Interview with Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate, Brats, and more

We were fortunate enough to sit down with Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate, Denner’s Inferno, Brats) to discuss his 40+ year career as one of metal’s most legendary guitarists. BW: Did you ever expect back in the Brats days that you’d be a household name for heavy metal maniacs decades later? Michael Denner: I had hopesContinue reading “Interview with Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate, Brats, and more”

Review: Magic Circle – Departed Souls

One of the most exciting things in music is getting new material from a band you’ve known and loved for years. Even more exciting is when the material actually lives up to the band’s previous albums, and to the legacy of the members’ collective musical output. Magic Circle are a veritable supergroup at this pointContinue reading “Review: Magic Circle – Departed Souls

Review: Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Teufelsbücher

Some people hear Chile in association with death metal and think of fantastic bands such as Pentagram and Dominus Xul. Some people, who I think are sadly ignorant of one of the world’s richest metal scenes, don’t think of much at all. Unaussprechlichen Kulten are firmly on my list of classic Chilean bands worth listeningContinue reading “Review: Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Teufelsbücher”

Review: Agatus – The Eternalist

It’s not often that an old favorite completely surprises you. Whatever band it is, they’re an old favorite for a reason—they’ve been consistent, and maybe had some serious evolution along the way, but they’ve been good at what they do for a long time and probably haven’t done anything too out of left field sinceContinue reading “Review: Agatus – The Eternalist

Review: Capilla Ardiente – The Siege

Chile is, and has been since the ‘80s, a hotbed of metal that is most appreciated by the extreme diehards of the genre and by people that actually live in Chile. There are not many breakout bands that have enjoyed the same universal success as American, Canadian, or European groups; for whatever combination of reasons,Continue reading “Review: Capilla Ardiente – The Siege

Review: Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring

Epic metal and my taste go hand in hand. I got into heavy metal through Slough Feg and Brocas Helm after years of stagnating at Maiden and Sabbath’s doorstep, and once I found Slough Feg I didn’t have to look very far to start finding more stuff that I was into thanks to a similarly-inclinedContinue reading “Review: Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring

Interview with The Great Kaiser of Demon Bitch, White Magician, and more

The esoteric side of heavy metal has been around since the very start. The strange, the magical, and the fantastical have driven songwriters to great heights for the genre’s history, and one of the current masters of the weird is here right now to do an interview. The Great Kaiser, aka Derek DiBella, is perhapsContinue reading “Interview with The Great Kaiser of Demon Bitch, White Magician, and more”

Interview with Dave Boyd from Twisted Tower Dire

Not many heavy metal bands have, unbowed, stood the test of time without breaking up or falling apart quality-wise. For every hallowed name that’s kept their quality level up since the start, scores more have fallen- but not Twisted Tower Dire. A venerated name in the heavy metal scene, Twisted Tower Dire have been goingContinue reading “Interview with Dave Boyd from Twisted Tower Dire”

Interview with The Hammer of Malleus

Ancient witchery is alive in America. Boston is more known for its punk scene than its metal one, but there’s always an exception, and Malleus are one of Boston’s best right now, playing primordial black metal noticeably inspired by groups like Hellhammer, Bathory, Sodom, and Venom. Though the band is fairly new they’ve made wavesContinue reading “Interview with The Hammer of Malleus”