Author: Christian Graus

Album Review: Kissin’ Dynamite – Generation Goodbye Dynamite Nights

When a band has songs called ‘Running Free’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, and named after an obscure AC/DC song that a member had as a ringtone, it’s fair to assume they are haunted by the ghost of metal past.  A band with a love of 80s metal, growing up in the heartland of power metal, they have a sound that mixes elements of both to great effect. This 25 track live album sounds immediately familiar (the introduction to the first track, Generation Goodbye, reminds you immediately of ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’, for example).  All five of their...

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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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