Megaton Sword Strikes with Undeniable “Might” (Early Track Stream + Interview)

Megaton Sword is perhaps the most exciting thing to happen to Swiss metal in my books since Celtic Frost and Coroner. This is not necessarily because there has not been other great metal in the years since those bands dominated the world, or even because Megaton Sword is all that, but because I am justContinue reading “Megaton Sword Strikes with Undeniable “Might” (Early Track Stream + Interview)”

Eliminator’s Gleaming Metal Shines with an “Ancient Light” (Interview)

As much as I admire a band that’s amazing from day one, I have a special place in my heart for bands that grow and improve over time. Lancaster’s Eliminator certainly has never been bad–I got into them before they had an album, and have been following their career with interest since- but to my ears atContinue reading “Eliminator’s Gleaming Metal Shines with an “Ancient Light” (Interview)”

Ironflame’s Bold Traditional Metal Ventures “Where Madness Dares” (Interview)

Rare is the band that can, like clockwork, drop a killer catchy heavy metal album every year or two without any dropoff in quality; there’s a reason that fans dread a “sophomore slump” after killer debut albums, and most bands just can’t keep up any level of quality over time. Ironflame has proved to be a strongContinue reading “Ironflame’s Bold Traditional Metal Ventures “Where Madness Dares” (Interview)”

Defenders of the Heavy Metal Faith #1: American Bands That Kept the Torch Lit in the 1990s

In more mainstream circles, people talk to death the common perception of how metal died in the ’90s, killed by big record labels and grunge, the torch only carried on by Pantera and maybe Death, depending on who’s pounding a shitty beer and telling the story. More underground-minded genre enthusiasts will rightfully scoff, pointing outContinue reading “Defenders of the Heavy Metal Faith #1: American Bands That Kept the Torch Lit in the 1990s”

Entering the Underground #25: Tideless Combines Death Metal and Shoegaze on “Adrift in Grief”

A certain section of the death metal community has always ignored what other people think. In 1980s Los Angeles, it was Sadistic Intent playing their hearts out to crowds that would “horseshoe” around the stage to avoid seeming like they were watching Sadistic Intent play. In 1990s Mexico, it was The Chasm giving up onContinue reading “Entering the Underground #25: Tideless Combines Death Metal and Shoegaze on “Adrift in Grief””

Raven and Riot Act Bring Timeless Heavy Metal To Tacoma (Live Report, 10/6/2022)

Last week on Thursday I ambled over to a venue I’d never been to in Tacoma, Washington to see Raven for the second time. The last time I caught them was playing at a festival; this time it was for a tour that Raven was doing in support of the 40th anniversary of Wiped Out, playing the albumContinue reading “Raven and Riot Act Bring Timeless Heavy Metal To Tacoma (Live Report, 10/6/2022)”