Rancorous Debuts Diehard Death/Thrash Delights With Into the Nuclear Fire: Stream + Interview
Flawlessly executed late-'80s/early-'90s-inspired death/thrash perfect for diehard metal fanatics!
Track Premiere + Interview: Mystrionics, “Bedside Manor”
A clearly bizarre, surprisingly catchy, truly distinctive fusion of influences from this genre-defiant Portland, OR trio...
Actors, “Bury Me,” from It Will Come to You (Artoffact, 2018)
A cinematically synthwaved brand of forlorn-yet-danceable post-punk with a lush, modernized air of darkness.
Abjection Ritual Debuts Doom-Scorched Death Industrial Reinvention Through "Blood Mother": Track Premiere + Interview
A legitimately hard-hitting, head-turning hybrid of death industrial/doom metal evolution...
Review: Omega Diatribe, Trinity (Metal Scrap, 2018)
Top-shelf "extreme groove metal" packed with hulking rhythms and sinewy, psychedelic leads.
Review: Dødsleie, Dødsleie (Subversive Craft, 2018)
Impressive and well-balanced black metal featuring members of Unreal City and Broken Cross...
Track Premiere + Interview: Gridfailure, “Internalizing”
"...infected dark hardcore, world music for the apocalypse, Eraserhead meets Terminator."
Track Premiere + Interview: Affasia, “Dissolute”
Dark, atmospheric metal perfect for fans of October Tide, Novembers Doom, and other greats...
Uncrossing Launches Debut EP of Doom-Tinged Alt.-Metal: Stream + Interview
Tactfully memorable doom-tinged alternative metal that treads its own path...
Review: Rot in Hell, A Thick Rope and a Strong Branch (Neuropa, 2017)
Woefully underrecognized "neo-folk" artistry tendered with grave earnestness...
Review: Sea Lilies, Soonest (Tired as a Chicken, 2018)
Dischord-styled post-hardcore meets mature pop-punk (and more) on what I'm already proclaiming one of my favorite releases of 2018...
Review: A Track-by-Track Initial Reaction to Vegas' Digital Affairs Neurotic + Stream "Gift of Oblivion"
Long-awaited sophomore full-length is a surprisingly diverse—and memorable—contribution to the Vegas maelstrom...
Secondsight, “Touch,” from Promo (Self-Released, 2017)
FINALLY, a new band has completely nailed the somber, borderline emo side of '90s metallic hardcore!
2017 Year-End Favorites
A look back at my favorites of the year, with some honorable mentions for good measure...
Review: Cruelty of the Heavens, Somewhere Between Paranoia & Depression (Self-Released, 2017)
Another year-end best from the finest and most underrated band that you REALLY ought to be hearing more about... (Photo: Sydney Carlson)
Wax Wav, “Losing My Mind,” from EP1 (Self-Released, 2017)
Excellent emo/indie-tinged pop-punk à la Beach Slang.
Track Premiere: City of Industry, “Sisters”
26 seconds—with meaning—from this occasionally melodic, oft-powerviolence-tinged hardcore/punk outfit.
Firesuite's Outlive Your Body is the Best Album of 2017 That You Might Otherwise Miss: Stream + Interview
The hard-edged diversity of Aereogramme meets the mainstream appeal of Coldplay...