ALBUM REVIEW: Stormland – The Human Cost

is a one-man Death Metal project that bills itself as “Gundam Metal.” I’m not as hip to Gundam as I am to Transformers, but I love the approach. What’s more metal than giant fucking fighting robots?

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ALBUM REVIEW: coldrain – Nonnegative


Fifteen years, and now seven albums into a successful career that has seen them move into both chart success status in their native Japan and mainstream culture by providing the opening theme for Netflix original anime series Bastard, Nagoya five-piece metalcore outfit coldrain are back following the longest gap between releases, with new offering Nonnegative (Warner Japan).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Beast In Black – Dark Connection

Replacing axe-wielding lions and scantily clad, big-haired warrior maidens with vivid, futuristic imagery, it only takes a quick glance at the cover art of Dark Connection (Nuclear Blast), the new album by multinational power metal act Beast in Black, to see that science fiction and anime have played an integral role in its, er… inception.

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Worshipper – Light in the Wire

It just was never meant to be. These aren’t just the rantings of a polluted mind, but my sincere consensus after giving Worshipper‘s sophomore effort Light in the Wire (Tee Pee Records) a few spins. ‘Coming Through’ gets things started and feeling like we’re entering a Baroness type soundscape and I with weed pen in hand await with bated breath. Continue reading

Nine Studio Ghibli Soundtrack Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl This Fall

The filmography of Studio Ghibli and the films of Hayao Miyazaki hold a beloved place in the hearts of many fans. The musical genius of longtime Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi, including the first scores he ever wrote, for Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind in 1983 are some of the most famed soundtracks ever heard. This includes traditional scores and highly regarded “image albums” musical cues from animated films that breathe life into characters. Now the classic scores to nine Studio Ghibli are seeing a deluxe reissue on vinyl for the first time this November 3rd via the Tokuma label. Pre-order information and links are below. Now listen to the firest teaser of the albums, The Wind Forest’ from My Neighbor Totoro:Continue reading

Epica vs Attack on Titan EP

Dutch natives, Epica are releasing their second EP – Epica vs Attack on Titan (Nuclear Blast) —based on the Japanese anime series Attack on Titan. The band recorded the EP last summer and released it in Japan last December. Now, the rest of the world will finally be able to get an earful of pure symphonic metal. Attack on Titan, the series, has seen a vast success since its release in 2009 and Epica have achieved a wonderful job on their covers of the Japanese comic series. Continue reading