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Band Spotlight: Circuitry

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:36 PM (PST)

From the smoldering, rotten corpse of Dark Empire has arisen Circuitry, a new strain of inescapable weaponized aural pestilence. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating form of metal to which there is no known antidote. Their self-title debut full-length is festering with that sound and latest single “Horizon” (and its truly one-of-a-kind accompanying music video) is just one of the many infectious offerings to be found within.

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Band Spotlight: Huntress

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM (PST)


Huntress kick ass. Their throwback thrashing space time leaping sound is fun and Jill Janus leads her divisive band forward at full throttle no matter what haters say. They earn respect. She was awesome before this band as well as a DJ or in Chelsea Girls and is fucking hysterical. One of my life goals is to smoke a fat ass blunt with her someday. I don’t get how anyone could really listen to Starbound Beast and find this band insincere. I think they find Jill intimidating, like people hate Andy from Black Veil Brides for the sin of being smart AND a death glam man-babe (even though he’s worked his skinny ass off). AND no one could see her perform or in images and really think Jill wasn’t in control of her career, even if people find her a sex symbol. I’ve crushed on her awesomeness a bit since I wrote for Crusher Magazine years ago! She is theatrical, the band slay and  Jill often shouts out the greats of the past. Bottom line: stop the hate. You’re loss is great!

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Band Spotlight: Wayfarer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PST)


Colorado’s Wayfarer craft moody and dark stories via unconventional atmospheric metal with more winding paths than a Tolkien tale. Their Prosthetic debut Children Of The Iron Age is an at times an expressive yet somber meditation and elsewhere an expulsion of screaming nerves beneath vast skies. Like Agalloch or Iceland’s  Sólstafir before them, Wayfarer’s baleful yet contrarily heartening melodic dirges (often reaching over ten minutes per song) are sure to quicken your wanderlust and slaken your thirsty despair over a drout of epic thinking person’s metal. Recommended track: “The Elemental.”

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Band Spotlight: Aware The Oppressed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM (PST)


Aware The Oppressed are a metalcore band from Mexico we’re glad to help introduce you to. The band was formed in the summer of 2013 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, by 16 year-olds Roman Cabanillas, Pablo Romero and Gustavo Morales but like Unlocking The Truth, don’t let age fool you. They sound like an underground Mexican version of Killswitch meets Black Dahlia. Check out recent single “Royal Salute”, talking about the effects of war across the globe, while also addressing social issues in Mexico. This band is passionate and could go far if they keep working hard.

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Band Spotlight: Lord Dying

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM (PST)


Portland’s perhaps gnarliest band Lord Dying are back with dark power rager Poisoned Altars (Relapse Records), a sludgier album than cult  hit Summoning The Faithless yet still rock n roll grime slime that will own the room live. In 2014 Lord Dying played 114 shows across 23 countries and show no signs of slowing down now. Crank “A Wound Outside of Time” and bring the thunder.

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Band Spotlight: Ringworm

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:33 AM (PST)


Cleveland’s Ringworm are more hardcore than metal, but the ferocity of discography and consistent hard work year after year rewards them pure metal status. Not to mention, have you heard 2014’s metalcore title holder Hammer Of The Witch? Ringworm today are as angry and relevant as ever.

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Band Spotlight: Dead Unicorn

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 9:59 AM (PST)


Funny, sludgy, poppy and adrenaline filled, the Upstate, NY duo Dead Unicorn are a treasure trove of great songs, social satire and lost innocence. Drummer/singer Zac Shaw is an accomplished author/blogger in the field of post-downloading music marketing, while bassist/co-vocalist Paul Heath is a painter as well as a great bartender. The boys are always good for some apocalypse themes and ear drum wrecking havoc.

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Band Spotlight: Seeker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM (PST)


People come to Texas seeking many things, but Dallas already has a hometown Seeker who are rapidly staking a claim as one of, if not the best, live bands in (not just Lone Star) but all of Metalcore. When people talk obsessively over Victory Records hardcore salad days, I point them in the direction of Seeker’s latest Unloved. “Art, community, and aggressive non-conformity above all else.”

