Aldious - Unlimited Diffusion

Aldious – Unlimited Diffusion

At the risk of ruining any "metal cred" I have with you readers, one of my guilty pleasures is female-fronted Japanese power metal. I’ve covered more than a few of these in the past, but one band I keep coming back to is Aldious. Seventeen months after their last album, the quintet is back with Unlimited Diffusion.

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Babymetal – Metal Resistance

April 1 C. Hagen Radick 0

The most intense album to ever grace your ears? The next stage of evolution in the ever-changing world of heavy metal? The most anticipated release of 2016? Here’s the second album from Japanese sensation Babymetal: Metal Resistance.

Funeral Moth - Transience

Funeral Moth – Transience

March 23 C. Hagen Radick 0

Generally speaking, when I throw on some funeral doom metal, I’m looking for a slow, bleak dirge steeped in crushing atmosphere. Japan’s Funeral Moth eschew that formula and deliver nearly forty minutes of Zen on their second album, Transience.

Review Ceremony – December 2015

December 18 C. Hagen Radick 1

As the year is winding down, holiday celebrations get underway, my second half of 2015 best-of list is being prepared, and I’m finding myself woefully behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.

Yosei Teikoku - Shadow Corpse

Yōsei Teikoku – Shadow Corps(e)

August 20 C. Hagen Radick 1

"And now for something completely different…" Like it or not, Babymetal is now a thing. What many folks don’t realize, however, is mixing Japanese pop music with metal isn’t exactly a new concept. Case in point: Yōsei Teikoku have been performing this style of music since 1997 and have accumulated a respectable discography. All that said, how does their newest album Shadow Corps(e) stand up?