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…

Album Review: Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin

Review: Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin By Todd Naevestad How do you introduce Powerwolf? I’m serious. If you’re into power metal even a little bit it’s hard to not know something about them. Their unique, darker, take on the often bright genre has always made them stand out. From their corpse paint and clerical…

Album review:  Sound Storm – Vertigo

Band: Sound Storm Album: Vertigo Release date: October 13, 2017 Label: Rockshots Records By: Todd Naevestad Going into this album, it feels to me that Sound Storm is at a critical point. While not wet behind the ears, they are still a comparatively young band and Vertigo is only their third official full-length album. This…

Album Review: Exit Eden – Rhapsodies in Black

Band: Exit Eden Album: Rhaposdies in Black Release Date: August 4, 2017 Label: Napalm Records By: Todd Naevestad I go through a lot of trouble to keep up this metalhead persona, but there are just some days I just want to kick back and jam to some terrible pop music. Where no one else can…

Album Review: Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

Band: Insatia Album: Phoenix Aflame Review By: Todd Naevestad Most metal fans, I believe, recognize that it is the new bands that continue to push our favorite genes and subgenres into new and interesting territory. The young bloods, hungry and passionate, are the ones who will make big changes going forward. So you can imagine my…

Album Review: Ayreon – The Source

A very special thing happens every four or so years. This special thing is so special that following its specialness the world as we know it cannot ever be the same. We know presidents come and go and olympians win medals but if we are really lucky every four or so years Arjen Lucassen releases…

Chris’ Top albums of 2016

Nordahl’s List of Essential Metal From 2016 Let me be extremely late almost to the point of uncomfortable awkwardness for wishing you a Happy New Year. Hey – it’s still January and you might still be thinking you can keep one or more of your resolutions for 2017, so we’re good! What is being presented…

Top 10 lists of 2016

  As 2016 is drawing to an end, we are finally revealing some of our favorite albums of the past year. There were a hell of a lot of albums that came out and we couldn’t listen to all of them, however of the ones we heard, here were some of our favorites. Choosing a…

Band Interview: Epica

Matt Albers One of Europe’s strongest contributing scenes to metal in the past two decades has been all of the female-fronted symphonic metal acts. Bands that formed in the mid 1990s like Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Lacuna Coil started a movement of strong, beautiful, operatic female vocals and neo-classical symphonic elements juxtaposed over driving heavy metal guitar…