Concert Review: Xaedus, Rockfox, Blinddryve, and 3 Weeks Later At The Underground

Posted by on Aug Tue, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Xaedus, Rockfox, Blinddryve, and 3 Weeks Later At The Underground

Santa Fe is notorious for its sleepy Sunday nights, when everything closes early and the city is like a ghost town. Thankfully, we had some heavy fucking metal to break the mold and draw a crowd for a night of mishief. This is the madness that ensued: Xaedus is a new band on the scene, but boasting experience in bands like Soul To Rest and Oscillation, many of the members are seasoned veterans. They had … read...

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Album Review: Suspended -Hollowed Minds

Posted by on Jul Fri, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Thrash

Album Review: Suspended -Hollowed Minds

This album embodies all the strengths of Suspended’s early work, while also making great strides in areas that were formerly shady. Prelude To Indignance, debuted in 2008, did not do justice to the band’s prowess on stage. Since then, the band has matured both musically and lyrically. Amanda Castillo’s vocals have improved drastically. Her voice has a newfound depth and fury, and her guitar leads have more virtuosity than ever before. Meanwhile, Jessica Armstrong often … read...

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Concert Review: The Elected Officials, Almost A Lie, And More At The Underground

Posted by on Jul Wed, 2015 in Concert Review, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Punk, Thrash

Concert Review: The Elected Officials, Almost A Lie, And More At The Underground

As fantastic as New Mexico is for the local metal scene, I’ll admit that its punk scene has been in critical condition for a long time. This concert helped restore the vital signs into our beloved music. Here’s how: Almost A Lie sounded just like they did at Warehouse 21 a few years back. Their style of punk isn’t exactly hardcore, but it’s a far cry from pop punk nonsense like Blink 182 or Sum … 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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Concert Review: Serial Hawk, Ghosts Of Glaciers, and more at The Cave

Posted by on May Sun, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Serial Hawk, Ghosts Of Glaciers, and more at The Cave

Great news! I finally regained enough motor skills and hand/eye coordination to type again. The way things went down last night, I’m surprised there were no fatalities or other collateral damage. As a survivor, I am obligated to give a first-hand account from the eye of the storm… Sleeptaker has a new line up, apparently.  Alex Monasterio, the former guitarist, is carving a name for himself as a damn fine vocalist.  Noah Trainor, the only … read...

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Concert Review: Maeth, Distances, and Torn Between Worlds at The Underground

Posted by on May Wed, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical

Concert Review: Maeth, Distances, and Torn Between Worlds at The Underground

Like a sailor enchanted by a siren’s song, I will always be drawn to The Underground At Evangelo’s. This three band concert on a Tuesday night hit the bullseye, and delivered a show to remember. This is what happened: Distances opened up the show, and they fucking slayed it. The downtempo ambient parts appease the math/prog fan in me, while the heavy parts are pure metal and get my blood boiling. The contrasting brutality and … read...

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Upcoming Shows: May 2015 *UPDATED*

Posted by on May Thu, 2015 in Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Thrash, Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows: May 2015 *UPDATED*

Winter was well spent in solitude, snow, and ungodly amounts of Swedish and Norwegian black metal. But now the ice is thawing, and it’s time to break out the skateboards and prepare for festival season. Here are some concerts to get us warmed up:   An all-ages show at The Armory. Bring $8 and some extra for merch. This show is happening in two days! Primal Panic presents Snewfest at Sneakerz. Scars Blue, Skull Theory, … read...

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Concert Review: Cormorant, Dysphotic, and more at The Cave

Posted by on May Sat, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Cormorant, Dysphotic, and more at The Cave

  The good news is that my ears are gauged a size or two bigger. The bad news is that my Betsy Johnson golden hoop earrings (and my earlobes themselves) got ruined in the process. Mosh pits can be so cruel. Here are the bands responsible for this mayhem: Dysphotic opened with a relatively low-key number, but kicked into full swing with their second track. The vocalist delivers a furious roar, which is even more … read...

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Helcaraxe: Children Of Ygg

Posted by on Apr Fri, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases

Helcaraxe: Children Of Ygg

This eleven track compilation, recently released by Promethean Burn, is a prime specimen of Heathen metal. Anti-Christian lyrics are delivered in a gutteral growl, breathing life into  ancient Pagan traditions and Viking mythology. There is also some clean singing, which at times seems out of place, but at other times enhances the emotive power of the music. The technical aspects of the musical arrangements are primarily death metal,  thus relying heavily on the virtuosity … read...

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