Concert Review: Gwar at Sunshine Theater

Posted by on Nov Tue, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Deathcore, Shock Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Gwar at Sunshine Theater

This was one hell of a show, and perfectly timed for Halloween. Unfortunately, Born Of Osiris had to cancel their appearance, as guitarist Lee McKinney suffered a foot injury. However, local badasses Vale Of Miscreation were the opening band, saving the concert from ruin and shredding the audiences collective face. Here’s a quick recap: Vale Of Miscreation, a technical death metal group from Albuquerque, have speed and virtuosity to rival their big-label counterparts. Their … read...

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Upcoming Shows: September 2015

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2015 in Death Metal, Hardcore, Punk, Thrash, Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows: September 2015

  Kronos Creative presents La Fin Absolut Du Monde at The Underground, with support from Colossal Swan Dive and Marsupious. On September 18th, The Jamspot will be hosting Vanlade, with support from local bands Destroy To Recreate, Friend 2 Foe, and In The End.   This show is damning evidence that the DIY scene is still alive and kicking. The madness goes down on September 18th at 7 pm, located at “The Sunshine Terrorist” (1817 … read...

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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: Abrams, Suspended, And More At The Cave

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Thrash

Concert Review: Abrams, Suspended, And More At The Cave

  Metal is loud, The Cave is cool, something something skateboards, you know the drill. The opening band was Torn Between Worlds, who have new material in the works. One track in particular, so new that it is still untitled, fucked my shit up. The aggravated, distorted guitars and intense gutterals were the epitome of power and fury.  There are some songs with a beat so fast and syncopated that you shouldn’t even try … 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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Album Review: Gruesome – Savage Land

Posted by on May Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, New Releases, Thrash

Album Review: Gruesome – Savage Land

Gruesome, comprised of members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Dekerta, is a flashback to early death metal. Their debut album Savage Land  recaptures the heavy thrash influence, distinguished growled vocals, and even the gory album art that characterized the first wave of death metal. The drumming and riffing styles are lightning speed shredfests, all overlapped by the furious roar of Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Repulsion). Slower tempos erupt into fast-paced fury, perfect  for breakneck-speed, whiplash … 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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