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A Bard’s Eye View: Gojira

Magma is Hot Seriously, the new Gojira album is good REVIEW: Gojira – “Magma” On 17 June 2016, Gojira released their newest album, Magma, and you can just stop reading now because it is awesome.  If you have Spotify, I urge you to check it out as soon as possible, […]

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A Bard’s Eye View: Amon Amarth   Recently updated !

Return of the Vikings Amon Amarth   On 7 May 2016, I went to see Amon Amarth in the concert for the second time.  The first time I saw them was in 2011 in a sold out venue that holds just under 1000 people.  Five years later, they sold out […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Dream Theater   Recently updated !

An Astonishing Experience An Evening with Dream Theater   I’ve had the distinct pleasure of seeing a few bands perform where they were the only band on the ticket.  Amon Amarth, Steven Wilson, and Machine Head are a few that I’ve seen with that particular distinction.  It is always an […]

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A Bard’s Eye View: Religion in Music

Religion in Music   Whether you are religious or not, it is generally assumed that artists who make a lot of religious references in their music are going to be a little bit on the lame side. There are some notable exceptions, particularly if country music or gospel is your […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Desensitizing to Death 2

Desensitizing to Death For today’s article, I’m starting with a quote from our inimitable bard in reference to the recent rash of celebrity deaths: As time goes on, the amount of celebrity deaths is going to seem to increase. That’s because our metric of recognizing famous people has significantly increased. […]

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A Bard’s Eye View: Like a Butterfly?

Like a Butterly? Uh, sure As music evolves and things change, so too can change the name of a band.  I’m not talking about Prince, Snoop Dog/Lion/That Guy that Likes Gin and Juice (laid back), or Sean Combs StayPuft Daddy, I’m talking about when bands go through lineup changes or […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Come Back!

Come Back! Bands that are Gone, but not Forgotten   Interestingly enough, the two bands that inspired me to make this post are (accordingly to Professor Wikipedia) still making active.  Winterlong, who I thought was long done, released an album in 2015 and Falconer, who played their last performance at […]

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A Bard’s Eye View: Mixtape 2015

I Made You a Mixtape 2015 Edition   2015 wouldn’t be complete without some kind of list of some of my favorite songs.  I’m not ranking them, though!  Instead, I’m creating what would be a pretty cool mix CD to put in your car and celebrate.  Now, obviously, I don’t […]


RtL#38: Ryan’s Take on Head to Head Controversial Musical Moment 1

Controversial Topics in Music The Death of Euronymous In this session of Roll the List, I am tasked with finding the most controversial topic in rock music that I can muster.  My opposition is ever debated Dave Grohl versus Kurt Cobain.  While I should ask for clarity on what that means, […]

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A Bard’s Eye View: A Case of the Sads

A Case of the Sads For when life is being a dick to you Sometimes elements of your life aren’t going so well.  You try and try to find ways to cheer up and you just can’t.  I know the feeling.  Sometimes, you just WANT to be sad.  Just to […]