort of a contradiction in terms, and I'm not sure Halford could yet lay claim to the title of "designer.")

Updates on Old Rumors in the Metal Scene

Okay, so just to follow up, here's an update on some old rumors that I've reported on in the past.

-First, many of us expressed a great interest in the rumored musical collaboration between Max Cavalera and Eugene Hutz. In terribly disappointing fashion, this rumor hasn't budged. Hasn't moved an inch. Worse yet, there's not even a rumor that it's dead. The whole thing seems to have just plain gone dark.

The Veer Union / Black Stone Cherry concert review

In the history of my life, I am often skeptical when someone tells me “You gotta check out this band!” Too often I am sorrowfully disappointed. Some of this is my own doing; I have become very particular about the music that graces my various stereos. Still, in my unyielding desire to procure a collection of the best music ever made, I invariably give whomever the target band is a shot.

Duff McKagan's Loaded - "Sick" review

Guns N Roses just seems to be one of those bands that won’t go away. Not counting “Chinese Democracy,” the band hasn’t had any relevance in fifteen years, and yet the name just seems to keep popping up. Lately, the cast of this wayward soap opera has been prominently featured throwing mud to and at each other in an incessant cycle of “he said, he said.”

What's Happening in Metal

Bit of a slowdown for metal in the past couple weeks, as the whole community sort of paused to watch Metallica's Hall of Fame induction. Good on them to have both Newsted and Trujillo playing on stage. In the meantime...

What's New in Metal 3/25/09

Sometimes you can't fight anymore, and you just have to give up the battle. I didn't want to, but I admitted defeat. After years of trying to convince myself otherwise, I've finally thrown in the towel. I've given up trying to like Bolt Thrower. I just don't. I like the attitude, I like the legacy, I like the cover art, I respect their catalogue of work and their accomplishments. But I just don't like the music. I tried. I really did. Add Bolt Thrower to the list of bands I finally just gave up on, including Soulfly, Voivod, Mastodon, Pro-Pain, and a host of others.

Static-X - Cult of Static review

I can’t wrap my head around this.

Static-X’s new album, “Cult of Static.” It confuses me, makes me listen to it two and three times, then sit and consider. Once I hit a mental roadblock, I go back and listen to “Machine” or “Wisconsin Death Trip,” and try to draw parallels, figure out how the new album came to evolve.

And I still can’t wrap my head around this.

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