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...
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...
Honor Role, “My Place,” from The Pretty Song (Eskimo/No Core, 1986)
A downcast hardcore/punk-informed alternative post-punk masterpiece.
Purgatory, “Dr. Pain,” from Dr. Pain (J.U.F., 1989)
Flawless and infectious thrash: "Reporting for surgery!"
Built for Battle, “Lion,” from Killing the Dream (Brutality, 2017)
Vicious upstate New York metalcore for fans of 100 Demons, All Out War, etc.
In Between, “Different Language,” from Demo 2011 (Photobooth, 2011)
Catchy and energetic melodic hardcore perfection, bar none.
Track Premiere: World Narcosis, “Gildra”
Increasingly interesting blackened grind-tinged screamo (of sorts) from this forward-thinking Reykjavik outfit.