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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Concert Review: Metal Monday At The Underground

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2016 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Metal Monday At The Underground

While respectable members of society are loosening their ties and resting before another workday, the metalheads come to Evangelo’s to play. What mischief and mayhem transpires on such a night? Here’s a brief recap: Carrion Kind were a fantastic opening act. With it’s insanely catchy guitar riff, Memoirs Of A Lost Civilization is inevitably the first in their setlist, and until recently was the strongest in their arsenal.  But hark, what noise through yonder speaker … read...

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EP Review: Parallellism by Ot-un-et-ir

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2016 in Album Review, Doom Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal

EP Review: Parallellism by Ot-un-et-ir

Ot-un-et-ir is a New Mexico based band with a downtempo, sludgy sound so thick that you could cut it with a knife. Their first release, Parallelism, is album length at 58 minutes, but is considered a single piece. (For convenience sake, I will refer to it as an EP.) The music is extremely heavy-footed with the drums and bass, droning alongside each other with slow and sweet riffs. The rhythm is similar to that of … 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: Octaveleven – This Hyperlink

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2015 in Album Review, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Technical

Album Review: Octaveleven – This Hyperlink

This music is as bizarre and moving as a delirious fever dream.  Octaveleven is multilayered, very experimental and progressive, with spacey keyboards that might be more comfortable in an Atari game. The best songs had the  dissonant urgency and impatience of a boss battle, with musical tension mirroring a climactic showdown.  In the haystack of disharmony, you occasionally find a needle of melody. Some of the refrains are catchy despite themselves, and the percussion anchors … read...

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Concert Review: Oka Tygra at Molly’s Lounge

Posted by on Sep Mon, 2015 in Concert Review, Progressive Rock

Concert Review: Oka Tygra at Molly’s Lounge

For the first day of Santa Fe’s fifth annual AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, our city traded some of our local bands for those in Denver. Hence came Poets Row, The Still Tide, and Oka Tygra to Santa Fe, performing at Molly’s Lounge. Although I initially felt like a fish out of water (what the fuck is “Shoegaze”, anyway?) our neighbors to the North proved that their underground music scene is a force to be … read...

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Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock

Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Amorphis seem to get more and more conceptual with each release, straying ever further from their death metal origins. Instead of the anger and aggression that usually characterize metal, this album has a darkness defined by sorrow and melancholia. What they sacrificed in metal fury, they compensated with the robust simplicity of folk, which has a heaviness all its own.  Lead singer Tomi Jousten has a panoramic voice, spanning from death metal growls and black … read...

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