Celebrating 40 years of one of the greatest albums of all time.Read More Players, Performers, Portrayers
Three veteran bands were under no pressure to recapture past glory, but they did anyway.Read More ‘Cause Heaven’s Full
The Deftones commemorated White Pony’s 20th anniversary with their best album in 20 years.Read More A Delayed Rebirth
A few days ago I mentioned how I have two huge preferences when it comes to new metal music. One is the progressive and experimental side, as exemplified by Enslaved and Oranssi Pazuzu in my recent post. The other side is its polar opposite: traditional, old school heavy metal. I’m talking about the heavy metal […]Read More Hail and Kill, As the Gods Intended
Most of the heavy music I listen to is escapist, which goes back to my days as an ostracized and traumatized teenager. I’d go home, turn on some Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Priest, anything to drown out all the bad things that happened that day. And bad things happened a lot, every single day during those […]Read More I Hope They’re Dead Now
In 2020 a free download turned the Canadian music industry upside-down.Read More “I Don’t Wait For No One”
Two Scandinavian metal innovators made my 2020 a little better.Read More The Nail of the Master
Presenting the 10 best Canadian metal albums of the year.Read More Canadian Metal!
As I mentioned in my introduction, I only saw one concert in 2020: Canadian grindcore heroes Wake back in January. Everyone else was in the same boat; we all had plans to see so many bands play, but all plans and hopes were dashed to the point now where we don’t even know if there’ll […]Read More Antichristian Phenomenon
There are almost as many Iron Maiden live albums as there are studio albums, which might seem like overkill, but it’s a testament to how much the band cares for their fans. If you see a Maiden show, the chances are very good you will eventually get a live album, DVD, or both as a […]Read More ¡Grita Para Mi, Mexico!
Tribute albums are so overdone that it takes an extremely special one to command my attention, let alone buy. Especially a tribute to Black Sabbath. The Nativity in Black tribute albums in the 1990s really kicked the metal tribute album fad into high gear, and anyone attempting to pull off a similar tribute album now […]Read More Satan’s Coming ‘Round the Bend
Well, here you go, the culmination of a truly wild decade for me as a metal critic/writer/fan/nerd. This list of 66 titles isn’t meant to be THE FINAL WORD. Hell, no metal list should ever be so arrogant as to claim that. Heavy metal has become so huge that not only is it impossible to […]Read More The Best Metal Albums of the 2010s
3. Opeth, In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast) When Opeth decided to eschew the extreme metal element of their sound after 2008’s Watershed in favor of a more progressive rock-oriented approach, it angered a lot of their obsessive fans. Ten years and four albums later, those fans are still whining that Mikael Åkerfeldt doesn’t growl his […]Read More The Best Albums of 2019, #3
4. Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional) Back in 2006, a veritable lifetime ago, I reviewed Tool’s sixth album. I wasn’t overly fond of, if I can recall. Coming five years after the triumphant Lateralus, 10,000 Days had its great moments but I found it far too drawn out, too meandering to warrant a full recommendation, […]Read More The Best Albums of 2019, #4
9. Rammstein, Rammstein (Universal) Rammstein rivals Tool when it comes to making new music, but like Tool, it is always worth the wait. Still, though, although I was very much looking forward to Rammstein’s seventh album, I was not expecting it to be as strong as it turned out to be. What makes the band […]Read More The Best Albums of 2019, #9