Review: Twisted Tower Dire – The Isle of Hydra

The ’90s were a dark time for heavy metal, especially in the United States. To remedy that, Virginia legends Twisted Tower Dire formed in 1995 to try and breath new light into true heavy metal, starting off as a long-winded epic heavy metal band and gradually getting catchier and catchier as time went on. TheseContinue reading “Review: Twisted Tower Dire – The Isle of Hydra”

Bulgarian epic metal double feature: Trotyl and Dr. Doolittle

Most people probably don’t think of Bulgaria in the ‘80s as a particular hub of heavy metal. If they think about epic heavy metal, they almost definitely don’t. In fact, the metal-archives only has eleven releases marked for the entire ‘80s as being Bulgarian, with several being from the same bands. In spite of this,Continue reading “Bulgarian epic metal double feature: Trotyl and Dr. Doolittle”

Review: Vastum – Orificial Purge

Vastum have been around for a few years now. I’m sure my perspective on them is a bit different from people not from California, but to a lot of people, they’re legends here. They’re possibly the single most venerated death metal band from our great state since Autopsy themselves to a lot of people, withContinue reading “Review: Vastum – Orificial Purge”

Review: Mirror – Pyramid of Terror

The wild, hard rocking heavy metal of the ‘70s and early ‘80s has been enjoying a resurgence of sorts in recent years as more and more bands yearn for musical days long gone. Most of that revival focuses on the more mystical side of that coin, with occult rock, love letters to Blue Öyster Cult, Continue reading “Review: Mirror – Pyramid of Terror”

Interview: Unaussprechlichen Kulten

Unaussprechlichen Kulten is one of the best bands active today playing death metal. I’ve talked in depth about my feelings for them, largely via the reviews I did of their last two albums for this site (review 1, review 2). Fortunately enough for me, I got a chance to chat with them at this year’sContinue reading “Interview: Unaussprechlichen Kulten”

Review: Galaxy – Lost From The Start

Not many new bands properly evoke the spirit of the earliest days of thrash and speed metal. The energy, passion, and crazed sonic assault of a genre that didn’t quite exist yet seems to just be lost to time—even extremely competent worshippers feel like they’re putting their own spin on an old genre more oftenContinue reading “Review: Galaxy – Lost From The Start

Review: Terminus – A Single Point of Light

Follow-ups are always a bit of a risky affair. There’s fan expectation, and if the artist doesn’t evolve at all, there’s earlier material to overcome- many bands can’t rise to the challenge, and either break up or put out a flop of a second album. Terminus, hailing from Belfast, had more of a hurdle thanContinue reading “Review: Terminus – A Single Point of Light

Interview with Adam Zaars from Tribulation

For some years now, an extreme metal band from Arvika, Sweden, titled Tribulation has been taking the metal world by storm. Though originally formed as a dirty and fast death metal band hailing back to seminal Swedish acts such as Merciless and Nihilist as well as to the fierce storming vengeance of early Morbid Angel, TribulationContinue reading “Interview with Adam Zaars from Tribulation”

Interview with Tony Steele from Vultures Vengeance

The old Italian spirit of heavy metal mastery has been proved undaunted by the years, changing trends, and the often non-existent financial support for the strange and epic. Vultures Vengeance, hailing from Rome, have in their ten years of existence completely eschewed all convention to bring us their unique take on epic heavy metal. OurContinue reading “Interview with Tony Steele from Vultures Vengeance”

Review: Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity

Johnny Gallo may be the best active doom metal guitarist right now. I’ve been tracking the guy’s movements closely the last few years after initially being introduced to Orodruin, who are easily among my favorite bands of the ‘00s (yes, they formed in the late ‘90s, but the bulk of their material was a bitContinue reading “Review: Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity