Guided by “The Powers That Be,” Pharaoh’s Commanding Power Metal Returns (Interview)

Pennsylvanian heavy metal heroes Pharaoh are the essence of consistency. Despite a history going back nearly 25 years, they’ve had the same lineup since finding singer Tim Aymar (ex-Control Denied / ex-Psycho Scream) in 1998, have been on Cruz del Sur Music since their first album in 2003, have had the same guest soloist, Jim Dofka, onContinue reading “Guided by “The Powers That Be,” Pharaoh’s Commanding Power Metal Returns (Interview)”

Tyrann Fights for the Soul of Metal With “Djävulens Musik” (Early Album Stream)

Despite a bevy of new heavy metal bands across the last couple of decades, there has never been a particularly strong predilection in any scene towards the classic Swedish heavy metal scene from the ‘80s. Bands like Heavy Load and Gotham City are seen as titans of heavy metal, and it’s hard to escape patchesContinue reading “Tyrann Fights for the Soul of Metal With “Djävulens Musik” (Early Album Stream)”

The Lord Weird Slough Feg’s Fiery Debut Turns 25 (Interview with Mike Scalzi)

It’s tough to understate the importance that The Lord Weird Slough Feg (shortened for most of the article, and much of the band’s career, as just Slough Feg) has had on my life musically. Back in my freshman year of college, they personally got me into heavy metal; I was coming off a high school length obsession withContinue reading “The Lord Weird Slough Feg’s Fiery Debut Turns 25 (Interview with Mike Scalzi)”

Entering the Underground #8: Heavy Sentence Nails Classic Heavy Metal “Bang to Rights”

One of the most exciting recent bands for me that I’ve had the chance to watch grow since day one has been England’s Heavy Sentence. I grabbed the original Protector / Darkest Hour 7″ as a blind buy on a friend’s recommendation and fell in love; melodic leads, gruff vocals, and swaggering riffs combined well toContinue reading “Entering the Underground #8: Heavy Sentence Nails Classic Heavy Metal “Bang to Rights””

Cirith Ungol’s Monstrous Heavy Metal Is Eternally “Half Past Human” (Interview)

Cirith Ungol’s 2015 reformation was one of the least-likely in underground metal history. The band broke up in 1992 so explosively and with so much internal despair that Rob Garven, the band’s drummer, famously announced that he would never again touch another kit, and vocalist Tim Baker would step back from singing seemingly forever. TheContinue reading “Cirith Ungol’s Monstrous Heavy Metal Is Eternally “Half Past Human” (Interview)”

“El Camazotz”: Entierro’s Doom-Tinged Heavy Metal Takes Wing in the Night (Interview)

Though Entierro have been around for some ten years now (some of it as Treebeard earlier on), I’d never heard of them until I was told about a cool new heavy metal short-length with Victor Arduini (Arduini/Balich, ex-Fates Warning) coming out in a few weeks. Almost everything Victor has done has been nothing short of gold, particularlyContinue reading ““El Camazotz”: Entierro’s Doom-Tinged Heavy Metal Takes Wing in the Night (Interview)”

OUT NOW! Cardiac Arrest’s Haven for the Insane is available for the first time on vinyl!

Formed originally in Chicago in 1997, Cardiac Arrest have been terrifying audiences since before half of the current wave of death metal bands were alive, always as stalwartly untrendy as they were fierce and uncompromising. Haven for the Insane in particular should appeal to fans of Autopsy, Funebrarum, Impetigo, and Master.Listen here: BANDCAMPBuy here: NGRContinue reading “OUT NOW! Cardiac Arrest’s Haven for the Insane is available for the first time on vinyl!”

Anatomia’s Devastating Legacy Inflicts “Corporeal Torment” (Interview)

Many of the roots of Japanese death metal go back to one man: Takashi Tanaka. Instrumental both to the legendary Transgressor and involved with cult death/thrashers Necrophile, Takashi has been making extreme music since the tail end of the 1980s. With hours of music between his various bands since then, it’s clear that his loveContinue reading “Anatomia’s Devastating Legacy Inflicts “Corporeal Torment” (Interview)”

Entering the Underground #7: Yoth Iria Wields Hellenic Black Metal Might

Few individuals are as important to the history of Greek black metal as Jim Mutilator and The Magus. Jim was on bass and lyrics duty for all Rotting Christ material through Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, and did bass, songwriting, and lyrics for Varathron through His Majesty at the Swamp. The Magus (George Zacharopoulos) hasContinue reading “Entering the Underground #7: Yoth Iria Wields Hellenic Black Metal Might”

Visions of Trismegistos – An Interview with Nekromantheon

Formed at the onset of popularity of the retro thrash movement in 2005, Nekromantheon have largely outlasted and outperformed all of the bands that were their peers through the rise and fall of thrash revivalism. Targeting from the start the deeper underground and always avoiding the party-heavy themes and aesthetic that plagued their contemporaries, NekromantheonContinue reading “Visions of Trismegistos – An Interview with Nekromantheon”