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Stream Batillus/Mutilation Rites Split 7″

Offering outsiders a look at what’s going on in one of the louder corners of Brooklyn, practice-space cohorts (and soon-to-be tourmates) Batillus and Mutilation Rites are releasing a split 7″ next month via hometown label Shinebox. (That’s Batillus’s cover art above, you’ll find Mutilation Rites’s below.) The record offers a nice mix of extreme styles:… More »

By: brandon / June 21, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Salome – “Master Failure”

I gave some background info on crusty, cathartic Virginia-based sludge/doom trio Salome when vocalist Kat stopped through to discuss her day job as a massage therapist and a yoga instructor. And I focused on her voice:
She’s an amazing singer, one who doesn’t need a bank of effects pedals to hit a low scowl… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2010 - 10:40 am

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

SXSW 2010: Salome, Torche, High On Fire Smoke Up Austin

Yesterday I saw 12 metal bands before High On Fire hopped onto the outdoor stage at the Mohawk sometime around midnight to make it a perfect baker’s dozen. A few of those were a lot of fun — Chicago’s upswinging Atlas Moth and their three-guitar tapestries (and beer-buzzed banter), frontwoman Grace Perry’s afternoon pit-initiating for… More »

By: brandon / March 18, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Salome

Salome is one of the most exciting bands in underground metal. We’re talking top 5. I booked the Virginia trio twice in a four month span for my old Show No Mercy series because they’re so compelling live — they could be counted on to blow away just about any audience with their cathartic, smart,… More »

By: brandon / February 25, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm