Album Review: Steven Wilson – The Future Bites

The Future Bites is far from your everyday Steven Wilson album, and yet at the same time it is 100% a Steven Wilson album. Read on and I’ll explain why.  Catchy Pop Hooks and Riffs aren’t anything new to the Steven Wilson Universe. Go back to your favorite Porcupine Tree album and I guarantee at…

Album Review: A.C.T – Heatwave

It is genuinely unsettling to me that A.C.T is not immensely more known than they are.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy knowing little pockets of hidden gems in music as much as the next elitist prog nerd but how A.C.T are not dominating the prog and rock world will never sit well with me. …

Nordahl’s Corner: Top Albums of 2020

Hindsight is always 2020.  That’s what the saying is, correct?  Well, after experiencing 2020 in person, I’m fine with last year staying in the rearview mirror forever – just like 99.9% of the rest of the world.  Now honestly this past year has not been horrible for me personally.  I switched my part-time employer after…

Album Review: Pain of Salvation – Panther

There is always something visceral and human about Pain of Salvation.  They have an ability to express a genuine reflection of what it is to be human while navigating both relatable and abstract concepts.  The band musically and lyrically stands raw and exposed among the heaps of often indistinguishable and cleverly produced bands in the…

Interview – Daniel Gildenlöw of Pain of Salvation

Editors Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  Full unedited audio available below. Damnation Magazine: I kind of want to just jump into the overall theme of the upcoming album, Panther. It does seem like there’s kind of a recurring idea regarding social roles and not fitting into them. Would you say there…

Album Review: Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant

If you spend enough time looking at self-help youtube videos eventually you might stumble across clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, if you keep going you may even find him explaining the value of reading.  Be patient, this is applicable, he explains this value by describing the difference between a portrait and a photograph.  “The photograph is click…

The Rogue Files: Shattered

Tell us about your band. Hello, we are Shattered! A Thrash / Black Metal band out of the Tampa Bay area. Founded in 2014. What are you working on currently (album, tour, music video, etc.)? Shattered is currently working on our new album named Skinwalker which will be released this year. If you were asked…

The Rogue Files: Mondo Bear

Tell us about your band. Mondo Bear is a rock band rooted in psychedelia and progressive rock. We write long, riff-heavy and driving atmospheric music, while still trying to retain some of that pop-sensibility. The result is a sound somewhere between fuzzed out psychedelia and solid rock songs. What are you working on currently (album,…

The Rogue Files: Vanilla Sugar

  Tell us about your band. Vanilla Sugar is made of Alternative / Electronic music, a pop vocal sensibility, mixed with a Metal influence. What are you working on currently (album, tour, music video, etc.)? I just released my new album, “She”. It is available to stream everywhere! I am fresh off a January US…

Rogue Files: Interview with Forget Conformity

Tell us about your band. We are Forget Conformity based out of Fort Worth, Texas. We’re an American Metal-core outfit that incorporates nuances of multiple other genres to solidify a noticeable and unexpected sound. What are you working on currently (album, tour, music video, etc.)? We’re currently booking a summer tour stretching from Texas through…

Nordahl’s Corner: Top albums of 2019

Hard to believe it’s already 2020, right? Seems like not that long ago, everyone was freaking out about Y2K and switching centuries. And yet here we are and I’m wondering how another 20 years has already blown by. Woah. So now is my chance to reflect a bit and celebrate my favorite music from the…

The Rogue Files: Interview with Lucifour M

Tell us about your band.   We are a band of 3 (sometimes 4) mates….coming from Italy, based sometimes there, sometimes in Berlin or London, where our labels Sonar Kollektiv and K7 Records are. We play pop music with a very open approach, from R&B to Metal, from Pop to Soul or Funk or anything…