Upcoming Shows: March 2017

Posted by on Mar Sat, 2017 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Deathcore, Doom Metal, Grind, Thrash, Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows: March 2017

While we have a few more weeks of winter to blast our black metal and think about cold frost and infinite darkness, the spring thaw will soon be upon us. Many bands are coming out of the woodworks to go on tour. Here are some notable shows coming to the Santa Fe/ Albuqurque area: The Armory is one of the most badass and authentic metal venues in Albuqurque. This show features local badasses, Left To … read...

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Concert Review: Haunted And Damaged Tour at The Underground

Posted by on Jul Sun, 2016 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Thrash

Concert Review: Haunted And Damaged Tour at The Underground

The Underground at Evangelo’s is always an excellent venue for louder-than-life, heavy metal mayhem. Touring bands All Hail The Yeti and Final Drive were right at home with local shredders Carrion Kind. Here is historical evidence of the badassery, documented for posterity. Carrion Kind opened up with their killer masterpiece, Memoirs Of A Lost Civilization.   Many other songs from their debut album, The Collapse Of All To Come, have catchy death metal chord progressions that … read...

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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

Duality In Metal: How Paradox Defines The Genre

If this isn’t already album art, it should be. 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 … read...

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Album Review: Pestilence – Consuming Impulse

Posted by on Apr Wed, 2016 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Thrash

Album Review: Pestilence – Consuming Impulse

This classic album, released in 1989, is crawling with high octane intensity. Melodic lead guitar and vocals are syncopated between the rhythmic bass lines and percussion.The guitar squeals like a pig during raging solos, and harmonized riffs reinforce even more strength behind catchy power chords.  The drumming is extremely aggressive; Heavy-footed on the kick drum and crashing with cymbals. This percussive brutality is headbang-worthy, like the somber drumrolls of an execution. Frontman Martin Van Druen … read...

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Interview with Vocalist Kris Bolton of Unmerciful

Posted by on Mar Fri, 2016 in Death Metal, Grind, Interviews

Interview with Vocalist Kris Bolton of Unmerciful

(Editors Note: This article was originally published on Underground Noise, and has been republished here with the author’s permission.) UNMERCIFUL………this band crushes the minds of many in brutal & barbarous ways, and I am pleased to announce the NEWEST interview with the vocalist of Unmerciful, Kris Bolton, who will be on the upcoming NEW album. UN: What prompted you to become a musician? KB: Honestly, I wanted to be in music as long as I … read...

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Album Review: Ol’ Dagger – Bobcat Dynamite

Posted by on Mar Tue, 2016 in Album Review, Death Metal, New Releases, Thrash

Album Review: Ol’ Dagger – Bobcat Dynamite

Holy fucking hell, these vocals will kill you. David Ahern-Seronde (Yar, Oscillation, Obelisk) expands his skills ever further with a wider range of high pitched screams and low growls. The guitars and drums are symbiotic in their primitivism and raw power, reminiscent of early Death and Dark Angel. The rhythm often loses itself in a decadent groove, which results in some sinuous bass lines and drum riffs. This album superimposes sludgy lethargy … read...

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Album Review: Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Posted by on Feb Wed, 2016 in Album Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Symphonic, Technical

Album Review: Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Italian quintet Fleshgod Apocalypse are masters of symphonic technical death metal. Their newest release, King, is pinnacle of elegance, with music as sophisticated and powerful as its title.  Crunchy blast beats in the guitar and drums open up into sweeping orchestral arrangements. The heavily distorted electric guitar, with its melodic leads and shredding solos, merges seamlessly with the symphonic instruments. Similarly, the twinkling pianos are exquisitely integrated, while the chorus creates a soundscape of epic … 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

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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Album Review: Cyanic/Infinite Waste 2015 Split

Posted by on Nov Mon, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, New Releases

Album Review: Cyanic/Infinite Waste 2015 Split

This EP is a collaboration between San Jose’s Cyanic and Oakland’s Infinite Waste. Both bands from the California coast have a propensity for coarse, ball-busting dissonance with distorted guitars and beastly vocals. Here is a track-by-track review of this split: Cyanic have blasting soundwalls of sinuous counterpointed rhythms, which intertwine with complexity. The vocals are good, even though the sound quality itself is somewhat choppy. The drums, bass, and guitar each play their own thing, … read...

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Concert Review: Gwar at Sunshine Theater

Posted by on Nov Tue, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Deathcore, Shock Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Gwar at Sunshine Theater

This was one hell of a show, and perfectly timed for Halloween. Unfortunately, Born Of Osiris had to cancel their appearance, as guitarist Lee McKinney suffered a foot injury. However, local badasses Vale Of Miscreation were the opening band, saving the concert from ruin and shredding the audiences collective face. Here’s a quick recap: Vale Of Miscreation, a technical death metal group from Albuquerque, have speed and virtuosity to rival their big-label counterparts. Their … read...

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