Ghastly Treads The “Mercurial Passages” Of Delightfully Bizarre Death Metal (Interview with Ian J. D’Waters)

There are many pathways that death metal can follow, and most of them are oft-treaded ground by this point. The bands that choose to follow their own path are always a love of mine, and especially bands that eschew conventions regarding heavy rhythms or song structures. Ghastly is one of those very special bands that pursues aContinue reading “Ghastly Treads The “Mercurial Passages” Of Delightfully Bizarre Death Metal (Interview with Ian J. D’Waters)”

“At One With None”: Portrait’s Powerful Heavy Metal Remains Peerless (Interview with Guitarist Christian Lindell)

One of the best and most consistent bands in heavy metal, Sweden’s Portrait started more than fifteen years ago and immediately established themselves as titans of the genre. Youth and a lack of interest in sticking to established waters could not hold the band back, and by their second album they had signed to theContinue reading ““At One With None”: Portrait’s Powerful Heavy Metal Remains Peerless (Interview with Guitarist Christian Lindell)”

Entering the Underground #15: Decrepisy Rises In The Pacific Northwest

Geographic change can be hard for musicians. After moving to a new country or state, some people never really recover from losing the support network and creative compatibility from their oldest, closest friends and musical compatriots. Unlike so many other people, Kyle House, formerly of Vastum and Acephalix (among other bands), made the big moveContinue reading “Entering the Underground #15: Decrepisy Rises In The Pacific Northwest”

Ænigmatum “Deconsecrate” Death Metal Through Sublime Strangeness (Early Album Stream + Interview)

Deeply personal, genre-defying releases that completely disregard any and all trends are a big favorite of mine, as I’ve talked about here and there during my time with Invisible Oranges. Who are better at weaving strange and surprising influences than Portland’s Ænigmatum? I’ll tell you who—damn near nobody. Their new album Deconsecrate drops in just a few daysContinue reading “Ænigmatum “Deconsecrate” Death Metal Through Sublime Strangeness (Early Album Stream + Interview)”

Entering the Underground #14: Starlight Ritual’s Classic Metal Is “Sealed in Starlight”

As popular and influential as the old Dio and Rainbow stuff are and given the strength of the modern heavy metal scene, you’d think that more bands would follow in the footsteps of Holy Diver and Long Live Rock and Roll. Of course there are a handful of bands doing it—Mirror in particular comes to mind as theContinue reading “Entering the Underground #14: Starlight Ritual’s Classic Metal Is “Sealed in Starlight””

Timelessly Foul: “World Without God” Demonstrated Convulse’s Death Metal Mastery

From the killer Western-sounding instrumental opener that sounds like a prototype for the Westworld soundtrack, it’s immediately obvious that Convulse‘s 1991 debut album World Without God is something special. Time has cemented its place as an undeniable classic of the legendary Finnish death metal scene, and today Convulse honor that legacy by largely ignoring their other albums when theyContinue reading “Timelessly Foul: “World Without God” Demonstrated Convulse’s Death Metal Mastery”

Entering the Underground #13: Hexorcist Summons “Evil Reaping Death”

Florida has a long history with death metal of all sorts. Both the most primordial sounds and more musically developed ones thrived through the ‘80s and ‘90s, particularly in Tampa but to some extent across the whole state. Unfortunately, that largely stopped after the ‘90s, but even if the scene is a shadow of whatContinue reading “Entering the Underground #13: Hexorcist Summons “Evil Reaping Death””

“The Appearing”: Karloff’s Bloody, Blackened Punk is Here to Haunt (Early Album Stream)

One of the most satisfying and simple sounds in the realm of punk and metal is the intersection of black metal, speed metal, and punk. Venom did it first and best all the way back with Welcome to Hell in 1981, but a variety of sonic territories still remain to be explored without straying too far fromContinue reading ““The Appearing”: Karloff’s Bloody, Blackened Punk is Here to Haunt (Early Album Stream)”