Album Review: Riot – Immortal Soul [9.5 out of 10]

By Avinash Mittur

Twenty three years after the monumental musical statement that was “Thundersteel”, the same lineup returns bolstered with guitarist Mike Flyntz, who has tackled lead duties with Reale since 1989. “Immortal Soul,” the result of this reunion, is a raging beast of a comeback album, and ranks as one of the band’s greatest achievements. Continue reading “Album Review: Riot – Immortal Soul [9.5 out of 10]”

Top 20 Albums Of 2011

By Andrew Bansal

Out of all the articles I write, list-based articles are the most time consuming to write, and  are the least appreciated. But I simply love making these lists, and my favorite has always been the year-end list of best albums. Even though today is November 29th and the year hasn’t ended yet, I feel it’s appropriate for me to do this now, because firstly I’ve already heard all of the albums that are scheduled for release in the month of December, and secondly, December looks like a very busy month in my calendar, so I’d rather do this now while I have ample time to give it proper thought and do it complete justice. Continue reading “Top 20 Albums Of 2011”

Retrospective: 10 Years Of Kreator’s “Violent Revolution”

By Avinash Mittur

The 1990’s were a dark time for many metal bands, and Kreator were no different. The band had lost two hotshot guitarists in one decade, Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik and Tommy Vetterli, founding bassist Rob Fioretti, and even Jurgen “Ventor”  Reil for a period. Not to mention, four of the band’s five albums released that decade were creative and commercial failures. Continue reading “Retrospective: 10 Years Of Kreator’s “Violent Revolution””

Retrospective: Kreator’s “Pleasure To Kill”, 25 Years Later

By Avinash Mittur

Allow me to begin by saying that “Pleasure to Kill” is a very, very personal album for me. This isn’t a story of a social misfit, or a slacker who just wanted to play guitar all day. I was simply a junior in high school who wore band shirts and just wanted to get into a decent college. At the time, I was under a massive amount of pressure to succeed in many endeavors. Keeping my grades up, worrying about all of the standardized tests, extra-curricular activities, keeping my weight under control, and having an internship was starting to become too much for my mind to handle. Now, I had known of Kreator before; my friends recommended “Coma of Souls” and “Extreme Aggression” to me knowing that I was into old-school thrash metal, and their then-latest release “Hordes of Chaos” had been blasting through my iPod for a good while. However, when I picked up this album purely on a whim at the Amoeba Records in San Francisco, I had no idea what a bludgeoning aural assault it would inflict upon me. Continue reading “Retrospective: Kreator’s “Pleasure To Kill”, 25 Years Later”