Album Review: SCORPION CHILD Acid Roulette

Posted by | June 14, 2016

Hailing from The Sword's own hometown of Austin, Texas and also featuring a retro sound heavily favoring 70's boogie riffs, Scorpion Child proudly sidestep the battle tested fuzz rock that The Sword have only recently eschewed in their own right, establishing themselves instead as flag bearer for a relatively novel mix of 70's hard rock swing and 80's hair metal pomposity

| June 14, 2016

Album Review: BARREN EARTH On Lonely Towers

Posted by | April 6, 2015

As with many bands that start off mixing and matching disparate sub-genre tropes to varying effect, Barren Earth have grown exponentially in terms of both scale and sophistication since 2009's debut EP, Our Twilight. The 70's prog rock influences so noted on early releases have gradually through attrition begun to subsume the band's entire modus operandi (witness Kasper Mårtenson try his hand at old Keith Emerson organ runs on "The Vault"), but the doom death vertebrae from previous releases remains largely intact, positioning On Lonely Towers dangerously close to schizophrenic territory at times.

| April 6, 2015