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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Burning Churches, Burning Bridges: The Cognitive Dissonance of Being a Catholic Metalhead

Posted by on Apr Sun, 2019 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Deathcore, Doom Metal, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock, Stoner Metal, Straight Edge, Symphonic, Technical, Thrash | 2 comments

Burning Churches, Burning Bridges: The Cognitive Dissonance of Being a Catholic Metalhead

St. Peter Martyr Exorcizing a Posessed Statue of the Virgin and Child, Vincenzo Foppa, 1468 Intro: All art is political. Religion and music are no exception. Many metalheads claim to be anti religion one minute, and then devil-worshiping Satanists the next. Others enjoy the music while still practicing their faith, whether it’s Judaism, Islam, or Christianity. To assume that all metal music is Satanic or Atheistic, is as asinine as assuming that all jazz fans … 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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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: Disasterina – LA’s Most Disastrous Drag Queen

Posted by on Nov Tue, 2017 in Album Review, Electronica, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Lifestyle, New Releases, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Album Review: Disasterina – LA’s Most Disastrous Drag Queen

Disasterina is a drag queen, performer, and musician based in Los Angeles, California. Her new album, LA’s Most Disastrous Drag Queen, lives up to her over-the-top reputation. Released by Entelodon Records, this album is true to the spirit of electronic dance music. Disasterina’s song structures are ridiculously catchy. This is a throwback to old school techno, capturing the riotous party vibe of classic house music. Sprinkled with elements of humor, the music is varied … read...

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Concert Review: Deep Purple’s Long Goodbye Tour, Featuring Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter Band

Posted by on Aug Thu, 2017 in Concert Review, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Shock Rock | 1 comment

Concert Review:  Deep Purple’s Long Goodbye Tour, Featuring Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter Band

  Deep Purple are going out with a bang with their Long Goodbye Tour. This is their final farewell, a swan song for the ages. Alice Cooper shared the stage, celebrating the July 28 release of the new album Paranormal. Special guests, The Edgar Winter Band, are musically versatile, while keeping firm in their classic hard rock roots. Together they formed a memorable and entertaining line up, true to their early heavy metal, progressive rock, … read...

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Concert Review: Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls 2017 Tour

Posted by on Jul Sat, 2017 in Concert Review, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Concert Review: Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls 2017 Tour

The Summer of 2017 was kicked off with classic metal heavyweights Iron Maiden hitting the road on a worldwide tour, celebrating the recently released album, The Book of Souls. Old school metallers Kamelot and Exodus were special guests for the performance at San Bernadino, CA on July 1st.  Otherwise, the legendary Iron Maiden were accompanied only by Ghost B.C (often simplified to Ghost) throughout their North American leg of the tour. Before … read...

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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 | 0 comments

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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Book Review – Motley Crue: The Dirt

Posted by on Feb Wed, 2017 in Book Review, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Book  Review – Motley Crue: The Dirt

This autobiography, written from several different perspectives, offers a multi-faceted glimpse into decades worth of tragic misunderstandings, outrageous  rumors, and rides on the wild side. One of the most notorious rock bands in the world, Motley Crue, delve deep into personal confessions and dark secrets in The Dirt, while also holding on to the shadows of resentment and grudges that tore them apart after their long run of fame and success. Their stories are … read...

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Concert Review: Black Metal Warfare 2015

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2015 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Shock Rock, Technical | 0 comments

Concert Review: Black Metal Warfare 2015

In a line up comprised entirely of black metal titans (Mayhem, Watain, and Rotting Christ), this was truly a dark night of sick sounds and wicked deeds. Albuquerque’s Sunshine Theater was one of many stops on this tour, and it will never be the same. Here is a brief recap: Rotting Christ have a distinct aesthetic, characterized by addictively repetitive structures:  Each song is all hook. Tremolo riffing, pick slides, and harmonized guitars culminate into … read...

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