The Anatomy Of: As Oceans

North Carolina is an underappreciated hotbed of talent in the American metal scene, where bands like Between the Buried and Me and Corrosion of Conformity, among many others, have come up to inform the progression of their respective musical niches on a worldwide scale. It also doesn’t hurt that acts…

Release Day Roundup – 1/12/18

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…

Journey to the NOLA Swamps – The Birth of Sludge Metal

We’ve covered a fair bit of ground with our Starter Kit series, where we select a handful of key records that highlight a niche musical style or penetrate the prolific status of a staple genre. Unfortunately, this format doesn’t lend itself to covering proto-genres—microcosms of musical history comprised of a specific set of albums released in a fixed period of time. But these movements are crucial to the evolution of our favorite genres, particularly when it comes to the trajectory of sludge metal. What’s become a multifaceted and often refined style was once a disparate lineage of bands from different genres who all applied the “sludge factor” in different measures. While you won’t find a dedicated section for proto-sludge at your preferred music store, the following albums an artists laid the framework for the modern sludge landscape. So whether your sludge purveyors of choice come from the atmospheric, blackened or progressive sects of he genre, they’re all indebted to the groundbreaking statements these albums made.

Lock Up – Demonization

Whenever your band starts with the longtime bassist of Napalm Death (Shane Embury) and the vocalist from Brutal Truth (Kevin Sharp) it’s a fairly safe bet that you’re in for some serious grindcore. Add a drummer who has worked with Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir (Nick Barker), stir with a heaping helping of guitar from Chile’s Pentagram and Criminal (Anton Reisenegger) and you have the latest incarnation of grind supergroup, Lock Up. This crew brings us their latest onslaught, Demonization.

PHOTOS: Lamb of God, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity—May 17th, 2016 @ The Paramount, Long Island, New York

Long Island’s The Paramount was the host of a stacked, three-band lineup. Opening the show was Corrosion Of Conformity, and their set was straight up riffs for a good half an hour. They’re always fun to see. Following was Clutch. Like Corrosion Of Conformity, Clutch was a ride through riff…

Second Wave of Bands Announced for Third Annual Housecore Horror Film Festival

A little less than  a month ago, we covered the first wave of band announcements for the third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival (more info here), a horror film and heavy music soiree scheduled for this August. The bands packed into that announcement included Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros,…