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 out how metal had not so much died as changed–after all, the ’90s had huge heights in visibility, popularity, and quality for first death metal and then black metal, and amazing bands and albums continued doing what they were doing the entire time.

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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 on shows altogether for a time because of a lack of interest in the local scene. Timeless and forever, these are the works of art that live in our hearts as special monuments in the genre. California death metal tyrants Deathevokation perhaps put it best on the back sleeve of their album, The Chalice of Ages–”Music that doesn’t follow trends is meant for the ages.”

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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 album in full, with Riot Act as a special guest.

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OUT NOW! Runaway – Abandono CDs

Heavy metal mania from Santiago, Chile, from some young killers that just want to fuck up your day with their sick riffage. This is some of the coolest heavy metal that we’ve heard in a while, full of passion and energy, and we’re excited to have released it!

CD release via Nameless Grave Records. For fans of Universe, Running Wild, Mercyful Fate.