Profile: Brian Tarter of Brass Owl

Brass Owl

On Brass Owl‘s self-titled EP, released in June, this power trio shifts gears from stoner metal to jam band to southern rock to blues and back again over the course of seven songs — no matter what they slip into it’s cohesive, catchy and damn memorable. Simply put, hearing traces of Gov’t Mule alongside COC is never a bad thing. Mastermind and guitarist/vocalist Brian Tarter played with Steve Vai back in the 90s and having been in the music game for over thirty years he, obviously, brings a ton of experience and knowledge to the table that, along with his bandmates, shines through every note of Brass Owl. We had the chance to sit down with Brian for more information on him and the band so head below for his answers and click through the links contained within to show them some support. Continue reading

Profile: TJ Maynard of Ghastly Sound

Ghastly Sound
Ghastly Sound

Vermont trio Ghastly Sound return this week for their second EP of 2017, The Bottom. This EP, much like its self-titled predecessor, is another collection of songs that offers the bite of sludge metal but with the grandiose melodies of Torche which really makes the band’s songs pop right out of the speakers. The fifteen minute runtime of The Bottom flies by in an instant and you’ll find yourself hitting the repeat button time and time again. I’m amazed at what this band has done over the course of two EP’s and cannot wait to see what they do with a full length. Ok so, by now you get that this band and their music rules — stick around to see what TJ Maynard (bass) had to say to our Profile set of questions.

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Premiere: Dewar PR: “Winter 2017 Compilation”

Dewar PR Winter 2017 Compilation

Everyone loves compilations and particularly when said compilations include great metal from established bands and new ones alike. As of today, Dewar PR is releasing their Winter 2017 Compilation that features twelve tracks from bands the company has worked with over the last few years, including an exclusive demo.  Head inside for a stream and full details. Continue reading

Profile: John Judkins of Laser Flames on the Great Big News

Laser Flames on the Great Big News
Laser Flames on the Great Big News

Just over a month ago Tennessee’s Laser Flames on the Great Big News released their latest, self-titled, album and based solely from their Bandcamp page nowhere near enough of you paid attention. This is a fantastic album that doesn’t hang its hat on any one genre. Rather, it moves effortlessly between southern rock, melody driven rock, progressively driven rock and, at times, harsh metal which borders on black metal ferocity. The songs are paced perfectly, the writing is impeccable and the trade off vocals between John Judkins and Stevie Bailey keep things fresh and exciting throughout — all of which makes for an instant favorite and something that’s not easy at all to put down. Yet, you’re still not paying attention. The band features members of Rwake, Enfold Darkness, The Protomen and ex-Today Is the Day but also features a guest vocal spot from, none other than, Steve Austin. Grab you yet? Anyway, not far removed from the album’s release we got the opportunity to ask John Judkins our set of Profile questions so read on and for god’s sake listen to the embeds then go support.

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Profile: M. Chvasta of Dead Register

Dead Register
Dead Register

When Atlanta GA’s Dead Register released their full length debut Fiber last year it was a runaway hit that literally no one saw coming. It’s an amalgamation of doom, goth, rock and new wave that hits hard and leaves an instant impression. It landed on many ‘best of 2016’ lists and was covered in these very pages, so it definitely resonated across the board. As of last month the band released a black vinyl version and Throne Records released a translucent sea-blue with sea foam speckles version — with that this album finally gets the treatment it so deserves. With this physical issue just in the rearview mirror we got the chance to ask M. Chvasta (vocals, bass) our set of Profile questions and as you will see he was straight to the point with his answers. Continue reading