Harsh Vocals: A History

Perhaps the most definitive element of metal is the growling, shrieking, rasping, inhuman snarls we call harsh vocals. Certainly, there are genres of metal that don’t use harsh vocals, and they’re no less “metal” for it. But a full-throated death growl, rumbling and ominous, erupting from a cranked pair of…

Lesbian – Hallucinogenesis

Given their awkward name, it’s no surprise that Seattle-based doom merchants Lesbian have had some trouble breaking through after more that a decade of activity. Years of development in blending psychedelic prog, black metal, and sludge (not to mention a load of drugs) lead to the release of 2013’s critically praised and criminally ignored Forestelevision, an hour-long single track that hopped through various musical vignettes that paid off in a King Diamond-worshiping heavy metal climax that may as well have crowned the group as doom metal’s weirdest act.

PHOTOS: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015: Slayer, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, Kissing Candice, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel—July 12th, 2015 @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, Tinley Park, IL

There has been much controversy surrounding this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Festival co-founder Kevin Lynman said a few disparaging things about running the tour, citing that metal is no longer about danger and has instead gotten “gray, bald, and fat.” Slayer guitarist Kerry King was of the same…

King Diamond Fires Bassist Hal Patino

Bassist Hal Patino will not be making the rounds (again) with King Diamond on the upcoming tour. This marks the second time that Patino has been fired from the band, the first time being in 1990. King Diamond has issued the following statement: Hal Patino has been relieved of his…