Half-Life – Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive have come a long way since the days of all-ages, community center shows at which I became acquainted with them. For one thing—going by the banner picture above—drummer Ben Gordon is now rocking an impressively luscious set of golden locks, while guitarist Jeff Ling is showing his seniority…

Connecting the Dots // The Dillinger Escape Plan

It’s been a while, but we’re back, so welcome to another edition of Connecting the Dots, and today we will be focusing on mathcore masterminds The Dillinger Escape Plan! Whilst they’re soon going to be shutting up shop (R.I.P), we can remain eternally grateful to the incredible records they’ve released during their two-decade career, their vicious live performances, and the incredible other musical projects they leave in their wake. Without further ado, let’s dive into the amazing projects these musicians have been a part of.

Jazz Rock Supergroup The Aristocrats Announce New Album and DVD

The Aristocrats are the kind of super group geared almost exclusively towards serious musicians. An exceptionally talented trio, the collaboration of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia, Steven Wilson), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) has produced two albums of delightful jazz fusion and progressive tinged, instrumental…

Pentakill – Smite and Ignite

It’s so often that a “virtual band” can be quickly dismissed as a gimmick or a fad. “Cartoon characters can’t be musicians,” some would mutter under their breath, relegated to their old-thinking ways that only touring musicians can be considered “true artists” or some such nonsense. With the onset of…

Dethklok – Dethalbum III

Another Dethklok offering “born of evil in a fiery volcano,” Dethalbum III is the latest album spawned by the hit animated show Metalocalypse, which first aired in 2006. Spearheaded by the multitalented Brendon Small (one of the three actual personnel behind the music), the series is centered around a hilariously idiotic and narcissistic death metal five-piece band called Dethklok and all their debaucherous antics. While making seasons three and four, Small was clearly focusing harder on the musical aspect of the show more than ever, as Dethalbum III, a collection of music resulting from these two seasons, illustrates. It sounds more like the product of a “real” band. But does that mean it’s really better?