Xerath Exclusive Album Stream: III


You folks in the mood for some technically-proficient, riff-revering progressive metal this fine Tuesday? I sure hope so, because that’s just what we’ve got at the end of this post, in the form of an exclusive album stream from United Kingdom-based band Xerath. Xerath’s album, III, is now available for purchase through Candlelight Records. The […]

Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By The King Is Blind’s Steve Tovey

The King Is Blind

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’s column comes from Steve Tovey of The King Is Blind. JØTNARR These guys […]

Hell On The Bay Fest Rocks Melbourne

Bane of Winterstorm at Hell On The Bay

Hell on the Bay is a new killer local festival which is definitely what it sounds like: The whole night takes place out on the Victoria Star, a ferry/party boat that cruises around Port Phillip in Melbourne. Complete with awesome Australian talent, a metal DJ downstairs, free pizza, and a very cramped space to try […]

Gunshy Assassin Presents: The Disastercast With Cannibal Corpse’s Rob Barrett


We’re back with another Disastercast this week, folks. This time around, our special guest for the podcast is Rob Barrett of Cannibal Corpse. Rob plays guitar in Cannibal Corpse, and talks about the band’s new material on A Skeletal Domain and what it was like trying to outdo the rest of the guys during the […]

Readers’ Bands: Now, Here’s Lest We Forget


I hate to be mean sometimes. I truly do. But I’d like to forget that someone from Lest We Forget reads the blog, because, well, they’re metal’s One Direction, basically. I mean, they seem like nice enough and pretty lads. They’re from England, after all. But Lest We Forget’s single, which they sent me a […]

Metal From My ‘Hood: Witch Of The Waste

Witch Of The Waste

Just like last edition, it sure isn’t very hard to find amazing local talent in Vancouver, British Columbia. Whether it’s thrash metal, death, power or in this case, more progressive, the western Canadian scene is overflowing with skill. One of the bands that has achieved quite a loyal following is Witch of The Waste. Melding […]

Dave Davidson’s Altars Of Fatness: Travail In Minneapolis, Part 2


Hey, what’s up guys! In this update, I’ll be continuing my review of Travail since there were so many interesting courses to talk about. For those that missed my last post, Travail is located in Minneapolis and is a new American restaurant that serves up a very unique 10 course tasting menu. I made it […]

U Sco Exclusive Song Stream: “Iguana House”


On September 23, New Atlantis Records will release Treffpunkt, the latest LP from polyrhythmic avant-punks U Sco. The band consists of members from several other notable, genre-bending Portland, Oregon-bred projects, including the Jezebel Spirit, With Eyes Abstract and Duck. Little Brother, Duck! The instrumental U Sco has been an electrifying, formidable staple of Portland’s unparalleled […]

Contest: Win Tickets To The Sunset Strip Music Festival

Janes Addiction

If you live near — or will be near — Los Angeles on September 20 and September 21, boy, do I have a contest for you! It’s a real humdinger. I’ve got two pairs of tickets for the Sunset Strip Music Festival to give away, and will on September 18, which gives you ten days […]

Dustin Boltjes’ Vault Of Violence: Part 2

dustin big

Welcome back, maniacs! I’m heading out on tour with the ‘Witch (find dates for that tour here), so for my next installment, I’ve decided to pull from the vault two gruesome tales of Heavy Metal horror that only the ’80s could so perfectly produce… First up, the amazing 1988 film, “Black Roses.” A band of […]