Guest Column: Five Albums That Will Change You By Desecrator’s Riley Strong


A long time ago, we asked a bunch of bands to submit columns on the following topic: Five Albums That Will Change Your Life. Today, we bring you an entry provided by Riley Strong from Desecrator. Metallica’s Ride The Lightning It’s clearly the best album that’s ever been written! It was the perfect progression for […]

Readers’ Bands: TarthariA Are Fairly Nasty


Listen to two of TarthariA’s songs, and you realize right away that this Russian band knows how to play. These dudes wrote us a while back, asking for coverage. Sorry it took so long, TarthariA. You’re not the only ones looking for a write-up. Anyways, TarthariA wavers between death metal and melodic metal. Like Deicide […]

Don Slater’s Pork Chop Express: All Good Things…


“You just listen to the old Pork Chop Express here now, take his advice on a dark and stormy night when the lightning’s crashing, the thunder’s rolling and the rain’s coming down in sheets thick as lead. Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky […]

Readers’ Bands: Are Secret Admirer Black Metal?

Secret Admirer

I consulted my magic 8-ball, and was told to try again later. But to my ears, Alabama’s Secret Admirer is not — I repeat, not — black metal. Dronegaze, sure. But black metal? Nicht nicht. Not that long ago, we received an email from Secret Admirer, which described them as “a new black metal project […]

Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Methedras’ Daniele Gotti


By now, you should know the drill. We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should. Today, we present a column from Methedras’ Daniele Gotti. Humulus Stoner metal at its […]

Readers’ Bands: John Wilkes Booth Specializes In Dirt Rock


Usually, when bands send me emails seeking coverage, they’ll self describe. They’ll tell me they’re a sludge metal band and not even be close to accurate. “We’re doom..” Uhm, no…you’re not. When Long Island’s John Wilkes Booth reached out, they told me they were “dirt rock.” Never has a description been more apropos. Kerry from […]

Readers’ Bands: Orphan Make Insane Noise


So, there’s a band I dig from Austria called Orphan. Lucky for me, they dig my blog. I guess you could call it a mutual admiration. This week, let’s listen to Orphan together. They’re loud, they’re noisy, and they’re fucking all over the place, yet it’s not at all overwhelming. In fact, it’s pretty fucking […]

Tim Williams’ Flat-Out Aggression: Te Amo Baby…

A picture Tim took just before writing this column

Tim Williams, the frontman for Vision of Disorder, is back with what may very well end up being his last column for this site, as we are set to shut down in less than a month. When Tim first said he would write for my site, I was humbled. Vision of Disorder resonated with me […]

Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus Exclusive Album Stream: The Child Must Die


It’s Sunday, people. In New York City, the weather is spectacular — a welcome sign following that long, dismal winter we had. Anyways, today seemed like as good a day as any to bring you an exclusive album stream from a U.S. black metal band we’ve long been champions of: Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus. The Philadelphia-based band […]

Readers’ Bands: Straight Outta Wrocław, It’s Grimlord!


There’s nothing worse than a band with immense talent, fronted by a dude who just doesn’t get it. Today’s Readers’ Band column is about a band from Wrocław, Poland. The band is death metal act Grimlord. Someone from the group wrote to me a while back, asking for coverage of a then-new album, V-Column. At […]