Wacken Metal Battle USA Winner… Corpse Hoarder!

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For those that need a refresher — since it has been a couple of weeks after all — the final round of the inaugural Wacken Metal Battle USA was this past weekend (May 20th) down in Philadelphia. The event took place at the Whiskey Tango and featured Philadelphia-based finalists Corpse Hoarder and Power Theory, while Boston was represented by Goblet and Upheaval. Well, after numerous regional rounds featuring a wide variety of impressive local metal, the time has come to celebrate the victor. Let us all congratulate Corpse Hoarder on winning their spot at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival later this summer! Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Isenordal – “Shores Of Mourning”

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I’m going to go ahead and proclaim Isenordal‘s debut, Shores Of Mourning, one of my better new discoveries to emerge in 2017. It may still be early in the year — and my personal lackadaisical approach to new music hasn’t helped either — but don’t let any of that take away from how impressive and transcending this neofolk/funeral doom project is. Dark and addicting, Isenordal have created something that will continue to mesmerize us long after the first several spins have elapsed. I would not be surprised in the slightest if additional praise resurfaces as we approach this year’s conclusion. Continue reading

Wacken Metal Battle USA – Boston Winners and Final Round Details

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And just like that, we have reached the end of our Boston region bracket. If you need to get caught up, here are the recaps from rounds one, two, and three. The final round took place last week at ONCE down in Boston and the bands emerging from Boston, and earning a spot at the Wacken Metal Battle USA Finals, are… Goblet and Upheaval! Continue reading

Wacken Metal Battle USA – Round 3 Winner: Upheaval

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have our finalists! The third round of the Boston region for the Wacken Metal Battle USA took place March 29th at ONCE Somerville and I’m thrilled to introduce the last finalist: Upheaval. The finals are still a few weeks out, so before getting into all of those details, let’s take a closer look at last week’s winner…

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Concert Review: Deafheaven, This Will Destroy You, and Emma Ruth Rundle, 3.16.2017

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Deafheaven has become one of my favorite live bands for many reasons. I’ve seen them numerous times over the past few years and they have always delivered great performances. Hell, I saw them twice in one day during Chicago Open Air last year. But what I’ve respected as much as anything else is the diversity of the lineups they perform with. Tribulation, Envy, Carcass, Between the Buried and Me… the list goes on and on. Varying bands from varying forms of metal, one tour to the next. This lineup at the Paradise Rock club a couple weeks back, featuring the likes of Emma Ruth Rundle and This Will Destroy You, might have been the most intriguing (or curious) yet. Continue reading