Girding for War: Tools of the Trade

One does not go to war without weapons and one does not make music without instruments. Just as the quality of the warrior is more important than the quality of the weapon, so too, the quality of the musician is more important than the quality of the instrument. Nonetheless, limited equipment can impeach the user’s ability for effective action. With that in mind, let us take a look at Roland’s V-Drums.
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Monstrosity Millennium: The Pinnacle of Technical Death Metal


Guest article by Svennerick

Released in August of 1996, Monstrosity’s second effort Millennium is an album I personally hold in very high regards, considering I nearly spent eight months listening to it multiple times a day. This is an addictive album and each new listen made it clearer why this album stands head and shoulders above anything released under the term “technical death metal.”

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Tales of Dhvaras Release “Slay”

Promising Forest Rock/Power metal band Tales of Dhvaras release new song “Slay” in preparation for an upcoming record. “Slay” starts with a bluesy introduction before slowly touching on the arpeggiated style of early Immortal and arranged in the style of blue collar USPM √† la Iced Earth. Extended harmonized passages before returning to the simple yet uplifting chorus. While many will categorize this under Black metal it is closer to Power metal with the Black metal elements used to colour certain passages and as an aesthetic tool. Though the song’s main riff does border on clich√© as it has been overused many times, Tales of Dhvaras might not invent anything new but there is a lot of potential in this “Blackened” Power metal style.

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Sewer – Skarnage

Guest Article by Corey M

Sewer is a strange band with a strange canon and a trajectory stranger yet. Supposedly the band started off in 2013 as a clone of the one-man act Phantom, who ultimately puts out better music, but that is neither here nor there. According to their label website, Sewer has maintained the same guitarist (whom this author suspects could actually be Phantom as well), bassist, and drummer throughout their existence, but at one point lost their vocalist to another band, Vermin, who oddly (or not) sound exactly like a fusion of Phantom and Sewer. There is little information available online regarding the actual membership of the band, and every website that mentions them (along with their subsequent clone bands [Vermin, Demonecromancy, Reiklos, and Neraines, in order of best to worst]) appear to be run by the same individual who utilizes a battery of wordpress sites and sockpuppet accounts to astroturf a narrative of underground support.

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