[Audio] Marc Rizzo Interview on The Rock on 88.7 WJCU

Marc Rizzo - Legionnaire Album (Photo Courtesy of Phlamencore Records)This past weekend I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Marc Rizzo, who in addition to being the lead guitarist for Soulfly and the Cavalera Conspiracy is currently on tour playing solo material in clubs across the U.S. Continue reading

[Album Review] Marrok – Days of Mercury

Marrok is Austrian for punching an aesthetically pleasing hole through your face with music. (Album Art courtesy of Marrok)

Brutal. Groovetastic. Exciting. Melodic. All accurate words to describe the new release from Austrian industrial / metal outfit Marrok, titled Days of Mercury. Showing inspiration from such American metal acts as Slipknot and Dream Theater, this album is proof positive that the group are a musical force to be reckoned with. That is, for the modern metal fan who prefers a heavy dose of melody shrouded over a pounding groove rounded out by electronic elements that serve to accent but never overpower the overall metallic feel. Continue reading

[Interview Audio] Corey Beaulieu of Trivium, from Rock on the Range, 5.20.12

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium never hesitates to let loose the arpeggios on the guitar. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Contemporary thrashers Trivium were one of many bands who Rocked the Range in Columbus on 5.20.12. Lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu was kind enough to take the time to sit down for an interview, and we talked about all things metal! Continue reading

[Photos] Anthrax at Rock on the Range 2012 at Columbus Crew Stadium on 5.20.12

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Anthrax Anthrax, live in concert at Rock on the Range at Columbus Crew Stadium, f.y.e. Second Stage in Columbus, OH on 5.20.12. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

[Concert Review + Setlist] Rammstein at Quicken Loans Arena, 5.3.12

Rammstein brought the metal fury (and the fire) to the Q on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

On Thursday 5.3.12, metal fans in Cleveland got to experience arguably the best stage show in rock music today as Rammstein made their triumphant return to Ohio via Quicken Loans Arena. Concertgoers reveled the full violent glory of the show as huge flames, fireworks, spark throwers, and even a giant foam-shooting phallus (yep!) thrilled those in attendance. Continue reading

[Album Review + Video] Sacred 13 – Black Days Behind Us

Sacred 13’s “Black Days Behind Us” is a rager evoking memories of the best of Pantera. (Photo courtesy of Sacred 13)

Sacred 13 is here, and demands your attention with their fourth full-length album Black Days Behind Us – this release is the group’s best yet, full of shred, melody – and grit.

The group, according to the official bio,  is on a mission to become the “Metallica of their generation”. Reaching the heights of Metallica is a lofty goal to have, but if Sacred 13 is able to find the right audience for their brand of metal, the group definitely has the skills – and the goods. Lead guitarist / lead vocalist Josh Karickhoff has a look that evokes memories of the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott – and the way he plays guitar will remind the listener of Dime even more! Continue reading

[Album Review] Solipsist – Extinction Protocol (EP)

The Extinction Protocol is upon us... (Album Art - Dave Vezdos, Solipsist)

Shredtastic. Brutal. Groovin’. All of the aforementioned are words that accurately describe the new EP from Solipsist, titled “Extinction Protocol”. The tracks on the album prove that thrash is alive and well here in Cleveland, and brutal as ever! Continue reading