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Music Review: Shock CD: Forewarned


Available: November 14th, 2015

Label: Self released

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Did you know Canada has more bands than just RUSH and Triumph?  It’s true they do!  Actually if you are reading this review or are familiar with metal at all you probably already know that.  What you may not know is that while Canada seems to be in the midst of a new wave of metal renaissance so to speak some of the nation’s older rockers have decided to join the ranks as grizzled veterans who had once retired but now have a good chance of being heard in the ever expanding digital world. Continue reading Music Review: Shock CD: Forewarned

Music Review: COAL CHAMBER CD: Rivals


By: Alex Phillips

Label: Napalm

Available: May 19

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My relationship with live heavy metal music began with Coal Chamber, second stage at Ozzfest ’97. The band’s set—raw, naked aggression, fury unlike anything I had ever felt—blew me away. The simple power of the performance left an impression. At the time I had no clue about things like musicianship, arrangements, virtuosity, and other considerations of musical talent and skill. Nor was I aware that Nü-Metal had become a contentious issue among metal fans. On that day of my first metal show, Coal Chamber tore open a gateway through which I would pass, never to go back. Continue reading Music Review: COAL CHAMBER CD: Rivals

Dual Review: Korpiklaani CD: Noita


This is a dobule review for Korpiklaani’s new album Noita.  One reviewer loves the album while the other…not so much.  So read and see two contrasting opinions and hopefully you will be better informed!

First the good! Continue reading Dual Review: Korpiklaani CD: Noita

Spider called pivotal in Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s death


Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies at 49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman thought he was on the mend after a spider bite followed by an infection. He’d been writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year.

But in an unusual chain of events, a representative for the band said the bite may have contributed to Hanneman’s death more than two years later. Continue reading Spider called pivotal in Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s death

Music Review: Stygian Ascent- Memories

by: Juuso Viljanen


Melodic death metal is a very large genre. It includes a huge variety of bands with all sorts of vocals and lyrics. If you want to have a simple and fast preview of the whole genre, you should listen to Swedish band Stygian Ascent and their debut album ‘Memories’. It combines the main elements of the genre and use it to create their own sound and way to write songs.


Although melodies make this kind of music sound beautiful and passionate, they don’t take away the aggressiveness and the heavy sound of metal. Sweden even has their own melodic death metal sound (at least here in Finland it’s known as Göteborg sound), but Stygian Ascent don’t sound like they should be categorized as typical Swedish death metal band.


Most famous names of Göteborg style of metal are propably In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity. In my head Stygian Ascent is much more closer to bands like Children Of Bodom and Eternal Tears Of Sorrow. Their sound is a diverse mix of “the beauty and the beast”; melodies and hard sounding death metal.


Songs are results of careful composing and hard training. They make me bang my head in my living room, playing my air guitar and singing along, even though I can’t sing. ‘Memories’ contains 5 songs, all together making it to 30 minutes of pure and talented melodic death metal. This is exactly the main reason why I love Swedish music: they just know how to do it!


GRADE: 5/5

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