Allyson Kingsley

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Detherous: “Hacked To Death” Album Review

With the onslaught of reviews pouring in from our northern neighbors, I am starting to believe that Canada has become quite a hotbed for heavy metal. I suppose the cold, beautiful atmosphere lends itself to a wellspring of creativity. From glam to extreme, what I am hearing is undoubtedly massive. From the category of death/thrash, Detherous have a debut entitled

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Karmanjaka: “Seven Names For The Witchqueen” Album Review

From the beautiful land of Sweden, Karmanjaka recently released Seven Names for the Witchqueen, an album that interlaces black metal with Nordic folk and prog elements. Seven Names for the Witchqueen features phenomenal classic black metal riffs with decipherable lyrics, as if Amon Amarth paired with Mayhem. The title track is beguiling in all of its darkness, an occult ambiance

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Blackening: “Mental Disorder” Album Review

I have to admit that Blackening‘s Mental Disorder album blew me out of the water. Having grown up with brothers that continuously played the albums of “The Big Four,” I grew to love the thrash metal genre long before they were called that. I am of the belief that there is not much more powerful and uplifting than music that

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Holocausto: “Diário de Guerra” Album Review

Dark extreme metal music has always been a part of my life. From Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Holocausto join the ranks of other extreme metal bands such as Sepultura, Sarcófago and Mutilator with a death thrash sound on Diário de Guerra that is as brutal as it is sinister. Rodrigo Führer’s vocals are merciless and sadistic and with the savage interplay

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Leo Viridi: “LVI” Album Review

This year has been quite a busy one with guitarists releasing solo albums. Some are purely instrumental and we know of the masters who stand strong on these. Some have numerous contributors, like Leo Viridi does on his debut album LV1. Although I may be strange in that I enjoy the strictly instrumental albums, there is a diversity when multiple

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Pestis Inferos: “Beyond the Veil of Light” EP Review

The beauty that lies within today’s black metal is that it no longer has to come from the Scandinavian region to be considered and, pardon the oft used term, “kvlt.” Perhaps it is because of the ease of the digital age or it could be due to the fact that black metal is more common and doesn’t have the underground

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Sanity Control: “Demo 2019” EP Review

Not much is known through the promotional material or social media about Sanity Control, other than that they are a crossover thrash band from Warsaw, Poland. But after a listen to their two-song Demo 2019, they could easily fit into the Boston or New York hardcore scene. The first song, “Hunt,” is grimy punk attitude blended seamlessly with thrash. With

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Hyvmine: “Retaliation” Album Review

Hyvmine have been around only a short time, but they are kicking ass across the nation with their style of progressive metal. Based in Los Angeles, California, the musicians are Berklee graduate Al Joseph (lead vocals, lead guitar), Alon Mei-Tal (guitarist), Chris Joseph (bassist) and Billy Gerrity (drummer). Their latest creation, Retaliation, is a mix of potent elements that you

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Calamity: “Kairos” Album Review

Get your cultural bullet belts ready. We have some bedlam here in the thrash kingdom with Puerto Rico’s Calamity. Originally formed as the Metallica cover band Silent Scream in 2009, they soon had their own material and played their first gig under the name of Hush in 2010. With a performance opening for Skeletonwitch, the band decided finally on Calamity to

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Bewitcher: “Under The Witching Cross” Album Review

Bewitcher are a power metal trio who are ripping their way out of the US northwest. Hailing from Portland Oregon, they have been delivering what they self-describe as “heavy metal at the speed of Satan” since 2013 … and they aren’t fucking around. What may sound like a blast from the past to some is as comforting as a warm

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Leo Viridi: “LVI” Album Review

This year has been quite a busy one with guitarists releasing solo albums. Some are purely instrumental and we know of the masters who stand

Sanity Control - Demo 2019 - Cover

Sanity Control: “Demo 2019” EP Review

Not much is known through the promotional material or social media about Sanity Control, other than that they are a crossover thrash band from Warsaw,

Hyvmine - Retaliation - Cover

Hyvmine: “Retaliation” Album Review

Hyvmine have been around only a short time, but they are kicking ass across the nation with their style of progressive metal. Based in Los

Calamity - Kairos - Cover

Calamity: “Kairos” Album Review

Get your cultural bullet belts ready. We have some bedlam here in the thrash kingdom with Puerto Rico’s Calamity. Originally formed as the Metallica cover band