Kevin Stewart-Panko's Posts


Album Review: EXCEL Split Image (Re-issue)

Posted by | October 16, 2014

Chances are, most of you are familiar with Excel as the band Dave Mustaine fingered as victims of a Metallica rip-off. Sure, “Enter Sandman” sounds a little like “Tapping into the Emotional Void,” but taking into account the fact that nothing comes from nowhere as well as the number of times Megadeth blatantly picks Diamond Head’s pocket on Rust in Peace and the more obvious point that no one in their right mind should be listening to a fucking word that tumbles out of Mustaine’s yap,

| October 16, 2014

Quick Review: ONKEL TOM H.E.L.D.

Posted by | October 7, 2014

Onkel Tom, despite being a niche project that only drunken Germans and the most hardcore of Sodom fans will have bothered to investigate, has been going on since the mid-90s. From the off, unless you know the lingo, about 99% of H.E.L.D. thematically and topically is going to make no sense; that outstanding 1% is reserved for liver-killers like “Ein bisschen Alkohol,” which doesn’t take a Teutonic engineer with a degree in comparative literature to decode the theme of.

| October 7, 2014

Album Review: AFFIANCE Blackout

Posted by | October 3, 2014

Behind the scenes in the crazy world of metal promotion, hacks around the block were recently email slammed by Bullet Tooth Records and their announcement of the first video to emerge from the third and latest album by Cleveland’s Affiance. Entitled “Fire!”, opening the pertinent email inundated the brave reader with hyperbolic claims of this being a video of epic and untold proportions wherein things that haven’t ever been executed previously before cameras were being embarked upon for the purposes of pimping it and Blackout to the masses.

| October 3, 2014

Quick Review: PORD Wild

Posted by | September 24, 2014

Pord offer their own sumthin’-sumthin’ to the noise rock cannon and have a sense of identity that’s greater than being a bunch of French bands who are ripping off Hammerhead. In the case of Wild, the seven song album does start off on a distinguishing tack as a combination of fuzzy bass and bright, slashing guitars on “Staring into Space” combine to create a thrashy slinkiness.

| September 24, 2014

Album Review: ENTRAILS Resurrected From the Grave (Demo Collection) 7/22/14

Posted by | August 1, 2014

Many of the ideas and riffs go back as far as Entrails’ early '90s salad days and most of these songs have already appeared on their first two albums, Tales From the Morgue and The Tomb Awaits. That Resurrected From the Grave is appearing so shortly after the release of the critically lauded Raging Death album seems more like Metal Blade flooding the market and keeping a potential meal ticket earning those meals.

| August 1, 2014

Album Review: MONARCH Sabbracadaver

Posted by | July 25, 2014

Since 2002, the French band has been on a prolific seven album scavenger hunt for the most grizzled, colossal and Earth-moving guitar tone. And just when you think their six-string approximation of liquid tar oozing out of a smouldering volcano can’t get any more tectonically sloth-like, they discover new ways of sonically the crushing, killing and destroying.

| July 25, 2014