RSSAuthor Archive for Christopher Krovatin

Review: Abysmal Dawn — Obsolescence

Review: Abysmal Dawn — Obsolescence

One can’t expect to be too surprised by an Abysmal Dawn record. On their fourth full-length, the L.A. death metallers chug forward with their traditional mixture of speed, technicality, and twisted melody, reminiscent of Origin, Gojira, and The Black Dahlia Murder. While the album’s opening cuts sometimes sound similar-bordering-on-repetitive, later tracks like “One Percent Incomplete” […]

Review: Cannibal Corpse — A Skeletal Domain

Review: Cannibal Corpse — A Skeletal Domain

For record No. 13, Cannibal Corpse have switched things up. After three critical successes with producer Erik Rutan, America’s favorite gorehounds have moved to Mark Lewis at Audio Hammer Studios. The resulting album may not have the crispness of 2012’s ‘Torture,’ but possesses the depth and ambiance of Corpse classics like 1996’s ‘Vile.’ Barrett and […]

Take Over and Destroy Premiere Brutal New Song, “Vacant Face”

Take Over and Destroy Premiere Brutal New Song, “Vacant Face”

August 19 marks the release of ‘Vacant Face,’ the sophomore album from Phoenix, Arizona, six-piece Take Over and Destroy. Mixing ’70s acid rock with early ’90s black metal, the band creates a sound of foreboding and bizarre sound that is simultaneously six feet in the dirt and soaring up into the reaches of space. Their […]

Review: Mutilation Rites — Harbinger

Review: Mutilation Rites — Harbinger

While many black-metal bands try hard to sound frostbitten, the second release from Mutilation Rites comes in blazing hot. Building on the sound of 2012’s scathing ‘Empyrean,’ the quartet has created a record that is both engrossing and mean, a satisfying mixture of methodical dark sorcery and not giving a fuck. Menacing guitar harmonies and […]

Live Report: Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate in New York City

Live Report: Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate in New York City

Chris Krovatin is the author of three young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as […]

Live Report: Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem in New York City

Chris Krovatin is the author of three young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as […]

Final Six: Slayer at the Golden Gods Edition

Final Six: Slayer at the Golden Gods Edition

Chris Krovatin is the author of three young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as […]

Live Report: Slayer at Madison Square Garden

Live Report: Slayer at Madison Square Garden

Author, vocalist, and all-around metal dude Chris Krovatin looks back on one heavy night.

Photo by Courtney McCutcheon

Interview: Autopsy Main Man Chris Reifert Talks Art, Atmosphere, and Other Disgusting Things

By Chris Krovatin Chris Reifert, drummer and vocalist of Autopsy, is not a simple man. On the one hand, Autopsy have released The Headless Ritual, one of their greatest albums and certainly their most vicious in years, to thundering approval and rabid praise. On the other hand, on the phone, Reifert is beyond chill, an […]

Review: Motörhead — Aftershock

Review: Motörhead — Aftershock

Reviewing a Motörhead album is like reviewing a cheeseburger—unless something truly awful has happened, it will at the very worst be pretty damn good. What makes Motörhead so powerful is that they’ve never deviated too far from the formula of kickass rock and roll with whiskey-soaked swagger and massive sack. Such is Aftershock, an album […]