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Music Review - Byzantine's The Cicada Tree

Artist: Byzantine
Title: The Cicada Tree
Genre: Progressive Metal/Groove Metal/Thrash Metal
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Length: 1 hr. 1 min.
Label: Metal Blade
Producer: Jay Hannon… 1,015 more words
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One of the most influential bands in the history of Death Metal, Buffalo born but Florida raised Cannibal Corpse are now on their fourteenth album. Set to be unveiled on November 3rd via Metal Blade, Red Before Black could be seen as one of their most dynamic yet. 191 more words


SORCERER: Strike while the iron is hot

I had a pretty extensive chat with bass player Johnny Hagel around the release of “In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross” back in 2015, so when the chance appeared to speak to singer Anders Engberg about the brand new offering, “The Crowning Of The Fire King”, I didn’t hesitate. 5,038 more words

Long Distance Runners

Album Review: Sorcerer - "The Crowning of the Fire King"

I wish there were more bands fighting to claim the mantle of melodic doom made essential by bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus.  In most cases bands tend to slip too far over to either pure doom or more traditional metal.   640 more words


BATUSHKA: Polish black metal legion joins the Metal Blade Records roster + "Litourgiya" re-issue for Nov

Polish black metal legion BATUSHKA are the latest additions to the Metal Blade Records’ roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name Батюшка means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. 406 more words



“We mature like a fine wine” muses Mazurkiewicz as I’m on the phone to him in his native Florida. Having hacked, slashed and gutted their niche in the Death Metal world, previous release A Skeletal Domain saw perhaps their most mature collection of material to date. 3,140 more words


Act of Defiance - Old Scars,  New Wounds (Metal Blade 2017)

Ex-Megadethers Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick with their second effort. The first record they did in their post-deth careers, Birth and the Burial, was kind of tainted of songwriting style of one Dave Mustain. 465 more words