Fear Factory Bring It Back To 1995 While Still Looking To The Future During Worcester Stop Of Demanufacture 20th Anniversary Tour


My first exposure to industrial metallers Fear Factory was back in college and the Mortal Kombat soundtrack which featured “Zero Signal” off a little album called Demanufacture. Something about the synths and the syncopated guitar and drum attacks paired with vocalist Burton C. Bell’s growl to a croon approach immediately stood out to me. And as a fan of bands like Ministry and NIN already, this took me to a new level. [Read more…]

Mutoid Man Slay Boston’s Royale With A Smile On Their Face


Mixing brutality with levity, Boston via NYC’s Mutoid Man stormed the Royale stage recently while supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan. With a new release almost here (Bleeder, out through Sargent House on June 30th), Mutoid Man treated fans to a slew of those new tracks which fit in seamlessly alongside tracks from 2013’s Helium Head. [Read more…]

Cavalera Conspiracy Make Their First New England Metal And Hardcore Fest Appearance, Show The Kids How It’s Done


After a day filled with heavy bands from all walks of intensity from upstarts like Downpour (Featuring Shadows Fall’s Brian Fair and Seemless/Unearth skin basher Derek Kerswill) and Lody Kong to old school favorites like Overcast, Jasta, and COC, it was finally time for the godfathers to take the stage for their New England Metal and Hardcore Festival debut. [Read more…]

American Head Charge Returns To Worcester, Previews Songs From Tango Umbrella


American Head Charge in 2015 have nothing left to prove to you because they’ve already endured. Endured label woes, a slew of line-up changes, drug problems, death, and eventually their dissolution in 2009. But they quietly returned in 2011, self-released the Shoot EP in 2013, and recently announced their signing with Napalm Records for the release of their upcoming fourth album. They’re currently in the middle of a North American tour supporting Combichrist, Filter, and label mates Coal Chamber which is how we had a chance to see them live when the tour rolled through Worcester, MA over the weekend. [Read more…]

PVRIS Continue Live Domination With Pierce The Veil & Sleeping With Sirens, Debut White Noise Out Now


If the video/song below for “My House” doesn’t immediately hook you then the full-length from Lowell, MA’s PVRIS definitely will. Released last year through Rise Records, White Noise is a glorious amalgamation of The Birthday Massacre’s female-driven synthetic rock along with some good old ’80’s style Pop in the Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears vein. [Read more…]

Machine Head Prepare To Decimate Brighton Music Hall This Weekend, New Album Bloodstone & Diamonds Out Now!


My first exposure to Oakland’s Machine Head was waaaaay back in 1994 when the now classic Burn My Eyes was released. I was on the Roadrunner Records mailing list and occasionally got postcards about new releases (Yes, regular old snail mail used to inform people about new music). [Read more…]

The Press War Hits Cambridge’s Middle East on January 25th!


Boston’s The Press War is hoping to broaden your musical palette when you hear the term Indie/Pop/Punk in reference to their sound. Take opener “Pandering” off the New Again EP as a prime example as it takes the Pop sensibilities of Husker Du and merges it with the driving force of Bad Religion’s finest moments. [Read more…]

Kristen Ford Homecoming Hits Middle East January 3rd!


It’s time Boston/Cambridge! Kristen Ford is finally returning home. We ran a piece back in May of 2014 when Ms. Ford was about to say farewell to this fine city so we’re just as excited as you are to see 2015 start off with her homecoming. [Read more…]

Boston! Combichrist loves you. Now die! (Live at Paradise, 4/8/14)


Editor’s note: Running a blog by yourself can be hard. Especially coming up with new content to compete with every other Tom, Dick, & Jane out there. Sometimes you can’t cover everything you want and in some cases, by the time you get around to covering something you really, really want to time and relevancy pass you by.

