Octavia Sperati - Grace Submerged Review by Gary Hill Fans of Lacuna Coil should enjoy this CD, but this band is no clone of that one. Often times Octavia Sperati seems more influenced by Black Sabbath than anything else.
October File - Holy Armour From the Jaws of God Review by Mike Korn There's a lot of great music out there, but very rarely do we hear anything with true passion in it anymore. Metal and rap are full of a lot of anger and disgust (sometimes real, sometimes not), but not much more.
Jon Oliva's Pain - Maniacal Renderings Review by Greg Olma It is really difficult for me to review this and not compare it to Savatage. Jon Oliva being the main songwriter in both bands, it obviously makes the music similar.
Jon Oliva's Pain - Global Warning Review by Greg Olma Anyone who knows their metal knows that Jon Oliva was one of the masterminds behind Savatage. Now that Savatage is on hiatus (not forever I hope), Jon Oliva splits his time between Trans Siberian Orchestra and Jon Oliva's Pain.
Opeth - The Roundhouse Tapes Review by Bill Knispel Sweden’s Opeth has been on an upward career trajectory ever since releasing their first album (Orchid) in 1995.Successive releases have seen them honing their impressive instrumental, vocal, and production skills to a deadly razor-sharp edge, moving from label to label with their growing fan base following them. More
Opeth - Ghost Reveries Review by Josh Turner This album is not as dire as Deliverance or as docile as Damnation. Instead, it finds itself in the middle layers of their muddy dark waters. More
Opeth - Blackwater Park Review by Mike Korn If you're the type of person that hates a sunny day or scowls at kittens playing, Opeth might be the band for you. These low-key, cerebral Swedes specialize in an epic form of heavy metal that is strong on gloom and foreboding. More
Ozzy Osbourne - Down To Earth Review by Gary Hill Quite a few critics have said that the strength of this album is the fact that it doesn't waver from Ozzy's tried and true style, and that fact establishes a musical reliability in a sea of changing music. Well, this reviewer for one thinks that they must not have really listened to this album. More
Otep - Ascension Review by Gary Hill When it comes to the extreme end of heavy metal, I really don’t think you’ll ever find an artist more artistic or creative than Otep. This band always seems to twist and stretch the boundaries of their sound, but yet they never lose the metal fury and the emotional and lyrical angst.
Otep - House of Secrets Review by Gary Hill A lot of extreme heavy music these days has little to do with art. Otep certainly is flying in the face of that.
Overkill - Immortalis Review by Mike Korn Overkill is the most consistent band in American heavy metal...by far. That goes without saying anymore, as the band has found the secret to releasing incredibly heavy and entertaining albums on a near clockwork basis.
Overkill - Killbox 13 Review by Mike Korn Whenever Overkill releases a new album, the public is bombarded by a series of clichés such as "Overkill avoids all trends with their tried and true metal", "Overkill is the Motorhead of American bands" and "Overkill follows their own path". More