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Frosthelm: “Pyrrhic” Album Review

I love being able to watch a band grow from their infant stages and mature into a force. It’s fun to see, especially when it is your friends who are achieving their goals and dreams.  Frosthelm, hailing from the frozen wastelands of my home state of North Dakota, have steadily climbed the blackened thrash gauntlet from their inception in 2009

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Overkill: “The Wings Of War” Album Review

I remember my first experience with Overkill when I was 16, back in 1986.  I was shuffling through the vinyl at a record store and came across Taking Over. The cover was just to cool to not buy the album! Incidentally, this is how we discovered music in the pre-Internet days.  I used to spend hours in the record stores

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Frosthelm - The Sorceress - Promo

Frosthelm Release “The Sorceress”

North Dakota’s “thrashened black metal” outfit Frosthelm have released the first single from their upcoming album, entitled “The Sorceress.” The song harnesses the power and darkness of the old Frosthelm, but it adds a new dimension with the addition of new guitarist Billy Zahn.  They will release the new album in 2019. Grab “The Sorceress” from Bandcamp here!

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Demifiend: “Shield Your Eyes In Horror” Album Review

While North Dakota is known for a lot of things, like cold weather and wood chippers, black metal isn’t high on the list.  There are a few bands out there aiming to change that, and Fargo’s Demifiend are in the top echelon of them.  Donning corpse paint and boasting the stage names Agony, Vothraad and Sorrow, this three-piece take the

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Album Review: High On Fire, “Electric Messiah”

Matt Pike is keeping busy this year. Sleep released a phenomenal album, The Sciences, in April, and now High On Fire are releasing Electric Messiah. Pike is legendary in the doom/stoner metal world for good reason – his riffs are second only to Tony Iommi.  Yes, I said it.  Yes, I mean it. Pike is a God in the metal world, and

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Album Review: Metal Allegiance, “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty”

Supergroup albums are sometimes misleading. It seems there are one or two awesome songs on an album but the rest play-out as self-fulfilling and intended to fill out the rest of the track list. Well my friends, I’m happy to say Metal Allegiance is not that supergroup! Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty fucking crushes from beginning to end. The

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Skeletonwitch: “Devouring Radiant Light” Album Review

First off, I’ll admit that I am a huge fan of the Skeletonwitch with Chance Garnette fronting the band. He was a formidable frontman with epic vocal abilities that fit perfectly with their blackened thrash. Upon his exit, I was understandably concerned, and I thought that one of my favorite bands was going to have to throw in the towel.

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Devildriver: “Outlaws ‘Til The End Vol. 1″ Album Review

Despite several lineup changes over the years, Devildriver continue to lay down the bludgeoning, as witnessed on their last release, Trust No One. When they announced a cover album of all outlaw country, my first thought wasn’t positive. This combination just doesn’t seem to work in my mind. Pedal steel and blast beats?  Hmm … Well, I am happy to

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Marduk: “Viktoria” Album Review

In their neary 30 years of creating blistering black metal, Marduk remain at the forefront of the genre, as evidenced by Viktoria. Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson, the sole original member, has done well to keep the band true to the black metal movement, yet interesting enough to remain relevant, despite the trials and tribulations they’ve encountered. Viktoria opens with “Werewolf” amid

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Frosthelm - The Sorceress - Promo

Frosthelm Release “The Sorceress”

North Dakota’s “thrashened black metal” outfit Frosthelm have released the first single from their upcoming album, entitled “The Sorceress.” The song harnesses the power and

Marduk - Victoria - Cover

Marduk: “Viktoria” Album Review

In their neary 30 years of creating blistering black metal, Marduk remain at the forefront of the genre, as evidenced by Viktoria. Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson,