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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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: 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: Bathhouse, Heatdust, Thou, and The Body at The Cave

Posted by on Oct Sat, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Progressive Rock, Punk, Stoner Metal

Concert Review: Bathhouse, Heatdust, Thou, and The Body at The Cave

This is Déjà Vu all over again. Didn’t The Cave host a nearly identical line-up a few months ago? However, this show was cut off halfway through the double-set of Thou and The Body (Yar didn’t even  get to perform at all). Regardless, this was a worthy concert. Here’s what you missed: Bathhouse were coarse, blunt, and louder than hell. The guitars and vocals were agitated, noisy, and distorted. Although the music was extremely chaotic, … 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: Dysphotic -Chaos Terrain

Posted by on Aug Sun, 2015 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, New Releases

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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Album Review: Colossal Swan Dive -Colossal Swan Dive

Posted by on Jul Tue, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, New Releases

Album Review: Colossal Swan Dive -Colossal Swan Dive

Colossal Swan Dive is a band that is  hard to define by subgenre: Their distorted, aggressive sound embodies a metal style that is timeless. Nick Marez plays the triple role of lyricist, vocalist, and guitarist, accompanied by David Goldstone on bass and Gabe Archuleta on drums. This self-titled debut is fairly minimalist, by metal standards.  Musically, the trio play straightforward and to the point. Being skilled musicians, they don’t need to dazzle audiences with outlandish … read...

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Concert Review: Abrams, Suspended, And More At The Cave

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Thrash

Concert Review: Abrams, Suspended, And More At The Cave

  Metal is loud, The Cave is cool, something something skateboards, you know the drill. The opening band was Torn Between Worlds, who have new material in the works. One track in particular, so new that it is still untitled, fucked my shit up. The aggravated, distorted guitars and intense gutterals were the epitome of power and fury.  There are some songs with a beat so fast and syncopated that you shouldn’t even try … read...

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Concert Review: Phobia at The Underground

Posted by on Jun Thu, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical

Concert Review: Phobia at The Underground

The Underground at Evangelo’s is the best bar in the world, and Kronos Creative has never promoted a bad show. When two titans collaborate, you get this: Torn Between Worlds opened the show. The acoustics of a cramped dive bar auger well for their fast, loud, caustic sound. They performed with all the power and fury of their namesake. Genre-wise, this band is all over the damn place. Death metal, grind, and hardcore all clash … 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

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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