Hailing from Fresno, CA, Elder Devil dropped a nuclear debut of grind/crust/sludge back in May titled Graves Among the Roots — six tracks of razor sharp hate best consumed at maximum volume. And the artwork, as you’ll see below, was done by none other than Ethan Lee McCarthy from Primitive Man. Since Elder Devil sound like a sped up version of that band it is definitely fitting (more on that to come). Band submissions are a good thing and this release hit our inbox sans label and sans PR but it kicked like a mule, needless to say we were impressed and had to find out more about the band and album. So we sent over some questions and as you’ll see below they were more than gracious with their answers. Read on to see what they had to say and hit the link to purchase this amazing debut. Continue reading
Atlanta, Georgia based TORO self-released their debut EP, Departure, back in March and in case you missed it, today you can rectify that. If you count the heaviness of Anciients, the prog approach of Crack the Skye era Mastodon and the crushing weight of doom metal as some of your favorite things then this EP should be in your ears, pronto. If anymore persuasion is needed, Matt Bayles manned the mixing. The doom/prog/rock concoction this five piece has put together is nothing short of amazing for a debut and truthfully the sky’s the limit moving forward. We recently had the opportunity to ask Zack Hembree (vocals) our set of Profile questions, read on to see what he had to say.
Time to add another member to the flag carriers of the NWOTHM movement with Old Wolf‘s self-titled EP. In case you’ve been under a rock, that’s New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal and the movement as a whole has been nothing short of glorious. Such is the case with this Kentucky band and their high voltage take on all that is great about classic trad metal filtered through today’s sound. With this band it’s all about more bang for the buck and transferring a good time feeling to the listener. And sometimes — particularly on a Saturday — good time feelings are what its all about. Continue reading
Saturday means it’s time for something other than work… but specifically it’s time to revisit an album that slipped under our radar (in review format). Curtis was on to something including them in his Best of 2015 list. In August of last year Stereo Nasty released their hard driving, 80’s metal debut Nasty By Nature. It has NWOBHM elements as well as traditional metal all while wearing their influences on their sleeve — or battle jackets emblazoned with patches. However, in this case it’s not a bad thing as the band obviously had one hell of a good time with it that translates extremely well to the listener. Continue reading