Album Review: Hell – “Hell”

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For a band with such a simple name, Hell are one of the  underground’s most recognizable and lauded acts.  Their initial trilogy of albums, to say nothing of their splits with acts like Mizmor and Amarok, are regarded as some of the best doom metal ever written.  For my money, Hell III is one of my all-time favorite doom metal albums, and I recommend it constantly to people.  It is with great pleasure, then, that I get to finally talk about new music from this group, and to tell you that the band’s new album, Hell, continues on in the legacy of quality the band has built for themselves.   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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Album Review: Pig’s Blood – “Pig’s Blood”

Pigs Blood - Pigs Blood

Behold Pig’s Blood, now signed to Godz ov War Productions.  The band is releasing their debut full length Pig’s Blood after much fanfare accompanied the release of their demo last year.  The band never compromises on brutality, playing death metal of high caliber.  If you want death metal with plenty of blast sections playing to the accompaniment of downtuned rhythm guitar, Pig’s Blood are worth the price of admission.  Far more than that, these guys know how to make death metal straightforward and fun to listen to.

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Album Review: The Pod – “The Pod”

The Pod - The Pod

Scott Endres has been a busy man over the years with MAKE, which most of you will be familiar with, and The Pod, which you may or may not be familiar with. The Pod has existed right alongside MAKE and is the place Endres goes to make music that is completely devoid of any outside interferences and completely on his own terms. His latest album, The Pod, is a collection of personal favorites over the last few years and a couple new tracks, all of which are an amalgamation of drone, electronic, ambient and even black metal. But it works, and tremendously so. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Succumb & Heal the Bay

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome back once again, dear readers.  You and I have survived yet another week on this planet, and that alone is cause for celebration.  Why not enjoy that victory the best way we know how, with good drinks and great music?  Let’s get to it.  The Metal: Succumb’s S/T.  The Booze: Golden Road Brewing’s Heal the Bay.    Continue reading