The Anatomy Of: Hoth

Last week, I had the extreme privilege of receiving Hoth’s new record, Astral Necromancy. It is a wondrous album that takes up a unique niche in metal: blackened melodic death metal. It’s a unique blend of death metal stylings and black metal themes all set within an established space opera…

8-Track: Amorphis

Amorphis has had an eclectic career, to say the least. The Finish melodeath pioneers have been responsible for some of the most memorable and the most forgettable melodic death metal the genre has to offer. While modern times may have seen them become overshadowed by their countrymen in Insomnium and Children of Bodom, yet few have traversed a stylistic spectrum as wide as Amorphis. The near three-decades since their inception has seen the band go through significant line-up changes, all while incorporating sizable aspects of folk, progressive, doom and even power metal into their ever-evolving sound. Now with thirteen studio records under their belt, finding an entry point into their oft-overlooked yet not inconsiderable career can be a daunting task. So, in celebration of the release of their new record Queen of Time, here’s a look at 8 of the most definitive and rewarding moments of their career.

Traditional Metal Rapidfire Roundup – Dream Tröll // Manacle // Spiral Skies

We’ve been singing the praises of the Traditional Heavy Metal revival for a while now. The simple fact is that this movement seems to show no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, releases just seem to keep coming from left and right, touching back on several different sub-genres within the “traditional metal” moniker. To handle this volume of excellent releases that have landed on my plate, I’ve decided to collect three of the best ones from the recent few months and review them together. And thus, you have this post! Read on below for shreds, riff, and high pitched vocals!

Gatekeeper – East of Sun

Metal in general, but trad metal especially, is a divisive style of music, which, if I had to guess, comes from how unabashedly itself it is. It is a genre completely lacking in subtlety or nuance; when it comes to the high-soaring, epic sounds that come under the umbrella of “traditional…

Heavy Rewind – Psychotic Waltz’s A Social Grace

This Californian band’s first iteration lasted a decade, until 1997 (they are now reunited and working on new music, who’s quality is yet to be tested). During that decade they released four albums, with a clear difference between the first two and the latter two. Those two first album, and the debut especially, are masterclasses in progressive metal and represent to this day some of the best actualization of why progressive metal is great. They are technical but furiously aggressive, drawing from the pools of progressive rock and thrash equally. The result is two fantastically deep albums with the first being a timeless classic which has sadly gone forgotten.

Hey! Listen to Substratum!

It is once again my distinct pleasure to recommend some great traditional metal revival to you all! Huzzah! Substratum hail from Seattle, a city whose role in music needs no exposition. They play a no frills, no apologies New Wave of British Heavy Metal type of music so you know what to expect; thick bass riffs straight from the repertoire of one Steve Harris, soaring vocals, sci-fi themes and kick ass riffs. Don’t forget the riffs, since they’re incredibly kick ass. All these elements are amplified by two facts: the first is that Substratum have chosen to reproduce the best parts of the British New Wave, namely those parts with longer tracks, interesting lyrics and varied compositions. The second is that Substratum don’t really give a fuck about anything other than having a good time and making good music. Head on over the break to have a taste for yourself; don’t forget to bring your leather jacket.