Alec Damiano’s Top 5 Metal & Rock Albums of 2018

I’ll start off with the cliche about billions of albums being released in 2018 and how it was difficult to choose my favorites. This year, my five top choices all happen to be from Sweden or the U.K., and three of those bands are known for being rather theatrical. Does that tie into my musical […] Read More

Alec Damiano’s Top 5 Metal Albums of 2016

2016 has been an eventful year, to say the slightest. Between all the celebrity deaths and political strife, an onslaught of albums were released by metal bands old and new alike. As soon as we were informed that we were to create a “top 5 albums of the year” list back in the autumn, I […] Read More

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Metallica – ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Album Review

It has been nearly a decade since the legendary Metallica last released an album. ‘Death Magnetic’ (2008) was met with mostly positive reviews, and won several Grammys.  Then a few years passed that were filled with touring, celebrity appearances, and the ‘Through the Never’ (2013) concert film… but no new music, save for a demo […] Read More

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Hammers of Misfortune – ‘Dead Revolution’ Album Review

San Francisco-based Hammers of Misfortune had been on hiatus since the release of their well-acclaimed album, ‘17th Street’ (2011). In that near-half-decade, there were additions to families, motorcycle accidents, and members touring with their other bands  Vhol, Vastum, and Death Angel. And though the album was technically completed last year, primary guitarist/songwriter John Cobbett delayed the release […] Read More

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Denner/Shermann – ‘Masters of Evil’ Album Review

Denner/Shermann’s latest full-length, ‘Masters of Evil’ (2016), seems awfully familiar. The artwork may even seem reminiscent of the glory days of the 1980s, as it was conjured up by artist Thomas Holm. Holm designed the album covers for ‘Melissa‘ (1983) and ‘Don’t Break The Oath’ (1984), classic albums by Michael Denner’s and Hank Shermann’s alma mater, the legendary Mercyful […] Read More

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Dead Label – ‘Throne of Bones’ Album Review

Dead Label has supported the likes of Machine Head, Fear Factory, and Gojira. They played last year’s Bloodstock and have also toured the U.S. – thousands of miles away from their native Ireland. Yet so many metalheads around the world have yet to hear this trio of ass-kicking, incredibly skilled musicians. I myself was unaware […] Read More

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Death Angel – ‘The Evil Divide’ Album Review

Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel have returned with their latest album, ‘The Evil Divide’ (2016). Its predecessor ‘The Dream Calls for Blood’ (2013) was definitely one of my top favorite albums released that year, and ‘Relentless Retribution’ (2010) was a pretty damn good album as well. The first singles I heard from this new record (“The Moth” and “Hatred […] Read More

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Candlemass – ‘Death Thy Lover’ EP Review

The year 2012 would supposedly signal the world’s end, and along with it, Candlemass‘s end (at least, in terms of recorded music). Original bassist Leif Edling declared that ‘Psalms of the Dead’ (2012) would be the legendary doom metal outfit’s final album. It is now 2016, and the rock/metal world has undergone jarring transformations since […] Read More

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