This was the case with a write-up I started on Combichrist’s Boston stop of the “We Love You” tour in April of this year. Life just got in the way. I covered the album release in advance along with “From My Cold Dead Hands” before that but by the time I got to finishing this piece, the first leg of the tour was just about done and I felt the late show review was irrelevant.

But I digress.

Yesterday Combichrist announced the second North American leg of the “We Love You” tour (No MA date. Obviously because I didn’t post my piece!) with openers Blood On The Dance Floor as direct support. If you know the history of the allegations about this band and its front “person” then you can imagine the uproar it caused from longtime supporters of Combichrist. In a bold move and a rare show of integrity in this day and age, Combichrist listened to you and subsequently released this statement on Facebook.

I was a fan of the band before but a move like this guarantees I’ll be a fan for life along with countless others already in their legion. As a “thanks”, I felt it was appropriate to share what fans will bear witness to this fall with my account of the show back in April. If you thought Combichrist showed balls yesterday, just wait ’til you see them live:

“For a band that makes hyper aggressive industrial music like Combichrist, the band were anything but on Tuesday evening at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club. They were quite the opposite, actually, as smiles were shining from ear to ear despite chants of “Hate! Dishonor! Love Destroy!” Combichrist having fun as a band? How very un-industrial!   Appearances by Unearth’s Ken Susi during “Follow The Trail Of Blood” and Nick from support act  New Year’s Day (who got “hazed” during encore “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”) only added to the fun vibe. Joe Letz proved to be a real monster behind the kit bringing to mind the Ginger Fish poundings on Antichrist Superstar but less mechanical, more maniacal. Andy LaPlegua is the definitive front man commanding the audience from the second his masked lit up face makes an appearance during “We Were Made To Love You”. And who doesn’t love a good reprise? That’s right, kiddies, Combichrist brought it back to the beginning as a chant of “Hate! Dishonor! Love! Destroy!” reared its’ ugly little industrial head at the tail end of closer “Sent To Destroy”.”

All in all, a show not to be missed and one which I can only imagine will be ten times greater when they return stateside this fall.

Catch Combichrist on the second Blood On The Dance Floor-less leg of The “We Love You” tour here, We Love You is, of course, is out now through Metropolis Records.

Now die.

Kristen Ford bids Boston adieu at the Middle East on May 24th!

download Courage comes in many forms. There’s facing your fears head on, quitting a job you hate to take care of your kids, running into a burning building while others run away, or leaving behind the city you know and love to live in a van and tour full time. While those are some extreme ends of the courage spectrum, it’s the latter that we’re talking about today because that’s scary and that takes a lot of courage. Which is what brings us to Boston’s own Kristen Ford who will be saying goodbye to Boston for a while but not before gracing us with one last show at the Middle East (Tonight!) which also serves as a record release for her new album, Dinosaur.


For over four years Kristen Ford has been a staple of the Boston indie rock scene. Whether singing the national anthem at Fenway, playing all over the area with her band or organizing various queer dance parties or open mics, Kristen has constantly given back to the place she calls home. On Dinosaur, Ford is poised to break out of Boston and conquer the world. Just listen to her subtle vocoder vox on “El Camino” that breaks into cries of “Music’s gonna save my soul” or the soul scorching guitar cries that complement Ford’s heartfelt words on “Be Your Girl” and tell me that Dinosaur isn’t an album destined for great things. If ever an album was meant to be taken live on the road cross country, it was this one.


Produced by Jesse Ciarmataro (AKA Quill, who will be one of the support acts this evening along with Goli and the George Woods Band) and Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sounds in Jamaica Plain, Dinosaur will be available at the show tonight. However, if you’re impatient you can grab it over on bandcamp now When you get tired of Boston Calling (And you will!), head on over to the Middle East in Cambridge to say goodbye to Kristen and wish her luck (And maybe buy some merch, too?). Doors are at 6:30 (18+, $10) and tickets are available here. For more on Kristen Ford, head on over here and here.