Author: Patrick Thompson

Rongeur – The Catastrophist & As the Blind Strive (Demos)

Rongeur is a three-man sludge/stoner band from Oslo, Norway established in 2012. The band consists of Ken-Robert (vocals/guitar), Dag Ole (bass/vocals) and Jostein (drums/vocals). Rongeur has released two demos in their short time together,”The Catastrophist”(2013) and, “As the Blind Strive.” Now both demos have been combined and is now available in one album. Now I’m not going to beat around the bush, I found a majority of this this album hard to listen to. There are two elements that got on my nerves throughout my listening experience. First of all, I’m not a big fan of yelling vocals. It’s...

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Minsk – The Crash & The Draw

More times than not, the music tempo I listen to fits into two categories. The first one is all about the speed. Tempo that is so fast and furious, that it will make you thrash violently until you collapse from exhaustion. The second tempo category is much slower. I think of it as, going from a steady walk around the neighborhood, to walking with cement shoes on the ocean floor. Most of the time I love both of these speeds, but I’m always in search of a band that has the skill to mix both tempos into an extraordinary...

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Jimmy Cherry of Frosthelm Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

North Dakota is not known for their metal scene but there is a group that is trying to change that perception. Frosthelm have one EP and one full length release under their belt and tour dates booked it seems like they may just start to accomplish this. Forsthelm‘s bassist, Jimmy Cherry, takes some time out of his day to talk with ThisIsNotAScene Thank you for taking time to let us get to know Frosthelm. It is much appreciated. Tell us a bit about Frosthelm, and where did the name come from? Frosthelm started in 2009. The way the name...

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Barren Earth- On Lonely Towers

Since my discovery in 2010 of the Finnish super-group Barren Earth, I’ve been amazed at what they’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. The band has released two albums, “Curse of the Red River” and 2012’s “The Devil’s Resolve,” and both of them were so spectacular they made my “Top Ten Albums of the Year” lists. Now Barren Earth is releasing “On Lonely Towers,” with one major change to their lineup: Faroese native Jón Aldará has taken over the vocal duties from Mikko Kotamäki. Fear not, Barren Earth fans. I’m here to tell you “On Lonely...

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Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

I suspect the most common phrase coming out of everyone’s mouths when they stepped through their front door this record- breaking winter was, “Damn, it’s cold outside.” So when I saw Frosthelm‘s debut full-length album was appropriately titled “Endless Winter,” I knew I had to review it. Frosthelm is a blackened-thrash band from Minot, North Dakota consisting of Tyler Pfliger (vocals), Dakota Irwin (guitars), Jim Cherry (bass) and Brian Helm (Drums). The album’s first track, ‘Glacial Eon,’ starts with a beautiful acoustic guitar/piano instrumental that reminds me of the first light dusting of snow at the beginning of winter....

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