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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Sarah has been a part of the NYC rock scene for the better part of 15 years, and has experienced events most have only read about. Sarah is extremely knowledgable on music as an entirety and possesses the rare ability to identify artists by ear, give you a full biography on said artist, and cross reference various genres to prove this true. Encouraged by the legendary Peter Steele at age 16 to peruse music journalism as a career, Sarah also possesses the ability to think outside the box, and ask the questions most writers would not dare ask, or simply have not thought of asking. With her wit, unique sense of humor, unbiased opinions and "take no prisoners" attitude, Sarah proves time and time again that being female, and loving metal music (strictly for the music itself), is perfectly acceptable and possible. Some of Sarah's influences may seem random, but they often shine through her personality and unique writing style, and is often a question that can only be answered when directly asked of her. twitter.com/SarahBellzz

Album Review: HIM – Tears on Tape

Album Review: HIM – Tears on Tape

“A moment of calm before the storm,” main man Ville Valo declares on “All Lips Go Blue,” the first single off of HIM’s highly anticipated new album, Tears on Tape. After a three-year hiatus, the Helsinki “love metal” quintet is back with a vengeance. Composed of 13 songs, Tears on Tape may leave the HIM diehard a […]

Review: Chimaira – The Age Of Hell

Review: Chimaira – The Age Of Hell

In the two years since their last album, The Infection, Cleveland, Ohio, bruisers Chimaira came close to breaking up, due to several lineup changes, including the loss of three longtime band members. But singer Mark Hunter and guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries stood their ground and may have actually found the perfect roster for […]

Review: Egypt Central- White Rabbit

Review: Egypt Central- White Rabbit

The follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut, the new record by Memphis alternative-metal outfit Egypt Central is an ambitious effort. Not only is it a concept album about the overall consequences of drugs, death, grief, and the struggle to pick up the pieces afterward, but it’s also accompanied by a comic strip in the CD’s booklet […]

Review: Scelestus – Scelestus

Review: Scelestus – Scelestus

Scelestus is the brainchild of ex-Mushroomhead singer J Mann and his former bandmate/current Mushroomhead drummer Steve “Skinny” Felton (who did double duty here, serving as producer as well as skinsman). Joined by guitarist Tommy Church of the Autumn Offering, they make their intentions known with this self-titled debut EP, a 4-song collection of ferocious screams, […]

Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

“These are my famous last words,” declares Dave Grohl at the opening of the Foo Fighters’ highly anticipated seventh album, on the song “Bridges Burning.” Surely rather than the beginning of the end, however, Wasting Light marks a return to the Foo Fighters’ roots. It has been four years since the group’s last record, Echoes, Silence, […]

Review: Halestorm – ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP

Review: Halestorm – ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP

Halstorm burst onto the hard-rock scene with their 2009 self-titled debut, featuring the smash hit “I Get Off.” Since then, frontwoman Lzzy Hale has been featured on the cover of Revolver‘s 2009 “Hottest Chicks in Metal” issue and become one of our celebrity advice columnists, alongside Vinnie Paul of Pantera and Hellyeah. Now, as a […]

Review: Across The Sun – Before the Night Takes Us

Review: Across The Sun – Before the Night Takes Us

If 36 Crazyfists and early Avenged Sevenfold had a love child, Across The Sun would be the end result. And much like the best records by the former bands, this Portland outfit’s debut full-length is destined to become a classic. From the opening track, “Tipping The Scales,”  the listener is immediately transported by the captivating mix […]

Review: Sirenia – The Enigma Of Life

Review: Sirenia – The Enigma Of Life

The Enigma of Life, the fifth studio album from Norwegian symphonic goth metallers Sirenia, has plenty to entertain both the diehard fan and the newcomer to their music. Their second complete record with singer Aylin, it’s poppier then previous albums, suggesting Abba gone metal mixed with The Omen soundtrack. The standout track is “Fallen Angel,” which boasts […]