REVIEW: Rise of the NorthStar – ‘The Legacy of Shi’

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Recommended if you like: "Judgment Night," '90s hip-hop, Wu-Tang Clan, Onyx, House of Pain, nu-metal, Hollywood Undead, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, hardcore, Biohazard, Madball, playing video games, Japanese culture, Samurai, having fun If the name Rise of the NorthStar looks familiar, it's because I featured its track "Here Comes the... Continue Reading →

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REVIEW: Sirenia – ‘Arcane Astral Aeons’

Review by Jeff Maki Norway's Sirenia, masterminded by founding member Morten Veland (ex-Tristania), is now on its fourth femalelead vocalist (if I'm not forgetting anyone). But not only has the band found its best one yet in French singer and former Sirenia Choir member Emmanuelle Zoldan, but it also has just composed its ninth “destiny”... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Amaranthe – ‘Helix’

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Amaranthe's fifth album, "Helix" is still undeniably Amaranthe, yet with two of its original vocalists departed (Andreas Solveström and most recently Jake E.), their replacements, death metal growler Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson (appearing on his third album) and power metal vocalist Nils Molin (making his debut) have changed the musical dynamic alongside siren... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Soulfly – ‘Ritual’

Review by Jeff Maki ----- What a time it must be to be Max Cavalera. He reunited with his brother Iggor years ago in Cavalera Conspiracy and has released some killer studio albums, including the most recent, the old-school-Sepultura-influenced "Psychosis" (review). The Brazilian tribesman are touring under the moniker of "Beneath Arise," performing—you guessed it.... Continue Reading →

Amaranthe debuts music video for ‘Countdown’

With their electrifying fifth album “Helix” due out October 19 through Spinefarm Records and armed with new singer Nils Molin, the almighty Amaranthe are taking another leap forward in their sonic evolution. The band has dropped the video for the new single "Countdown." Watch the video, directed by longtime collaborator Patric Ullaeus below: https://youtu.be/G2596YYB4Uk "As the days and weeks are getting closer to... Continue Reading →

All That Remains announces new album ‘Victim of the New Disease’

All That Remains will release its ninth full-length album, “Victim of the New Disease,” on Nov. 9 via Fearless Records. The quintet— Philip Labonte (lead vocals), Oli Herbert (lead guitar), Mike Martin (rhythm guitar), Jason Costa (drums) and Aaron Patrick (bass, backing vocals)— has shared the new track "Fuck Love." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hh1vVZAHkI&feature=youtu.be "We decided to throw a curveball… and do the heaviest record since 'For We Are Many' in 2010,"... Continue Reading →

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