Readers’ Bands: Rhetoric Are Pretty Insane

Brandon Delisio

I don’t know what to make of Rhetoric. I do know I kind of dig what they’re doing. It just sounds so much different than what’s going on in the scene these days I’m taken aback. Usually, Readers’ Bands are just derivative drivel. Rhetoric are comprised of members living in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The band […]

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 […]

Readers’ Bands: Trust That No Trust Rules

No Trust

I’ve gotta hand it to Ben Guzman. Not only is the dude in a fucking wicked awesome band called No Trust, he’s a smart fellow and a genuine reader of this site. He must be. His emailed to me carried the subject heading “Kate Upton.” You know I opened that motherfucker quick. My initial disappointment […]

Readers’ Bands: Valhalla Rising Are Rough And Raw

Valhalla Rising

This week, I decided to take some time out of my day to devote to Valhalla Rising, a London, Ontario-based four-piece that deals in straight fucking metal that’s raw and unrefined. This band could benefit from a producer, as you’ll see from the tune (a pre-production number) that follows at the end of this post. […]

Readers’ Bands: Kingdom Of Giants Craft Banal Metalcore

Kingdom of Giants

Sadly or perhaps not sadly, I’m not much for the metalcore anymore. Hell, I saw all of the greats — the fuckers who started the fucking genre — rock stages back in the day, so it’s been hard to get behind the bands of the modern scene after watching bands of nincompoops sully the metalcore […]

Readers’ Bands: Mahogany Head Grenade Got Riffs


We get emails from all sorts of bands — from punk rockers and emo pussies to thrash bands and blackened death metallers. Today, we’ve got something for the general guitar nerds out there. Dallas, Texas-based Mahogany Head Grenade is a progressive metal trio that lacks vocals. Some people have problems with instrumental bands; I only […]

Readers’ Bands: Now Let’s Listen To Iowa’s Panthallasa


You’ve gotta respect a band with three guitarists. I’m pretty sure you have to respect that. Whatever. All I know is three guitarists seems to work just fine for Panthallasa, who hail from the fertile soils of Des Moines, Iowa. One of the band’s guitarists — longtime reader G. Michael Peter — contacted us some […]

Readers’ Bands: Temple Of Void Are Pretty Effin’ Sick

Temple Of Void

I usually dread the middle of each week, as it means I’ve gotta write something about another of the site’s readers’ bands. Usually, the Readers’ Bands column gives some exposure to duds who’ll never get beyond the confines of their regional scene. But ever so often, I am thoroughly impressed by something a band’s doing, […]

Readers’ Bands: Let’s Meet Greek Metal Act Damned Creed

Damned Creed

Believe it or not, you are not alone. You are like many people around the globe: You’re a reader of this very site, and you’re awesome for that. Lots of our readers, it turns out, have bands. Unsigned bands for the most part — baby bands looking for love in the press, but not able […]

Readers’ Bands: Let’s Check Out New England Rockers Mongrel


Not that long ago, a fellow by the name of Adam Savage wrote us to sing our praises. “Just found the site and really enjoy it,” Adam writes, before pitching us on his female fronted “rock-punk-metal” band. Rock-punk-metal, you say? That’s like the mafia restaurant near my house that has a sign out front that […]