Tony J

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Mar 31

Ensiferum – One Man Army (2015)

Ensiferum - One Man Army

Ensiferum has spent the better part of the last two decades establishing themselves as one of the top folk metal bands to grace the earth.  They have achieved this with catchy songwriting infused with folk elements that avoid coming across as campy and gimmicky.  Now in their 20th year, the band has forged another chapter …

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Mar 19

Mike Semesky of Raunchy chats with The Age of Metal

After establishing himself with bands like The HAARP Machine and Intervals, Mike Semesky became the newest member of Danish melodic metal band Raunchy back in 2012. Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

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Mar 17

Barren Earth – On Lonely Towers (2015)

Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers

Barren Earth entered with a bit of fanfare, considering the lineage of its members, who came together from such heavyweights as Amorphis, Kreator, Moonsorrow, and Swallow the Sun.  However, as is the case with many debut albums, Curse of the Red River was something that gave insights to what the band was capable of creating, …

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Feb 19

Raunchy – Vices. Virtues. Visions. (2015)

Raunchy - Vices. Virtues. Visions.

Denmark’s Raunchy have been bringing fans around the world their own blend of melodic metal for over two decades. Splashes of synth, occasional crumbs of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) tossed into the mix, coupled with infectiously catchy vocal hooks, has allowed the group to create a well-established foothold within the overcrowded melodic metal universe. It’s …

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Feb 18

Wind Rose – Wardens of the West Wind (2015)

Wind Rose - Wardens of the West Wind

Born in 2009 and named after the compass found on nautical maps, Wind Rose comes from a long line of symphonic power metal bands from Italy. The quintet focuses on old tales of fantasy, triumph, and conquest. Filled with songs of traversing the seas, distant lands, and defeating evil tyrants, the band’s sophomore effort, Wardens …

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Jan 19

Falloch – This Island, Our Funeral (2015)

Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral

For many fans, music is a story and a journey, where the artist often takes us to another place. They build soundscapes that propel us to various recesses of our mind and imagination. With This Island, Our Funeral, Scotland’s Falloch take the listener on an atmosphere-laden, post-rock voyage through the peaks and valleys of their …

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Dec 19

Tony’s Top 15 Albums of 2014

  It never ceases to amaze me how much great music is produced every year. You want to believe that ideas will reach a low point, or even dry up, but music fans around the world keep receiving wonderful gifts from the artists we all love. Looking back on this list of releases for the …

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Oct 20

At The Gates – At War With Reality (2014)

At War with Reality album cover

After their sudden and shocking breakup in 1996, At the Gates seemed to be destined to disappear into metal history books. However, that all changed in 2008 when they got back together to play a few shows and, as guitarist Anders Björler stated, it was a way of “getting closure.” They continued to tour in …

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Apr 17

I Am Heresy – Thy Will (2014)

Featuring boysetsfire frontman Nathan Gray on vocals and his son Sam Gray on guitar, plus Jay and Crumbs Konieko on guitar and drums, I Am Heresy is truly a family affair.  Although being so closely tied to your fellow bandmates doesn’t always end well (we’re looking at you Oasis), the band is making their debut …

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Apr 14

Tryptikon – Melana Chasmata (2014)

Melana Chasmata cover art

When Thomas Gabriel Fischer and his time with the legendary Celtic Frost ended and he formed Tryptikon, there was no doubt the project would exude brilliance. The debut effort, Eparistera Daimones, was released to unanimous acclaim and further cemented Fischer in the pantheon of the metal elite. Four years later, Tryptikon return with the highly …

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Apr 09

The Black Dahlia Murder – Mill City Nights, April 4, 2014

The Decibel Magazine Tour rolled through the Twin Cities on Friday, April 4th, stopping at Mill City Nights in downtown Minneapolis.  The bill was a stellar mix of bands that ranged from feisty newcomers, Noisem, to tech death metal legends, Gorguts.  Headlining was the one and only Carcass, who showed the crowd that they are still at the …

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