Tag Archives: Thrash Metal

Interview With Nevermore

During the Power Of Metal Tour with Symphony X, Nevermore and Psychotic Waltz I had the change to sit down with Jeff Loomis of Nevermore fame. He turned out to be a very down to earth and downright funny conversationalist with some very sharp and witty answers from time to time. We talked about the whole Power Of Metal Tour, trading licks with Micheal Romeo (Symphony X), The Obsidian Conspiracy and his love for seventies music… Continue reading


Interview with The Haunted

The Haunted are about to release their latest album, entitled Unseen. It’s quite an experimental affair, much like The Dead Eye. On behalf of the band vocalist Peter Dolving answered my questions about the new album, the focus on rather pop orientated song structures and his rather outspoken views on the world around him. His answers speak for themselves… Continue reading


Machine Head – Through The Ashes Of Empires

Machine Head made quite an impact on the metal scene with their 1994 album Burn My Eyes. It was instant classic and the follow-up album was quite a smasher in its own right. Things went downhill for Robb Flynn and Co after that. The hardcore fan base didn’t appreciate the nu metal tendencies of The Burning Red (1999) and the punk rock influences of Supercharger (2001) didn’t turn any heads either. Machine Head remained a powerful live act and that saved them from certain annihilation. Through The Ashes Of Empires was a reflection of that period and it put them back on the metal map. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading


Machine Head – The Blackening

Through The Ashes Of Empires was a more than excellent return to form for Robb Flynn and Co. Machine Head gained some momentum again and they also managed to let the creative juices flow freely once more. The culmination of their newly gained confidence came in the form Of The Blackening, arguably their most ambitious and pretentious album to date. Continue reading


The Haunted – Unseen

Once labelled as a mere Slayer clone, The Haunted have come a long way. Especially with the return of singer Peter Dolving the band started to break out from their thrash metal confinements. Albums like rEVOLVEr (2004) en Versus (2008) are still more or less thrash metal based, while The Dead Eye (2006) has quite an experimental edge. This years marks the release of the latest album by Dolving and Co, simply entitled Unseen. Continue reading


Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor

Enemies Of Reality by Nevermore is somewhat saved by the remixing skills of Andy Sneap, but it’s by no means the band’s strongest release in their career. Nevermore had to prove themselves once again, when they released This Godless Endeavor. That album certainly made quite an impression on me at the time. Continue reading


Nevermore – The Politics Of Ecstasy

The Politics Of Ecstasy (1996) is Nevermore’s second full length album. It’s named after a book by Timothy Leary. It’s not the easiest album by the band to get into, but it’s vital to understand their evolution and growth. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading


Nevermore – Dreaming Neon Black

My introduction to Nevermore was their Dreaming Neon Black album (1999). It’s a concept album of sorts, but as with many lyrics and stories by Warrel Dane the true meaning still eludes me. Let’s have a closer look at what the album is all about. Continue reading


Nevermore – Enemies Of Reality

Enemies Of Reality is arguably Nevermore’s most controversial effort, mainly due to the muddy production by Kelly Gray (Queensryche). At the time the band had many struggles with their record company, which shines through in the material of this album. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading


Nevermore – Dead Heart In A Dead World

After a lot of touring for Dreaming Neon Black (1999) and the departure of second guitarist Tim Calvert, Nevermore decided to continue as a four-piece. The band started to work on a new album, entitled Dead Heart In A Dead World. This album put Jeff Loomis and Co firmly on the metal map, spawning many songs which are still on the Nevermore set list to this very day. Continue reading


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