Author: Mike Ritchie

LUCIFER – Occult of Personality

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The word “timeless” is sometimes used to describe music appealing to a broad audience.  Stockholm’s Lucifer have captured the sounds and sights of their music in a nice, custom-made capsule emanating the best musical strengths of the ‘70s with mysterious hints and wayward shadows from the ‘60s. Delivering a mixture of horror cinema, the occult,… Read more »


DOOL – Summerland – album review

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The members of Dool could be described as true wandering souls, in search of the most unique and diverse ways to accurately translate their ideas to music. Summerland is the Rotterdam group’s second effort, current statement and a step forward from debut Here Now There Then.  It takes their dark, experimental ambiance to parts unknown… Read more »


LUCIFER – III

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The Ides of March brought us the third offering from Stockholm’s soothing cult rock outfit Lucifer.  This is a band producing music that is subtle in sound but like any good spell-caster is potent in effect.  III pulls in your ear and maybe even your soul, hooked by the sorcery of Johanna Sadonis delivery and… Read more »


TESTAMENT – Titans of Creation

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For the superstitiously inclined, 13 is a somewhat plagued number.  For Testament it stands for another landmark album of loud, Bay Area thrash with a namesake defining longevity, with time speaking for them. Their new onslaught incorporates all major earth bound elements, staying loyal to traditional ingredients while tossing some new additives into the eternal-bubbling… Read more »


BEHEMOTH – I loved You at Your Darkest – Tour Edition

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Behemoth frontman Nergal has spent a very loud career taking spiritual iconography to the deepest and darkest corners of his mind.  Many (if not most) of their videos feature deconsecration of many things, especially those religiously sacred. Though they’ve thrown the holiest of holy’s straight into the fiery depths, they’ve done so with their own brand… Read more »


MICHAEL SWEET – Keeping TEN Heavy and Holy

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Michael Sweet has spent the last few decades roaring guitar strings with a stack of solo albums while rolling with the holy warriors of Stryper.  He’s still a soldier under command, but when not focused on the yellow and black attack he’s working his solo material spreading the word a different way. In spite of… Read more »


MICHAEL SWEET – Ten

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Stryper front man Michael Sweet has released his tenth solo record, named after The Ten Commandments. The album is simply titled Ten. The record features a wide list of heavy musicianship from Whitesnake to Fozzy to Queensrÿche and L.A. Guns, even venturing into the realm of extreme metal.  More than ten guest musicians took part in the… Read more »


SLAYER – The Repentless Killogy

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The Repentless Killogy is both a video narrative companion piece to a live Slayer show and a graphic cinematic swan song to the band in their final year.  The concert itself was filmed in August 2017 and released during their final leg with a two night November run at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The… Read more »


SLAYER – Live! The Last Campaign in Columbus

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Slayer brought the final leg of their farewell tour to Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena which was stacked to the rafters with fanatics there to see Slayer one last time–or for some, the first time.  Assuming this is their last live trek, they played a 20 song set of blistering classics, fan favorites and a few… Read more »


NIKKI STRINGFIELD – The Maiden of Haunted Harmonies

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Nikki Stringfield has lived the young musician’s dream of moving to L.A., finding a group of like-minded musicians and playing the music of a band she grew up on.  That band just happens to be Iron Maiden and she’s been able to play their music in tribute around the globe.  Stringfield plays the role of Dave… Read more »


NIKKI STRINGFIELD – Harmonies for the Haunted

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From humble Texas beginnings making YouTube videos of guitar play techniques, Nikki Stringfield has built her own audience, eventually leading to major industry attention.  Holding a degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas she joined metal band Before The Mourning upon her West Coast arrival. Stringfield then took a huge step forward auditioning for the… Read more »


HELLYEAH – Welcome Home – Album Review

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Through six records the members of Hellyeah have proven they’re the loud, screaming exception to the short-lived ‘super group’ rule still oozing adrenaline on stage and sweating fire with their new record Welcome Home. The album is a pounding tribute to lyrical themes held dear and a celebratory tribute to the life of Vinnie Paul…. Read more »


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