Album Review: Opeth – Sorceress

Band: Opeth Album: Sorceress Record Label: Nuclear Blast/Moderbolget Records Release Date: September 30, 2016 When it comes to bands releasing new albums, it’s always the same thing from the fans. “I hope they go back to their old sound” or “I hope it’s a continuation of the last album.” I feel like that is appropriate…

Band Interview: Devil You Know

Matt Albers, Steve Kruczyk Side projects are nothing new. As long as there have been bands, there have been opportunities for musicians to collaborate with one another. One of the most famous types of side projects – or infamous, depending on who you ask – is the “super group.” This is when each member of…

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…

Album Review: Fleshgod Apocalypse – King (Nuclear Blast)

Band: Fleshgod Apocalypse Album: King Year: 2016 Record Label: Nuclear Blast Cristiano Trionfera – lead guitar, backing vocals Paolo Rossi – bass guitar, clean vocals Francesco Paoli – drums, backing vocals Tommaso Riccardi – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Francesco Ferrini – piano, string arrangements, orchestral effects When I first came across Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse around…

Album Review: Lamb Of God – VII: STRUM UND DRANG

Erik D. Harshman Lamb of God (LOG) have been on their way to being pop stars for a while now. People once said that they were the “new Pantera” and while comparisons were inevitable: both rose from the underground to stadium tour success, both had a similar musician/vocalist setup, with LOG adding a guitarist, and…