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Instruments of Torture

Crux CRUX, an instrument of capital punishment, used by several ancient nations, especially the Romans and Carthaginians. The word Cross is also applied to Persian and Egyptian punishments, but Casaubon (Exer. Antibaron. XVI.77) doubts whether they describe the Roman method of crucifixion. From Seneca (Cons. ad Marc. XX, Epist. XIV.1) we learn the latter to…

Protest the Hero

Bird-Sex, Scurrilous’ Scurrying Spiders, Robots, and the Enterprise vs. the Millennium Falcon. Protest the Hero are no one-hit-wonder band. This intelligent, funny, prog-rock/metalcore band from Canada are dynamically musical as much as they are thought-provoking and witty. Seasoned veterans, disillusioned with record labels in general, they were one of the first bands ever to reach…

36 Crazyfists

‘I’m a Soppy Romantic’ They’re back! With a five year ‘hiatus’ 36 Crazyfists are rested and as excited as a puppy with a squeaky toy. The new album is a scorcher. But for a while, it looked like there might not be another album, with the departure of two band members and three family deaths…

Escape The Fate

Drummer and last original member, Robert Ortiz, talks about adversity and success with HMA Despite a series of sudden lineup changes and controversy, American post-hardcore legends, Escape the Fate have managed to put out four studio albums, tour the world and scale high on the charts. It sounds inspiring to the ear but more often…

Lacuna Coil

A pre-show chat with Italian Gothmother, Cristina Scabbia Lacuna Coil is one of the most famous gothic metal and alternative bands in the world. During their career they have recorded seven studio albums and sold over 2 million records worldwide. Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of the band’s sound is the dual male…

Medieval Philosophy

1. Introduction There are various means of deciding what is true. Not all give the same answer. Therefore, a society must put more faith in one approach than another. The order in which various approaches are accepted determines the pattern of thought of the society. Shifts in the order provide us with the basic paradigm…

The 15 Best Albums of 2014

1 Behemoth – The Satanist Cover artist: Denis ForkasFrom the amazing album artwork to sinister and anthemic songwriting this record will become a black metal classic to future generations. In my humble opinion ‘The Satanist’ will be remembered as a milestone of black metal and it stands side by side with Venom’s ‘Black Metal’. I…

Magic and Wyrd

Wyrd is the underlying fabric in the Northern/Germanic cosmology. The laws of Wyrd supercede the will of the Gods, of men and all creatures. Wyrd provides the basic structure for the Nine Worlds, and manifests itself in Yggdrasil and the Well of Urdr. One can compare Wyrd to a song, there are many differnt ways…

Seether

New label, new album, Halo and laser beams on dinosaurs Carrying the unique honour of being the first South African alternative rock band to be signed by an international label against all odds, Seether holds a special place in the hearts of many of their rock-loving countrymen. Now with the sixth album “Isolate and Medicate”…

Volbeat

Shady gentlemen’s shake the dust So sayeth Jon Larson; Whilst Rob Caggiano relates them to sponges… with a personal penchant for the paranormal and a ‘Lex Luther’ desire for Mind Control super-powers… HMA: Are you having a good time so far? Everything going well? Rob Caggiano: Yeah. Tour’s been going great. HMA: You’ve been on…

Hatebreed

Apebreed turns 20 Positivity from scary bald tattooed Hatebreed guitarist Frank Novinec on their 20th Anniversary; Crock-pots on tour; Kiss Army tattoos, and Sticky Fingers! HMA: Let’s start with the latest album, ‘The Divinity of Purpose’. Where did the inspiration for the title come from? Frank Novinec: I don’t know. That’s a question for Jamie…

Entombed

Entombed A.D.: Back in motion Entombed is a band that needs no introduction at all, they definitely shaped metal music especially death metal and have been since the very first amazing album “Left Hand Path” in 1990. It is now been 7 years between their late “Serpent Saints-The ten Amendments” in 2007 and their new…

Revocation

Revocation: Art & Music are Deathless Since they formed back in 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts, Revocation have released five impressing records including the last one “Deathless”. Revocation’s music is not in any way predictable or common, it is in fact very diverse, intense and fascinating. It is death metal at the core but it is…

Aeon

Pro-Show chat with Aeon’s guitarist Zeb Nillson Aeon has formed in Sweden and been together since 1999. They are becoming progressively bigger and a respected name in death metal. Alex Webster from Cannibal Corpse said about the band: “Aeon musicianship is among the best in death metal, but their songwriting is what truly sets them…

Dying Fetus

Reigning supremacy Dying Fetus formed in Maryland in 1991 and since then they have released seven great studio albums including the last one in 2012 “Reign Supreme”. There have been many line-up changes in the band but this didn’t influence or ruined the dynamic of the music. The band formation right now is pretty solid…

Grand Magus

Triumph and Power, the Scandinavian way Since their debut self-titled album in 2001, Grand Magus have continued to deliver new records every couple of years and making their name known more and more in the metal community. Inspired by Icelandic folklore and legends and influenced by bands such as Manowar this trio of musicians have…

Blake Armstrong

Blake Armstrong: Space Boy Charm I grew up in very a small town in Southern Illinois called Metropolis. I always loved to draw and paint in school – I wasn’t any good at sports so this was the only way to really get people’s attention. In High school I had my first real art teacher…