Black Sabbath. Iron Maiden. Motorhead. Three of the greatest metal bands of all spacetime. Hell, maybe the three greatest metal bands of all spacetime. But what else do they have in common? Well DUHHH you idiot they all wrote eponymous songs, and included them on eponymous albums! Now, the new poster children of Brooklyn doom, […]
When I first started blogging, I started digging deeper than I had before to find where in Brooklyn the best heavy music was coming from, and when I started digging, Mountain God was one of the first bands I came across. I instantly warmed up to sound of the 2013 EP, disturbingly entitled Experimentation on the Unwilling, […]
The Sardonians have returned to claim the pyramids.
That’s right, New Haven-based misanthropic noise purveyors Grizzlor are back to do it to your earholes, with a new track appropriately titled “It’s All Bullshit”. Because it is, right?
Anyway, “It’s All Bullshit” is actually the first little piece of goodness to drop down from […]
Poisoned Altars, released on January 27 via Relapse Records, is the sophomore effort by Portland, OR sludge quartet Lord Dying. While their 2013 debut full-length, Summon the Faithless, was received with positive reviews for its innovative and relentless mix of sludge, doom, and thrash metal, Poisoned Altars is a more realized effort, showing the […]
The last song on Rhin’s Bastard, released on 12/1/14 by Grimoire Records – while quite possibly my favorite song on the album – is actually a bit of a sonic departure from the rest of the album. Or, the 2nd half of the song, anyway. The song is called “Consumed”, and around the 5 minute […]
Try as I typically might to avoid outright social commentary (not that there isn’t plenty hidden behind the arrases), 2014 is a year that simply begged for it. Presumably because it was a year rife with crisis. Sure, every year has its issues, but 2014 seemed more riddled than average with causes for serious concern. […]
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 […]
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