Stormland 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?
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).
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.
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
Music legend Yoshiki continues to go out on a high note in 2018. Yoshiki, featuring Hyde have now released their official cover of “The Red Swan”, the Attack On Titan theme song. Watch the video below! Continue reading
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
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
French Blackgaze leaders Alcest have forged a career out of merely being artists following their will, rather than the passions of what fans want them to be. By setting the artistic ideal almost too high from the first ghost-notes of The Secret in 2005, to the twist and turns of Souvenirs d’un autre monde, through the evolution from Écailles de Lune, and more recently the brilliant Shelter in 2014, the band has charmed and confused equally. Continue reading