Evil Jon

Exxiles: “Oblivion” Album Review By Evil Jon!

I always get excited when “symphonic/progressive metal” comes up in a band description because I immediately know I can expect something beyond the scope of the ordinary. And that is why it was with great fervor that I approached Oblivion, the debut release from Exxiles, due out in May. Given it’s a new project boasting members and guest contributors from

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Klone: “Here Comes the Sun” Album Review By Evil Jon!

  French rockers Klone will be releasing their seventh album, Here Comes The Sun, in late April. As one who is not all that familiar with the band’s discography, I was very interested to hear what sort of impression I’d get from a band who has been on the bill with groups like Gojira and King’s X. I was actually surprised

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Barren Earth: “On Lonely Towers” Album Review By Evil Jon!

This review on Barren Earth’s new album On Lonely Towers has honestly been one of the most difficult that I’ve written in quite awhile. Each time I sit down and type something while I’m playing the record I find that I become side-tracked by the actual music and, before I know it, I’ve been completely absorbed for an hour and

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Atten Ash: “The Hourglass” Album Review By Evil Jon!

It’s been a while since I’ve heard a melodic doom/melodeath album that did anything special for me. When done right, the music in this subgenre can provide some of the more enjoyable examples of modern metal. Early Opeth, October Tide, Be’Lakor and Daylight Dies are some prime examples of this and, fortunately, the new release from North Carolina’s Atten Ash, The Hourglass,

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Subversion: “Animi” Album Review By Evil Jon!

My first impression of Animi was that it was some sort of djent/techno-metal hybrid. There is a sense that the ideas presented have the same sort of technical complexity used by the likes of TesseracT and Periphery (with a lot of the same obnoxiously derivative, unmusical qualities), but with a machine-like, clinical quality that can only come from relentless over-editing in the

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Blind Guardian: “Beyond The Red Mirror” Review by Evil Jon!

Upon first listen, Beyond the Red Mirror by Germany’s Blind Guardian left me speechless. It is a nonstop, epic onslaught of symphonic, progressive, power metal with elements of everything from classic rock to rock opera blended into a true work of brilliance.  There is no reason to wait until the end of the review to state that it has earned a full

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Periphery: “Juggernaut: Alpha” And “Juggernaut: Omega” Review by Evil Jon!

Periphery are probably one of the five most popular bands that I’ve never really listened to because I’ve associated them with the djent movement. The songs and bits of songs I’d heard here and there didn’t do much to dissuade me from that opinion. When I began listening to the soon-to-be-released  albums Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega, I had the initial impression that perhaps this would place the band’s current

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Dead In The Manger: “Cessation” Album Review by Evil Jon!

With their new impending release Cessation, Dead in the Manger are starting the blackened death genre off in the right direction in 2015. A collection of successive surprises from the first track, Cessation does a very good job in forcing fringe metal out of its normal comfort zone over the relatively short span of six tracks through the clever use of

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ANATHEMA “DISTANT SATELLITES”

I feel duty-bound to offer an up-front disclaimer about this review of Anathema’s latest release, Distant Satellites: The album doesn’t seem to have much business being reviewed on a metal website next to the likes of some of the other bands you can read about here. From what I knew of the band prior to writing this, I’m not sure

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MARTY FRIEDMAN “INFERNO”

All I can think when listening to Marty Friedman’s new release Inferno is “Fiiiiiiiiiinally!” From the first song I realized just how much I’ve missed this guy in American metal. And it’s not just that I’m a huge fan of Cacophony or that I felt he was the only thing making Megadeth’s music listenable. What I’ve really been missing is

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Anathema - Distant Satellite

ANATHEMA “DISTANT SATELLITES”

I feel duty-bound to offer an up-front disclaimer about this review of Anathema’s latest release, Distant Satellites: The album doesn’t seem to have much business

Marty Friedman - Inferno

MARTY FRIEDMAN “INFERNO”

All I can think when listening to Marty Friedman’s new release Inferno is “Fiiiiiiiiiinally!” From the first song I realized just how much I’ve missed