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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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

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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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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Alcohol and Razorblades and Poison in Needles

Posted by on Jun Fri, 2012 in Blues, Death Metal, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Lifestyle, Punk, Shock Rock, Stoner Metal, Straight Edge

Alcohol and Razorblades and Poison in Needles

As usual, I got so drunk that I forgot I even have a blog. Don’t blame me, blame Mr. Jack Daniels. Anyway, being a pitiful combination of a boozehound, a lazyass, and a Metalhead, today’s post will be about the intertwining of mind-alteration and heavy music. Let’s see if I can maintain my motor skills enough to finish this in one go… Part I: The Forerunners The Beatles aren’t Metal, even though certain tracks such … read...

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