Profile: Zack Hembree of TORO

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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.

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Exclusive Stream: Opusculus – “N”

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On July 21st Opusculus will see a reissue of their debut full length album titled Consonant and today we are thrilled to bring you a fresh sample from this release titled simply “N“. The original version of this album dropped way back in 2011 (and you can check it out here), so there’s no doubt that a reimagining of this work is something to look forward to. But it’s not simply just going to be a fresh take on old songs, there will certainly be more to it than that. Check out all the details after the jump. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Vintersorg

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Andreas Hedlund, aka Vintersorg, aka Mr. V (if you believe his Wikipedia page) was a prime component of my re-entry into extreme metal.  After falling in with Opeth’s Morningrise I wasn’t sure where to head next, so I went to the record store and maxed out my credit card randomly picking up a bunch of CDs I thought looked cool.  The first one I listened to was Empiricism by Borknagar, and while my response to the music was lukewarm (more an issue with the production than the actual songwriting) the vocals hooked me immediately.  As fate would have it one of the other CDs I picked up was Vintersorg’s Cosmic Genesis, and listening to that I began to get the sense of just how much versatility and talent this guy had.

So much versatility and talent it’s taken at least seven different bands to contain him so for this week’s Nine Circles ov… let’s dive into some of the music created by, driven buy, or enhanced by the man some (I don’t know who) know as Mr. V.   Continue reading

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