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Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Streaming Comments Off on Review: Sabaton’s Last Stand? Probably Not.

When you forget about sub-genres, there’s actually two kinds of successful musical acts in the world. Either an artist manages to constantly push their sound and develop as they go, which hopefully means they’re getting better, as well. The other group consists of the ones with a winning formula, in which they know how to make their fans happy and keep drawing in new ones to keep ascending in fame. Either way, artists who have found success know which of the two categories they fall into, and as such they will thrive off of it so long as they are doing well for themselves.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Tours Comments Off on Baroness’ Triumphant Return To NYC

In going to and reviewing shows, I generally give a positive response to the grand majority of the bands I see. Perhaps it’s the musician in me, but I can see the level of production and how much time they’ve spent in preparing to go out on the road and perform, and I take that into account. Very rarely do I find bands I don’t enjoy in a live setting, but even more rarely do I actually feel something when I see a band. What it ultimately comes down to is whether the show is entertaining or not, but when a band can make me happy just by playing their music? That’s when you have something extraordinary.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Tours Comments Off on Deftones Make 20 Year Return to Asbury

I spoke with a woman at the Deftones show on the August 11th about being a “long time fan” of a band: said artists come and go, they change styles, and sometimes they just change their genres entirely. However, rarely, do you see bands adapt, and that brought us into discussing Gore, the latest release by Deftones, and how it’s still still original and yet distinctly them. “I’ve been a fan since I heard ‘7 Words,’” she told me, but “But honest to God, I love everything they’ve put out.”  

Evan Conway Comic Book News, Movies, News, Reviews Comments Off on Spoiler-Free Suicide Squad Review

In what is becoming a trend for DC movies, Suicide Squad is polarizing critics everywhere. Following the trend set by Man of Steel and most recently Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad currently, as of this writing, sits at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41 on MetaCritic. So, relatively about the same as where Batman v Superman rests, Suicide Squad will undoubtedly come down to fan reaction and how much money it makes.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Tours Comments Off on Ne Obliviscaris Set Out To Devour NYC

Australia is a breeding ground for quality metal, it seems, as the past few years has seen numerous, highly-unique acts come out of the continent and take the metal community by storm. Everything from the progressive mindset of Karnivool to the deathcore titans in Thy Art is Murder has, in some way, left a sizeable mark on the rest of the genre, which makes the arrival of Ne Obliviscaris nothing short of remarkable. The band has made headlines over the course of their past two albums, ranging from reviews praising their art, to the revelations that their music is being studied by conservatories for music majors. It has certainly been a roller coaster for Ne O (for simplicity’s sake) the past few years, and things... 

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews Comments Off on Review: Periphery III: Select Difficulty

It’s rare for bands to put out music in less than a year span, much less of a high quality. Even the occasional EP in between album releases is as surprising, as bands usually use the two years in between albums for touring, press,, and all that other fancy stuff in between. That’s what makes Periphery’s situation so unique: since their debut self-titled album dropped in 2010, the band have released some form of music nearly every year since.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, Music Video, News, Reviews, Streaming Comments Off on Review: Inter Arma’s Paradise Gallows

There comes a point every year where an album is released and instantly the metal community (somehow) all agrees that it is, in fact, good. Normally, come December, this album gets thrown onto everyone’s Best Of lists, and we see websites and magazines give the band awards for such a crowning achievement. As such, this year it is Inter Arma who are falling into that category with Paradise Gallows, and immediately it’s realizable that this album is going to be a wild ride from start to finish, both critically and musically.  

Hunter Young Fest, Hard Music, News, Reviews, Tours Comments Off on FreakTulsa Metal Fest Review

This past weekend saw a huge 3 day event simply monickered FreakTulsa; featuring metal ranging from Death Metal to Fuzz Meta, Doom to Psyche Rock and it simply DECIMATED in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you weren’t there, you probably got to sleep quite a bit, but holy reverb, did you miss 3 evenings worth of fuzz, volume, riffs, and did I say VOLUME?! Follow the break for some words about the bands who crossed the threshold into awesomeness that night!  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews Comments Off on Review: Nails Strike Gold Again

 “YOU WILL NEVER BE ONE OF US” vocalist Todd Howard snarls vehemently. By this point, you’ve realized this isn’t typical powerviolence. This is pure, untouched rage that many bands aspire to reach for but cannot even come close to. Nails have a formula that works, and that formula is what makes You Will Never Be One Of Us so enjoyable, if albeit familiar.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Streaming Comments Off on Review: Gojira’s Methodical, Organic Magma

With a name like Gojira, you need to be capable of owning up to the 100-meter creature you take inspiration from. Since their inception in 1996 as Godzilla, and changing their name to Gojira in 2001, the French progressive death metal band has gone on to become a major, heavy-hitting band on the forefront of the scene. From Mars to Sirius, the band’s 2005 concept album, helped put their name on the map of the genre, whereas The Way of All Flesh in 2008 helped them reach a wider audience, resulting in 2012’s L’Enfant sauvage cementing them as juggernauts, Gojira’s career has been nothing short of amazing to watch rise.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Streaming Comments Off on Review: Volbeat Change Direction On New Album

It has been a rollercoaster the past fews years, as Volbeat have gone from being that wildcard opening band for Metallica to being a juggernaut in the metal and rock scenes across the world. By the time 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies came out, Volbeat had already been incredibly successful, and by adding Anthrax’s Rob Caggiano and having King Diamond guest on one of their songs, there seemed to be nothing that was capable of stopping this band from taking off.  

Evan Conway Hard Music, News, Reviews, Streaming Comments Off on Review: Dark Funeral Reign Once Again

Shocking as it may be, I have not always been spending my days listening to black metal and complaining about it on the internet. There was that time period where I first listened to De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and had to go through “black metal 101” so I could try to understand the genre. One thing led to another, and in the process of disappointing everyone around me, I became enamored with the genre more than I care to admit. (Sorry mom) Around this time of black metal integration, (Give or take back in 2009) Dark Funeral’s video for “My Funeral” found its way onto my computer. It was pure, in a way, with how straightforward it was, yet leagues ahead of those try-hards that were attempting the same exact... 

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