Chris Hawkins

Album Review: THE SPIRIT – Sounds From The Vortex
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Album Review: THE SPIRIT – Sounds From The Vortex

All fans of classic 1990s European Black/Death Metal should take notice of The Spirit who have just recently released their…
Album Review: BAEST – Danse Macabre
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Album Review: BAEST – Danse Macabre

Perhaps living at the epicenter of the oncoming mega-storm hurricane looming along the coast, spiraling to bring doom to all…
Album Review: Integrity/Krieg – Split EP
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Album Review: Integrity/Krieg – Split EP

Seeing this release, I instantly connected knowing it had to be covered.  Integrity helped write the book on metallic Hardcore. …
Album Review: DRAGHKAR – The Endless Howling Abyss
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Album Review: DRAGHKAR – The Endless Howling Abyss

When thinking of underground brutal old school Death Metal, one probably does not first list Los Angeles. Despite this fact,…
Album Review: OBSCURA – Diluvium
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Album Review: OBSCURA – Diluvium

Obscura is a Progressive Death Metal band from Germany. Founded in 2002 by guitarists/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, the band have just…
Album Review: IMMORTAL – Northern Chaos Gods
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Album Review: IMMORTAL – Northern Chaos Gods

Rejoice for the fact that one of the most brilliant yet savage bands from 27 years ago has released an…
Album Review: BEGAT THE NEPHILIM – I: The Surreptitious Prophecy/Mother of the Blasphemy
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Album Review: BEGAT THE NEPHILIM – I: The Surreptitious Prophecy/Mother of the Blasphemy

Begat the Nephilim are relative newcomers to the land of signed acts and international press. Formed in 2012, the band…
Album Review: MADBALL – For The Cause
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Album Review: MADBALL – For The Cause

Growing up, classic Heavy Metal such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and W.A.S.P. served as my primary education into heavy…
Album Review: BURN THE PRIEST – Legion: XX
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Album Review: BURN THE PRIEST – Legion: XX

Time flies. It doesn’t seem nearly twenty years ago since first acquiring the self-titled release by a band from Richmond,…
Album Review: CANDLEMASS – House of Doom
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Album Review: CANDLEMASS – House of Doom

When one thinks of Doom Metal, the first band that immediately pops into one’s mind nine times out of ten…
Album Review: SKOGEN – Skuggorna Kallar
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Album Review: SKOGEN – Skuggorna Kallar

Skogen (in English: Forest) is a Swedish Black Metal band that has recently released their fifth full-length entitled Skuggorna Kallar…
Interview: NYLOCK of WITCH CASKET
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Interview: NYLOCK of WITCH CASKET

The formation of Witch Casket began in 2013 when ex-Sothis guitarist Colin “Nylock” Cameron and guitarist Neal Tiemann started working…
Album Review: AMORPHIS – Queen of Time
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Album Review: AMORPHIS – Queen of Time

In 1994, I was a sophomore in high school with two years’ experience as a bass player and practically a…
Album Review: DIMMU BORGIR – Eonian
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Album Review: DIMMU BORGIR – Eonian

One of the most anticipated releases this season for many Metal fans is the new album, Eonian, by Dimmu Borgir,…
Album Review: IHSAHN – Ámr
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Album Review: IHSAHN – Ámr

The mid-1990s were an important time for me personally, musically, and also for the Metal community in general. I was…
Album Review: YASHIRA – Shrine
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Album Review: YASHIRA – Shrine

Listening to this, the first full-length by Yashira from Jacksonville, FL, I feel as if transported back to 2002.  While…
Album Review: ABOVE AURORA – Path to Ruin
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Album Review: ABOVE AURORA – Path to Ruin

In Extreme Metal, despite being the forefront of creativity perhaps in any genre of music, things can often become too…
Album Review: VARMIA – W Ciele Nie
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Album Review: VARMIA – W Ciele Nie

This year seems quite different from last year.  In 2017, the scene became so populated with new albums that for…
Album Review: GRIFT – Vilsna Andars Boning
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Album Review: GRIFT – Vilsna Andars Boning

Fans of Sweden’s Atmospheric Black Metal band, Grift, should be accustomed to Erik Gärdefors’s habit of releasing EPs. Vilsna Andars…
Album Review: BEHEMOTH – Messe Noire: Live Satanist
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Album Review: BEHEMOTH – Messe Noire: Live Satanist

As the intro, full of screams and grating metal, plays over the PA, the crowd begins to scream in anticipation…
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