I spent the second week of March at SXSW, and I spent a pretty good percentage of my SXSW at metal shows. In truth, most of the people I talked to at the festival seemed to agree that this year's…   Read Story »
The Black Market bros and I had a few long conversations regarding what was and wasn't appropriate for inclusion in this installment of our column. February may be the shortest month, but this year,…   Read Story »
Earlier this week, Mötley Crüe found themselves a "trending topic" for the first time this millennium when they announced they would break up next year -- after some three and a half decades as a…   Read Story »
In the essay that preceded our list of 2013's 50 Best Metal Albums, I said -- with some emphasis -- that in my opinion, we were concluding what had been metal's strongest calendar year of this…   Read Story »
In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven's Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch's 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far),…   Read Story »
Last night, Black Market bro Doug Moore and I -- and about 800 other people -- squeezed into the 500-capacity Gramercy Theatre to see Carcass. It was the second-to-last show of the UK band's…   Read Story »
At the beginning of August, I drove eight or so hours -- solo -- from my home in Brooklyn to Toronto, Ontario to see At The Gates: a Swedish death metal band whose most recent LP, the all-time…   Read Story »
I was in high school the first time I saw Carcass live, in 1992, on the Gods Of Grind Tour, when they were playing American clubs with Entombed, Cathedral, and Confessor. Carcass were touring behind…   Read Story »
Earlier this month, I spent a Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn metal-themed bar Duff's: a cluttered dive situated in the basement of an apartment building, illuminated even in the daytime only by…   Read Story »
May has been a pretty intense month around here. Memorial Day Weekend brought Maryland Death Fest to Baltimore, and attendance was mandatory for any metalhead who wanted to keep his cred pass.…   Read Story »