PIG Gets You Through The Holidaze With Black Mass

“Previously in the world of Raymond Watts…”

Seriously, though, with each release that <PIG> has put out this year I feel the need to have a title card akin to Star Wars explaining what has happened up until now. But at the end of the day, we can all agree on one thing: There is no such thing as too much <PIG>!

But I digress. [Read more…]

Audiotopsy Deliver Diabolically Delightful Sophomore Album With The Real Now

It’s sad because in today’s musical climate, great music gets swallowed up on a regular basis. Luckily for you, our loyal readers, we’re here to shine a light whenever possible on said diamonds in the rough! Today we’re focusing on a band that shouldn’t need an introduction….but here it is anyway! [Read more…]

Pulp Rawk: Queen: Album By Album By Martin Popoff

The year was 1992 and I was off with my best friend at the time and his Dad in their Saturn for a week long summer vacation to Sebago Lake, Maine and the soundtrack for the drive was Classic Queen on cassette. I already knew Queen from wearing out my parents 8-track of Flash Gordon and, of course, was familiar with all of their radio singles through my local rock stations at the time. But there was something about that mix, starting with “A Kind Of Magic” then jumping into “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Ridiculously overplayed in 1992 due to Wayne’s World but more on that later) and “Under Pressure”. Talk about a way to start a compilation! [Read more…]

Emigrate’s A Million Degrees Is The Last Album In 2018 You Absolutely Need To Pay Attention To

Holding off on finishing my year end list has proved fortuitous but fortunate especially when considering a new outing from Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe’s Emigrate project imminently awaits release. The album in question, A Million Degrees (Emigrate’s third), is a late year surprise and will no doubt astound and appease restless Rammstein fans until that band returns with a new studio offering in 2019. [Read more…]

Nachtmystium Prove Resilient Upon Return

It’s been a long, troubled road for Black Metal bad boy Blake Judd but he is finally back with some new Nachtmystium that’s as much an evolution of the band as it is a celebration of their triumphant return. Resilient is the name of the new EP and also a fitting description of Nachtmystium and after a quick instrumental, we’re off an running as an anguished cry heralds the coming of the title track which follows. [Read more…]

Birnam Wood Remind You That 2018 Ain’t Over Yet With Big Mammer Jammer Of A Record Called Wicked Worlds

The power of the riff is alive and well in 2018 and Birnam Wood’s latest slab of sonic supremacy is all the proof in the pudding you need. On their latest, Wicked Worlds, the MA purveyors of heavy awesomesauce move and groove in ways that will astound and confound so hold onto yer butts as it’s bound to be a bumpy ride! [Read more…]

Pulp Rawk: Lacuna Coil, Nothing Stands In Our Way

Rocket 88 does it again! Oh, you don’t know this fine publishing house of even finer rawk books and more? The publishing house that brought you the Devin Townsend biography? Books on Porcupine Tree and Opeth and Dinosaur Jr? An upcoming book on Devo??? More importantly, they’re the reason you’re sitting here reading about a book that you will soon hold in your hand about the greatest Italian heavy band of today. [Read more…]

Benthic Realm Make Masterful MA Metal On We Will Not Bow

The most distinct initial impression fans of Second Grave will hear is how Benthic Realm moves. Gone are the long, slow builds that Krista Van Guilder fronted once before in that aforementioned doom outfit replaced with the urgency of a fresh band on the road towards some truly righteous gloom rawk. [Read more…]

Larkin Poe Guide Listeners Down South On Soulful Venom & Faith

Larkin Poe is a tough one to describe. The sibling duo is this breath of fresh air in today’s musical climate that’s sorta Country, sorta Bluegrass, sorta Pop, sorta Hip-Hop yet all the while kinda transcending those genres entirely to create a sort of New Americana. On their fourth outing, Venom & Faith, they hone that sound and create a body of music that’s truly timeless. [Read more…]

Four Stroke Baron Creates Cathartic Chaos On Planet Silver Screen

Is it too late to add to our year end ‘Best Of’ list? Asking for friend. Who is REALLY into what Four Stroke Baron is about. But seriously, wow! Where did this band come from?!?! According to their bio: “Four Stroke Baron is a band that over 7 billion people don’t know about.” which makes me feel a little less disappointed in myself . [Read more…]