Exxiles: “Oblivion” Album Review By Evil Jon!
May01

Exxiles: “Oblivion” Album Review By Evil Jon!

I always get excited when “symphonic/progressive metal” comes up in a band description because I immediately know I can expect something beyond the scope of the ordinary. And that is why it was with great fervor that I approached Oblivion, the debut release from Exxiles, due out in May. Given it’s a new project boasting members and guest contributors from bands like Symphony X, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Ayreon,...

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Klone: “Here Comes the Sun” Album Review By Evil Jon!
Apr03

Klone: “Here Comes the Sun” Album Review By Evil Jon!

  French rockers Klone will be releasing their seventh album, Here Comes The Sun, in late April. As one who is not all that familiar with the band’s discography, I was very interested to hear what sort of impression I’d get from a band who has been on the bill with groups like Gojira and King’s X. I was actually surprised to find that the music on this album is largely in the vein of bands like Porcupine Tree, Riverside and...

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Barren Earth: “On Lonely Towers” Album Review By Evil Jon!
Mar17

Barren Earth: “On Lonely Towers” Album Review By Evil Jon!

This review on Barren Earth’s new album On Lonely Towers has honestly been one of the most difficult that I’ve written in quite awhile. Each time I sit down and type something while I’m playing the record I find that I become side-tracked by the actual music and, before I know it, I’ve been completely absorbed for an hour and haven’t written a thing. For the sake of actually completing this review, I’m going to try to...

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Atten Ash: “The Hourglass” Album Review By Evil Jon!
Feb24

Atten Ash: “The Hourglass” Album Review By Evil Jon!

It’s been a while since I’ve heard a melodic doom/melodeath album that did anything special for me. When done right, the music in this subgenre can provide some of the more enjoyable examples of modern metal. Early Opeth, October Tide, Be’Lakor and Daylight Dies are some prime examples of this and, fortunately, the new release from North Carolina’s Atten Ash, The Hourglass, can be added to this list. It’s hardly a surprise, though,...

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Subversion: “Animi” Album Review By Evil Jon!
Feb18

Subversion: “Animi” Album Review By Evil Jon!

My first impression of Animi was that it was some sort of djent/techno-metal hybrid. There is a sense that the ideas presented have the same sort of technical complexity used by the likes of TesseracT and Periphery (with a lot of the same obnoxiously derivative, unmusical qualities), but with a machine-like, clinical quality that can only come from relentless over-editing in the studio. Every track on the album is obviously chopped,...

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