For this writer, concept albums are a hit-or-miss proposition. The idea needs to both inspire the band musically and power a lyrical thread strong enough to engage the listener intellectually. Nobody wants to hear Dream Theater grind out eight epic songs about waffles. (Or do we?) CT-based metal mavens Graven Image found their muse and… Continue reading Review of Graven Image’s The Future Started Yesterday
The Curse of Her Flesh is back. After something of a hiatus, the central Connecticut metal band has returned to the scene with the release of Endings, a full-length album that features tracks from their 2010 EP as well as new material recorded earlier this year. Endings is all about feel: the band members’ varied… Continue reading Endings: A New Beginning for The Curse of Her Flesh
In the late 70’s and early 80’s bands like Diamond Head, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, and Witchfinder General buried the blues base of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple in favor of quicker tempos, tough-guy guitar riffs, and a denim-clad aesthetic. This movement became known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and… Continue reading Review: Symphony of Malice’s Judgement Day
In a move that will leave a gaping hole in the entire Connecticut music scene, er, a tiny blip in the bar band circle of one Connecticut city, I’m taking a break from playing in bands. It might last six months, it might last until somebody really wants Pink Missile to play a show with… Continue reading ERMAHGERDDDDDDD, The Big Hiatus!
By Jeffrey Miles It is no secret I have a soft spot for old-school, Swedish death metal. Bands like Entombed, Grave, Dismember, and Unleashed have always been held in high regard and I’m continually comparing new bands to these greats, most of the time with little success. Outside of Entrails, this is a style of… Continue reading Bonded Through Hate’s Doomsday: The Rise of Valhalla
On October 17th, 2012, the chalkboard outside of Anna Liffey’s Pub in New Haven said “Magic Show.” I’m certain that some of those attending expected sword-swallowing or rabbits out of hats or women sawed in half. Without a doubt, the impression given by the sharp-dressed man and his young lady counterpart might have inspired visions… Continue reading Bair Witness: Extra-Sensory Performance by Keith Zalinger
I didn’t grow up in Danbury, but I grew up in Danbury. It’s the city where I learned to work hard. It’s where I met my best friends and where I met my husband. (On a Saturday morning at the Three Brothers Diner — from the minute I saw him, I knew he was… Continue reading “My” Danbury: Not Dead Yet?