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Band Spotlight: The Begotten

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM (PST)

426385_435901306484388_2103618355_nPoughkeepsie, NY’s death/thrash hybrid The Begotten bring a ferocity to the stage befitting the lengthy heavy music scene history of their region. Vocalist Genevieve Salerno’s lithe frame hides the earth shaking roar released from her throat when The Begotten hit any stage. Think Crisis meets Grave meets At The Gates (complex and straight death parts) and you are pointed in the right direction. A sick band to watch!

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Band Spotlight: Orange Goblin

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM (PST)

599346_502865936443991_445892684_nOrange Goblin are pure rock n’ roll… feared, respected and mentioned in whispers by awed rock fans and youngsters across the world. Orange Goblin are the modern UK metal heroes who never give up and always keep kicking ass. Back with their first live album, the pants-seat scorching A EULOGY FOR THE FANS (Candlelight), “The Goblin” just get better with age. Seriously, could this band be any more awesome? I think not.


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Gardenian announce they’re reuniting “for real”

Posted by GageT on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:26 AM (PST)

gardenian2013Acclaimed Swedish melodic headbangers Gardenian finally announced that they’re actually getting back together after reuniting for a one-off concert at the inaugural edition of the Gothenburg Sound Festival at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden three months ago. After being gone for almost 10 years, this is exciting news. Here’s their statement:

“Well, boys and girls. Here is the news we were talking about. We felt we wanted to do some more than one show. So right now we’re back together for real and we are in the process of making new songs for an upcoming album. When this album will be recorded and how it is going to sound is yet to find out. But this old bear has slept enough and we are ready to bite someone in the ass. Are you?”

If you want to check out some fan footage from that Gothenburg show, you can watch it here.

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Band Spotlight: Crowbar

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM (PST)

New Orleans’ Crowbar are an underground metal institution. There may be much newer bands on the block but Crowbar’s 20 years (and counting) sludge reign always deserves praise. Kirk Windstein’s gruff vocals and abyss dredging riffs are pure, scarred and weathered, yet remain potent. From stunning the world with the low end of “All I Had (I Gave)” back in the day to penning maybe the best doob-friendly riff ever in metal this side of Black Sabbath (“Planets Collide”), Kirk has kept it real. He even manages to also keep Down and Kingdom Of Sorrow original as well without watering down the Crowbar brand. Horns!!! (Pic by R.Weiss)

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Band Spotlight: Sister Sin

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:05 PM (PST)

Sweden’s Sister Sin bring a classic, heavy metal sound into the 21st century! This powerful act, fronted by show stopper Liv Jagrell, have been winning over fans with hard touring and solid songwriting. Liv is a big fan of big energy power rock like Twisted Sister. Her gritty yet melodic voice over the ballsy hard rock riffs make Sister Sin pure metal fun. They’ve made waves in America touring with Otep and Blackguard and have upcoming dates with the legendary Doro Pesch. New album Now and Forever better be blowing up your speakers real soon!

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Band Spotlight: Dystrophy

Posted by mattevans on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM (PST)

New Brunswick, NJ is widely known for being the home of Rutgers University and the land of Grease Trucks.  When you dig a little deeper, you will find that the college town outside of the big city is a vibrant network of punk/metal houses and bands that are among some of the talented in today’s underground music scene.

Enter Death/Thrash metal outfit Dystrophy.  Dystrophy, who play a chaotic blend of death metal, thrash metal and precise prog metal, have been melting faces in east coast clubs and basements since 2007.  Their 2010 release Chains of Hypocrisy garnered them favorable reviews from metal critics and allowed them to do a small east coast tour the same year.  They feature everything any death/thrash metal fan would want in a band: soaring duel guitars, driving drums and growling vocals.  Check out their song Journey of Disbelief here from their recent split with fellow New Brunswick band, Dethroned Emperor.

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Hello, My Name is: EVERYBODY PANIC! – A Band Spotlight with Provo

Posted by NichTheHair on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM (PST)

Greetings cretins. I offer up fresh meat for you today. Hailing from probably the bloodiest state ever, EVERYBODY PANIC! comes to us from the stained red earth of Oklahoma. Guitarist Provo (also of Skinlab) seems to have the first hand at inciting the PANIC!, but is quickly backed up by the remaining members to hammer out the rest of the track. Which there will be more of sans enslaving record contract. Currently, they are fresh off the heels of releasing their first self-produced single, When It All Burns. And it was free.

So, without further ado, I’ll direct your attention to the next page for some further insight on EVERYBODY PANIC! from their guitartist, Provo. 

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