Best of 2015: Schuler’s Top 10 Cave-Dwellers

Best 2015

This past year’s been a good one for me as far as music writing goes. Following the early 2015 demise of a site I wrote for with some friends, I wormed my way into regular contributor gigs at three online metal blogs/pubs, all of which I was already a fan. It’s been a good year for metal, too. I’m not gonna lie and say 2015 blew my dick off the way 2014 did… because it just didn’t. But that’s not to say I didn’t hear some killer new shit this year, as well as find out about a handful of new, promising acts with which I wasn’t yet familiar. Continue reading

Interview: Curse of the North on the album, Seattle, and streaming music


In case you haven’t read the full review, let me fill you in: the sophomore album from Seattle-based Curse of the North is great. It’s one of those albums that could have easily flown under my radar, but man, I’m glad it didn’t. From start to finish, it’s a well-written and brilliantly executed collection of songs that drink from the wells of classic heavy metal, old hard rock, and thrashing sludge ala High on Fire. Recently released through Static Tension Recordings, Curse of the North: I fully warrants your attention and I highly recommend buying a copy. Frontman and guitarist Christiaan Morris was kind enough to lend us his time to talk about the band’s history, their newest album, and the scene around Seattle.  Continue reading

Album Review: Curse of the North – “Curse of the North: I”


After issuing their 2013 debut The Empress, Seattle-based heavy metal revivalists Curse of the North return with their self-titled sophomore effort, Curse of the North: I. Self-described as a “no frills, stripped down, heavy band that focuses on high-energy riffs and rhythms,” Curse of the North boast a sound that, for comparison’s sake, is a lot like Baroness’s Blue Record filtered through the gritty darkness of early Danzig and the pounding rhythms and ripping guitar solos of High on Fire. The ideas work well together, and as a whole, the album succeeds in being a catchy, anthemic, and well-executed piece of metal that toes the line between tradition and modernity. Continue reading