Category: Album/EP Reviews

Music for Everyone review

Review by William Dibble Art is one of the most powerful ways for a person to express themselves. Art, and especially music, have a long tradition of being the medium through which ideals and politics are expressed to the public. Books, movies, and music always have some type of message in them, and punk rock ...

Nodachi – Beyond Death, Beyond Reason review

Review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Rising from the ashes of post-hardcore group, Greaver, Nodachi is a new entry into the NC progressive metal scene. Their first work released a short month ago, the album Beyond Death, Beyond Reason. While it only clocks in at fifteen minutes in length with five short tracks, it ...

SoulSeason – Wither review

Review written by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography, photos provided by SoulSeason’s Facebook page Chris Scott, Carl Uno, and Adam Moore come together in SoulSeason to deliver a energizing metal performance. Their new album, Wither, released just last week, and is a strong entry into the burgeoning NC metal scene. The album opens with a ...

DethCadence – Hellacreative

Written by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Self-described as a North Carolina supergroup, and sporting a new album titled Hellacreative, DethCadence comes onto the NC metal scene making some heavy claims about their capabilities. They compare themselves to Dio, Iron Maiden, and King Diamond, so this album begins with some high expectations.   One of ...

Convulsions – Culture Shock review

Review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Though it has been out for some time now, we would be remiss not to mention the album Culture Shock by Convulsions. This downtempo metal piece will be sure to send you into convulsions in the mosh pit, should you give it a listen. And we mean that ...

Dreaming Awake – Friction Lives review

Album review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Friction Lives is the new album by Dreaming Awake, a metalcore band that hails from Tucson, Arizona. Dreaming Awake is composed of four members, and seeks to “capture the essence of Pop and RnB” with their music. Friction Lives is their first full length album, and goes ...

She Screams of Royalty: Lucid Dreams a Relationship review

Review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography The post-hardcore movement has seen a lot of evolution since its conception. Typically, this genre sees a heavy emphasis on screamed vocals combined with melodic, sometimes progressive instrument work. She Screams of Royalty blasts onto the scene with their new album, Lucid Dreams a Relationship. The new SSOR ...

Edge of Paradise: Alive Review

Album review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography, images courtesy of Edge of Paradise Hard-rock outfit Edge of Paradise hails from Los Angeles, California. Their new album, Alive, marks what will be their sixth year of playing as a group. They’ve done several tours, and stopped several times in North Carolina along the way. Alive measures ...

Annandale: Brave the Wings Review

Album review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Knoxville natives Annandale start off their new album Build Your Wings with a strong start. Released on March 15, 2017, the album offers a healthy mix of hard rock in the vein of bands like Sevendust. This album, which clocks in at five tracks and eighteen minutes ...

Kelen Heller Self-Titled Album Review

Review written by Jewels the Rock Hobbyt. Word on the street is that Kelen Heller have released their debut album! On March 24th 2017, the South Carolina-based hard rock band unleashed what has been a long time coming: many years of hard work and dedication, and an unparalleled drive to complete and deliver a sonic ...