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 [...]
I’ll be writing another album review over the weekend, but in the meantime let’s try something new. Which is exactly what I did last night when I agreed to venture into Chelsea to see a bunch of stupid crap and drink free wine. Very few of these artworks aroused my intellect, while almost all of [...]
The Beast of Left and Right by Georgia genre-defiers Lazer/Wulf is the latest release from Retro-Futurist Records, the independent label founded and operated by Savannah sludge superheroes Kylesa. The label has already put out a few records, but they’re still pretty new, and with this one I’m happy to say that they [...]
No Way’s new EP, “Sing Praises”, is a charred, greasy slice of sludgy noise rock done right. It’s distinctly dark, but favors the macabre over the bleak, and aggression over despair. It’s got a horse’s face on the front, and you’re a horse’s ass if you don’t love it.
The album’s first two songs [...]
What I keep trying to figure out is if and how one can tell from Gurt’s music alone that they have a pretty prominent sense of humor. If you look at the song titles and cover art from their upcoming LP Horrendosaurus, you’d know quickly:
In Room 237 there’s an anecdote about a small theatre that screened The Shining and The Shining backwards, at the same time, superimposed on top of one another. Like most of the documentary, it was a silly idea that ended up seeming cool just because it made you think about The Shining more [...]
Judy (a punk) and Sheena (a punk rocker)
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