Author Archives: Andrew Billings

CD Review: Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner)

Within the last ten years, perhaps the most widely-acclaimed LP is L’Enfant Sauvage, the fifth album from ecologically-minded French tech-metallers Gojira. It’s certainly an album that is determined to make a big initial impact. The first song, “Explosi”‘ starts with … Continue reading

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CD Review: Children of Bodom – Holiday at Lake Bodom (Universal)

A recent survey of possibly dubious reputation has determined that Finland is officially the world’s most metallic country.  This hardy Baltic republic contains more heavy metal bands per head of population than any other.   So, here I’ll raise a metaphorical … Continue reading

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CD Review : Anathema – Weather Systems (The End Records)

If you like, you can call this ‘the Opeth syndrome’. A band starts out in one of the ‘extreme’ metal subgenres, but as time goes by and the members grow older, elements of non-metallic genres creep in. Usually, records will … Continue reading

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CD Review: Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent (Nuclear Blast)

The Los Angeles Beat is pleased to welcome our new metal correspondent, Andrew Billings, who will provide regular updates on all things infernal. Of all the many subgenres of metal, the distinctly middle-European style known as ‘symphonic metal’ is one … Continue reading

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