Obsidian Kingdom – A Year With No Summer

There’s an ingrained balance that’s inherent in certain type of heavy music; grunge was one of the first genres to tap into it but it can be seen in countless of examples even after grunge had passed from the public’s eye. This balance is created by a dominant bass guitar, a fuzzy yet solid guitar and a vocalist with emotional delivery. The drums play certain role but mainly with the kick drum, providing a certain deep, pulsing heartbeat to the concoction. You can find this sound in Soundgarden’s early works for example or some of the darker Porcupine Tree tracks. But what if a band were to utilize that vibe but instead of swinging upwards from it, to more brighter places as bands usually do, they would use it as a launching point for something even darker? Some tracks would be contemplative and emotional rock but others would delve into the realms of dark electronic, noise and drone. Lo and behold, we have created Obsidian Kingdom.

Panopticon & Waldgeflüster – Panopticon & Waldgeflüster

Split albums are always fun: it’s interesting to see how one band teams up with another to deliver an experience that is characteristic of both their sounds, yet is distinctive enough on both sides that fans of either band can appreciate what they came to the material for. Different from fully collaborative albums in that both bands contribute their own separate material, they can throw together artists of disparate styles, like in the case of the Full of Hell and Merzbow split release from 2014, or, as it is here, bring together multiple artists of the same genre to build off of their individual strengths and weaknesses and provide a more holistic approach.

PHOTOS: Coheed and Cambria, Glassjaw, I The Mighty, Silversnakes—March 4th, 2016 @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

March 4th, 2016, the world renowned Madison Square Garden held a special event in their theater. Opening the show was Silver Snakes. For an opening band, they really kicked things off with their heavy, sludgy sound. Drenched in red lights, they owned Madison Square Garden during their half-hour set. Following…

Download A New Track From King Goat!

Sometimes I like my music to have an element that kind of sends it over the top, so to speak. Not in a corny way, but similarly to the way that Ghost has their unique vocal style and Frontierer has a super unique “beehive” sound with each song. It’s fun to listen to and really seems to break the monotony of listening to metal. While I love the genre as a whole, it can grow tiresome without a small break or change of scenery. King Goat do both, combining elements of doom metal with spaced out prog/stoner/heavy metal, and now you can snag a free download of their track “Conduit”. Check it out

Hey! Listen to Hellcome!

Thrash metal is, arguably, one of the most important subgenres in modern metal history. Sure, thrash wasn’t the start of our beloved genre, but it was one of the first metal subgenres to take huge influence from a genre outside of itself (hardcore punk) and with enough ferocity and inspiration…

VIDEO PREMIERE: InAeona – Never Forever

Boston natives InAeona are a hard band to pin down, sonically. Described in the press as a post-metal band, they certainly aspire to cosmic heights and they pack the wall of sound to get them there. Structurally and instrumentally, alternative and industrial metal hooks and grooves seep in, easily begging comparison to Untouchables-era Korn with the nu-prog leanings of Karnivool.