Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

Forgotten Days, Pallbearer’s fourth album, is heavy in more than one sense. Placing the actual music to one side momentarily, the lyrics deal with some serious and difficult themes and concepts. Joseph D. Rowland (bass, harmony vocals), who wrote many of the words, talks about the songs often being a kind of dialogue with his… Continue reading Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

A Chat with Lyric Soprano and Symphonic Doom Metal Vocalist Marialena Trikoglou

Marialena Trikoglou was one of three singers in the Athens doom band Horrorgraphy, who released their debut album Seasons of Grief in 2019. After leaving that group, Trikoglou released her solo album Vanity this March.
These interview excerpts from September 2020 are reposted from The Ripple Effect with the author’s permission.

Listening Lately: Tantivy, Caravan of Doom, and Many More

My old buddy Curtis Dewar asked how I would keep up with all the blog stuff once the school year resumed; I told him I had no idea!  But somehow, it all continues… In the car, I’ve mostly been listening to Misfits’ American Psycho, Valkyrie’s Shadows, and a burned disc with some Brimstone Coven, Witch… Continue reading Listening Lately: Tantivy, Caravan of Doom, and Many More

Album Review: SpellBook’s Magick & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur, Sept. 25th)

By Mark Partin Back in 2007, drummer Nickolas Zinn and vocalist Nate Tyson put their superb talents together and formed the band WITCH HAZEL.  Stellar guitarist Andy Craven and bassist Seibert Lowe now complete the quartet. Toiling hard, they self-released 3 albums: Forsaken Remedies (2012), Nocturnity (2015), and Otherworldly (2018) — which all caught the… Continue reading Album Review: SpellBook’s Magick & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur, Sept. 25th)

Album Review: Pale Divine’s Consequence of Time (Cruz Del Sur, June 19th/26th)

Consequence Of Time marks 25 years since Pennsylvania doom metal stalwarts Pale Divine began their career. The fantastical album cover features a scythe-endowed wizard-type figure and the press release contains references to classic prog rock and metal. The promo photos feature the band with a woodland background in all their leather jacketed, long-haired and bandana-wearing… Continue reading Album Review: Pale Divine’s Consequence of Time (Cruz Del Sur, June 19th/26th)

Album Review: Wino’s Forever Gone (Ripple, June 26th)

The best music makes you feel something. It communicates something universal and beyond words. You can’t put your finger on it but you know when you find it. This quality can be traced back and found in the output of artists such as Neil Young and Steve Earle, in country music, in old time American… Continue reading Album Review: Wino’s Forever Gone (Ripple, June 26th)

Album Review: Stygian Crown (s/t, Cruz Del Sur)

Scanning the press release for Stygian Crown’s upcoming, self-titled release, a phrase jumped off my screen: “Candlethrower.”  For the uninitiated, it might seem like an ill-placed promo for the newest Olympic sport.  For the extreme metal fan it immediately brings two bands into play: Candlemass and Bolt Thrower.  Both outfits constitute giants in their respective… Continue reading Album Review: Stygian Crown (s/t, Cruz Del Sur)