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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Lyrical Analysis: Enslaved- Thoughts Like Hammers

Posted by on Mar Sat, 2019 in Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Technical | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Enslaved- Thoughts Like Hammers

Photo via Music Norway This song grew on me. At first, I was hesitant to listen to a 9 minute song from a band I barely knew. Especially when the intro is so noisy and cacophonous, leading into a heavy, slow riff. The sludgy pace fits the song title, thudding out a long, drowsy rhythm. Similarly, the lyrics were like a brick wall. I strained to grasp their meaning. Then suddenly, the wall of sound … read...

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Album Review: June 1974 – Nemesi

Posted by on Feb Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Death Metal, Electronica, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic | 0 comments

Album Review: June 1974 – Nemesi

Album Review: June 1974 – Nemesi Beautiful women, angels, and flowers are some of the symbolic images on this fantastic album art. This is a solo project, conceptualized and brought to life by Italian composer Federico Romano. Even the band title, June 1974, brings to mind the psychedelic experimentation of the Hippie generation. Indeed, the surreal album art and trippy music are wildly creative and free, like a flower child in the Summer of Love. … read...

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Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Hesperian Death Horse is a post-metal/avant-garde/sludge band from  Zagreb, Croatia. Their second album, Ziv, is named after the Croatian word for “Alive”. This name fits the themes of the lyrics, which describe the cycles of life, death, creation, destruction, and rebirth. Their first album, Mrtav, was named after the Croatian word for “Dead”. They will soon have a third and final album, Rodjen,  named after “Birth”, completing the trilogy. This second installment is eerie, disturbing, … read...

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Concert Review: SuperGiant with Anesthesia and Distortion of Time – Moonlight Lounge, Sept. 23

Posted by on Oct Mon, 2017 in Blues, Concert Review, Doom Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Punk, Stoner Metal | 0 comments

Concert Review: SuperGiant with Anesthesia and Distortion of Time – Moonlight Lounge, Sept. 23

… (Editor’s note: This nice and concise article was written by Undead Goathead photographer, Josh Garcia. You can check out his footage of the show, coming soon to our YouTube channel.  This was our first time at the awesomely named and very fun Moonlight Lounge. This venue hosts badass concerts, events, and even afterparties in the heart of Central Avenue in Alburqurque, NM. This article is living proof of how cool this spot can … read...

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Album Review: Tithe – Tithe

Posted by on Jul Thu, 2017 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Metalcore, Punk, Stoner Metal | 0 comments

Album Review: Tithe – Tithe

  This Portland, OR based metal trio is heavy handed in all possible ways. From their obscene cover art to their badass lyrical themes, this band is outrageous. No wonder their self titled EP was released on 04/20 of 2017. This is stoner metal if I ever heard it. What many would consider a “bad”trip, I would consider a “dark” or “morbid” trip. Instead of getting scared, I learned to enjoy the macabre images of … read...

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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 | 0 comments

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...

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Rave Review: The Culture Shock of a Metalhead at EDC

Posted by on Jun Fri, 2017 in Concert Review, Electronica, Lifestyle, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Surf Rock, Symphonic, Technical, Venue Review | 0 comments

Rave Review: The Culture Shock of a Metalhead at EDC

I. Introduction: Stranger in a Strange Land As we explored in a previous Rave Review, there are several varieties of electronica, from trippy trance jams, to bass heavy headbangers, to remixes of old classics. During an annual music festival, each subgenre is represented by an impressive roster of world class DJs, performing on 8 different stages, with underground artists spinning on mobile art carts. This is  The Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC,  the biggest … read...

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Bloodpig: Horrible Music By Worse People / Rx (Split)

Posted by on Jul Thu, 2016 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Doom Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Punk, Stoner Metal | 0 comments

Bloodpig: Horrible Music By Worse People / Rx (Split)

Bloodpig is a band whose signature style consists of high octane punk rock energy, angry screams, cacophonous drumming, and dissonant guitars. This split compilation includes two albums: Horrible Music By Worse People (2015) and Rx (2012). Both are noisy, loud, obnoxious, and awesome. This will be a two part review, starting with the first album. When describing this record, two words leap to mind: Nasty and gnarly. The musical techniques used are simple but effective. … 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 | 0 comments

Duality In Metal: How Paradox Defines The Genre

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 examine a few notable examples of this phenomenon. I:  … read...

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