124 – Dragon Energy

This week we have Eden and Nick, and some stuff to discuss. Not a lot though! Of course, we can’t not mention a certain former Tidal artist having a very public meltdown on twitter. But also some actual metal news! Stuff like Zeal & Ardor, Unreqvited, Ingested, Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway, Power Trip demos, oh and also Janelle Monae. Then we discuss some cool people stuff like, Avengers: Infinity War, Atlanta, Sleeping Giants. Then I do a quick review of the Marvel movies so far. Enjoy!

Release Day Roundup – 4/27/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

Ingested – The Level Above Human

Brutal death metal, slam, deathcore, brutal slamming deathcore… Anyone outside of scene specific comment threads shouldn’t really care what they’re calling the blast and beatdown centric metal of bands like Ingested. Granted, there’s a hilarious insider joke regarding the “slam police” – the authority on whether a slam band is…

Gutslit – Amputheatre

Metal heads and the Internet have such a peculiar relationship. Rather than embracing the thousands and thousands of hours of music available to them, energy that could be spent discovering new favourite bands is wasted in comment threads and message boards. Because we just can’t have nice things. Arguing about…

Best of – Brutal Death Metal

Brutal death metal has the rare benefit of being exactly what it sounds like. The differences one would expect between “regular death metal” and “brutal death metal” are manifold and, by and large, pretty predictable: guitars are more downtuned; riffs are chunkier and more visceral; vocals are far deeper and even less intelligible; the whole nine yards. As far as subgenres go, it doesn’t exactly shake up its progenitor’s foundations by a relatively large amount, choosing instead to just take everything that makes death metal an already pretty brutal genre and crank that bad boy up to 11. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the ensuing auditory carnage is not for the faint of heart, but it is for anybody that feels like extreme metal just isn’t extreme enough yet. If you’ve ever felt that way—the grooves could be groovier, the riffs could be riffier, the blasts could be blastier, the gutturals could be gutturalier—then brutal death metal is the answer to all your prayers. So without further ado, let’s dive in to what our staff considers to the be the Best Of – Brutal Death Metal!

SHOW REVIEW: Summer Slaughter 2016 – July 30 @ The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Despite my criticism of last year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, I’m actually a fan of several past lineups and the bands they boasted. My first Summer Slaughter back in 2014 had an absolutely monstrous billing which featured some of my all-time favorite death metal bands (Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus in particular). This year’s lineup bore a similarly stacked lineup that allowed me to overlook some of my main criticisms with the tour, being a repetitive selection and – for the Worcester date specifically – an absurd number of opening acts that are relegated to an upper stage removed from the main performances. Unfortunately, these issues became the least of my worries, as a combination of persistent sound issues and band-specific criticisms detracted from an initially promising roster.