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Kimberly Freeman - Secret Lullaby 

Kimberly Freeman - Secret Lullaby 

By Travis B. 

The name “Kimberly Freeman” might sound familiar to some of our longtime readers. She was on the front cover of Issue #8 of Resident Rock Star Magazine. She is most well known as the guitar player/singer for her two-person punk/goth/metal band One-Eyed Doll. I did the review for their latest album Witches on said issue. Now Freeman has once again teamed up with her longtime producer and bandmate Jason Rufuss Sewell, not for another One-Eyed Doll album, but…

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Incantation - Profane Nexus 

Incantation - Profane Nexus 

By Travis B. 

Profane Nexus is the 10th full-length studio release for legendary death metal band Incantation. They were originally formed by John McEntee in New York 1989, with their first (and arguably best) studio album Onward to Golgotha released in 1992. Incantation is among one of the pioneering bands of the genre and a leader of the New York death metal scene, along with Suffocation, Immolation, and Cannibal Corpse. Though they may not be as well-known as some other…

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Wintersun - The Forest Seasons 

Wintersun - The Forest Seasons 

By Travis B. 

Wintersun has been one of my favorite bands since their self-titled debut album was released in 2004. Everything they do is so ambitious. Their first album was completed before the band was complete; they only had two members. Kai Hahto on drums, and Jari Mäenpää on everything else. Mäenpää did all the guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals (clean and growling), and he did all those parts better than most people who spend their whole lives dedicated to a single…

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Crafteon Inside Cosmic Reawakening 

Crafteon - Inside Cosmic Reawakening 


By Travis B. 

          Labor day has passed and it’s officially Halloween season. One new horror-themed black metal band is exploding onto the scene just in time for the holidays. I’m talking about Denver based black metal band Crafteon, whose debut album, Cosmic Reawakening was released on August 25th. The band performed their debut/CD release show the same evening at Lost Lake in Denver. One thing that makes Crafteon standout from other black metal bands, is their…

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Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten 

Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten

By Travis B. 

didn’t take long for masters of horror metal Carach Angren to follow up their last album. I’ve been a huge fan of these guys for a few years now and I feel like I just finished reviewing their last album This Ain’t No Fairytale not even a year ago. They are a remarkably talented band with a flair for the theatrics. They originally started out as a typical symphonic black metal band, not too unlike more famous bands of the genre like Dimmu…

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Enslaved - Roadburn Live Album Review 

 

Enslaved - Roadburn Live Album Review 

By: Travis B. 

Generally, I’m not a huge fan of live albums, if I’m listening to music on my headphones or speakers, I’d prefer studio recordings. Seldom do live recordings sound as good as their studio counterparts, there’s just certain things that can’t be recreated in a live setting. Live recordings are often plagued by inferior sound quality: some instruments are too loud, others are too quiet, music gets drowned out by the crowd. 

I decided to check out the new…

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Superjoint - Caught Up in the Gears of Application 

By Travis B. 

Superjoint (formerly known as Superjoint Ritual) is one of many bands featuring ex-members of Pantera. It’s not hard to see why people are still interested in what the original guys from Pantera are up to these days. They were legendary in their day. Pantera was one of a few metal bands that managed to thrive in an age when metal was largely shunned by the mainstream medias. During the 90’s, radio stations and MTV started to eschew heavy metal in favor of grunge, alternative, and pop-punk…

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REVIEW: SMACKFACTOR - USE ONCE AND DESTROY 

Travis B. 

Release Date: May 26, 2017 

SmackFactor, originally started in 2004, has been kicking around the Colorado metal scene for quite a while. If you play in a local band, you might have shared a stage with these guys. They’ve also played with several national acts such as Fear Factory, Deicide, Static-X, Soilwork, and more. It seems like it took them a while to find their footing as they went through many lineup changes over the years, but finally came together in 2011 with their current lineup. They…

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Crowdfunding for Musicians: Useful Financial Tool, or Digital Panhandling? 


By Travis B. 
So I came across this story about our own Fort Collins based tech-death metal band Allegaeon. Apparently the band has fallen on hard times and started a Patreon to help make ends meet. On their Patreon page, the band wrote: 
“After eight years and four full-length albums, Allegaeon has unfortunately reached a tipping point where we can either 1) go completely bankrupt and call it quits to wallow in the sadness of our shattered dreams and disappointed tears of all of our lovely fans OR 2)…

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Draghoria - Portal to Extinction: Reviving Thrash in Northern Colorado.

By Travis B. 

