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Ryan’s Top 30 Albums of the Last 10 Years (2004-2014) Pt. 3 of 3

It’s come to this. Since I’m usually on about something completely ancient, I’ve decided to compile a rough list of my favourite albums over the last ten years. I’ll warn you, there are thirty of them altogether and they span a few different genres. The list is presented in absolutely no particular order. While I’m sure I could… Read More ›

Ryan’s Top 30 Albums of the Last 10 Years (2004-2014) Pt. 2 of 3

It’s come to this. Since I’m usually on about something completely ancient, I’ve decided to compile a rough list of my favourite albums over the last ten years. I’ll warn you, there are thirty of them altogether and they span a few different genres. The list is presented in absolutely no particular order. While I’m sure I could… Read More ›

Ryan’s Top 30 Albums of the Last 10 Years (2004-2014) Pt. 1 of 3

It’s come to this. Since I’m usually on about something completely ancient, I’ve decided to compile a rough list of my favourite albums over the last ten years. I’ll warn you, there are thirty of them altogether and they span a few different genres. The list is presented in absolutely no particular order. While I’m sure I could… Read More ›

REVIEW: Flyleaf – Who We Are (2013)

I was heartbroken when Lacey Sturm announced her departure from Flyleaf late last year. I believe it was late in 2005 when I heard the band via the American station 103.3 The Edge (I was working twelve-hour night shifts close to lake Ontario and could listen if my car was parked in the right place). I seem to… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Ray Wilson’s “Chasing Rainbows” (2013)

By now it’s no secret that Genesis is pretty much my favourite band of all time, and even though the band has called it quits, it is a distinct joy for me every time one of its former members puts out a record of their own. Ray Wilson is no exception. For those of you just catching… Read More ›

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Spotlight on Dream Theater, Part II

The nearly legendary progressive metal machine known as Dream Theater didn’t simply appear overnight, ladies and gentlemen. Thus, I have decided to take an album-by-album stroll through the band’s history in a series no shorter than three parts long. In the previous article, I ran through the history following the band’s founding in 1985, and toured their first… Read More ›

Wave Maker Magazine goes to Edgefest 2013

It was a bold experiment: send a stuffy prog man into the heart of a notoriously mainstream summer rock festival and see what happens. The truth is, I went in extremely open-minded, as one probably should to something one knows little about, and I came out rain-soaked with a big smile on my face. Hey,… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: The Lumineers – The Lumineers (2012)

Better late than never. I’ll admit I’m not the most ‘with it’ of people. I don’t listen to the radio unless someone else has it on. I don’t have cable, because I hate most of what modern television has to offer (and I strongly dislike being bombarded with commercials). I don’t really read other magazines,… Read More ›

No Lies: Spotlight on Scene

Every once and a while, absolutely fantastic new music comes straight out of nowhere and lights a signal fire to remind me that the future of music isn’t all that bleak. The feeling of excitement I get when this happens is what reinforces my faith and keeps me passionate about music. I mean, one can… Read More ›

Music-Loving Bastards: Interview with Grauzeit

Dearest readers, if you’ve been following, you’ll remember the spotlight we published not too long ago on the German ambient metal group Grauzeit, containing my review of their then to-be-released EP Tyrannei der Tristesse. If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to check the article out. If you’re low on time, I’ll give you the fly-by. Formed… Read More ›

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