ALBUM REVIEW: Vreid – Wild North West


Black metal connoisseurs rejoice!

The latest Vreid record is an homage to the classic black metal sound the members helped create way back in the days of Windir while simultaneously experimenting with bold new soundscapes and storytelling. Wild North West (Season of Mist) is a pounding cataclysm of power and fury, yet it does so with a style and panache in a way that only these Norwegian black metal stalwarts could deliver. They offer a fresh take on the traditional black metal tropes while cutting the growls and blast beats with a melody that keeps your head banging and your mind racing, like on the hypnotic “Dazed and Reduced” and the ominous tone-setting title track.

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Avatar Ages Review – Chapter 2: Illusions


 

Avatar is not your ordinary metal band. Melding crushing melodic groove metal with humor and mysticism, Avatar creates something new and intriguing that breaks the mold. For the second performance of their epic 4-part “Avatar Ages” livestream event, dubbed “Illusions”, the band performed fan-voted tracks off their records Feathers and Flesh (2016) and Avatar Country (2018).

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: The Black Dahlia Murder’s – Yule Em All


Ho holy shit, did you catch The Black Dahlia Murder’s holiday livestream? I hope you did because it was a Christmas miracle. Aptly titled “Yule `Em All,” this was definitely not your typical livestream (or Black Dahlia show, for that matter.) Jam-packed with the bands’ trademark sense of humor and brutal riffage, the night was fueled by holiday joy and metal mayhem.

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Greg Puciato – F**k Content



Greg Puciato is a force of nature. You never know where his music is going to take you but you know it’s coming from a place of raw emotion. His recent creation “Fuck Content” is a powerhouse of energy that displays his passion and power in a fresh and original production. Part live-streamed concert and part documentary, “Fuck Content” takes a deep dive into the creative process of the former The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman. It was a real treat to be given an inside look into the creation of multiple new tracks that premiered on the stream.Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: Poppy – VOWWS: Live At Brooklyn Steel


While sugary-sweet pop vocals coupled with head-crushing heavy metal doesn’t seem like a recipe for success, Poppy has been changing the game. We were there when she took the stage at Brooklyn Steel last month and saw firsthand what everyone has been buzzing about.Continue reading