More (Metal) Guitar in the Monitor – February 2017

The return of our monthly series looking at recent metal releases we’ve been digging…   The Ominous Circle – Appalling Ascension Completely brutal. Completely unrelenting. Portugal’s The Ominous Circle unleashed a hellish torment of death metal blasphemy back in January through one of our favorite labels, 20 Buck Spin. Combining a hammer-to-the-face approach with malevolent … More More (Metal) Guitar in the Monitor – February 2017

The Metal Dad’s Favorite Metal Albums of 2016

2016 may not have been the best year we’ve experienced for a host of reasons, but there’s no denying that 2016 produced some truly amazing metal records. All over the metal pantheon there were some stellar releases. As with the ‘non-metal’ version of this list, this is not to be considered a “best of” list. … More The Metal Dad’s Favorite Metal Albums of 2016

More (Metal) Guitar In the Monitor – December 2016

As we continue to trudge towards another year end (and year end list) we offer our final 2016 installment of our monthly metal albums round-up…   Bethlehem – Bethlehem In 1996, Germany’s Bethlehem released their Dictius Te Necare album. It was then, and still is one of the greatest black metal album ever released. (Or … More More (Metal) Guitar In the Monitor – December 2016

More (Non-Metal) Guitar In The Monitor – December 2016

As we wind our way towards another year end (and year end list) here’s the final 2016 installment of our monthly round-up extolling the virtues of some killer non-metal releases.   Klimt1918 – Sentimentale Jugend This is a two for the price of one, as Italy’s long-running Klimt1918 pack 19 songs into a double album … More More (Non-Metal) Guitar In The Monitor – December 2016

More (Metal) Guitar In The Monitor – November 2016

Continuing our monthly series focusing on recent metal releases that are rocking our world…   Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis In 2013, New Zealand’s Ulcerate showed up with a record that pretty much obliterated everything in its path and set everyone’s year-end lists ablaze. So three years later what do they do for an encore? … More More (Metal) Guitar In The Monitor – November 2016

More (Non-Metal) Guitar In The Monitor – November 2016

A continuing look at the non-metal albums that are heavily loved…   Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death Much like recent releases from the likes of Troller and Darkher, I had a hard time deciding if this album should land on the metal or non-metal version of this monthly round-up. There are certainly moments … More More (Non-Metal) Guitar In The Monitor – November 2016

Fifty Bands, One State

I don’t often write “response posts” to things I’ve read. I think once during the lifetime of our old Lonesome Noise blog did I write a piece in direct response to something else that was written. (Apparently, I was really bugged by Zakk Wylde stating that Black Sabbath without Ozzy wasn’t really Black Sabbath…) Recently … More Fifty Bands, One State