AMORPHIS ‘Queen Of Time’

Amorphis is a name that has gained much prestige in the world of melodic death metal and folk. Having been around for some twenty-plus years, the band has released a myriad of albums that have been influential and diverse in style. Amorphis has never been one to remain too close to their humbler beginnings, instead […]

MORBID ANGEL ‘Kingdoms Disdained’

It’s been six long years for Morbid Angel since their ill-fated Illud Divinum Insanus, an album which has divided listeners since its release; and of which, undoubtedly, alienated a number of their older fans. Having passed “J” with their live album, Juvenilia, in 2015, one of the originators of Florida’s death metal scene has returned with […]

“‘Made of Breath Only’ is our ‘…And Justice For All'” – sleepmakeswaves

In the relatively short space of time the band has existed (having first formed in 2006 and released their debut full-length album, …and so we destroyed everything, in 2011 via Bird’s Robe Records), Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves have – if you can excuse the pun – made significant waves in the metal world. This year alone has seen […]

GEEKS IN METAL: HYBRID NIGHTMARES’ ‘Almagest’

Hybrid Nightmares “Almagest" album cover

Almagest is the long-awaited debut full-length album from the Melbourne-based progressive extreme metal outfit, Hybrid Nightmares. This quintet has had a history of delving into worlds of science-fiction blended with elements of cosmic horror and Kubrick-esque discovery (the band’s signature totem, the ‘Obelisk’, has influences in Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey with the […]

GEEKS IN METAL: Stephen King’s It

Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable names in fiction. A celebrated author of more than 54 published novels and over 200 short stories, he has written extensively in the genres of horror, suspense, supernatural fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, and to date, King has sold more than 350 million copies with his […]

[COLUMN] Geeks In Metal: DRAGONFORCE

“Behold my true form, and despair!” — Count Dracula, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Konami, 1997) Few bands inspire images of fantasy or hope in the face of tragedy or ruin in quite the same way as English power metal act, DragonForce, does. As we fast approach DragonForce’s impending Australian tour near the end of this […]

[COLUMN] GEEKS IN METAL: Emyn Muil

The tale of Akallabêth is one of tragedy and loss, for a time when the last light of man’s purity in the eyes of the gods, the Valar, was darkened and then extinguished from the world of Arda. It tells how Elenna or Númenórë, the “Land of the Star” and “Land of Gift”, was scratched from […]

[COLUMN] Geeks In Metal

Following on from our previous instalment, this edition of Geeks In Metal returns to the world of Blind Guardian and George R.R. Martin. With the second track from their 2010 opus, At the Edge of Time, inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire: War of the Thrones, the imagery of the lyrics and the heavy […]

[COLUMN] Geeks In Metal

“I can’t fly,” Bran said. “I can’t, I can’t…” How do you know? Have you ever tried? — George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (1996) In this edition of Geeks In Metal, we will be deviating away from the extreme end of metal, and instead focusing on one of power metal’s most prestigious acts, Germany’s […]

[COLUMN] Geeks In Metal

By Jonathon Besanko Welcome back to Geeks In Metal. In this edition I will be discussing an album that has fascinated me since I first discovered it a couple years ago on YouTube. Released in 2013 via Nartum Music Projects, the uniquely titled Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga comes from the Italian epic ambient black metal project, Emyn Muil. […]

[COLUMN] Geeks In Metal

By Jonathon Besanko Good tidings, fellow adventurers! Welcome to a new weekly column I will be writing to discuss a topic that has long intrigued and fascinated me (being the rather dorky metalhead that I am); that of ‘Geeks in Metal’, and this shared notion of a number of musicians in metal bands around the […]