Allyson Kingsley

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Critical Defiance: “Misconception” Album Review

We are spoiled in the USA and Europe since we have always had easy access to the metal music we love. If you’ve ever watched videos of performances in South America, the fans are out of control – wild and insanely devoted. Maybe not so much today, but once upon a time metal was a rarity in these parts. Chilean

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Laceration: “Remnants” Album Review

Laceration are bringing the old school thrash/death metal sound to the forefront with Remnants. It features their earliest recordings culled from a demo mixed with a split done in 2013 with Tinnitus. Featuring excellent production and high energy, Remnants is a splattering of mayhem. Reminiscent of early Slayer/Testament, “Realms of the Unconscious” delivers the furious old school energy of the

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Leach: “Hymns For The Hollow” Album Review

Leach are more than a thrash n’ roll band. They are a brotherhood of childhood friends performing with passion that is tight and with an edge that hints at hardcore and punk. Formed in 2003 and originating from Sweden, the men of Leach previously released a full-length album in 2012, entitled Blindfold, and an EP in 2014 called Above All. Their

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Dødsfall: “Døden Skal Ikke Vente” Album Review

Across the seas is a land I would probably donate one of my kidneys to visit, explore, and relish in the metal. Hailing from Sweden and Norway, Dødsfall began their foray into the mysterious and often controversial realm of black metal around 2009. We have IS on vocals, guitar and bass, accompanied by drummer Telal. They list as their influences

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Evergrey: “The Atlantic” Album Review

Formed in 1993, Evergrey are a prominent Swedish progressive metal act who proudly deliver their latest release, The Atlantic, in the tail-end of January. It is the third album of a trilogy that began in 2014 with Hymns for the Broken followed by 2016’s The Storm Within. The Atlantic has a definite fierceness to it and is described by vocalist Tom Englund as: “It’s

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Flotsam And Jetsam: “The End Of Chaos” Album Review

I am always honored to do a review of a band that have stood the test of time. Thirty-plus years is beyond a lifetime for musicians, and Flotsam and Jetsam have not let up on their potency or energy on their latest release, The End of Chaos. It is by no means the finality of their career. The Phoenix-based metal monsters

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Legion Of The Damned: “Slaves Of The Shadow Realm” Album Review

The Dutch thrash metal band Legion of the Damned have ridden the wave of time, having formed in 1994, and they are with their seventh album, Slaves of the Shadow Realm. Adding tastes of death and black metal to their work, they capture the best concepts these genres have to offer. With huge emphasis on speed-driven riffs and an energetic and

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Create A Kill: “Summoned To Rise” Album Review

Just when I thought thrash metal was starting to fade out, I get sent a promo package for Create a Kill with their latest album, Summoned to Rise. Featuring Gus Rios and Alex Marquez, former members of Malevolent Creation, we are enmeshed in a solid concoction of kick-ass metal. As soon as you press play, you are immediately drawn up

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Death Comes Crawling: “Looking For Semblance” Album Review

Death Comes Crawling is a one-person project of Dis Pater (Midnight Odyssey, Dissvarth, The Crevices Below). In fact, the band name originated from a Midnight Odyssey song. With a hint of black metal and huge influences of ’80s synth, dark wave, new wave and goth, Looking for Semblance, the band’s newest release, is exceptionally unique. I am by no means

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Devil Worshipper: “Music for the Endtimes” Album Review

Described as primitve black n’ roll, Devil Worshipper is a project created by Matron Thorn, who is also involved with Aevangelist, Death Fetishist and Praeternatura. Music for Endtimes features contributing vocals by Fr.A.A. (from Portugal’s Tod Huetet Uebel) and female vocalist Erethe Arashiel. Matron Thorn combines elements of old school black metal with various industrial and trance influences. Music for

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Laceration: “Remnants” Album Review

Laceration are bringing the old school thrash/death metal sound to the forefront with Remnants. It features their earliest recordings culled from a demo mixed with

Evergrey - The Atlantic - Cover

Evergrey: “The Atlantic” Album Review

Formed in 1993, Evergrey are a prominent Swedish progressive metal act who proudly deliver their latest release, The Atlantic, in the tail-end of January. It is the third