Legendary BURN Return With Do or Die

Can you believe that it’s 2017 and here we are, reviewing a new CD by BURN? Or that I just typed “CD” instead of album?

I’m (sort of, but not really) ashamed to admit that my first introduction to BURN vocalist Chaka Malik was through Orange 9MM (Remember when Chris Traynor didn’t look like Jesus and wasn’t a part of the cult of Gavin?). And even after soaking up all that post-hardcore goodness, I still refused to soak in the glory of early BURN. [Read more…]

Low Flying Hawks Fly High On Massive Genkaku

Magnetic Eye Records is to sludge metal and desert rawk what Metropolis Records is to Industrial and Roadrunner Records was to groundbreaking metal back in the day meaning when you pick up something with the MER seal of approval you know you’re gettin’ sumthin’ special. [Read more…]

Surf Rock is Dead Defies Descriptions On Emotive EP

The term “surf rock” brings to mind Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello flicks and Dick Dale riffing. Surf Rock is Dead, on the other end of the spectrum, brings to mind dark clubs or being alone at a high school dance in an ’80’s John Hughes film staring vacantly out towards the dance floor until locking eyes with your soulmate from across the room. [Read more…]

Raymond Watts: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

Raymond Watts is a living legend. He is. Whether he’s taking it all on with <PIG> or collaborating with KMFDM or Alexander McQueen, Watts is genuinely a prolific creator. Like fellow Industrial Metal luminaries Paul Barker and Chris Connelly, he is also a man not bound by the rules of the genre. Quite frankly, the man likes to branch out! The proof is in the pudding and, in this case, flows across a plethora of sonic excursions released within a year of the first <PIG> full-length in over a decade.

And the Lord of Lard himself explained how exactly that comeback happened recently via phone: [Read more…]

Howling Giant Presents Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 And The Best Rawk Jam Of 2017…And More!

2017 has had me starting off a lot of reviews with “Holy shit!” and that is not a phrase I type lightly/haphazardly. The latest case of “Holy Shit!” is due to Howling Giant’s upcoming EP and the fact that I have been, apparently, oblivious to this Nashville outfit until now. [Read more…]

Dale Crover Puts Percussion On The Sidelines, Focuses On The Songs On The Fickle Finger of Fate

A double Melvins album this year, Low Flying Hawks (Which features Dale Crover, review coming soon), AND a Dale Crover solo record this year? Is there such a thing as too much Crover?? I guess we’re about to find out… [Read more…]

Centuries Of Decay Bring Together Old Styles To Create New, Exciting Sounds On Debut

You get a descriptor for a new band that mentions one artist that put out your favorite release of a previous year and another artist that happens to be one of your all time favorite metal outfits and ANOTHER artist that’s local and awesome and near and dear to your heart and you already have some big shoes to fill. [Read more…]

Dead Cross Is Everything You Hoped And Dreamed From Mike Patton And Dave Lombardo…And More!

The melding of Dave Lombardo and Mike Patton on their own is about as intense and chaotic as you’d expect from a pair of dudes who’ve created some fantastic noise rawk in outfits like Grip Inc, The Dillinger Escape Plan (Patton was only on an EP but still…), Fantomas, and Mr. Bungle to name a few. [Read more…]

KMFDM Return Refreshed With Incendiary HELL YEAH

Any year KMFDM produces a new LP tends to be a good year for Industrial music. I mean look at this year so far: 3TEETH, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, 16Volt, and Ohgr (who’ll be sharing a stage with KMFDM on tour this Fall) alone all have released something or have new music in the pipeline. Hell, KMFDM put out an EP in addition to this upcoming LP already! [Read more…]