Interview with AS from Malokarpatan

As I’ve extensively said in the past, both here and in other places, Malokarpatan is easily one of the best, most interesting, and most exciting new bands in black metal. Stylistically, they draw from oft-disregarded ancient wells of inspiration such as Master’s Hammer, Root, and many others that they talk about in the interview below. Lyrically, theyContinue reading “Interview with AS from Malokarpatan”

Interview with Denimal of Road Warrior, Stargazer, Cauldron Black Ram, and more

gfAustralia’s Road Warrior blazes bright and mean. Formed by members of enduring extreme metal bands, Road Warrior represents a new foray into a different kind of sonic destruction from what the band has done before in their other projects, channeling the muscular spirit of bands like Griffin and Jag Panzer with a healthy dose ofContinue reading “Interview with Denimal of Road Warrior, Stargazer, Cauldron Black Ram, and more”

Interview: Wannes Gubbels from Pentacle

Pentacle are without a doubt one of death metal’s most powerful enduring flames. Formed at the tail end of the ’80s and eternally channeling the spirit of the earliest days of the genre, Pentacle have never compromised their musical quality, style, or ideals even across some of death metal’s darkest years; in 2019, they returnedContinue reading “Interview: Wannes Gubbels from Pentacle”

Review: Pentacle – Spectre of the Eight Ropes

How many bands can keep chugging away for decades and still bring out a tremendous album each and every time? The list is certainly short, and shorter still every year you go back in time. Dutch death metal heroes Pentacle formed all the way back at the tail end of the ‘80s, and though they’veContinue reading “Review: Pentacle – Spectre of the Eight Ropes”

AOTY 2019 List – Toilet Ov Hell

It’s been another great year for metal, and the time has come for publications to start putting up their album of the year posts. Mine can be found below; the text contains my choices, and the link has them again (scroll down to “BW”- that’s me!) with little reviews, links to full reviews, and linksContinue reading “AOTY 2019 List – Toilet Ov Hell”

Review: Twisted Tower Dire – The Isle of Hydra

The ’90s were a dark time for heavy metal, especially in the United States. To remedy that, Virginia legends Twisted Tower Dire formed in 1995 to try and breath new light into true heavy metal, starting off as a long-winded epic heavy metal band and gradually getting catchier and catchier as time went on. TheseContinue reading “Review: Twisted Tower Dire – The Isle of Hydra”

Bulgarian epic metal double feature: Trotyl and Dr. Doolittle

Most people probably don’t think of Bulgaria in the ‘80s as a particular hub of heavy metal. If they think about epic heavy metal, they almost definitely don’t. In fact, the metal-archives only has eleven releases marked for the entire ‘80s as being Bulgarian, with several being from the same bands. In spite of this,Continue reading “Bulgarian epic metal double feature: Trotyl and Dr. Doolittle”

Review: Vastum – Orificial Purge

Vastum have been around for a few years now. I’m sure my perspective on them is a bit different from people not from California, but to a lot of people, they’re legends here. They’re possibly the single most venerated death metal band from our great state since Autopsy themselves to a lot of people, withContinue reading “Review: Vastum – Orificial Purge”

Review: Mirror – Pyramid of Terror

The wild, hard rocking heavy metal of the ‘70s and early ‘80s has been enjoying a resurgence of sorts in recent years as more and more bands yearn for musical days long gone. Most of that revival focuses on the more mystical side of that coin, with occult rock, love letters to Blue Öyster Cult, Continue reading “Review: Mirror – Pyramid of Terror”

Interview: Unaussprechlichen Kulten

Unaussprechlichen Kulten is one of the best bands active today playing death metal. I’ve talked in depth about my feelings for them, largely via the reviews I did of their last two albums for this site (review 1, review 2). Fortunately enough for me, I got a chance to chat with them at this year’sContinue reading “Interview: Unaussprechlichen Kulten”