Guest Column: Three Books You Need To Read By Convent Guilt’s Ian Belshaw

Convent Guilt

In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour. Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want […]

Dustin Boltjes’ Vault Of Violence: Part 3

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Tis’ the season, boys and ghouls! It’s that wonderful time of year — death is in the air. Happy Halloween! For my next installment, I’m featuring a couple of holiday-themed gems for all you trick or treaters. Obviously, John Carpenters’ classic “Halloween” is the go-to film for the season, but there are other (very few, […]

Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By NervoChaos


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 was written by the members of Brazil’s NervoChaos, who are signed to […]

Check Out This Metal Version Of The “DuckTales” Theme

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I’m posting this merely for shits and giggles. And because this dude can fucking riff. When I was not yet a teen but not necessarily a kid, they had this show on called “DuckTales.” Basically, Disney’s Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck’s three nephews would go on fucking adventures and shit. I recall there was a […]

Five Things As Brutally Heavy As Babymetal


A while ago, I threw in my 2,000 cents on the phenomenon catching the metal and j-pop world by storm: Babymetal. The response was really helpful in my seeing the truth about metal. I used to be a geeky, hair-splitting metal elitist according to the UltimateGuitar. Reading the comments section of Babymetal articles we’ve posted […]

Contest: Win A Copy Of Throne of Sacrilege’s Split With Impurium

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Sometimes, when two bands come together, they release what we call in the industry “a split.” It is thusly called because the time allocated to each “split” release, whether it be a full-length, EP, or 7-inch, is divided — or “split” — between the two bands. Make sense? Of course it does. You’re not 3. […]

Readers’ Bands: Writhe Rip


A while back, we here at Gunshy Assassin received an email from a fellow named T.J., who plays in Vermont-based unsigned band Writhe (who don’t have any band photos — hence, the imagery from their EP). T.J. praised the site, and wanted us to check out Writhe for a possible write-up in this column. “We’ve […]

xSPONGEXCOREx? This, You’ve Gotta Hear


Maybe I’m way late on this, and if so, tell me. But today was my first day experiencing xSPONGEXCOREx. A straight-edge band based out of Troy, New York, xSPONGXCOREx takes brutal mosh-worthy breakdowns and infuses it with quotes from “Spongebob Squarepants.” Finally, something to listen to with my niece. It’s a slow news day, so […]

Nicolas Cage’s Son Releases Aural Puke

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That’s how I’d describe this song to people. Aural puke. It’s called “Tell Me Why (Matriarch Of Misery),” and is the new single from 23-year-old heavy metal wannabe Weston Coppola Cage, who will always be the son of actor Nicolas Cage. For as long as he lives. That’s why he looks the way he does. […]

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 […]