Centuries of Decay (Band Interview)

Today we speak to Devin Doucette -guitarist/vocalist from Centuries of Decay: Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? Centuries of Decay formed in 2013 in Toronto, Ontario by Myself (Devin Doucette) Derrick Doucette  Rob McAllister. Derrick and I grew up in Charlottetown and were involved in the music scene there. I went to school for photography and digital imaging and decided to move up to Toronto in 2005. The love for music was too strong and after a while, I put down the camera and went back to school for Audio Production at The Harris Institute, where he met guitarist Rob McAllister, who shared the same passion for heavy music. All this time, Derrick was still playing […]

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Paul Johnson and The About Last Night’s: Give Up The Ghost (Album Review)

 

 There are few things in this world that kick and punch with sounds like American Rock music. It’s personal. It’s powerful. It’s rebellious. This is “Give Up The Ghost” by the amazing Paul Johnson and The About Last Night’s. The songs on this EP pack a kick from start to finish. It’s a wonderful thing to listen to such brilliantly written, constructed and executed music. Underachiever Burn It Down American Story (Adrenaline) Hollywood Missing You (Digital Only Bonus Track) Each and every song on this album whets the appetite. There is a strength on this album that, in many ways, dwarfs the strength of many full-length albums I’ve heard over the years. It’s astonishing. Bottom line “Give Up The Ghost” is […]

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Karkaos: Children of The Void (Album Review)

 

 The madness! The madness! Oh, how I adore it. The world is aflame, and hordes of undead Vikings are looting the local mall. It’s Armageddon and WW3 made Metal. This is Karkaos, with their latest offering to the gods of chaos and madness “Children of The Void“. The songs on this 12 track album are pretty much as savage as you’d expect them to be. They kick, scream and flail out in all directions. It’s rather threatening, and more than a little arousing. Babel Skymaster Kolossos Let The Curtain Fall Pale Children Of The Void Rêverie Tyrants Where Mushrooms Grow Lightbearer The Beast Bound By Stars Each and every song on this album is an assault on all the senses; […]

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JIBE: Epic Tales of Human Nature (Album Review)

 

 There is something beautiful about the gruff and eternal sound of Hard-Rock music. This is JIBE with the amazing “Epic Tales of Human Nature“. The songs on this 13 track album are pretty bloody good. There is a nice mix of aggressive drumming, intense fingering (Stop sniggering. -Ed) and powerful lyrics that are the embodiment of Rock! Children Of The Sun Broken City The Human Condition 1 Release Girl On A Hill A Shadow In The Garden Change We’ve Only Just Begun Don’t Give It All Away Waiting Best I Ever Had Sanctuary Bravery Songs such as ‘Girl On A Hill‘ and ‘Sanctuary‘ and ‘Children Of The Sun‘ are exactly what the Rock scene thrives upon: pure, unadulterated music that […]

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Fire From The Gods: Narrative Retold (Album Review)

 

 Once again the office is on fire. This seems to be a weekly occurrence. This time however, the madness is not caused by my inability to consume alcohol and use firelighters at the same time, but instead, it’s caused by the power of music. This is the amazing Fire From The Gods with their latest offering to the gods of chaos, “Narrative Retold“. The songs on this 13 track album come hurtling at the universe from the deepest part of Purgatory. It’s chaos and insanity made flesh. It’s disorder and control united. It’s pure bloody metal. The Voiceless The Taste Public Enemy End Transmission Excuse Me Composition Evolve Pretenders Diversion In Spite Of Doubt Lifeline Into The Blue Excuse Me […]

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Divinity: The Immortalist (Album Review)

 

 Once again my bedroom walls are on fire. Well, yes, I did get absolutely ass-holed last night; so much so that I awoke this morning with a police woman’s helmet, and a rubber traffic cone in my bed. But that is neither here nor there. What is there, is the fact that my walls are burning and my speakers are spewing out a barrage of powerful Metal. (Perhaps that is somehow related. -Ed) This is “The Immortalist” the latest offering to the gods of Metal, from Divinity. The songs on this 12 track album are about as Metal as any songs I’ve ever heard. It’s the antitheses of rebellion, chaos and feral disorder. Manhunt Atlas Hallowed Earth D M T […]

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Empire State Human: Romo (Album Review)

 

 I do enjoy the quiet side of life on occasion. Case in point, I was recently sent a wonderful little synth-pop album that is, I must say, easy on the mind, body and soul. This is Empire State Human with the amazing “Romo“. The songs on this 10 track album, though mellow and moving for the most part, still have the ability to pound at your soul on numerous levels. I Kick Ask Into Grey Night Boy Automation The Invisible Future Sex Dust On Dust My Darkest Hours Nomophobia Walking With Bowie The songs on this album are definitely for those that like emotions other than anger. Songs such as “Into Grey” and “Automation” are wonderfully unique and gorgeously produced. […]

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The Rising Few: Adult Entertainment (Album Review)

 

 There is something wonderful in the combination of energetic Rock music, funky and jig inducing sounds, and fun singable lyrics. This is The Rising Few with their latest offering to the gods, “Adult Entertainment“. The songs on this 8 track album are as diverse and varied as any we have ever heard. It makes you want to jump around, wave your arms and fly around in circles. Try Try Again (Gonna Need A Helping Hand) Gullible The Sinking of the I’M ALONE Big Boy Games Save Yourself Lights and Shadows Try Try Again Hit the Monarchy Songs such as ‘Gullible‘ and ‘Try Try Again‘ are enjoyable and entertaining on numerous levels. Where as songs like ‘Save Yourself‘ and ‘Big Boy […]

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Empire State Human (Band Interview)

Today we speak to Empire State Human. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of Empire State Human? ESH formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1999. With the sole purpose of creating a retro, electro analogue pop sound, with a touch of Sci-Fi, Futurism and electronic pop. I always felt this was going to be a project for the long run, with an appetite for many, many releases. At least one a year. In 2002, upon the advice of the 80s band Alphaville Manager we sent demos to North America, as the Electroclash movement had begun and there was a real taste and interest in synth bands. The timing was perfect and we were snapped up by Ninthwave Records, who at […]

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Defy The Tide: Soteria (Album Review)

 

 There is nothing like an aggressive little EP to start your morning with. In fact, EP’s are such a wonderful way of starting your morning with an almighty kick that they should be a universal law. This is Defy The Tide with the brutal “Soteri“. The songs on this 4 track EP are the epitome of everything that is true of Metal: inhumane sounds and alien vocals drowned in a bath of creative insanity. Traced in Flames Catalyst Primrose Path A Spectre in Silence Each and every song on this album is packed with a punch that is made from the glorious combination of aggression, charm and soul shredding lyrics. It’s a wondrous way to begin your day. Bottom line, […]

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