Grogus – Four Kings

What ever happened to unpredictability? The Baroness, the Mastodon, when they were sneaky. You miss those old familiar bands, waiting just around the bend. Now though they’re everywhere you look, they’re quite different from their reckless and wild beginnings. They reigned it in. They matured. It’s nonsensical to argue that…

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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Gaze Into A//tar’s “Hallowed” and It Just Might Gaze Back

Another day, another excellent doom/post-metal album from the Pacific Northwest. This time around we have Portland’s A//tar (pronounced “Altar”) and their cavernous Hallowed, an echoing and massive effort that bears comparison to bands like Cranial, The Ocean, Ancestors and YOB. At its center, lies excellent production which renders every sound…

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