Best of Q1: Dustin’s List

9_headerThe releases for any genre that come out in the first quarter of a given year are what usually set the precedent for the remaining nine months of music to be consumed. If a bunch of mediocre albums come out, the bar for quality (and expectations) is set low, and listeners won’t expect to be wowed anytime soon. But if solid albums come out within a year’s first quarter, we at least have the anticipation of more solid albums down the pike. As fortune would have it, the first quarter of 2016 has been stacked with great releases from both major label artists and those who are just now crossing our collective radar.   Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Verment – “Death’s Domain”

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Up and coming death metal band VERMENT are set to release their new EP Death’s Domain on April 1st 2016. The EP is 7 tracks of crushing death metal that is firmly rooted in the old-shool while still having a modern twist to it. The band have created a huge buzz in their local area and will open for Rivers of Nihil on March 3 2016.  Bassist Eric Payne is also a member of War Curse who recently released an album via Static Tension Recordings. Continue reading

Album Review: War Curse – “Final Days”

warcurse_finaldaysWith little fanfare or hype, Cincinnati-based thrashers War Curse have arrived with their official debut via Static Tension Recordings. Final Days is everything that good thrash should be: Catchy, quick to the point, precisely executed with plenty of shredding solos, and enough punk/hardcore grit to give it a snarling edge. War Curse lean toward the mid-paced end of the thrash spectrum, but what they lack in blinding speed is made up in powerful delivery and attitude (thrash-itude?). Fans of Testament, Havok, and Slayer’s early 90s output will certainly resonate with War Curse’s first outing. Continue reading