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Return to Void - Morning Shift - Cover

Album Review: Return To Void, “Memory Shift: The Day After”

Return to Void, a Finnish metal band with progressive elements, formed in 2015 and started as an acoustic tribute to Bruce Dickinson’s solo material until they decided to take their own original path. Memory Shift: The Day After is their second album, and it will be released on August 10 via Pitch Black Records. I was quite taken aback by the

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Kings Destroy - A Time of Hunting

KINGS DESTROY “A TIME OF HUNTING”

New York City’s Kings Destroy have the ability to meld a few different genres into one giant wall of sound.  At times they sound like a doom band, at other times a stoner band, all the while throwing their hardcore influences into the center of it all.  A Time of Hunting is thick and heavy, mostly due to the excellent

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS “WALK THROUGH EXITS ONLY”

Philip H. Anselmo is a ball of aggression. But this isn’t news to anyone reading this, so it’s certainly no surprise that his debut solo release is akin to a street brawl, and the listener is on the losing end. The former Pantera frontman hasn’t softened with age. In fact, his ferocity seems more focused than ever on the eight-track

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST “FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION”

Toxic Holocaust are another one of those novelty groups that are just good enough for what they do: retro-thrash that is a throwback to the old Slayer albums. With this in mind, From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction hits the mark and then some. Its a 21-track album full of music that has been done. Now this is not to

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STARKILL “FIRES OF LIFE”

Never judge a book by it’s cover.  I had not heard Starkill before, and looking at their bio photo, I thought I was in for some more metalcore.  Nope … not the case here. Starkill are a symphonic, melodic death/black metal band, akin to Dimmu Borgir, Dragonforce, Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom.  Formerly known as Massekren, these guys are

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MEMORY GARDEN “DOOMAIN”

Hailing from Sweden, Memory Garden have been creating powerful metal since 1992.  They have issued five other full-length albums in this time frame.  Doomain is some seriously cool stuff.  It’s like a blend of doom and power metal.  The cool part of power metal.  The melodies and harmonies are fantastic.  It took me a listen or two to acclimate, but

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Kings Destroy - A Time of Hunting

KINGS DESTROY “A TIME OF HUNTING”

New York City’s Kings Destroy have the ability to meld a few different genres into one giant wall of sound.  At times they sound like

STARKILL “FIRES OF LIFE”

Never judge a book by it’s cover.  I had not heard Starkill before, and looking at their bio photo, I thought I was in for

MEMORY GARDEN “DOOMAIN”

Hailing from Sweden, Memory Garden have been creating powerful metal since 1992.  They have issued five other full-length albums in this time frame.  Doomain is