Album Review: Hexenzirkel by TOMMY CONCRETE (Trepanation Recordings)

Edinburgh’s Tomas Pattison, otherwise known as Tommy Concrete, has never stayed with one style for very long. Over the past 20 years, he has released a plethora of solo records in genres ranging from trip hop to prog to black metal. Tommy was also once a member of punk legends The Exploited, and has played… Continue reading Album Review: Hexenzirkel by TOMMY CONCRETE (Trepanation Recordings)

Track Premiere: “Shadow in the Well” by TOMMY STEWART’S DYERWULF

A heavy metal lifer, Tommy Stewart began his official music career with the Metal Blade thrash band Hallows Eve in the mid-1980s. Almost forty years later, he’s still holding the horns high as the CEO of Black Doomba Records, owner of the Blue Ogre Noise Lab recording studio, and the main man in his eponymous… Continue reading Track Premiere: “Shadow in the Well” by TOMMY STEWART’S DYERWULF

Album Review: ATREYU, Baptize (Spinefarm Records)

As far back as 2006’s A Deathgrip On Yesterday, Atreyu has never been afraid to challenge the status quo of modern metal. As fellow 2000s metalcore bands, such as Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, and All That Remains began to think beyond club shows and produced content fit for stadiums, so too did the Orange County… Continue reading Album Review: ATREYU, Baptize (Spinefarm Records)

Album Review: Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner Records)

To get an idea of how influential Gojira has become in the last ten years, go to any ocean related page on Instagram. I can almost guarantee you that you will find at least one reference to the song “Flying Whales” off 2005’s colossal opus From Mars to Sirius under each post of a whale. … Continue reading Album Review: Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner Records)

Album Review: 1968’s Salvation, If You Need…

1968, from Cheshire, UK, are unashamed in their reverence for the classic psychedelic hard rock that hails from the period their name alludes to. They play “loud, heavy, psychedelic stoner rock that swings,” according to the press release. This is a style that has been done and done again so often that its impact can… Continue reading Album Review: 1968’s Salvation, If You Need…

Album Review: YAWNING SONS’ Sky Island

Yawning Sons are a band steeped in the culture and history of the “desert rock” scene. The band came into existence back in 2008, when British instrumental post-rockers Sons of Alpha Centuri asked Gary Acre of Yawning Man to produce their next record. Instead of merely producing, Acre instead joined the band and they recorded… Continue reading Album Review: YAWNING SONS’ Sky Island