Author: Scott

The Sleeve’s Top Albums of ’21

Another year…and another year of Covid. Album releases were at least more plentiful than last year due to touring coming back, especially in the later part of 2021, but there are still bands sitting on albums waiting till they deem it completely safe to tour. The trends for me this year seemed to be melodic...

Album in Review: IMMORTAL GUARDIAN -Psychosomatic

The biggest surprise of the year for me was the power metal powerhouse IMMORTAL GUARDIAN’s new release “Psychosomatic.” Not because given their track record it was a surprise that it was gonna be good, it’s just that besides early HELLOWEEN and mid-period STRATOVARIUS I don’t really listen to power metal anymore.  I find most of...

Album in Review:  MARIANAS REST – Fata Morgana

Album in Review: MARIANAS REST – Fata Morgana

Seemingly out of nowhere comes one of the best Death Doom bands on the scene today in Finlands MARIANAS REST. Founded in 2013, and after releasing their debut “Horror Vacui” (2016) and critically acclaimed successor “Ruins” (2019), the six piece with Jaakko Mäntymaa on vocals and Omnium Gatherum’s Aapo Koivisto on keys release their third...

The Sleeve’s Top 15 of ’20

No doubt 2020 was a difficult one for bands, with much of the year not being able to tour but that did not stop them from still putting out some killer releases. In fact, many bands said that not touring allowed them to put more time into their albums, making the end-product even better, and...

Album in Review: ABORTED – La Grande Masquerade

Overview: 2 years after their last full-length “Terrorvision” Belgian death metal masters ABORTED , in honor of 25 years as a band, release a brief 3 song ep (clocking in at only 11:50) entitled “La Grande Masquerade” on Century Media Records.  This EP contains 2 brand new tracks and an unreleased song from the “Terrorvision”...

Album in Review: Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth & Sacrifice

Overview: Four years since their last album “Wanderer” Thurningia, Germany’s HEAVEN SHALL BURN return with their 10th full length album “Of Truth & Sacrifice” on Century Media Records. Released on March 20, 2020, this DOUBLE album features 19 songs at a total length of 97 minutes making it the bands longest album to date. This...

The End of an Era: Hard Rock Hotel Vegas 1995-2020

It’s a bitter sweet feeling seeing the Facebook notification that the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas changed its name to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. While the venue pages for Vinyl and The Joint still currently remain the same, its only a matter of time before we see changes there too. It is the...

Show in Review: OVERKILL w/ Hydraform & Exhorder @ Brooklyn Bowl

Pre-Show Schennanigans Let me preface this review by saying that OVERKILL is my favorite band, was my first tattoo, and I’ve gone to the ends of the earth to see them so to say I was excited for this show would be a vast understatement.  This would be only the 3rd time seeing them here...