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. […]

Geoff Tate: Still Talkin’ Shit

Looking good, Geoff. Good-looking Geoff

I keep wondering when Geoff Tate’s going to stop talking shit about Queensrÿche and stop bragging about his legal settlement. Kind of reminds me of those dudes in high school who talked shit on dudes who were virgins and bragged constantly about crushing tang. Deep down, you knew they were fucking bullshitters who’d seen vagina […]

Here’s Exmortus Riffing The National Anthem


I have heard many other countries’ “theme songs,” as it were. Many are quite beautiful. Most, though, are unlistenable dreck. But none has ever come close to giving me goosebumps, which hearing the U.S. national anthem sometimes does. I didn’t get ‘em listening to Exmortus’ version of the “Star-Spangled Banner;” I was too busy banging […]

Åkerfeldt Says Opeth Is Still Metal

Mikael Åkerfeldt

Despite their most recent albums sounding nothing like the extreme metal stylings their fans had fallen in love with them for, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt insists in a new interview with this site that the band’s still part of “the metal world.” Says Mikey: “I don’t know anything else than the metal world, because that’s where […]

Bloodiest Guitarist Arrested After Fatal Crash

Sean Riley

It sucks this week to be Sean Riley, the 33-year-old guitarist for Chicago metal band Bloodiest. Dude was collared earlier this week for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian while driving intoxicated, according to Lambgoat. Bloodiest signed with Relapse Records in 2010 and released their debut with the label a year later. Riley was arrested […]

Satyricon Out Of Housecore Horror Fest; Napalm Death, Origin In

Napalm Death

Satyricon have been forced, regretably, to drop off of the bills for both the Knotfest and the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. A statement reads: “The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other. Satyricon will now shift its attention towards […]

Guest Column: Five Albums That Will Change You By Bloodsoaked’s Peter Hasselbrack


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 Bloodsoaked’s Peter Hasselbrack. Obituary’s Slowly We Rot John Tardy… What else can I say? His vocals are insane and while the production of […]

Behemoth Are No Pussies; Play Tel Aviv


Proving their not afraid of a long-standing conflict over territory, Behemoth played in Israel last night. Last month, they called out performers who had cancelled shows their “fucking pussies.” Last night, the band played a show at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Fan-filmed footage follows. Says Behemoth: “Tel Aviv. It was beyond epic! Thank […]

When Little Girls Go Metal: A Dissertation On Babymetal


Who here is a mite concerned that people are trying to change the definitions of words? Certain words are meant to have narrow meanings, but through overuse and lazy application, language loses its value and people with ulterior motives can use the vastly broad terms to do some scary stuff. I won’t bore you with […]

Third Solo Offering From Loomis Due In Early 2015

Jeff Loomis

This is quite exciting news. The kind that could possibly call for a ball draining. Jeff Loomis, the guitar virtuoso you know from both his solo albums and work with Nevermore and Conquering Dystopia, has been writing material for his third independent offering. Loomis hopes to enter the studio before the end of the year […]