New At Sonic Cathedral: Review of Anarchangel’s Debut EP

Anarchangel Without Armor EP cover

I’m always up for reviewing local female-fronted metal bands for Sonic Cathedral. So far, I’ve covered three Boston-area bands for the Zine: Avariel, Era For A Moment, and Evince Ethos (who changed their name this summer to Anaria). Now it’s time for Anarchangel,  one of the most unique metal acts I’ve ever listened to.

On their self-released debut EP Without Armor, Anarchangel blend a wide range of subgenres and influences together and use the talents of four singers (both male and female) to create a homogenous style that’s grungy, gritty, and colorful. The songs range from heavy and psychedelic (“Monster”), to anthemic fist-pumping (“Good vs. Evil”), to slick and groovy (“Trojan Horse”), to semi-acoustic heartache (“Skinless”). I’ll admit that Without Armor isn’t the best-sounding record I’ve heard this year.  (The poor sound quality muddies the experience and exacerbates any execution flaws.) However, I do hear a lot of potential in Anarchangel’s music. So I’m interested in hearing what else this band has to offer down the road.

Click here to read my review of Anarchangel’s Without Armor.

Field Trip: 1st Annual Boston Book Festival!

So I braved the wind and the rain on Saturday to go to the first annual Boston Book Festival.  It was an all-day event held at and around Copley Square, with exhibits, lectures, readings, free food, and interactive events for people who write or enjoy poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Oh, and there were plenty for kids to do, too.

So below is a report of my “field trip,” complete with photos.  Pardon my photography – I’m not the best, but I try!

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