Justin Petrick


I have been a metal head ever since the day my older brother played me the opening riffs to Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. From that moment on I lived the speed and aggression that is heavy metal. I was lucky as a youth as no matter where we were as a family there was always music around us. My mother played it in the house almost all the time or in the car on trips (sometimes with a portable 8-track tape player-Google it youngins’) wherever we were I was gaining an appreciation for music. But my love has always been with heavy metal, the imagery, the passion, the uniqueness and the honesty of metal is something you don’t necessarily find in other music and that makes me love it even more. I am humbled that I get the opportunity to write about the music I love.I currently live in the Washington DC area but was born and raised a city boy in Pittsburgh PA.

Articles by Justin Petrick

Lamb of God – The Duke

Although there are other songs on this EP it really is all about ‘The Duke’, a spectacular song with a spectacular subject and done in such a way that the band really does honor Mr. Ford and all of those lost to cancer and the people they leave behind. As a reviewer I can’t recommend this EP enough and I hope that fans and non-fans alike give this EP a chance as you won’t be sorry. I went into this album not exactly knowing what to expect, but Lamb of God have made me a fan.

Anciients – Voice of the Void

From the pummeling rhythms to the power that this band of four can create into epic songs, a band this talented just may save heavy metal as we know it today. – By Justin Petrick

Gygax – Critical Hits

With solid song structures and an endless amount of pure riffs and groove Gygax have fashioned an album that should be enjoyed by all who love their music heavy, dirty and with a bit of a tale to tell. – By Justin Petrick

Goblet – On Tap

‘On Tap’ is fun, it is memorable and it certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously. All hallmarks of what a crossover album should be and Goblet’s work here is no exception. – By Justin Petrick

Panzer – Send Them All To Hell

There is nothing unique about Send Them All To Hell. All of the songs sound somewhat similar, there isn’t a lot of variety to what is being played and the echoes of their main bands is a constant but it is a fun album. German Panzer is honest to goodness Teutonic metal with a sprinkle of thrash for good measure. – By Justin Petrick

Interview: Striker

Justin Petrick had a virtual chat with Dan Cleary of Canadian heavy metal band Striker. Dan gives us his take on the new album, City of Gold, tour life, hanging with Metallica and of course hockey.

Claw – Claw

I am extremely critical when it comes to new bands trying to break into thrash but I have to say Claw deserves to be here and bring a brand of thrash that will transport you back to the thrash explosion of the 80’s. – By Justin Petrick

ALKIRA – Juggernaut

There isn’t a bad song on the album. From start to finish one of the most enjoyable thrash albums I have heard in a very long time. – By Justin Petrick

Striker – City of Gold

Striker have done it again with City of Gold. They have channeled the Metal Gods of the past and released an album of pure heavy metal that is light years ahead of others in the speed metal genre. – By Justin Petrick

HORNSS – No Blood, No Sympathy

HORNSS has released a stoner/desert album that is original without moving too far out of the genre. – By Justin Petrick

Nocturnal Breed – Napalm Nights

I wish I could have formed a different opinion but the earworm you get from listening to this album shouldn’t be of another band’s song. – By Justin Petrick

We All Die (Laughing) – Thoughtscanning

We All Die (Laughing) have found a way to create an opus that keeps the listener engaged, entertained, and immersed in a grand song that when it finally ends, leaves the listener wishing for more. – By Justin Petrick

Jizzy Pearl – Crucified

Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate’s solo effort Crucified allows you to be a little nostalgic of the past while enjoying an album with a little bit of a current sound. – By Justin Petrick

Trainwreck Architect – Traits of the Sick

One of the most accessible thrash albums of the year. – By Justin Petrick

Beneath The Storm – Temples Of Doom

Justin Petrick finds himself confused by Beneath The Storm’s Temples Of Doom release album, mostly due to the wrong information in the press release which came with the release.

Noctum – Final Sacrifice

Do I like this album? Yes, but I like it because it sounds exactly like Mercyful Fate. – By Justin Petrick

WirgHata – Cold Dismay

These songs have an atmosphere and energy that most have not seen in the blackened melodic death metal genre in years. – By Justin Petrick

Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen

This is one of the best albums to come out this year… – By Justin Petrick

Metallica Through The Never

Justin Petrick reviews the new IMAX 3D movie Metallica Through The Never. “…an excellent concert film”

Scythe – Subterranean Steel

A solid metal release from a band that is still growing. – By Justin Petrick

Book review: The Merciless Book of Metal Lists

Really it was just inevitable that someone was going to write a book of metal lists wasn’t it? Who knew it would turn out as this homophobic trash? – By Justin Petrick

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