Jamie Lee

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Inter Arma: “The Cavern” Album Review By Jamie Lee!

Inter Arma struck fast and hard with their debut long-player, Sky Burial, quickly proving their talents by transcending genres across monster tracks that often broke the 10-minute marke. Now they have outdone themselves with The Cavern, a 46-minute sonic free-for-all that encompasses an album’s worth of madness in just one song. Although it is referred to as an EP, The

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Jamie Lee’s Top 10 Albums of 2014!

This year was one for the ages, seriously. Not a day went by that didn’t feel perilously close to Armageddon, and thanks to metal, the soundtrack for the end of the world was pumping fast and furious. The releases were so rich that this top 10 list was particularly painful to put together. In the olden times, it would have resulted in

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Cretin: “Stranger” Album Review By Jamie Lee!

Grindcore has always been no-frills music, and Cretin stay true to this ethos while resisting the urge to be ugly just for the sake of being ugly on Stranger, their first release in eight years. The album’s 14 tracks are an experience akin to a car wreck; speed and ice combine, and result is twisted metal and carnage. The impact

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Devilment: “The Great and Secret Show” Album Review By Jamie Lee!

Given their concept, Devilment were dead and buried before their debut album landed on record store shelves. Any collective fronted by Dani Filth and bent on macabre-themed extreme metal must first stand up against the Cradle of Filth singer’s own repertoire, and that is an extremely tall order. As expected, The Great and Secret Show wallows in schlock and suffers

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Cloudkicker: “Live With Intronaut” Album Review by Jamie Lee!

It’s easy to assume that some cheap name-dropping is going on when an album entitled Live with Intronaut  is credited to Cloudkicker instead of Intronaut. Fortunately, that isn’t the case with this release. Live with Intronaut is a collaboration between Cloudkicker, the one-man musical project of Ben Sharp, and Intronaut’s Sacha Dunable, Dave Timnick, Danny Walker, and Joe Lester. During

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Toothgrinder - Promo

Toothgrinder: “Schizophrenic Jubilee” Review by Jamie Lee!

Toothgrinder show little restraint on Schizophrenic Jubilee, opting instead to incite a full-blown melee of raging vocals, shifting time signatures, and guitar acrobatics. Five tracks is all that it takes for singer Justin Matthews, bassist Matt Arensdorf, drummer Wills Weller, and guitarists Jason Goss and Matt Mielke to prove their mettle. “The Hour Angle” rages above a shifting rhythmic landscape

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YOB “CLEARING THE PATH TO ASCEND”

Yob stretch the “doom” label until it is ready to burst. They always have, and they do so yet again with Clearing the Path to Ascend. Their seventh long-player and first release since 2011’s Atma, Clearing the Path to Ascend molds the obligatory molten drones into vibrant displays of texture and tone, frontman Mike Scheidt’s vocals emerging from the depths

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Noctem - Elixium

NOCTEM “EXILIUM”

Parents surely shudder at the sight and sound of Noctem. They are overtly theatrical, anti-religious, anti-humanity, and downright heavy. For heshers looking to rebel against the norms, turn up Exilium on the family CD player. Survey says that in 10 minutes or less, Mom and Dad will be two twitches away from a breakdown. But if the music really matters,

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NACHTMYSTIUM “THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND”

Blake Judd has never kept his affinity for both black metal and new wave a secret. Instead, he has long bridged the two with Nachtmystium, then slathered his compositions with plenty of personal turmoil. But this evil marriage hasn’t ever been as apparent as on his newest offering, The World We Left Behind. Touted as Nachtmystium’s final release, the hype

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Mastodon-Once More Round Sun

MASTODON “ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN”

Few bands have shown the immense development from album to album over the course of their career than Atlanta, Georgia’s Mastodon. Once More ‘Round the Sun is a case in point. Listen to this new release back-to-back with 2011’s The Hunter, and the progression is impressive. Compare it to 2003’s debut full-length, Remission, and the evolution is remarkable. Mastodon have

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Jamie Lee’s Top 10 Albums of 2014!

This year was one for the ages, seriously. Not a day went by that didn’t feel perilously close to Armageddon, and thanks to metal, the soundtrack

Noctem - Elixium

NOCTEM “EXILIUM”

Parents surely shudder at the sight and sound of Noctem. They are overtly theatrical, anti-religious, anti-humanity, and downright heavy. For heshers looking to rebel against

Mastodon-Once More Round Sun

MASTODON “ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN”

Few bands have shown the immense development from album to album over the course of their career than Atlanta, Georgia’s Mastodon. Once More ‘Round the