Upcoming Shows: October 2015

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2015 in Black Metal, Blues, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Hardcore

Upcoming Shows: October 2015

Launchpad hosts The Albuqurque Battle Of The Bands, but I would be more excited if there was more information about which bands will be performing.   New Years Day headlines this show, with their creepy fellow rockers Get Scared, Eyes Set To Kill, and more. Tickets are $12. Fister will be performing at Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Albuqurque on the 9th, with NM bands Hollow Tongue, Econarchy, and Dysphotic. Now that’s what I’m talking about! … read...

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Album Review: Dysphotic -Chaos Terrain

Posted by on Aug Sun, 2015 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, New Releases

Album Review: Dysphotic -Chaos Terrain

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.  Dysphotic has no mercy for the weak. Even those  who crave dissonant and heavy brutality may find themselves overwhelmed with this behemoth. The music just keeps getting deeper and darker, like descending lower into a whole new level of the Inferno. The lethargic tempo and low pitch give the music a very immense sound. The dissonant intervals, from claustrophobic seconds and thirds to the spacious grandeur of sixths … read...

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Concert Review: Sylphs At Skylab

Posted by on Jun Fri, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Doom Metal, Stoner Metal

Concert Review: Sylphs At Skylab

  Out of this whole line up, Santa Fe’s own Sylphs was the only band who had the integrity to, you know, actually perform. I thought that’s what bands do: Play music for an audience. Apparently all the touring bands thought otherwise, but it was their loss. Sylphs single-handedly brought down the house, sans posers and pussies. Supposedly, one of the bassists had to go to the ER for drinking antifreeze. If that story is … read...

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Upcoming Shows: June 2015 *UPDATED*

Posted by on Jun Mon, 2015 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Thrash, Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows: June 2015 *UPDATED*

It’s no secret that I’m a summer girl. June is when one is almost overwhelmed by the sheer volume of wicked concerts and other events. Here’s what’s popping in my neck of the woods:   What better way to kick off the best month of the year than with this brutal show? The mighty Phobia headlines with support from La Fin Absolut Du Monde, plus local favorites Torn Between Worlds and Dysphotic. Remember that The … read...

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Concert Review: Serial Hawk, Ghosts Of Glaciers, and more at The Cave

Posted by on May Sun, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Serial Hawk, Ghosts Of Glaciers, and more at The Cave

Great news! I finally regained enough motor skills and hand/eye coordination to type again. The way things went down last night, I’m surprised there were no fatalities or other collateral damage. As a survivor, I am obligated to give a first-hand account from the eye of the storm… Sleeptaker has a new line up, apparently.  Alex Monasterio, the former guitarist, is carving a name for himself as a damn fine vocalist.  Noah Trainor, the only … read...

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Interview With Al-Namrood

Posted by on May Sat, 2015 in Black Metal, Folk Metal, Interviews, Symphonic

Interview With Al-Namrood

The war-torn Middle East is the unlikely home to oriental black metal band Al-Namrood. Now boasting a global audience, this band overcame incredible adversity and defied the odds. Undead Goathead delves deeper into Al-Namrood’s unique circumstances, as they master their art in secrecy. Undead Goathead: How did you all meet and become a band? Al-Namrood: A former vocalist “Mukadars” discussed with “Ostron” an idea of making Middle Eastern influenced music; the song was done by … read...

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Concert Review: Cormorant, Dysphotic, and more at The Cave

Posted by on May Sat, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Cormorant, Dysphotic, and more at The Cave

  The good news is that my ears are gauged a size or two bigger. The bad news is that my Betsy Johnson golden hoop earrings (and my earlobes themselves) got ruined in the process. Mosh pits can be so cruel. Here are the bands responsible for this mayhem: Dysphotic opened with a relatively low-key number, but kicked into full swing with their second track. The vocalist delivers a furious roar, which is even more … read...

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Midnight Odyssey: Funerals From The Astral Sphere

Posted by on Apr Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Black Metal, New Releases, Symphonic

Midnight Odyssey: Funerals From The Astral Sphere

Clocking in over two hours, this is an album that demands patience and attention. The metal aspects and lethargic tempo work well together, creating an  atmospheric black metal that’s so serene that it hurts. The transitions between songs are pretty smooth, but there are many dynamic shifts in tempo and jarring key changes to keep the music engaging and interactive.  There are even some acoustic folk instruments and clean vocals, adding further dimension to an … read...

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Concert Review: The Western Sea Tour

Posted by on Mar Fri, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Thrash

Concert Review: The Western Sea Tour

The Armory is a kick ass venue nestled in the depths of Albuqurque’s ghettos, also known as “The Warzone.” Despite the negative reputation that is forced upon the ‘hood, the people were all super cool, and the music was fucking spectacular. The venue itself blew my mind. The walls were covered in animal bones and skulls, and a  NYDM flag was draped magnificently behind the stage as a backdrop. But enough about the scenery. Let’s … read...

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Album Review: Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle

Posted by on Mar Wed, 2015 in Album Review, Black Metal, New Releases

Album Review: Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle

I am a huge fan of Steven Erikson’s Malazan series of fantasy books; they are the best high fantasy books ever written (I will brook no argument on this). So imagine my delight when I heard of Caladan Brood, a two man black metal band from Salt Lake City, Utah (of all places), whose music is inspired by the series. And when I say inspired, I mean it. Caladan Brood didn’t simply write lyrics vaguely … read...

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