Author: Christian Graus

Forgotten Classics: Feinstein – Third Wish

Back in 2004, metal was not as healthy as it is today.  Nu metal was in decline and a lot of older fans never liked it to start with.  Perhaps that’s why David ‘Rock’ Feinstein decided the time was right to release an album of straight up 80s influenced metal.   David is a cousin of Ronnie James Dio and was with him in Elf, playing guitar.  From there he went and worked in the wilderness as a wildlife ranger for a while before forming a band called David Feinstein’s Thunder with a gentleman by the name of Joey...

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Album Review: Integrity – Howling For The Nightmare Shall Consume

Integrity is a crossover hardcore/metal band that is credited widely with inventing metalcore.  Their leader, Dwid Hellion, has released Charles Manson’s music, love the ‘Church of Holy Terror’, and has been called ‘Glenn Danzig mixed with David Lee Roth’. There’s not much Diamond Dave on this album.  A concept album about Armageddon, the music is fast, and the singing impassioned and aggressive.  There’s no gap between the tracks (at least on the version we heard), which helps it merge together and feel like a single body of work with an overarching idea, not just a collection of songs. One...

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Album Review: Ex Eye – (Self Titled)

Ex Eye is a band formed around Colin Stetone, a saxophone player who does most of the heavy lifting, along with a guitar player, a drummer and a guy playing a variety of instruments (one assumes mostly bass though), he is a multi-instrumentalist who is active in the New York jazz scene in his own right. This is an album of instrumental music, comprising of only four tracks, with two going over the ten-minute mark. The total length is about 35 minutes. The music has been called a fusion of metal, rock and jazz by some observers, but to...

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Album Review: Rage – Seasons Of The Black

Rage have been going for over 30 years now, and they show no signs of slowing down.  On this, their second album with Marcos Rodriguez on guitar and Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos on drums, they sound as good as ever. The basic format is three piece power metal, with lots of heavy riffs and intricate solos, including plenty of melodic passages and harmonies.  Of course, Peavey Wagner on bass and vocals remains the core of the band.  The previous guitarist, Victor Smokski, was in the band for sixteen years.  The band released some excellent music in this time, but for this...

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“You owe it to history and you owe it to the people who wrote the history and lived back then, to do it accurately” – An Interview With ELUVEITIE’s Chrigel Glanzmann

OVERDRIVE Sat Down with Eluveitie’s Chrigel Glanzmann to discuss their latest album – Evocation II: Pantheon Evocation was released in 2009 and people have been asking for a follow up album for a while now so when you decided now was the time to do it, did the fact that people are chasing it factor into it or you decide when it’s the right time for you? Yeah totally I think that’s important. A decision was made, while we were working on our last album origins already, that the next one after Origins will be Evocation II. But, why...

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