Fountainhead – Reverse Engineering

We sometimes ask ourselves, what does it mean to make good progressive metal or, put more broadly, to make good progressive music? One way of looking at it is to take bands like Opeth or Enslaved, where we determine the way they meld crushingly heavy extreme metal with beautifully mellow…

PHOTOS: Beyond Creation, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Roman Ring—July 21st, 2016 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL

If you’ve ever needed a night full of technical death metal, this was absolutely the tour to catch. The Montreal-based Beyond Creation leading the charge with riffs and leads galore, their proficient presence filling up each stage with precision and concentration. Backing them up was the equally powerful Rivers of…

Hey! Listen to Mona Borland!

When I was starting to get really into mathcore, there were a few bands that I owe a lot to: Dillinger Escape Plan (but really, no shit, right?), Botch, Converge, Psyopus—you know, the essentials of the genre. On top of that, bands like Enter Shikari and Hands Like Houses were…