Whenever the time-honoured, if ultimately pointless “if it had been a Big Five…” question raises its ugly head, Bay Area bruisers Testament always find themselves at the forefront of the conversation. Even alongside names such as Exodus, Overkill, and Kreator, such is their… ahem, legacy (sorry), it’s not uncommon to find them as one of the top two preferred choices. Continue reading
Sad news to report as we have learned that former Divine Heresy and Nile bassist Joe Payne has died. He was 36. No cause of death has been revealed. News of his passing came from a post from his former Divine Heresy bandmate Tommy Vext, who posted a message about Joe on Facebook. Payne had some personal and legal troubles, but he was well-liked and a killer death metal bassist. Other bands Payne was formerly involved in included Lust of Decay, A Sudden Fear, and his most recent Domination Through Impurity, Pain After Death, and Strains. We send our condolences to Joe’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.
Chalk it up to me partaking more in the reefer these days and revisiting professional wrestling as a hobby again, but I feel like I took a chair shot to the back of the skull. Why am I feeling discombobulated? Have you tried listening to Blood Incantation‘s Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent)? No? Then why don’t you go to your nearest highway and attempt to run across during rush hour traffic? Best of luck. Continue reading
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Progressive Death Metal is all the rage in Metal at the moment. It seems to have exploded in the past decade with bands like Opeth, Gojira and Between The Buried And Me being the crème de la crème. However, with today’s focus on spotless production and mechanical quantization, some of the primal energy from the genre’s roots in the nineties has been lost in the pursuit of sonic ear candy. Continue reading
Jarboe, or Jarboe La Salle Devereaux as she is known to her accountant, is also the other founding member of the legendary Swans. So, no pressure there, then. She’s also shockingly busy, with a looooong discography, and a new ambient/experimental rock album, Cut Of The Warrior (Translation Loss Records) out this month. But is it her swan song, or will it break this reviewer’s arm? Continue reading
Technical Death Metal legends Nile are hard are work creating what will become their new album, which will be their ninth overall. The album, which will be the first to feature new guitarist/vocalist Brian Kingsland, who replaced Dallas Toler-Wade (Narcotic Wasteland) last year, and will release on Nuclear Blast Records. Their last record was What Should Not Be Unearthed, which came out in 2015. Watch the band recording a new track in the video below. Continue reading
After skipping 2017, Heavy Montreal is officially back, and the 2018 lineup is HUGE. Continue reading
The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, and the initial lineup is already amazing. Continue reading
Estonian folk metallers Metsatoll have been added to the upcoming 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise, setting sail in less than a months time. As of now 46 of the 60 bands have been announced for the cruise, which is sold out but has a wait list that makes it possible to get a last-minute ticket. Continue reading