New Album Review: Testament – Titans of Creation

So much attention is paid to “The Big Four” (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer). But this designation leaves out many important and influential bands from the two waves of thrash metal that swept through the country (Metal Church, Exodus, Overkill, and Death Angel, etc.). Testament is one of these bands, which had a huge effect … Continue reading New Album Review: Testament – Titans of Creation

Album Review: Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

Released on November 29, 2019 (Metal Blade Records), Death Atlas is Cattle Decapitation’s eighth studio album. The band has been issuing beat-downs for two decades. Whether or not subgenres are important to you, they do help describe a band’s sound; originally categorized as Grindcore or Goregrind (Deathgrind), Cattle Decapitation’s sound and song structure made a … Continue reading Album Review: Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

Classic Album Review: Van Halen – Van Halen

The band’s self-titled debut album, Van Halen was recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA from August 30 – September, 1977 and was released by Warner Bros. Records on February 10, 1978. “Diamond" David Lee Roth is the vocalist (and acoustic guitarist on Ice Cream Man), Eddie Van Halen plays the (groundbreaking) guitar and sings … Continue reading Classic Album Review: Van Halen – Van Halen

Album Highlight: Highway to Hell – AC/DC

The title track to this record is a rock-‘n’-roll / hard rock anthem! It’s opening riff is recognizable instantly! And stadiums, arenas, and ballparks around the world play this great song! Highway to Hell, unlike AC/DC’s previous five albums (and one LP), was produced by “Mutt” Lang, a legendary producer even at this early stage … Continue reading Album Highlight: Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Album Review: Amon Amarth – Berserker, 2019 (Metal Blade)

The Swedish kings of Melodic Death Metal, Amon Amarth, have delivered again! 2019 sees the arrival of Berserker, the band's 11thstudio album. There is no other metal band like these veterans – the near perfect combination of (seemingly) opposing concepts of melody and crushing brutality, harmony and roaring gutterals – and this record exemplifies that … Continue reading Album Review: Amon Amarth – Berserker, 2019 (Metal Blade)