Articles by Wade Reitz
‘it’s not us’ is the best representation of Umphrey’s McGee to date.
‘Phantom Amour’ just became my favorite Toothgrinder album, not in spite of its differences, but because of them.
When it’s all said and done, Sons of Apollo is just Portnoy and Sherinian wanting to play together again, and ‘Psychotic Symphony’ is the result.
Lindow pours his heart into the lyrics of each song on Lanterns, making these their most personal yet.
The Contortionist take you on quite the journey with ‘Clairvoyant’. It may not be as dramatic as ‘Language’ was, but it feels like they have arrived at where they wanted to be.
I want to like this record so much more, but it’s just not there, and I don’t know why. With ‘Malina’, Leprous has me looking backward instead of forward.
Each track on Anticult is as solid as the next, all killer no filler, and make up the Decapitated’s best record so far in their Mark III era.
I think this is the sound Siamese were always searching for, but maybe were afraid to find. Now that they’ve found it, they need to embrace it. ‘Shameless’ is a sparkling gem, and Siamese’s best album to date.
Overall, ‘Different Animals’ is exactly that for Volumes, different.
If you could somehow smash together Korn, the Deftones, and Slipknot’s debut albums together, you would have Suicide Silence. Unfortunately, as cool as that sounds, it just doesn’t turn out that way.
Persefone’s tagline is “Innovative music for the open-minded listener.” This could never be more true than with ‘Aathma’. Just as it took me some time to love this album, any other open-minded music lover will probably do the same.
Great full-length debut from the five piece prog metal band out of San Antonio, Texas. ‘Enigma Infinite’ combines all the good parts of Periphery and Coheed and Cambria.
In a long and storied catalog, ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’ is musically Testament’s best thrash record since ‘Practice What You Preach’.
Simply put, ‘Serpentine Dominion’ makes you want to destroy everything. These guy’s grooves are as infectious as they are brutal.
Kyng resurrect pieces of the greats of old, all while doing it with their own sound, their own way. So, you say you like rock n’ roll, do ya? Well, Kyng has got somethin’ for ya! – By Wade Reitz
Allegaeon have consistently improved upon their music on each record, never being satisfied with their previous efforts. ‘Proponent for Sentience’ is no different, finding this to be the best version and offering from Allegaeon yet. – By Wade Reitz
Australian fusion metal band Twelve Foot Ninja recently released their new album ‘Outlier’. Wade Reitz asked guitarist Rohan Hayes some questions to find out more.
‘Momento Mori’ finds Sahg heavier, proggier, and putting out their best album to date. Sit back, relax, put on the headphones, and let wave after wave of groovy melancholy wash over you. – By Wade Reitz
‘Outlier’ is thicker, fuller, and more diverse than ‘Silent Machine’ without straying away from what got them to the dance. If this is what they bring to the table on the second album, I can’t wait to hear what’s next. – By Wade Reitz
‘Great Is Our Sin’ is a welcome addition to the Revocation legacy, and I look forward to any progressions they may make, as minor as they may be, in the future. – By Wade Reitz
‘Selves We Cannot Forgive’ is a step in the prog direction more than in the tech-death direction for Black Crown Initiate. For some, this may be more of a step sideways, or even backwards. However, for me I see it as a big step forward. – By Wade Reitz