Profile: Mike White of Cranium Crushers Bather

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If you will, think of any moment in metal when every ounce of your being wants to explode and a devilish grin forms – you know what I’m talking about. Right there, at that moment, is where Bather exists and on their self-titled debut, released earlier this year, they plow through six tracks of death, sludge, and caustic grooves that because of their blunt force, some have sidled it with the -coreisms of metal. After experiencing this thing for hours on end, I can see where that correlation comes from, it’s like a wall of napalm that lays waste to everything in its path but just enough melody to keep that head moving. Good. Stuff. Period. Anyway, we recently posed our set of Profile questions to the band and drummer Mike White gave us the rundown. Head inside to check it out and hit those links to snag your own copy. Continue reading

Profile: Max Dameron of Wizard Rifle

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Wizard Rifle don’t play it safe, are not predictable, purposefully escape single tag genre classifications, and – in case the pic above didn’t give it away – don’t give a damn about inabilities to classify them. Which are just a few of the reasons they’ve become a hit for so many, us included. They flat out rock; all their cacophonic noise, stoner heshing, doom groove, punk, and psych metal outdoes itself on each outing and their upcoming third effort, Wizard Rifle, is no exception. It’s a 45 minute acid trip in a sweaty barroom with an eclectic mix of tunes playing over a huge cabinet of Orange Amps. Anyone familiar with Here In the Deadlights will rejoice at the forward push here but will not hear the same album, not even close. We recently posed our set of Profile questions to guitarist and vocalist Max Dameron to get a look behind the scenes of this audaciously crazy and genius band. Keep reading to see how it went down and hit those links to grab copies of the upcoming album (and older stuff) for yourself. Continue reading

Profile: William Jennings of Ghost:Hello

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Ohio’s Ghost:Hello recently released a self-titled, two-track EP that’s in the psychedelic metal realm with its nod to the cosmos but shares plenty of space with fuzz and stoner metal as well. Previous to that, the band released a single, “The Mouth of the Gift Horse,” which leaned heavier on punk attitude, sludge, and hardcore. As you’ll read below, a full length is in the works so it’ll be interesting to see how this trio will flesh out these sounds or if they’ll go in a completely different direction. In the meantime, we recently had the chance to ask bassist and vocalist William Jennings our set of Profile questions to get a little background on the band so head directly below to get the scoop. Continue reading

Album Review: Astronoid – “Astronoid”

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On the Scriptnotes podcast, professional screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin dispense advice to young and aspiring writers, and a recurring thread is the idea that building a career of screenwriting isn’t about writing one perfect script, but about being able to repeat that process on an ongoing basis. While not diminishing the merits of a single particularly good work of art, longevity requires more than that. That is the question that is asked of Astronoid’s self-titled sophomore album.   Continue reading

Album Review: Barshasketh – “Barshasketh”

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Here’s the thing about black metal, particularly black metal in the vein of the second wave: there’s so much of it.  So if you’re going to play it, or pay homage to it, you’re going to have to do something to stand out because when you get down to it most people are going to be perfectly content to go back to the 5-10 albums that made them love the genre in the first place.  And for about a song and a half the new self titled album from Barshasketh appeared to tread similar ground.  But like the best the genre has to offer, there are strange and sharp hooks on Barshasketh that come out and refuse to let go, resulting in a real grabber of an album as well as a fitting use of the eponymous title. Continue reading