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When me and my wife Jaded Jenn started getting into the local metal scene about 15 years ago, one of the first bands we started following was a hard-hitting, melodic death metal band called The Mandrake.  We saw them live at a bar one evening.  Inspired by their female bass player, Jenn got in the pit and started moshing with the guys.  We saw them play many, times throughout their career and bought all their CD’s.  Like all things in life, The Mandrake would eventually come…

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REVIEW: Allegaeon - Proponent of Sentience


By Travis B.   

Proponent of Sentience is the fourth full-length album from Ft. Collins based melodic-tech-death metal band Allegaeon.  As a musician, I can't help but be fascinated by Allegaeon.  Their musicianship is unmatched.  I only wish I could play guitar like Greg Burgess and Michael Stancel.  Though I did go to college with their original guitar player Ryan Glssan.  I actually jammed with him in his dorm room.  True story.  I admire their DIY attitude when it comes to videos.  Their official Youtub

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REVIEW: Dunsmuir - Self-Titled


By Travis B. 
 

Available:  July 22nd, 2016 
Label:  Hall of Records 
Official: www.dunsmuirband.com 
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DunsmuirBand 
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/DunsmuirBand 
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/dunsmuirband 
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/channel/UCav_GlS4rhekNZsOZTp3SzA 


In 2007, The Company Band was formed as a super-group, featuring Neil Fallon from Clutch.  In 2013, members of that band began work on a new super-group called Dunsmuir.  In 2016, we get their self-titled, debut album.  Dunsmuir fea…

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REVIEW: Dream Theater - The Astonishing

By Travis B

The Astonishing is the thirteenth studio release from progressive metal band Dream Theater.  Dream Theater is known for their technical proficiency, as well as blending a variety of musical styles in with their rock/metal sound.  To some, Dream Theater is the epitome of musical genius.  To others, they are simply musical masturbation.  The way I see it, this is a band who met while attending Berklee College of Music.  This is one of the few rock bands with a musical education.  So for fuck…

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Fear Factory - Genexus

REVIEW:  Genexus by Fear Factory


by Travis B.

 

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Genexus is the 13th album from Los Angeles Industrial Metallers - Fear Factory. When the album was first released, it outsold the previous two Fear Factory releases. It also came it at number 13 on the World Top 40 Chart. It’s not hard to see why. It’s pretty awesome. 

Fear Factory have always had an interesting blend of styles. They’re part Thrash…

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Motorhead’s "Bad Magic" Lemmy's Final Album


By Travis B 

 

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister was deified a metal god even before his death on December 28, 2015. Now that his mortal coil has been severed, he can truly take his rightful place at the celestial throne. But before he left for Valhalla, he left us one final gift: his final album, Bad Magic.

This is a review, and I intend to review this album, but first we need to take a moment to remember Lemmy. We've had lots of rock and roll deaths lately, and more than a couple of them have been tragic. By many…

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Abnormality - Mechanisms of Omniscience

"Mechanisms of Omniscience" by Abnormality​


By Travis B 
  
www.metalblade.com/abnormality/ 
abnormality.bandcamp.com 
  
Abnormality is a Boston based extreme death metal band. The band was formed in 2005 from members of other bands, such as Sexcrement, Forced Asphyxiation, and Goratory. In 2016, the band released their second album, Mechanisms of Omniscience, as a follow-up to their 2012 debut album, “Contaminating the Hive Mind.” 
  
Abnormality combines old school death metal with more modern, technical death…

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Tombs - All Empires Fall 

REVIEW:  "All Empires Fall" by Tombs
By Travis B.  



Release: April 1, 2016 
Tombscult.com 
Facebook.com/TombsBklyn/ 
Twitter @Tombs666 
Buy at: tombsbklyn.bandcamp.com 
  
All Empires Fall is the newest EP release from North American Black Metallers Tombs. It also the first release since adding a new member, keyboardist and backup vocalist Fade Kainer. 
  
You would think that adding a new member to the band would drastically change the style. With Tombs, not so much. It seems the new keyboard player does little…

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Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

REVIEW: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
By Travis Boylls



http://www.metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse
 
“A Skeletal Domain” is the 13th album from the masters of gore, Cannibal Corpse, one of the world’s most known and highest grossing death metal bands. How does 'lucky number 13' stack up to the rest of their library? Let's take a closer look.
 
First, let’s talk about the album cover. Normally it's not necessary to mention the cover art when reviewing an album, but Cannibal Corpse is known for having some of…Read more
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Motorhead "Bad Magic"

Review: Bad Magic by Motörhead
By Travis B.


 
2015 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of classic metal. In addition to new albums from Slayer and Iron Maiden, we also have a new Motörhead album. However, when a band releases a new album after being at it for more than 40 years, we tend to be cautiously optimistic. There's always the question of whether or not they still got it. With Bad Magic by Motörhead, this is especially of concern considering Lemmy Kilmister's recent health problems.
 
Earlier this…Read more
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