Profile: Simon Langford of Cult Burial

Death metal is having a banner year with established bands releasing comebacks, new bands making their mark, and fans of the genre are reaping the benefits of all of it. And with banner years come market saturation so for an up and coming outfit to really leave a mark, it’s not enough to just have a good death metal album. Enter London’s Cult Burial with their self-titled debut and what you’ll find is a band unafraid to employ weapons of sludge, doom and post-metal but also put a spotlight on stellar guitar work. The scattering of quick solos, the odd riff breaks, and well timed arpeggios all signal that Cult Burial is not your average death metal band and make it a point to stand out with stellar musicianship and songwriting abilities. The flow of the album is such that it draws attention by never staying with a train of thought across any two tracks but in totality is a very cohesive piece of work and a shocker, then, that this is just their full length debut. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist and drummer Simon Langford so head below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support.

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Profile: Greek Prog Metallers Calyces

The 2000s shaped progressive metal into the juggernaut it is today and classic rock from the 70s sealed its legendary status with bands that were larger than life. Greek progressive metallers Calyces paid close attention to all of this on their upcoming debut full length, Impulse To Soar. The album is drenched in all the above but also has a slight taste of the sludgy yet atmospheric sound that we’ve come to know from bands that cut their teeth in the Savannah, GA scene. But, best of all, it’s a very memorable debut, one that begs repeat listens due to its mystifying songwriting and catchy grooves. Just ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to give them some support via the links contained within.

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Profile: Atlanta’s Noise Rockers Palaces

Unless you’re either an Atlanta concert lizard or a huge fan of noise rock, chances are you’ve never heard of Palaces. And truly, that’s a damn shame. BUT, the band is readying their first output since 2012 in the form of Hellas Chasma and it’s a cavalcade of brutal noise rock that at times eschews the genre for grind, punk or hardcore. Plainly put, this is a nine headed beast that ain’t for the faint of heart. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the trio so head inside to see what they had to say. And by all means, hit the links contained within to show them support!

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Profile: Kevin Keegan of Vancouver’s Dead Quiet

Dead Quiet, who are on the eve of their third full length Truth and Ruin, sit in a great spot between the type of heavy metal and hard rock that cuts deep and leaves its mark long after the music’s over. The band brings forth their love of the classics with an undeniable knowledge of what made it all work in the first place; heavy rhythms and riffs coupled with organ playing that sounds straight out of the 70s. Their first two albums stretched out a bit more and even meandered a bit in spots which lent more to stoner or psychedelic metal but this time out it’s clear the focus is to just get in, slay, and get out while still being catchy enough to stick the melodies deep in the brain cavity. Just ahead of the album’s release, we caught up with guitarist and vocalist Kevin Keegan armed with our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band, his history, and thoughts. Head inside to see how it went down and be sure to support them by hitting the links contained within.

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Profile: Paul Goings of Baton Rouge’s Shadow People

Noise rock, when done properly, elicits images of washed out lethargy from the underbelly of nastiness yet comfortable like a familiar bed. Confused? If so, you haven’t experienced the right noise rock yet. This is a genre that is unlike any other in the sense that the artists feelings, experiences, or general life outlook directly reflects in the music and thus, us as listeners can relate in one way or another. Who hasn’t faced adversity? Depression? Gutter thoughts? Face it, we all have but to varying degrees. Noise artists get to express these feelings through their music and we get to experience it from a safe distance but through the lens of our own tribulations making this a unique line of music. Baton Rouge’s Shadow People are a prime example of a band that knows how to do it, and do it right, even though they ride a thin line between this, sludge and hardcore. Their fourth effort Washing In Soap Opera is short but its barbs last long after the final note plays. As you’ll read below, bassist Paul Goings is as unabashedly no-bullshit in his answers as the music is truthful about the darker side of life most of us will only ever experience through song. The answers contained within and this EP is well worth your time so read up and hit those links to snag a copy for yourself. Trust me on this.

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