Profile / Interview: Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code

Binary Code

On the surface, calling a metal band’s newest offering “crushingly heavy” seems a bit cliche. But, in the case of Binary Code’s third full length, Memento Mori, it’s the closest to the truth as can possibly be. The album was born out of a tragic event that left founder/guitarist Jesse Zuretti devastated and with a deep need to find some sort of light, catharsis, and hope. As such, “crushing” is fully captured throughout each pained scream, each hauntingly quieter moment and a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, cover. Beyond that though, this is an incredible album that takes their earlier tech death cues and gels with their more progressive, heavy rock stance of today. We’re calling it their finest moment and highly suggest supporting the band and this album. Plus, the proceeds go to a much needed cause, more on that below. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to send Jesse our set of Profile questions but modified it to dig deeper and get a little more personal. He fully obliged with his responses and we can’t thank him enough so, do the thing immediately below.  Continue reading

Album Review: Abrams — “Modern Ways”

Abrams - Modern Ways

For Denver’s Abrams‘ 2017 release, Morning, I spent some time on their past and how it tied to that specific release and how with Morning the band seemed to have found its true self, all of which you can read here for context. Plus, it made my best of list for 2017. Now, with Modern Ways, their third full length, that “true self” is being fleshed out even further taking cues from Morning and expanding on its best parts to create a heavy rock album chock full of soaring melodies, hooks for days, and a slight pop sensibility just to keep the good times flowing. As high as I was, and still am, on Morning, Modern Ways is better. All my trepidation regarding whether they’d stay the course, whether this effort would top the last, and whether or not this would be a defining moment disintegrated upon my initial spin and each subsequent spin leaves my jaw on the floor. Continue reading

Profile: Haukur Már Guðmundsson of Iceland’s Kavorka

Kavorka

The words Iceland or Icelandic generally are followed by black metal since black metal from there is insanely good. But, Icelandic metal and even heavy rock are equally amazing as evident by Kavorka‘s debut full length, Internal Rituals, which was released late last year. The lyrical themes are dark and extremely personal while the music is a cohesive mix of metal, rock, blues, doom, and sludge—a mouthful for sure but this band is flat out powerful, period. This is an amazing debut from a band that sounds far beyond their years. We recently caught up with vocalist Haukur Már Guðmundsson and asked our set of Profile questions to dig deep in the minds of Kavorka so keep reading to get the scoop and please support the band through the links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Wisconsin’s Doom Crew Cold Black River

Cold Black River

Wisconsin’s Cold Black River had a straightforward approach back when they formed in 2013: “We wanted to craft a stripped-down heavy sound with doom metal influences, decent hooks and vocals you could hear and understand.” Six years and four releases later they’re closely adhering to that statement and it shows on their most recent effort Tales of Death & The Devil, released digitally last year and now sees CD release on June 14. Their music is the slow burn type of doom; bluesy and smokey with vocals that are smoother than a perfect steak and a side of top shelf bourbon. They’ve been building to this and have finally pulled it all together into a cohesive firecracker of an album. In an effort to learn more, we recently had a chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band and they were gracious with their time in answering but also gracious enough to give other bands some etiquette tips. Keep reading to see how it went down and head over to their Bandcamp page to snag a copy for yourself. Continue reading

Stream: Dun Ringill Live at Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (5.4.2019)

Dun Ringill

For some of you, the term Dun Ringill may conjure up the album Stormwatch from Jethro Tull but here, it refers to Swedish doom metallers Dun Ringill that are, at times, as progressive as Tull was. Their full length debut, Welcome, was released back in March via Argonauta Records and is a rousing six song sonic pleasure. Doom, rock, and folk all have a place in this dark stew but it’s the way the band puts it all together that makes it different enough from anything else to really stand out. Plus, there’s several unexpected twists and turns throughout – flute! Today, we’re excited to bring you a hometown show Dun Ringill performed at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg last month. It’s an excellent performance with high quality video so if you dig concerts and hard rockin’ doom metal, this one’s for you. Hit the play button immediately below and kick back for a spell. Continue reading