Punk rock and pizza are similar in more ways than one. While the two can complement each other quite well, music – like food – requires a recipe. Unfortunately, Young Poet’s Thrive in a Modern Era tastes more like a dubious experiment than a well-made pizza pie. Continued →
February 13, 2018
The Sprinkle brothers are back! If you don’t know who that is, then stop reading. Go and find Poor Old Lu, The World Inside, Aaron Sprinkle, Paloma, Fair . . . I could go on but I’m using up valuable reviewing space (and I didn’t even mention the production credits)! Continued →
February 10, 2018
Nashville, TN is known for a number of things, but the thing that tops the list is music. If you were to walk down Broadway, each restaurant and bar you pass has live music going on, all of it diverse. It’s on street corners as buskers play their hearts out for little more than the love of the music and the heart to share it with others. Continued →
Chasing Victory’s first material in almost 11 years showcases a powerful mix of post-hardcore and southern rock that’s full of grit and energy.
The Oh Hellos have wasted no time releasing a strong follow-up to “Notos”, this time opting for a festive, autumnal mood.
February 9, 2018
February 4, 2018
January 28, 2018
Jonathan Ogden experiments with melding worship and R&B on his latest EP but fails to leave a lasting impression.
LEDGES’ debut album is an ambitious release that proves they’re not afraid to take risks.
January 26, 2018
January 24, 2018
Although TAKE has been around for some time, this review will serve as an introduction to many. In the current climate of the long standing pillars of Christian metal being slowly eroded away with time, (Sleeping Giant, Haste the Day, For Today, Hands) it is vital that new bands come and pick up where they left off. Continued →
January 23, 2018
Katharos is yet another project from Fire (Elgibbor, Fire Thrown, Nuclear Blaze) on vocals and guitars, this time with help from drummer Taberah. There is also some collaboration from former Frost Like Ashes members Sebat and Azahel for live dates.
This recording is a single and ‘b-side’ and what we have here is no-frills, raw black metal. Continued →
January 16, 2018
Canadian progressive death metallers The Beckoning have been making noise since 2010. This release combines two earlier demos—Desolate (2014) and War (2012) into one remastered full-length. Truly progressive, this 4-song clocks in at over 29 minutes, making it either a very long EP, or a full-length with only 4 songs, depending on one’s perspective. Continued →
January 15, 2018
The press release labelled this as “Indie Folk Rock.” And while that is mildly accurate, it certainly doesn’t tell you all you need to know. Full disclosure: I’m a bit of 90s slacker kind of guy. So indie rock to me means loud guitars, dissonant riffs, punk attitude and band photos that make it look like the members are made up of blind golfers. Continued →
January 9, 2018
“Blessed Be The Punk”
We all want relive the days of our youth. Remember being young, vibrant, forceful in our thoughts and actions? Age doesn’t necessarily take those attributes away. Praiser makes that abundantly clear in their punk music. The band’s latest album, 20 Again, doesn’t bring age as its theme, but rather a collection of twenty great songs from their past. Continued →
While this band hails from Louisville, I would have sworn they were from eastern Europe somewhere. That’s a good thing. Reverentia is yet another quality post-metal release I’ve come across recently. But whereas the mysterious band God revel in djent rhythms and instrumental anthems to connect the listener to God, TIMŌRĀTUS takes a different approach altogether. Continued →
January 1, 2018
Author’s sophomore release takes the best of “Of Brighter Days” and tops it off with synths and 80s influence for an album that’s full of energy and technicality.
December 23, 2017
“Notos” is an explosive EP full of layered, diverse instrumentation and compelling vocals and lyrics.
December 22, 2017
While still not reinventing the wheel, For All Eternity have stepped into their own and crafted a pulverizing and memorable LP with “The Will to Rebuild“.
December 16, 2017
This mysterious band has been making music since 2016. Their website states, “GOD will challenge you to consider your life, death through the power of music.” While I am in contact with the band members, repeated requests for information regarding the member(s) have been unsuccessful—even to the point of denying my request to know which country the band is from. Continued →
December 7, 2017
The piano is, like many instruments, simultaneously loved and loathed. The player will tickle the ivories even when others prefer silence. On Presence, Vol. 2 Andy Hunter’s DJ equipment starts to sound strangely similar to a piano. The instrument is present on just about every song, not to mention other orchestral instruments ranging from a pizzicato to a violin. Continued →
Combining the best parts of modern and classic metal, the Eerie, PA natives have crafted one of the most solid heavy albums of the year and made a lifelong fan out of me.
December 5, 2017
December 1, 2017
20 plus years into their storied career, Project 86 return with another crowd-funded heavy-hitting album that not only gives the listener something to chew on, but challenges them to examine the very teeth they use – lest they be fangs.
November 25, 2017
The Welcome Wagon returns with a strong orchestral folk follow-up to 2012’s “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices”.
Mark Mathis’ latest EP is a refreshing blend of folk, alternative, and worship.
November 23, 2017
Check out this review of Symphony of Heaven’s album “The Season of Death”
November 18, 2017
Harp & Lyre’s aggressive 2012 finale deserves some time in the light.
November 17, 2017
Check out of this review of Hand of Fire’s debut album Nuclear Sunrise
November 15, 2017
Last year, a new addition to Tooth & Nail’s growing roster released their second album, and let me tell you that it’s not getting the credit it deserves. “You Wouldn’t Believe What Privilege Costs” by Civilian is one of the best T&N releases in years and here’s why. Continued →