Review: Manowar

Manowar "Warriors of the World" (Metal Blade) Manowar just hasn't been the same since September eleventh.  Like the rest of us they were deeply affected by the images of sudden violent warfare waged...

Review: Beyond the Embrace

Beyond the Embrace "Against the Elements" (Metal Blade) Melodic metal with hoarse screaming vocals (but not all the time) sometimes the singer does something some might call singing, a kind of singing...

Review: In Extremo

In Extremo "Sunder Ohne Zugel" (Metal Blade) Do I like In Extremo?  You bet.  Is it because I might have a little thing for big German men in skirts?  You bet your skirt-clad bottom!  In Extremo play...

Review: Chinchilla

Chinchilla "The Last Millennium" (Metal Blade) My last encounter with Chinchilla didn't go all too well.  In fact, I wasn't even able to keep their CD in one piece.  It wasn't like I shattered it into...

Review: Vehemence

Vehemence "God Was Created" (Metal Blade) A death metal concept album: just what everybody was waiting for.  The concept seems simple enough; it tells the story of some loser who wants this virgin girl,...

Review: The Fallen

The Fallen "Front Toward Enemy" (Metal Blade) Heavy metal music with militaristic Prong (Force Fed era) influenced vocals.  The Fallen create easily digested chunky bits of guitar riffery followed by...

Review: Riot

Riot "Through the Storm" (Metal Blade) Riot, huh, I thought they must have been long dead.  Maybe it's a different Riot?  No, sounds pretty much like the Riot of the eighties.  I didn't particularly...

Review: Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation "“To Serve Man”" (Metal Blade) Ex-members of the Locust, among others, offer us their brutal first full-length cut for Metal Blade.  A far cry from the sans bass, 30 second song...

Review: Symphorce

Symphorce "Phorceful Ahead" (Metal Blade) First, the band's name.  It's a combination of the words "symphony" and "force."  With this bit of nonsense in mind, I'd say Symphorce is neither particularly...

Review: Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth "Versus the World" (Metal Blade) There's an overall melancholy feel to the recording which is strange for such double bass driven death metal, but I often find that death metal tends to alter...