Album Review: Cripple – Fuck Your Comfort

Posted by on Jan Sun, 2018 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, New Releases, Punk, Technical, Thrash

Album Review: Cripple – Fuck Your Comfort

This band is “radical” in every sense of the word. Their music is extreme in all aspects. It’s fast, it’s loud, and it’s offensive as balls. Although a death metal influence is apparent, Cripple veers on the punk edge of the thrash spectrum. The simple riffs are short and catchy, with ornate solos. The violent vocals are pissed-off tirades of angry lyrics. The drums are crashing and rolling like a 7 car pileup. The result … 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

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

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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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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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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Five Reasons Evangelo’s Is The Best Bar Ever

Posted by on Aug Fri, 2015 in Blues, Progressive Rock, Punk, Venue Review

Five Reasons Evangelo’s Is The Best Bar Ever

Bacchus lives, and his home is Evangelo’s. This bar is, in a word, authentic. There is no pretentious “scene” that it is trying to emulate, nor is it a sleazy dive bar. Bikers and yuppies alike party and mingle within these walls.  Although the establishment attracts many curious tourists, Evangelo’s patrons are usually local regulars. Here are five reasons why we love this place: I: The History The bar is named for its founder, Angelo … 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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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: The Lymbs, Kinky Fingers, and more at Ghost

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2015 in Blues, Concert Review, Progressive Rock, Surf Rock

Concert Review: The Lymbs, Kinky Fingers, and more at Ghost

Ever go through a rough patch when you listen to so much metal that eventually nothing is heavy, brutal, fast, or fucked up enough to impress you? This has been my plight recently, and this show was the perfect palate cleanser to neutralize my tastes. Although this concert was neither heavy nor metal, there was enough variety to keep me hooked. Surf rock, blues, jazz, folk music, and a plethora of other genres defined the … read...

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Concert Review: Phobia at The Underground

Posted by on Jun Thu, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical

Concert Review: Phobia at The Underground

The Underground at Evangelo’s is the best bar in the world, and Kronos Creative has never promoted a bad show. When two titans collaborate, you get this: Torn Between Worlds opened the show. The acoustics of a cramped dive bar auger well for their fast, loud, caustic sound. They performed with all the power and fury of their namesake. Genre-wise, this band is all over the damn place. Death metal, grind, and hardcore all clash … read...

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