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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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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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: I Declare War -We Are Violent People By Nature

Posted by on Nov Mon, 2015 in Album Review, Deathcore, New Releases, Technical

Album Review: I Declare War -We Are Violent People By Nature

This album is living proof that life imitates art, and vice versa. The furious, hateful music reflects a world being crumbled by politics, propoganda, and society itself. Hope gives in to misanthropy and despair. The lyrics are spoken by both the forsaken and the forsaker.  Having been betrayed by our fellow man, we exact revenge, and thus continues the vicious cycle of violence which will ultimately be our demise. Vocalist Jamie Hanks has a formidable … 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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Album Review: I Am The Shotgun -Garroter

Posted by on Sep Tue, 2015 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Deathcore, Grind, Hardcore, New Releases, Technical

Album Review: I Am The Shotgun -Garroter

Garroter has a choppy, chunky sound reflecting the bloody bits and pieces on the album artwork. Palm muted chords ad nauseum, layered over an obscene amount of guitars and double pedal drums,  creates immense walls of polyphonic  discordance.  These colossal soundwalls persist at a sludgy pace, but frequent interruptions by blast beats and breakdowns keep them from being overwhelming. Despite the cacophonous music and coarse production quality, I Am The Shotgun have a cleancut aftertaste. … read...

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Album Review: I Am The Shotgun -I Am The Shotgun

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Deathcore, Hardcore, New Releases

Album Review: I Am The Shotgun -I Am The Shotgun

This self-titled album is a hefty slab of deathcore, with a thudding pulse of bass and percussion as a backbeat to crunchy breakdowns and dynamic leads. The guitar had some cool pitch harmonics and intricate solos, otherwise falling in lock-step with the rhythmic sections. All hell breaks loose when two or more rhythms syncopate, such as in the track This Mic Smells Like Beer, in which the chugging bass lines and machine gun drumming are … read...

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Concert Review: Born Of Osiris 2014 American Tour

Posted by on Oct Wed, 2014 in Concert Review, Deathcore

Concert Review: Born Of Osiris 2014 American Tour

Goddamn, what a show.  If they haven’t reached your neck of the woods yet, I suggest you check out the tour dates and get your tickets in advance. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on a truly epic concert. Erra, a progressive metalcore group from Birmingham,  was a decent opening band. The guitars were definitely their strongest asset. The drumming was great, but admittedly it tended to be overshadowed by melodic solos. The gutteral vocals were also … read...

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Shows of 2014

Posted by on Jan Fri, 2014 in Deathcore, Upcoming Shows

Shows of 2014

Sorry for the lack of writing, I had a momentary lapse of reason and decided to spend the last few weeks blasting Fleshgod Apocalypse and reading Nietzsche. I haven’t been quite the same ever since. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover. Anyway, here are some cool shows to get the year off to a good start.   Wow, this year is already way better than 2013, and we’re not even two weeks in! This tour … read...

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Hell In July *Updated*

Posted by on Jul Tue, 2013 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Deathcore, Grind, Thrash

Hell In July *Updated*

  Hell In July is the  aptly named national tour featuring Six Feet Under, Decrepit Birth, and Cannabis Corpse. *UPDATE*  The show made headline news, and here’s a link to the article. The show got off to a good start with Oscillation. The vocals are uber-deep growls, and occasionally reverb with an effect that resembles Autopsy’s sound. The guitars and bass are aggressive and catchy in the vein of the Deathcore genre. This band is comprised … read...

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