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Tombs Tour Diary Part 2: Boredom, Drugs, Death & Hamburgers

Tombs Tour Diary Part 2: Boredom, Drugs, Death & Hamburgers

Brooklyn-based experimental metal band Tombs just wrapped up a month-long North American tour in support of their latest record, Path of Totality (Relapse). Guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill kept a journal chronicling all of the action, and we’ll be rolling it out in a few installments. In his second entry, Hill talks about the futility of drug […]

Tombs Tour Diary Part 1: Canada, Colds & “C**ty” Fans

Tombs Tour Diary Part 1: Canada, Colds & “C**ty” Fans

Brooklyn-based experimental metal band Tombs just wrapped up a month-long North American tour in support of their latest record, Path of Totality (Relapse). Guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill kept a journal chronicling all of the action, and we’ll be rolling it out in a few installments. In his first entry, Hill talks about the subjectivity of memories, […]

Review: Sourvein – Black Fangs

Review: Sourvein – Black Fangs

On their third album in 18 years, North Carolina’s Sourvein finally achieve the feedback-drenched sludge greatness they’ve approached with previous releases. A wonderfully raw production amplifies the awesomeness of slow-burners like “Holy Transfusion” and “Society’s Blood.” But Sourvein—who once boasted Electric Wizard’s Liz Buckingham among their ranks—are even better when they pick up the pace, […]

Photos: Aura Noir Live in NYC

Photos: Aura Noir Live in NYC

On June 3, exactly one week after the self-proclaimed “world’s ugliest band” desecrated Maryland Deathfest, Aura Noir—made up of guitarist Blasphemer, drummer Kristian Valbo and bassist/vocalist Apollyon—made their way to Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg to show locals how blackened thrash metal should be done. That night’s bill also featured Marduk, Natur, Black Anvil, HOD […]

Review: The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual

Review: The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual

The Black Dahlia Murder aren’t just extreme, they’re practically absurd. These five goofy Michigan metalheads don’t write songs about vampires, they write about Castlevania. They don’t dedicate track to sinful decadence, they write paens to neon. Hot on the heels of 2009’s Deflorate, not to mention their hilarious Majesty DVD released earlier that year, the Black […]

Municipal Waste Join Forces With Nuclear Blast Records

Municipal Waste Join Forces With Nuclear Blast Records

Richmond, Virginia neo-crossover kings Municipal Waste have recently joined the worldwide Nuclear Blast Records roster. “It took a real long time to decide what we were going to do for our next record,” says frontman Tony Foresta. “We wanted to work with a label that were not only fans of the band and our music, […]

Review: Tombs – Path of Totality

Review: Tombs – Path of Totality

On the follow-up to Tombs’ last proper full-length, 2009’s Winter Hours, the group takes their sorrowful brand of blackened sludge to new heights (or lows). Though just a three-piece, the band has created a towering monument to the post-apocalypse, merging sweeping blasts of wintry grandeur with sprawling sludgescapes. Frontman Mike Hill’s gruff bellows add poignant […]

Devil Recording Debut Album

Devil Recording Debut Album

Norwegian doom rockers Devil are currently in the studio recording their debut LP, Time to Repent, for a late 2011 release through the Dutch label Soulseller Records. “I must say it sounds pretty damn vintage, and those not afraid of Devilish catchy tunes, are in for a treat,” says guitarist Stian Fossum. “Ranging from hard […]

Review: Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions

Review: Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions

Veteran Swedish death-metal quintet Arch Enemy—led by fierce frontwoman Angela Gossow and former Carcass guitarist Michael Amott—pack an impressive variety of hooky melodic riffs on their eighth studio album, Khaos Legions. This release finds the band slowing down some of the speed and pulling back on the furious intensity of their last original studio album, […]

Photos: Maryland Deathfest IX

Photos: Maryland Deathfest IX

Every Memorial Day weekend, metal fans from all corners of the globe convene in the heart of Baltimore for Maryland Deathfest. Sure, the lineup was stellar and the performances were excellent (Did anyone catch Ghost?!) but the real spirit of this four-day festival was the overall atmosphere amongst the rabid metalheads themselves. MetalKult made the […]