Duality In Metal: How Paradox Defines The Genre

Posted by on Apr Mon, 2016 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Deathcore, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal | 0 comments

Duality In Metal: How Paradox Defines The Genre

The yin-yang is a timeless archetype, and heavy metal embodies this duality. This is reflected in band names (Logical Nonsense, Destroy To Recreate, Instant Hesitation). It is also apparent in song titles  like “White Noise Black Silence” or ” Blinded By Light, Enlightened By Darkness.” Metal lyrics, art, and fans often delve into the subject of duality, and as such instances are countless, I will examine a few notable examples of this phenomenon. I:  … read...

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Concert Review: Metal Monday At The Underground

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2016 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Concert Review: Metal Monday At The Underground

While respectable members of society are loosening their ties and resting before another workday, the metalheads come to Evangelo’s to play. What mischief and mayhem transpires on such a night? Here’s a brief recap: Carrion Kind were a fantastic opening act. With it’s insanely catchy guitar riff, Memoirs Of A Lost Civilization is inevitably the first in their setlist, and until recently was the strongest in their arsenal.  But hark, what noise through yonder speaker … read...

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Band Profile: Krimson Karma

Posted by on Feb Sun, 2016 in Band Profile, Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal | 1 comment

Band Profile: Krimson Karma

Hailing from Omaha, NE, Krimson Karma are a chilling specimen of black metal, with bombastic screams, atmospheric guitar refrains, and plenty of blast beats. The vocals are especially powerful; the demonic volume and dissonance mirror the satanic lyrics. Although high pitched screams are predominant, vocalist Jarrod Pike displays an amazing range. The flow between lower and higher pitches is seamless. The guitars follow the black metal traditions of playing inverted melodies and tremolo riffs. These … read...

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Concert Review: Black Metal Warfare 2015

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Shock Rock, Technical | 0 comments

Concert Review: Black Metal Warfare 2015

In a line up comprised entirely of black metal titans (Mayhem, Watain, and Rotting Christ), this was truly a dark night of sick sounds and wicked deeds. Albuquerque’s Sunshine Theater was one of many stops on this tour, and it will never be the same. Here is a brief recap: Rotting Christ have a distinct aesthetic, characterized by addictively repetitive structures:  Each song is all hook. Tremolo riffing, pick slides, and harmonized guitars culminate into … read...

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Upcoming Shows: October 2015

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2015 in Black Metal, Blues, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Hardcore | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 2 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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