Hey! Listen to Demonwomb!

Being heavy is a strange thing. It’s a quantifier that is entirely personal. There isn’t a proverbial definition of heaviness except that it simply portrays an aural intensity in the form of something ferocious, dark, abrasive or brooding. However, sometimes it’s simply the right breakdown or the right riff played…

Sumac – The Deal

Anytime Aaron Turner’s name is attached to a musical endeavor, underground metal fans pay attention. The founder and mastermind of the prolific post-metal band Isis is also the man behind one of metal’s most prolific record labels, Hydra Head Records, whose lineup was ripe with bands and artists who were at the cusp…

Stream Sumac’s Crushing Debut Album, ‘The Deal’, in its Entirety

After whetting our appetites with ‘Blight’s End Angel,’ we’ve been eagerly anticipating the debut album from Sumac, a sludge metal supergroup of sorts featuring Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) and Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch) in their ranks. Lucky for us, with less than a week until its release,…

Experience the Crushing Bliss that is Sumac (Isis, Baptists, Russian Circles)

Shame on us for not posting about Sumac earlier, because this band needs to be on your radar. Sumac was started by Aaron Turner of Isis and Old Man Gloom fame along with (insane) Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook of Russian Circles and Botch out of a desire to create really heavy music once more, and if ‘Blight’s End…

Baptists Release ‘Bloodmines’

Baptists are one of the coolest new hardcore bands to come out in recent memory. They just make extremely fun music, and for a guy that gets criticized by some writers here for not being able to enjoy fun music, I dig it a lot. Today marks the release of…

THE POWER OF THE RIFF Mix Tape & Tour Dates

THE POWER OF THE RIFF 2011 Mix Tape 01 ALL PIGS MUST DIE – “Pulverization” 02 BAPTISTS – “Good Parenting” 03 EYEHATEGOD – “Jack Ass in the Will of God” 04 MASAKARI – “Trapped In The Mold” 05 ALPINIST – “Hak Nam” 06 SKIN LIKE IRON – “Consequences” 07 EARLY…

Hey! Listen to Scapegoat!

If you’re into the hardcore/punk/powerviolence sound and dig such bands as NAILS, Trap Them, and Baptists, then I suggest you waste no time in checking out Scapegoat. Over the past year and half I’ve found myself getting back into this style of music and Scapegoat are not only a welcome…