ALBUM REVIEW: Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron

It”s been four years since Eternal Champion unleashed The Armor Of Ire in 2016, but the hype has only intensified with their sophomore full-length. Ravening Iron (No Remorse Records) continues the Austin group”s Epic Metal aspirations as the coarse but melodic guitar work casts a dungeon friendly atmosphere and the vocals forever echo Manilla Road”s Mark Shelton (RIP) with their nasally yet bombastic character. Thankfully, there are enough alternate approaches explored that keep this album from feeling like a retread. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kublai Khan – Absolute

On Absolute (Rise Records), Kublai Khan ticks off a lot of the boxes I’m looking for in modern Metallic Hardcore or extreme music, but something isn’t quite passing state inspection. They’re blending equal parts Hardcore and Metal fury, have meaty breakdowns, occasional Thrash tempos and happen to be from Texas. I should like this. Or I should like this a bit more. Continue reading

Deftones Perform “Royal” & “Lifter” Live For The First Time In Years

Deftones returned to the stage for their first show since November at last weekend’s Botanica Music Festival in San Antonio, and brought back some older songs into their set list. Continue reading

Oceans of Slumber – The Banished Heart

Much darker in tone than its ethereal predecessor (both Century Media), The Banished Heart is no less beautiful in its execution. Where Winter would often soar, this record looks inward and deals much more heavily with personal, introspective feelings of heartbreak and loss. Continue reading

Scour Cover Pantera’s “Slaughtered” In Austin

Scour performed two shows in Texas over the weekend, and they had a special surprise in store for their fans in Austin. Not only did they perform a ton of new stuff off their Red EP, but they performed two specials covers as well. Continue reading

Warbeast’s Final Show Featured Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin Neal, And More

Bruce Corbitt may have performed his final show with Warbeast in May, but the Texas thrashers still had one last gig booked at The Rail Club this past Friday night. With help from the likes of Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin (Hitchhiker) Neal, and Wayne Abney of Hammer Witch, their final show was a fitting tribute to Bruce, and the band’s legacy in the heavy metal scene. Continue reading

Wildspeaker – Spreading Adder

Texan purveyors of blackened crust Wildspeaker release their second full length on Prosthetic Records.  A notable departure in the tone of 2015’s Survey the Wreckage (self-released) Spreading Adder has a much sludgier feel. Whilst Survey the Wreckage had a brighter and sharper tone, Spreading Adder is much lower and dirtier and the most obvious change is that vocals are more hidden in the mix, which limits their power. Continue reading

David Vincent Premiere “Drinkin’ With The Devil” Video

As the legendary voice of the genre defining extreme metal purveyors Morbid Angel, David Vincent‘s unapologetic rebel approach has been a force in the music world since the mid 1980’s. Inspired by his Hill Country surroundings and ‘Lone Star’ culture following his relocation to Austin, Texas in 2014, Vincent took a big step “out of the box” to a dirty, organic Texas Country Outlaw style reminiscent of the original country outlaw performers of the 1970’s. His Outlaw Country single, “Drinkin’ With The Devil”, made its debut at SXSW in March 2017 and released on limited- edition 7″ vinyl through Chicken Ranch Records. Today we are honored to premiere the long awaited video for this track. Continue reading

Warbeast’s Final Show Will Feature Guest Appearances By Philip H. Anselmo, And More

Bruce Corbitt may have performed his final show with Warbeast last month, but the Texas thrashers still have one last gig coming up in July. The band’s CD release party will be taking place on Friday, July 14th at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, and since Bruce will not be able to perform, the vocals will be handled by none other than Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin (Hitchhiker) Neal, and Wayne Abney of Hammer Witch. Continue reading

Bruce Corbitt Performs His Final Show With Warbeast

Former Rigor Mortis and current Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt announced earlier this week that he will be retiring from performing after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He explained in detail on Facebook, “I was just told an ago I more than likely have stage 3 Esophagus cancer. Still a chance for stage 2. I get into more details on what that means and our plan of attack soon. But after much discussion with the doctors and specialist. ..they’ve told me there’s no chance within in any reasonable time that I’ll ever be able to perform again. So it breaks my heart at this time that I’m forced to announce my retirement from singing.

A lot of people would stop fighting, but that’s not Bruce. After going through several treatments this week, he announced on Friday that the doctors agreed to allow him one final moment on stage, and it happened last night in Fort Worth, Texas. Continue reading