Art & Entertainment Archive

  • Album vs. Live

    Album vs. Live

    A pet peave of mine:  Bands who do something in the studio that they don’t reproduce live. First example: If you record two guitar parts on your album, for godsakes have two guitars when playing live. No one familiar with your album that enjoys it...

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  • Album Review: “The Sinister Supremacy” by Darkane

    Album Review: “The Sinister Supremacy” by Darkane

    The Sinister Supremacy is Darkane’s sixth album and finds them coming full circle with the re-introduction of their first album vocalist Lawrence Mackrory. While Darkane has always had a mastery of their instruments and the art of thrash/melodic death metal, their vocal output has sometimes...

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  • Album Review: “Disarm The Descent” by Killswitch Engage

    Album Review: “Disarm The Descent” by Killswitch Engage

    Before some of you metal heads blow off this review because of the “metalcore” implications, don’t be stupid. Keep reading. While Killswitch may have helped create the genre, they are by far the best example of it. So much so that the metalcore tag applied...

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  • Album Review: “Endlessly In Motion” by Moth

    Album Review: “Endlessly In Motion” by Moth

    I have lived in Colorado for over 17 years and have seen a lot of metal bands come and go, including my own. I’ve known a small handful that never made it past the regional level or had full record label support, yet were as...

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  • Album Review: Silencer- “The Great Bear”

    Album Review: Silencer- “The Great Bear”

    Being a fan of a long-enduring band can often be a challenging task. In most cases it requires an open mind, and a willingness to evolve with the band as their music morphs through time. For a musician, inspiration and influences come and go, and...

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  • Album Review: In Flames “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”

    Album Review: In Flames “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”

    In my opinion there are two versions of In Flames: The original version, comprising their first four albums (Lunar Strain, The Jester Race, Whoracle, and Colony), and the modern version starting with Clayman and every album since (Reroute To Remain, Soundtrack To Your Escape, Come...

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  • THRASH!

    THRASH!

    Last night ended an over  20-year drought. There are not too many bands I want to see that I have not seen, but Forbidden is one of them. Of course, this would not have been possible were it not for the band reforming a short...

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  • CD Review: Times Of Grace “The Hymn Of A Broken Man”

    CD Review: Times Of Grace “The Hymn Of A Broken Man”

    Times Of Grace is a project by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz with material he wrote while recovering from back surgery. The reason I bought this CD, aside from the good reviews I read, is because Dutkiewicz recruited the help of former Killswitch vocalist Jesse...

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  • Concert Review: Death Angel, Denver, April 2011

    Concert Review: Death Angel, Denver, April 2011

    I can think of plenty of places a great band like Death Angel should play at other than the semi-dive that is the Larimer Lounge, but at the same time, the smaller and unimposing nature of such a place can make such a show a...

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  • A Few Days In New Mexico

    A Few Days In New Mexico

    I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1970. I only lived there for the first four years of my life, so I have few memories of the place. It wasn’t until I met my wife eight years ago that I returned to the state...

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