Album Review: St. Victims – St. Victims

Posted by on May Sat, 2019 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, New Releases, Shock Rock, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: St. Victims – St. Victims

This band and their self titled debut have morbid medical themes, as well as a twisted sense of humor. When I first heard this album, I was way too hungover for that fucking kazoo intro, but that made it even more hilarious and entertaining. The weird sound effects and humorous undertones continue with the following songs on the EP. Tracks like Shiddnfard and Botfly Reunion, use the trombone for its inherent comedic value. The gross-out … read...

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News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”

Posted by on Apr Thu, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”

This surreal album art resembles the morbid paintings of Heironymous Bosch. I love me some death metal, especially when it’s both symphonic and technical, as with Italian masters Fleshgod Apocalypse. This song is reminiscent of their classic masterpiece of yesteryear, The Violation. The roaring vocals in the intro are especially memorable. The imagery of the music video, similarly, illustrates the dark elegance of this band. These musicians look like the Platonian ideal of a metalhead: … read...

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Lyrical Analysis: Enslaved- Thoughts Like Hammers

Posted by on Mar Sat, 2019 in Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Technical | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Enslaved- Thoughts Like Hammers

Photo via Music Norway This song grew on me. At first, I was hesitant to listen to a 9 minute song from a band I barely knew. Especially when the intro is so noisy and cacophonous, leading into a heavy, slow riff. The sludgy pace fits the song title, thudding out a long, drowsy rhythm. Similarly, the lyrics were like a brick wall. I strained to grasp their meaning. Then suddenly, the wall of sound … read...

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Album Review: Dysphotic – The Eternal Throne

Posted by on Jan Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Reviews, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Dysphotic – The Eternal Throne

Dysphotic is making New Mexico proud to host badass metal bands of this caliber. This new wave of metal is modern, but still nostalgiac for kids like me who grew up headbanging at Warehouse 21, moshing at the VFW, and drinking their first beer at The Underground. All of our favorite vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers are still going strong and making new bands, new music, and new albums. This is a prime example. Ben … read...

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Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Hesperian Death Horse is a post-metal/avant-garde/sludge band from  Zagreb, Croatia. Their second album, Ziv, is named after the Croatian word for “Alive”. This name fits the themes of the lyrics, which describe the cycles of life, death, creation, destruction, and rebirth. Their first album, Mrtav, was named after the Croatian word for “Dead”. They will soon have a third and final album, Rodjen,  named after “Birth”, completing the trilogy. This second installment is eerie, disturbing, … read...

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Album Review: The Salvage Retrograde – Bringer Of Light

Posted by on Nov Mon, 2018 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Progressive Rock | 0 comments

Album Review: The Salvage Retrograde – Bringer Of Light

  This debut album is hard and heavy. The thudding bass lines and pounding drumbeat provide a solid structure for strong guitar riffs and raspy screams. The genre strays away from metal and into rock, country, pop, and different combinations of all of the above. If they had to be categorized, I would define them as hard rock and heavy metal. The blues-inspired melodies are energetic, yet dark and heavy. The rowdy vocals are distinctly … read...

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Album Review: Deforme – God-Like Strength

Posted by on Jul Fri, 2018 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Lifestyle, Punk, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Deforme – God-Like Strength

Deforme is a conglomeration of brutal death metal and grind. The gutteral vocals are especially gruesome, with lead vocalist Juan Martinez growling and grunting like a demon from hell. The guitarwork of both Alex Camacho and Joe Baca shreds violently. The bassline from Blair Robey is strong and solid. The drumming is a sturdy skeleton for the whole musical package. No wonder their drummer is called “Beast”.  I love how the rhythm section sometimes steals … read...

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Enviro-Metal : 6 Bands to Jam on Earth Day

Posted by on Apr Sun, 2018 in Band Profile, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock, Straight Edge, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Enviro-Metal : 6 Bands to Jam on Earth Day

Before metalheads earned their reputation as total badasses, they were stereotyped as a bunch of geeks and nerds. Consider the 80’s trope of an awkward teen who listens to creepy music. Now in the year 2018, we as a society are much wiser. It is obvious that you can be a radical dude, who is also an activist and intellectual. These different lifestyles aren’t mutually exclusive. Here to prove it are some brutal musicians who … read...

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Album Review: Cripple – Fuck Your Comfort

Posted by on Jan Sun, 2018 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, New Releases, Punk, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Cripple – Fuck Your Comfort

This band is “radical” in every sense of the word. Their music is extreme in all aspects. It’s fast, it’s loud, and it’s offensive as balls. Although a death metal influence is apparent, Cripple veers on the punk edge of the thrash spectrum. The simple riffs are short and catchy, with ornate solos. The violent vocals are pissed-off tirades of angry lyrics. The drums are crashing and rolling like a 7 car pileup. The result … read...

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Concert Review: Panzerfaust, Cryptopsy, and Belphegor at Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2017 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, Thrash | 0 comments

Concert Review: Panzerfaust, Cryptopsy, and Belphegor at Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM

  On top of their beastly energy and extraordinary talent, these bands were surprisingly down to earth. We even passed Belphegor on the stairs after their set. Not gonna lie, I was a little bit starstruck. In addition to the the skull crushing music, each band also put their heart into their visual performance. Even their merch tables were exceptionally impressive. On top of the masculine and complex black metal logos, which look badass on … read...

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