ALBUM REVIEW: The Monolith Deathcult – The Demon Who Makes Trophies Of Men


Avant-Garde Death Metal mentallers with serious swagger and a slew of crazed ideas, Netherlands-based wild bunch The Monolith Deathcult are back.

The Demon Who Makes Trophies Of Men (Human Detonator Records) is an imaginative, irreverent slice of noise that screams “Attack! Attack! Attack!” for much of its grim, punishing but seriously rewarding running time.Continue reading


INTERVIEW: Mike Hambright of Into the Deep on The “Blackfin” Album, and Harnessing The Power of The Sea


Last winter Keefy caught up with Mike Hambright of Raleigh, North Carolina’s oceanic-themed Progressive Music band Into The Deep! They released their new album “Blackfin” to start 2024 and we caught up to go track by track on the album, discuss the album’s themes, and more!Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Zombi – Direct Inject


Great music, like great movies, can take you to another world. Instrumental synth-based duo Zombi work their transporting, soundtrack-oriented magic on the sublime, cinema-literate Direct Inject (Relapse Records).Continue reading


REVIEWS ROUND-UP: ft. Luke Elliot – The Intersphere – Oceanlord – Godsticks


 

There’s something romantic and cinematic about adopted New Jersey (via Norway) songwriter Luke Elliot’s third album, Let ‘em All Talk (Icons Creating Evil Art) over and above the wistful storytelling. ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’, all film-noir meets spaghetti western vibes with its orchestral flecks, feels torn from an as-yet-unwritten Tarrantino follow-up to Django Unchained, or perhaps the lead single to the debuting next James Bond, while ‘William Tell’ could have been one of the musical interludes from Black Mariah’s club in Luke Cage (Netflix version).

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CONCERT REVIEW: Covet – ScaryPoolParty – Alto Palo Live at The Crescent Ballroom


 

Covet’s latest American tour in support of their latest album Catharsis, started in April in Portland, OR, and recently came to a successful close this May in Santa Cruz, CA. I was able to experience Covet for the first time along with supporting acts ScaryPoolParty and Alto Palo in Phoenix, AZ, during which I was excited and curious to see how each of these bands would blend together.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Polyphia – Remember That You Will Die



Since their inception in 2010, Polyphia have proven to be an ever-moving entity; one that is hugely (and purposefully) hard to pigeonhole, even across the duration of each album. Armed with potent musicianship across the board, the band have ever expanded their sound from their early days culminating currently to a cauldron of styles and tones across. It is likely you will hear this about many artists but it is a sentiment that reigns entirely true on Remember That You Will Die (Rise Records).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hail Spirit Noir – Eden in Reverse


When Greek innovators Hail Spirit Noir spewed forth in recorded anger eight years ago it was with tones of the Aegean gracing a strange brew of Blackened Prog Metal. Fourth long-player Eden in Reverse (Agonia Records) sees the completion of a gradual metamorphosis into total Prog, with the absorption of the band’s live musicians transforming the unit into a sextet.Continue reading


Arctangent Postponed to 2021, Ticket Rollovers and Refunds Available


More pain for the festival world as Arctangent, the fest of all things progressive and tech metal, has been postponed until 2021. The festival organizers have posted a statement as well as an info link for fans looking for information. We are looking forward to the 2021 version of the fest. Continue reading