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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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Band Spotlight: A Sound of Thunder

Posted by mattevans on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM (PST)

Washington, D.C. has served as headquarters to some great music over the years, and with no exception enters A Sound of Thunder.  Having formed in the D.C. area in 2008, the band finalized it’s line-up in 2010 and recorded/self released an EP (benefiting the West Memphis Three campaign) and a full length.  The band plays their own take on a heavy classic rock sound with female vocals. A Sound of Thunder are starting off 2012 with a new album, Out of the Darkness, to be released on March 27 through Noise Creep Records.  Head over to the band’s facebook page and give them a like.

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Band Spotlight: Star & Dagger

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM (PST)

Star & Dagger is the new low end riff outlet for bassist Sean Yseult of White Zombie fame. More devil/less disco, the band combine bluesy, sludgy riffing to rival Kyuss with psychedelic feedback plus the crooning vocals of Von Hesseling. Rounded out by Donna She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell) and Dustin Crops, plus live guitar beefage from Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal), Star & Dagger are set to kill. They even cover “Out Of Focus” by Blue Cheer!

An upcoming show with Helmet and a 3 song 12″ is due out on Last Hurrah Records featuring material tracked in Joshua Tree with Ethan Allen and songs produced by (and featuring a cameo from) White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger. A full length “Tomorrowland Blues” is also in the works. Lindsey Kuhn will be doing the album art for Star & Dagger’s first release.

You can hear “In My Blood” and “Used to me” (not on 12″) streaming on their Facebook. (Band photo by Leslie Van Stelten).

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Band Spotlight: An Early Ending

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM (PST)

Hailing from the ridiculously fertile grounds of modern metal, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania quintet An Early Ending are precisely and powerfully carving their own way into the metal world. However, their story could have turned out quite different. While on tour in 2009, the band was in a very serious and damaging car accident. Fully recovered, recharged, and now packing new guitarist heat, they are on the precipice of a new trail to be blazed. An Early Ending emanates a technical and brave sound, embracing regional influences such as August Burns Red and Texas In July while blending and belting clean and savage vocal stylings similar to early Bullet for My Valentine and “The Curse”-era Atreyu. This arsenal of aurally decimating weapons, along with a new EP due out September 6th via CI Records, makes “Igniter” an eagerly anticipated release as well as a culmination of two years of uncertainty, pain and doubt that have been positively channeled into something truly amazing and inspiring.

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Band Spotlight: Nero Order

Posted by JDKleinhans on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 10:49 AM (PST)

Known for the trash metal boom of the ’80’s, San Francisco has since become an often overlooked metal scene. But when you have a band like Nero Order creating their unique brand of visceral doom metal you better pay attention. Champions of the DIY ethos, Nero Order’s “The Tower” is a completely self-funded and self-released album of 4 mind-crunching and sludge-faced doom metal that heralds to the days of old school Neurosis. Believing in the art of metal and not to eek out a profit, the band is sharing “The Tower” as a free download. So, download it, listen to it, and head on over to their Facebook page and let them know what you think of their elephantine rhythms, expansive and tragic melodies, moody and severe vocals, their simultaneously abrasive and consonant, dynamic, cacophonous sound that is academic in scope and violent in delivery.

“For I am I: ergo, the truth of myself; my own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex—asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.” – Austin Osman Spare

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Band Spotlight: Painmask

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:36 PM (PST)

If you want to remember when metalcore was thrilling (think 2nd wave when people were finally more comfortable with “crossover”) and when bands like Biohazard and Life Of Agony were first blowing minds, Painmask are firm disciples yet with brutal twists all their own. Singer Jay Avery also is a major advocate for medical marijuana and has worked with friend Kyle Kushman to spread the word. After an extended hiatus Painmask are back strong showing that you can’t keep a real band down. They have a new EP and are recording a full length, hoping for the best but determined to hold middle fingers high and play music regardless of corny trends.  Give them a listen on their facebook.

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