Sometimes part-time interests can turn into full-time jobs. So it is with Ryan Helm and Damien Deadson. This band began as a solo project, which allowed the (now former) Demon Hunter guitarist to focus more attention on his singing pursuits. While there is plenty of the harsh rock you might expect from an artist with such respected musical credentials, the pretty piano song, “The Burning Sorrow Part 2: Liberation,” with its subtle dance groove, is pleasantly unexpected. On “Challenges of Change,” Helm combines dark screaming vocals with powerfully dramatic anthemlike vocals, over a guitar groove that takes on a nearly industrial rhythm. A Warm and Dark Embrace is sometimes like an auditory chameleon, because just when you think you have it pegged stylistically, it changes to something (nearly) completely different. Helm clearly has the vision of a solo artist; he’s not just dorking around in the studio, and this makes him well worth embracing.
After an eight year hiatus, Love and Death return with 'Perfectly Preserved,' an eclectic and personal release for nu-metal icon and frontman Brian 'Head' Welch. Still at the heart of it all, the man with the dreads details his life in the spotlight after returning to Korn, the launch of a holistic recovery center, and his spearheading of an autobiographical documentary. As fresh as he's ever been at 50 years old, he's still got more to give.Full Feature More from Love and Death
Often referred to as “unblack” in the Christian world, it can be difficult to find your way around when you're first getting started with the genre. We're here to help. Already a fan? Great: We're here to take you deeper. These are the best faith-based black metal artists to listen to right now.Full Feature More from A Hill To Die Upon
On Age of the Abstract's new EP, 'Rebirth,' the duo explores what a new sound looks like apart from the day-job in Canidria. Here, contributing writer Andrew Voigt talks with Julio Arias about influence, vision, and how writing in the wake of his father's death propelled the band forward.Full Feature More from Age of the Abstract
Italian creative Giovanni Bucci, otherwise known as ODDKO, has spent a professional career pushing the limits of some of the world's largest brands. HM contributor Andrew Voigt talks with the man behind the curtain to find out what it looks like when he pushes the limits of his own creativity.Full Feature More from ODDKO