Michelle N.D.

Accept - Blind Rage

ACCEPT “BLIND RAGE”

Accept is to heavy metal what Friendly’s is to fine dining. While it’s nice to enjoy a meal prepared with care and skill, sometimes you just want a fucking hamburger. Germany’s original headbangers have been presenting the same menu for nearly 35 years, and while it’s reasonable to push it aside in favor of more flavorful options, the comfortable and

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Red Dragon Cartel

RED DRAGON CARTEL “SELF-TITLED”

I’ve been listening to Jake E. Lee‘s new project, Red Dragon Cartel, all morning, and I still don’t know where to begin this review or how to do so without gushing, so I’m not even going to try. It’s perfect. Mr. Lee has assembled an unbelievable dream team of musicians and featured artists to help him end his all-too-long, self-imposed

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El Drugstore - Plague Ship

EL DRUGSTORE “PLAGUE SHIP”

Let me begin by saying that I’m a huge fan of progressive metal. If you aren’t quite sure what it is, it typically features extremely skilled musicians who take traditional song structures, chuck them out the window, and add complex rhythms and odd time signatures that allow them to maintain  a sense of inherent superiority over other rock genres. (Because

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MICHELLE N.D.’s TOP 10 of 2013

Michelle N.D. is one of a few contributors who came aboard in 2013, and she brings with her varying tastes in metal (as long as it isn’t black!) and a little bit of attitude, too. Here are Michelle’s top 10 albums of the year.   FATES WARNING : DARKNESS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT Their first new album in nine years,

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Ephel c- Hemmed By Light

EPHEL DUATH “HEMMED BY LIGHT, SHAPED BY DARKNESS”

I opened my link to Ephel Duath’s Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness from Agonia Records and immediately thought, “Jesus-tap-dancing-Christ …doom/death metal/jazz fusion?” Note to self: Murder Jamie Lee directly in the face for sending me this. I decided to listen to one of the title tracks first, the instrumental “Hemmed By Light,” figuring, “Well, they named part of the

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Earthless - From the Ages

Earthless “From the Ages”

It’s really easy for a psychedelic rock band to get lost in its own self-indulgence, so I have to admit to being not at all excited when Earthless‘ From the Ages came to me. I remember it was my first and only Grateful Dead show. (“Touch of Grey” had just come out, and I liked that song). I was 14

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Accept - Blind Rage

ACCEPT “BLIND RAGE”

Accept is to heavy metal what Friendly’s is to fine dining. While it’s nice to enjoy a meal prepared with care and skill, sometimes you

Red Dragon Cartel

RED DRAGON CARTEL “SELF-TITLED”

I’ve been listening to Jake E. Lee‘s new project, Red Dragon Cartel, all morning, and I still don’t know where to begin this review or

El Drugstore - Plague Ship

EL DRUGSTORE “PLAGUE SHIP”

Let me begin by saying that I’m a huge fan of progressive metal. If you aren’t quite sure what it is, it typically features extremely

MICHELLE N.D.’s TOP 10 of 2013

Michelle N.D. is one of a few contributors who came aboard in 2013, and she brings with her varying tastes in metal (as long as

Earthless - From the Ages

Earthless “From the Ages”

It’s really easy for a psychedelic rock band to get lost in its own self-indulgence, so I have to admit to being not at all