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Northern Genocide – The Point of No Return

Northern Genocide traces its roots back to Helsinki, Finland in the year 2010. Forging a sound of Modern Melodic Death Metal, they have spent well over a decade honing what that means to them. Lyrically, they explore dark topics, like overpopulation, pestilence, and other human flaws. As with many bands exploring the plague that is humanity, they take no prisoners in their criticism of how the human race is their own worst enemy. At this point in history, that man has likely killed more by their stupidity and greed than in the name of religion. Take a trip through this darkness and see what could be in store for the next generation. Northern Genocide will be that tour guide.

Jo Below – New Worlds

Jo Below is one of those bands that you read about and question what you just saw; Southern-Fried Blues Hard Rock from Finland. Go ahead, read that again. With a sound that crosses into 70s-inspired Classic Rock on a whim, the four of them bring back something old and make it new again. This is like Fleetwood Mac meets The Outlaws with some Stevie Ray Vaughn sprinkled in for good measure. This EP has a killer groove to it with catchy guitar hooks and rhythms that you can move to. It is amazing to hear modern tunes inspired by music from 50 years ago sound so fresh. See, Finland isn’t all Black Metal and corpse paint. Jo Below shows the musical culture there is as diverse as anywhere in the Metal Realm.

Coventhrall – Legacy of Morfuidra

Coventhrall is a Finnish Power Metal band with a love of science fiction and epic storylines. This album has space pirates, and who doesn’t love that? With a narrator and multiple vocalists to create more of a Metal Opera style concept album, this album has layers of sound in both the vocals and the instrumentation. Three guitars and keyboards give this an atmospheric feel worthy of being set in space. Formed in 2005, they’ve had a steady lineup for most, if not all, of their existence, something that is not as common as it used to be. I can only assume this is part of why they sound like a single, solid unit as a band, they know who they are, and believe in their identity. Dive into this and you will hear that also.

After Infinity – After Infinity

After Infinity is a Finnish band formed by guitarist and songwriter Zsolt Szilagyi, known for his work with Dreamtale and Frozen Factory. The band’s music encompasses a wide range of power and heavy metal styles, featuring dynamic compositions that seamlessly blend heavy guitar riffs, epic orchestrations, and powerful vocals with soft piano melodies and soulful singing. Their catchy and beautiful melodies are sure to captivate listeners. After Infinity ranges from Heavy to Power to Symphonic Metal, weaving through styles like a slalom skier through the gates on a downhill course; using power, finesse, and a lot of daring.

Girlschool/Lillian Axe/Alcatrazz – Black Cat, Washington DC – March 28, 2024

Girlschool/Lillian Axe/Alcatrazz – Black Cat, Washington DC – March 28, 2024

Sacrificial Betrayal/Kazha/Offensive/Ametropia – Another Round Bar And Grill – March 25, 2024

Another Round Bar and Grill – Richmond, VA It was a bit strange being at Another Round on a Monday night. I’m usually there on weekends, but this gave me an opportunity to catch a different side of the place. Monday night hosts a pool league, so I watched people who have actual skills play.  Continue Reading »

Folterkammer – Another Round RVA – Richmond, VA, March 23, 2024

Folterkammer – Another Round RVA – Richmond, VA, March 23, 2024

Shadowpath – The Aeon Discor​dance

Shadowpath is a four-piece Progressive Melodic Symphonic Death Metal band from Switzerland. Tracing their origins back to 2005 under a different name, they took on the moniker Shadowpath in 2006, looking to make a name for themselves in an area where Metal was already well established and finding a way to be unique was not easy. Fast forward almost two decades and you will hear they have managed to become something that is new and intriguing by fusing numerous sub-genres into a beautiful amalgam of tones and textures. The Aeon Discordance is their second full-length LP and it has cemented Shadowpath as one of the unique bands on the scene at this time.

Masser – The Forlorn Path

Masser, the brainchild of Gideon Waxman, former drummer of the UK metalcore band Familiar Spirit, is known for its unique blend of dark folk-tinged layers, rich sonic textures, and immersive soundscapes. Drawing inspiration not only from the realms of metal but also from video game and film soundtracks, such as the Elder Scrolls video game  Continue Reading »

In Vain – Back To Nowhere

Spanish four-piece Speed/Thrash Metal band In Vain formed in 2003. In that time, they have released six full-length albums with Back To Nowhere being the latest. To keep the fans on their toes, they add elements of Power and Progressive Metal to make sure there is plenty of intrigue and excitement to keep you hooked.  Continue Reading »



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