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: Kariti’s Covered Mirrors (Aural Music, Sept. 18th)

Mourning. It is a process that we all have to deal with in one way or another throughout our lives. It is a sorrowful and painful experience but it can also involve cleansing, rejuvenation and acceptance. Mourning is the dominant theme of Kariti’s debut album Covered Mirrors. Kariti is a Russian-born artist living in Italy… Continue reading Album Review: Kariti’s Covered Mirrors (Aural Music, Sept. 18th)

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)

Covers Just Wanna Have Fun: New Singles from Pterodactyl Problems and Bad Moon Born

Cover songs are a great opportunity for bands to highlight their dramatic leanings; Pterodactyl Problems and Bad Moon Born take full advantage of this with their respective covers fo Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys” and Bilie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” P-Probz, as I like to call them, hail from Toronto. They’re planning to release their… Continue reading Covers Just Wanna Have Fun: New Singles from Pterodactyl Problems and Bad Moon Born

Album Review: Necrot’s Mortal (Tankcrimes, August 28th)

The metal world is full of sub-genre categorization.  You can’t swing a dead cat in an online forum without hitting a post debating a band’s placement on the spectrum of brutality.  Is band X brutal death metal?  Blackened death metal?  Viking metal?  Alien-inspired technical death metal with progressive elements?  With their August 28th release, Mortal,… Continue reading Album Review: Necrot’s Mortal (Tankcrimes, August 28th)

Bair Grills… Hemlock Is Blind by Paradox Black

Connecticut has known literally countless heavy metal musicians. From the internationally recognized to the tough-break busts, the local legends and the unsung greats, the multitaskers in ten different projects and the lifers who spend decades in the same group…. For the third-smallest state in the Union, it seems like there is a nearly infinite supply… Continue reading Bair Grills… Hemlock Is Blind by Paradox Black