5 Heavy Bands for People Who Don’t Like Metal (Yet)

Posted by on May Tue, 2017 in Band Profile, Blues, Death Metal, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock

5 Heavy Bands for People Who Don’t Like Metal (Yet)

Even as a longtime fan of the genre, I can see why heavy metal is not for everyone. Blood, guts, and gore tend to scare a large portion of normal society. However, metal is also surprisingly inclusive. Many bands that are too offbeat or experimental to fit into any other genre are often classified as “metal”, and even die-hard rockers have respect for talented musicians in other genres. Empirical evidence mirrors my own taste, showing … read...

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Album Review: Salt For Knives – An Acute Sense of Mortality

Posted by on May Fri, 2017 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, New Releases, Technical

Album Review: Salt For Knives – An Acute Sense of Mortality

Comprised of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Frank Green (Grinkai), along with Gareth Niles (Rome Incarnate) on lead guitar and bass, Salt For Knives are a Colorado based death metal outfit. Their new record release, An Acute Sense Of Mortality, is a follow up to their debut album, Conglomerate of Misery. This bass-heavy album has a slow-burning, sludgy groove. An Acute Sense of Mortality is a bloody slab of dissonant death metal, served raw with a side of … read...

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Band Profile – Kin Beneath Chorus

Posted by on May Mon, 2017 in Album Review, Band Profile, Death Metal, Deathcore, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Technical

Band Profile – Kin Beneath Chorus

Not only is Greece the cradle of Western civilization and the root of all modern society, it’s also the nation that gave the world top-notch metal bands like Sabaton, SepticFlesh, and Rotting Christ.  Kin Beneath Chorus, hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, are the latest addition to their ranks. In fact, KBC have already shared the stage with many of these acts, and have also performed at the world-famous heavy metal mecca, Wacken Open Air. When they … read...

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Concert Review: Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, The Extinction at Launchpad

Posted by on Apr Sat, 2017 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical

Concert Review: Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, The Extinction at Launchpad

Finnish metal legends Amorphis and Swallow The Sun co-headline this tour, with support from local bands at each date and location. We New Mexicans were lucky enough to have The Extinction, who are so badass that even their sound check attracted a decent crowd. Hosted by Launchpad, a bar in downtown Albuqurque, this show was epic enough to get recorded in the Kalevala. Here is an instant replay: The Extinction, an Albuqurque based death … read...

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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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