REVIEWS ROUNDUP: Haunt, Witchseeker, and Significant Point


HauntBeautiful Distraction

Having released six full-lengths and other assorted releases in just five years, it’s only inevitable for Haunt’s output to start getting samey. Their first (and probably not last) album in 2021, Beautiful Distraction carries on the polished, synth-laden variant of Heavy Metal last seen on 2020’s Mind Freeze and Flashback. Fortunately, the formula is still enjoyable with tracks like ‘In Our Dreams’ and ‘Face Of Danger’ offering uplifting hooks while ‘Imaginary Borders’ hits. It’s rather strange to see new versions of ‘Hearts On Fire’ and ‘It’s In My Hands’ considering their appearances on prior albums, but their later placements in the track order ultimately amount to inoffensive inclusions. As interchangeable as these albums have become lately, fans will still find their favorite pleasantries on full display.

7 / 10


Witchseeker Scene Of The Wild

Like 2017’s When The Clock Strikes before it, the second album from Singapore’s Witchseeker offers high octane Speed Metal with a certain Hard Rock sensibility. That latter element is especially pronounced on Scene Of The Wild (Dying Victims Productions) as songs like ‘Rock This Night Away,’ ‘Sin City’ (Not an AC/DC cover), and ‘Tokyo Nights’ among others are packed with catchy singalongs and frolicking beats. Fortunately, there’s still enough rawness to go around with the tempos often opting for total intensity, the vocals having an endearingly untrained quality and a filthy as hell bass tone. It may not be a serious gamechanger but another fun listen for fans of Enforcer and White Wizzard.

8 / 10

Significant PointInto The Storm

Significant Point’s debut album follows in the footsteps of their countrymen in groups like Loudness and Anthem, but their approach to Speed Metal ends up feeling more German than Japanese. Songs like the opening ‘Attacker’ and ‘Riders Under The Sun’ show strong influence from Running Wild and Walls Of Jericho-era Helloween with their blazing guitar runs, flamboyant harmonies, relentless drumming, and unhinged yet melodic wails.

There’s also room for more Classic Metal leaning fun with ‘You’ve Got The Power’ and ‘Night Of The Axe’ offering some in your face optimism. The more epic touches on ‘Running Alone’ also make for another highlight of a closer. Into The Storm (Dying Victims Productions) may be rather rough and tumble for some fans, especially when it comes to the vocals, but comes strongly recommended to those who like their Power Metal with extra grit.

8 / 10

CHRIS LATTA


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #434: Who Can You Trust?


Matt and Keefy go deep on trust: how to earn it, how to measure it, and how mistakes in trust can end your career before it starts. Dumb and Dumbest #434 is streaming now and it’s all about Who Can You Trust? Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). In addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis also run The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. DM Matt, Keefy or Curtis at the links below for details

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #433: Carpe Diem


Matt and Curtis discuss consistency and seizing opportunities when they arise. Dumb and Dumbest #433 is streaming now and it’s all about Carpe Diem. Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). In addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis also run The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. DM Matt, Keefy or Curtis at the links below for details

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #432: John Browne of Riffhard


Matt and Curtis interviewed John Browne of Monuments, who now teaches fans guitar lessons daily via Riffhard. Hear the story on Dumb and Dumbest Episode #432 is streaming now and it’s an interview with John Browne of Riffhard! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). In addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis also run The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. DM Matt, Keefy or Curtis at the links below for details

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #431: Trevor Church of Haunt on Making An Income On DIY


Haunt is one of the best DIY bands in the USA right now, and have made a career of great heavy metal, and smart marketing tactics. Matt interviews Haunt’s Trevor Church to get the story.Dumb and Dumbest Episode #431 is streaming now and it’s all about Trevor Church of Haunt on Making An Income On DIY! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). In addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis also run The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. DM Matt, Keefy or Curtis at the links below for details

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ALBUM REVIEW: Greyhawk – Keepers Of The Flame


The first full-length album from Seattle’s Greyhawk is a particularly interesting iteration of the NWOTHM scene. A focus on hooky songwriting with an epic tone makes for easy comparisons to such contemporaries as Visigoth and Traveler as the production carries a polished sheen similar to the likes of Haunt or Idle Hands. While these factors would initially suggest that the band is just another notch in a long line of derivatives, they find a lot of ways to set themselves apart on Keepers Of The Flame (Fighter Records).

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41 Bands Will Donate Their Bandcamp Sales on June 5th to The National Bail Fund Network


A large group of underground heavy music and punk bands have united in solidarity to donate money earned from sales on Bandcamp’s June 5th “free day” (when Bandcamp will not take their cut of sales from bands) to the memory of George Floyd, murdered by a police officer on May 25 in Minneapolis, MN. Forty-one bands will donate their proceeds to the National Bail Fund Network. The group organizes to end all forms of detention, criminalization, and surveillance. The charity uses community bail funds as organizing tools to free people and push to abolish detention. For more information on bail funds, please visit: https://bit.ly/WhyBailFunds To get involved, head to the Bandcamp pages below and buy on Friday, June 5 from 12 – 12 PST! More importantly, you can donate to the National Bail Fund directly here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bailfundscovid. Among the bands participating include Lightning Born, Haunt, Astral Witch, Throne of Iron, Emblem, Obsequiae, Smoulder (we became aware of this initiative from a friend sharing their post), and many more. Please support these bands and this cause if you can! Continue reading


Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly Adds Midnight, Gatecreeper, Necrot for 2020, All Tickets On Sale Now


Decibel has announced the final bands for their annual Metal and Beer Festival in Philadelphia. The final bands on the bill are Midnight, Gatecreeper and Necrot have joined the lineup of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly at the Fillmore Philadelphia on April 3-4, 2020. All tickets are on sale now for April. The second edition of their Los Angeles Fest is just weeks away and tickets are moving fast. The headliners for the fest include Napalm Death performing a special one-time-only set of exclusively Harmony Corruption and Utopia Banished songs, Converge playing Jane Doe in its entirety for their first time ever in the USA, and Pig Destroyer will help to present sponsors Relapse Records celebrate their 30th anniversary with the first-ever performance of PD’s game-changing Prowler in the Yard !Continue reading


Converge, Pig Destroyer, Napalm Death, Mayhem and more Booked for Decibel Metal and Beer Fest 2020


Decibel Magazine’s flagship Metal and Beer fest in Philadelphia will host amazing bands, brewers and fans in 2020. Booked for April 3-4 at The Fillmore, and the lineup looks sick with full-album sets from Converge (playing 2001’s Jane Doe), Pig Destroyer (playing 2001’s Prowler in the Yard in full for the first time), and Napalm Death (playing a one-time-only set of 1990’s Harmony Corruption and 1992’s Utopia Banished), plus Mayhem, Satan, Night Demon, Haunt, Magic Circle, Un, and more TBA.Continue reading


Haunt Surprise Releases A Brand New EP


Just weeks after digitally releasing their new full-length album If Icarus Could Fly, Haunt is back with a brand new unannounced EP! Mosaic Vision is out now via their Bandcamp page. The release will also see a physical release on CD, 12″ vinyl, and cassette tape formats via Shadow Kingdom Records by the end of May 2019. Haunt is a rising Trad metal band from Fresno, California began life as a solo project of Beastmaker frontman Trevor William Church and promptly self-released its debut EP, Luminous Eyes, during the summer of 2017.Continue reading