It’s safe to say we are far from the creative peak and hey day of the Thrash Metal genre. This is neither a criticism nor judgement. Genres have a natural lifespan for creativity. There is only so much artists can mine creatively before new artists come along and take art into another direction. For a certain generation of metalhead though, thrash is a genre that is very much an audio form of comfort food. It happens when you grow up in the era of Metallica and Megadeth’s commercial peak. Thrash might not be where one goes to find the avant-garde music in metal, but few things excite like a great thrash tune. When the combination of punk intensity and the technical prowess of NWOBHM hit your ears, it brings a smile to the face like nothing else. Listening to Constant to Death, the twelfth album from Germany’s Necronomicon, brings that type of joy.Continue reading
Enforced’s Knox Colby on their new album “War Remains” and much more!
It has been said that Richmond, Virginia turns out some incredible metal. Enforced are one of those bands that prove it with their brand of crossover thrash that nudges the gates of death and speed metal. With two incredible albums under their belts, their third, War Remains turns those on their head and curb stomps them…for real, it’s that good. We could go on and on about how good but our man Buke recently sat down with vocalist Knox Colby to discuss the new album, band history, Richmond’s metal scene, and so much more (you know how we roll). We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.Continue reading
Profile: Bogotá, Colombia’s AIRE Como Plomo
AIRE Como Plomo mix an amalgam of thrash, death metal, and hardcore punk that is as abrasive and violent as it is catchy as hell. They have one full length and a handful of singles available, the most recent of which “Erase The One” may be their best yet. Which begs the question as to when we’ll get the next full length and for now, the answer is mysterious but we recently posed out set of Profile questions to the band and they fired back to give us some backstory on the band and why they do what they do. With that said, head directly below to read how it went down and be sure to pick up all their stuff from the links contained within. And, play it loud.Continue reading
Album Review: Goatwhore — “Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven”
At this point in Goatwhore’s 25 years of existence, it’s safe to say there’s not a ton of meddling with the formula of black thrashing death metal that’s as viscous as the murky swamps from their home base of Louisiana. It’s also safe to say, if you’re reading this, you’re either a fan or not since there’s no middle ground here. Whether or not this eighth full length, Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven will sway opinions on that matter is up to you. However, this band is nothing if not consistent and this effort is exactly that, but to assume that’s the whole story is, well… you know what they say about assuming.Continue reading
Steve Jansson and Enrique Sagarnaga of Daeva on their new album “Through Sheer Will And Black Magic…” and more!
It’s been awhile since last hearing from Daeva. Five years to be exact. And since that time they’ve taken their brand of sweaty, priest burning black / thrash metal to a whole new level. Their EP, Pulsing Dark Absorptions, was a lightning rod, but debut full length Through Sheer Will And Black Magic… will turn heads far below the southern end of the cross. To put it in quick layman’s terms; imagine Mayhem and GG Allin in a knife fight and you’re in the realm of what’s included here. Buke recently spoke with guitarist Steve Jansson and drummer Enrique Sagarnaga about the new album, how it came to be, their much lauded Crypt Sermon ties, and a ton more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.Continue reading