Band Interview – Straight Line Stitch

Matt Albers It’s no secret that the metal and hard rock community has traditionally been populated mostly by white men. So when a band has members that don’t fit those race or gender roles, it naturally becomes one of the first things an audience or listener notices. Fortunately, any special treatment or perception in one…

Album Review: Chimaira – CROWN OF PHANTOMS

By Matt Albers For music fans that aren’t in bands themselves, it’s easy to forget how hard it must be to keep a band together. Countless factors usually unseen by listeners are at work, such as the financial risks, travel expenses, production costs, and promotional relations. Any issues that are seen first and on the…

Album Review: The Agonist – “Prisoners”

By Matt Albers             Female-fronted metal acts have become somewhat of a novelty, stemming back to the days of Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, and Holy Moses. Metal has always been primarily a boys’ club and, to some extent, still is and may always be. While there will always be naysayers who, for whatever reason, simply…

Album Review: Shadows Fall – “Fire From The Sky”

By Matt Albers One of the first subgenre titles to spring out of the New Wave Of American Metal around the turn of the millennium was “metalcore.” While possibly still as vague of a style then as it is now, bands that were most successful at the beginning of this movement were roughly described as…