REVIEW: Jinjer – ‘Macro’

Review by Greg Maki-----When it comes to Jinjer, the Ukranian sensation that’s been taking the metal world by storm in 2019, fans and critics tend to focus on frontwoman Tatiana Shmaylyuk—and not without reason. Alternating between guttural, demonic growls and soaring melodic tones, she’s nothing short of a force of nature and one of the... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Alter Bridge – ‘Walk the Sky’

Review by Greg Maki-----“... In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That famous quote is attributed to Benjamin Franklin in 1789. In the 21st century, however, there is at least one more certainly: Every three years, Alter Bridge will release a new studio album, and it will be... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Killswitch Engage – ‘Atonement’

Review by Greg Maki-----The story of Killswitch Engage is remarkable and unique: Record subgenre-defining album (2002’s “Alive or Just Breathing”); replace vocalist after his sudden departure; achieve even greater success, flying the flag of metalcore while peers quietly fade away; replace second vocalist with first vocalist; continue busting out heavy, catchy, impassioned tunes; do it... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Volbeat – ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’

Review by Greg Maki-----With a sound mixing and matching elements of early Metallica, rockabilly, old-school country music and rockabilly, nostalgia always has been a driving force in the music of Volbeat. It’s never been more evident than it is on the Danish band’s seventh studio album, which comes with the typically unwieldy title of “Rewind,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Gygax – ‘High Fantasy’

Review by Greg Maki-----Gather ‘round, adventurers. Keep your blades sharp, your spells in mind and your gods close, for our dice-throwing, Thin Lizzy-worshipping, hard rock heroes have returned to lead us once again to glory and plunder. My love for Ventura, California’s Gygax extends far beyond its recorded output. Fueled by fantasy role-playing games and... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: New Years Day – ‘Unbreakable’

Review by Greg Maki-----New Years Day, which I’m surprised to learn has existed since 2005, has grown steadily since the release of its 2015 album, “Malevolence.” Extensive touring, much of it in the past year with Halestorm, has limited the band’s output since then to the “Diary of a Creep” EP—consisting mostly of covers—released in... Continue Reading →

POUNDER – ‘Uncivilized’

Review by Greg Maki-----This—this is what I need in my life. More music that, when someone asks you what it is or what it sounds like, you can reply with one simple, glorious word: metal. Pounder—featuring extreme metal veteran Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome, Expulsion) on rhythm guitar and vocals, bassist Alejandro Corredor (Nausea LA, live... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Periphery – ‘Periphery IV: Hail Stan’

Review by Greg Maki-----Curious about what kind of band Periphery will be now that it has ventured out on its own label (3DOT Recordings)? I point you to “Reptile,” the nearly 17-minute opening track of the new record “Periphery IV: Hail Stan.” Most bands would save an epic like this for the finale or place... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: I Prevail – ‘Trauma’

Review by Greg Maki-----At some point in 2017, I Prevail singer Brian Burkheiser suffered a vocal injury serious enough that he questioned his future with the band, both during his recovery and a period of intense anxiety that followed. While I never would wish that on anyone, it seems to have been, at least in... Continue Reading →

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