So it just got freezing. Like yesterday. It was in the 50s like normal fall weather and then BOOM! 25 degree mornings right outta nowhere. And to hell with all you summer lovin’ goonie birds who are already complaining, because I’m happy. I like winter. Sure it’s cold, but cold wakes you the hell up, [...]
Last Friday was one of the best shows I’ve seen in Brooklyn, period. Tiger Flowers, Family, Lazer/Wulf, Full of Hell, Weedeater, all conjuring evil at Brooklyn’s own house of hell, Saint Vitus Bar. Holy crap; if you missed that one you’re a damn [...]
In the summer of 2008, my friends and I used to sit around a bonfire every single night, get all hazy, and work on a book we were writing, entitled Bojang’s Inferno. The book was written one word at a time, working our way around the circle, and each word had to begin with the [...]
Los Angeles desert/stoner rockers Chiefs have released a new single from their forthcoming full length, entitled “Stone Bull”. Heavy and hazy, “Stone Bull” keeps alive the flame set by Kyuss years ago, and I’ve got to say that everything works great here: huge guitars, great production, and a rhythmic pulse that drags the song [...]
You know that feeling when there’s a word you’re looking for, and you know that word exists, and you know exactly what it means, but you forget what the word is? Well for a couple of weeks recently I struggled to the point of sleeplessness, trying to remember what adjective I knew perfectly described a [...]
Brooklyn-based metal/prog outfit Family are set to depart in early November for a 3-week tour throughout the eastern half of our great nation, spreading their dazzling and restless brand of heavy music to the unsuspecting multitudes. Included is an absolute mind-fuck of a bill at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus Bar on Friday, 11/7, with [...]
This past weekend, the first annual Uninvited Festival took over Brooklyn’s Nihil Gallery for a full 4 days of metal, motorcycles, and more. While the entire lineup was stacked full of prominent doom, stoner, and sludge bands (Weedeater, The Shrine, Mothership, The Skull, Orchid, etc.), I was most excited to attend on Sunday, [...]
All Them Witches is a great band from Nashville, TN whose re-release of the full length LP Lighting at the Door I very recently reviewed. Positively! They were just in Brooklyn this past Saturday to play St. Vitus along with Windhand, Ilsa, and Polygamist. Needless to say it was a great show, and [...]
Let Time Begin, the sophomore release by Chicago post-metal outfit Beak, is one of those albums that wastes absolutely no time before unleashing its full impact on the listener. While it’s a deep and multi-layered work, there is no denying that its more visceral elements strike first, and strike hard.
The full [...]
Update: On Saturday, 9/20, I had the distinct honor of having a few words with Parks and Ben from All Them Witches, and they provided what I consider ample defense of what I had originally considered an oversight in their choice of band name (see below). Check out the interview here.
Before I [...]
Heavy metal. Motorcycles. Skateboarding. Food. Beer. All great things, and all the more great when they serve to herald the welcome end of my least favorite season: miserable, oppressive, stench-ridden summer.
Thus I applaud the arrival of Brooklyn’s first ever (hopefully, first annual) Uninvited Festival, which promises to be an unprecedented amalgamation of all these [...]
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
Original Release Date: August 29, 1969
When you’re a student of heavy music such as myself, you often come across a recurring discourse on what exactly it means for something to be heavy. Is it volume? Speed, or lack thereof? Intensity? Satanic overtones? Of course, the right answer [...]
So I’ve figured it out, and hopefully I’m the first one. Foundations of Burden is a prequel. It’s a prequel to the first Pallbearer album, Sorrow and Extinction. I mean, think about it. The first album ends with “Extinction”, and the second album begins with “Foundations”. Accident? I think not. And then you look at [...]
Jethro Tull – Stand Up
My first concert was Jethro Tull, in 1999. To be honest, it wasn’t a great concert, but regardless Jethro Tull has always been a favorite of mine. Not only do I consider them a great classic rock band, but my tendency to champion them has steadily [...]
Thaw and Echoes of Yul are a couple of experimental metal acts from Poland, and on August 4th they’ll be releasing a split with Polish independent record label Instant Classic. Both bands only get 1 song to work with, but as they clock in at 14 and 25 minutes each, you’ll still be [...]
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