Band Profile – Burials

Posted by on Jul Sun, 2017 in Band Profile, Black Metal, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Hard Rock, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Technical

Band Profile – Burials

Hailing from Portland, OR, this death metal outfit sounds solemn and somber.  Although their bleak music is dissonant, it is profound enough to resonate with like-minded pessimists. The punishing rhythms are insane, offset by melodic virtuosity and atmospheric ambience. The contrast between their acoustic sensitivity and their electrified rage is a paradoxical embodiment of the band. The deep, rolling melodies slam their weight around mightily. These menacing, trippy sludge concoctions are booming with thunderous beats … read...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

Concert Review: Dark Tranquillity at Albuquerque’s Launchpad

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2017 in Concert Review, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical

Concert Review: Dark Tranquillity at Albuquerque’s Launchpad

  This show was a perfect storm of musical variety, consistent heaviness, and high-energy excitement. Launchpad is one of my favorite venues, and it outdid itself for this concert. Each band was unique, yet the chemistry was cohesive, and the result was like the so-called “goldilocks effect” that created life on our planet: A seemingly random formula of a certain matter, in certain places, et cetera, that culminates into a whole greater than the sum of … read...

Read More »