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Epica – Omega

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: February 26, 2021

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

The Dutch symphonic metal titans, Epica, turned a turbulent year into a creative one by locking themselves away on a farm in the middle of nowhere to write and record their eighth studio album, Ωmega. Their brand new album is their most striking and spectacular album to date. Epica seamlessly incorporates their metal and orchestral arrangements like never before by delivering hard-hitting guitar riffs, elaborate compositions, and powerful vocals from both Simone Simons and Mark Jansen. Additionally, the band uses choirs on many of the songs and intertwine a wide range of ethnic instruments -that were recorded by several talented musicians from all across the globe- into the musical arrangements on Ωmega. Zaher Zorgati, vocalist of Myrath provides guest vocals on the track “Code of Life,” while Vicky Psarakis, the vocalist of The Agonist is featured on “Twilight Reverie – The Hypnagogic State.” Lastly, the band’s longtime friend and producer, Joost van den Broek once again stepped in to produce, and for the first time, Broek mixed the album.

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Interview With Daemon Grey

By Samuel Stevens

This past Friday the Toronto, Ontario hard rock artist Daemon Grey released his debut full-length album, Follow Your Nightmares. On the same date as the album drop, I had the wonderful opportunity to pick the brain of Daemon. While talking to Daemon, we discussed everything from reminiscences about the album, his musical influences growing up, what he’s been doing to stay busy during this last year, his future, and more!

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Interview With Barbar’O’Rhum’s Capitaine Barbedrut

By Samuel Stevens

Earlier this fall, on October 30th specifically, the French ten-person folk metal/Celtic punk outfit Barbar’O’Rhum released their second full-length album, Journal de B’O’R, via Mannequin Vanity Records. Shortly following the release of their new album, which has an ample amount of history of pirates both musically and lyrically intertwined into it, I was given the pleasure to talk to the band’s mastermind Capitaine Barbedrut about everything from his and the band’s influences/inspirations all the way to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the band’s ten members this turbulent year.

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SAUL – Rise As Equals

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 23, 2020

Genre: Alternative Metal, Hard Rock

Label: Spinefarm Records

The Sutherland, Iowa based alternative metal/hard rock outfit SAUL have finally released their debut album, Rise As Equals. The group formed three years and the new release marks the follow-up to last year’s Aeons EP. Since their previous EP the band has come into their sound by pulling from distinct aspects and eras from all over the rock and metal spectrum. SAUL’s debut was co-produced by bandmates and siblings, Blake and Zach Bedsaul, alongside producer Chris Dawson.

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