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ASG – “Scrappy’s Trip” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The excellent North Carolina band ASG released their fourth album, Blood Drive, back in May. I wrote about it here, with great enthusiasm:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 20, 2013 - 11:52 am

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2013

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. (Absences were excused in cases of need; acceptable excuses included: unavoidable domestic or professional demands; financial concerns; injury; disability; agoraphobia; and/or inability to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 31, 2013 - 2:06 pm

ASG – “Blood Drive” (Stereogum Premiere)

In the last installment of our monthly metal feature The Black Market, I talked a little bit about the increasing trend among extreme metal bands to feature “clean” vocals — i.e., melodic, textured singing — rather than what’s popularly known as Cookie Monster vocals. And North Carolina’s ASG might represent the apotheosis of that trend:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 9, 2013 - 1:08 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am