Tag Archives: Brendan Biryla

album review: SINICLE – Still in Mind (EP)

SINICLE Album: Still in Mind (EP) Released: March 10th 2014 Website: Facebook Score: 7/9 Hammers The year was 2011, the place was Hollywood, California. It was a rough time for the metal scene. A significant portion of the local-band-friendly clubs … Continue reading

editor’s pick: KALMAH – Seventh Swamphony

KALMAH Album: Seventh Swamphony Released: June 14th, 2013 Label: Spinefarm Website: Official Score: 8/9 Hammers Well, some months have past without me contributing a written piece to the site and now that Kaptain Carbon is the lead writer, I’m apt … Continue reading


PHALGERON Album: Cosmic Cataclysms Released: September 2012 Label: none Website: www.phalgeron.com Score: 8/9 Hammers Long ago (~3years), and far far away (1/4 mile down the street), I saw a local band called PHLEGETHON open for TYR, ALESTORM and SUIDAKRA on … Continue reading


IN MOURNING Album: The Weight Of Oceans Released: April 18th 2012 Label: Spinfarm Records Website: www.inmourning.net Score: 5/9 Hammers I was really prepared to like this album a lot more than the 5/9 may indicate. In Mourning was brought to … Continue reading


CRYOSTORM Album: Destroyer of Ardor Released: July 25, 2011 Label: UKEM Records Website: Facebook Score: 7/9 Hammers A pleasant surprise hit our inbox last week as CRYOSTORM sent the sophomore release from their Exeter UK-based melodic death metal outfit. It’s … Continue reading

HMR Episode 115

co-Host: Kyle Ward GARDEN OF SHADOWS – Dissolution of the Forms ELUVEITIE – A Rose For Epona SVARTBY – Done With The Wind Featured Film Clips: Dragonheart (1996), First Knight (1995)


SVARTBY Album: Elemental Tales Released: Feb 17th, 2012 Label: Trollzorn Website: Svartby.com Score: 7/9 Hammers SVARTBY is a Swedo-Russian outfit hailing from Saint Petersberg, where, apparently, they have wild imaginations… How long did you stare at that album cover? A … Continue reading


MR. FASTFINGER Album: In Motion Released: March 30th, 2012 Label: Electrik Pyjamas Website: www.mrfastfinger.net Score: 9/9 Hammers It’s hard to sit and write this review because this album is so damn GROOVY! As I’ve stated before on Hollywood Metal, Mika … Continue reading


co-Host: Patrik Carlsson (ANACHRONAEON) Featured Bands: ANACHRONAEON- “To Ashes” SEVENTH WONDER- “Paradise” ANACHRONAEON- “The Inevitable Day” Featured Film Clips: Dracula (1931), Braveheart (1995)

Hollywood Metal 113 – TORRENT

co-Host: Greg Johnson (TORRENT) Featured Bands: TORRENT- “The Winged Sun” METALLICA – “Blackened” TORRENT – “Fallen Cities” Featured Film Clips: Dracula (1931), Game of Thrones (Season 16)

Hollywood Metal 112

co-Host: Ronny Lee Marks (SPECTRAL WORDS) Featured Bands: NIGHTWISH – “Ghost River” AMORPHIS- “My Enemy” WELICORUSS- “Slavonic Power” Featured Film Clips: Dracula (1931), Labyrith (1986) NIGHTWISH Secret Show and Gibson Amphitheatre Performance: AMORPHIS at Gibson Amphitheatre: In show references: Art … Continue reading

Hollywood Metal 111 – HELSOTT

co-Host: Eric Dow (HELSOTT) Featured Bands: HELSOTT – “Folkvangr” FOREFATHER- “Wolves of Prayer” HELSOTT – “Vandal’s Divide” Featured Film Clips: Game of Thrones (Season 1), Dracula (1931)

Mission 2012: Editorial Content

This year I’d like to give Hollywood Metal a bit more of an editorial voice. The various iterations of the radio show since 2007 (99.3FM, mp3 stream and current Youtube Stream) have always expressed my opinions on metal and related … Continue reading

Hollywood Metal 110

Cohost: Lane Storli (Phalgeron.com) Featuring: CEREMONIAL CASTINGS – “Apparitions To Become” HIBRIA- “Steel Lord on Wheels” CROM- “A Reason to Live” Featured Film Clips: Dracula (1931), Game of Thrones (Season 1), Transformers (2007)