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Review: October File — The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair…

Review: October File — The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair…

In 2014, it’s hard to find many bands championing industrial metal, but October File are defending the faith. On their verbosely titled seventh album (which also includes the subtitle: An Introspective of Human Condition), the British post-punks go full bore, creating a driving, mechanized assault of fuzzy guitars and scathing emotional lyrics. At times, the […]

Review: Misery Index — The Killing Gods

Review: Misery Index — The Killing Gods

On their fifth full-length album, Baltimore’s premiere death-metal crew display symptoms of progression, the nonstop assault of their previous efforts replaced with moments of atmosphere and melancholy. Sure, tracks like “Gallows Humor” and “Sentinels” bring the relentless pounding metalheads expect from Jason Netherton & Co., but the first five tracks—each, one movement of a single […]

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 […]

Review: Pyrrhon — The Mother of Virtues

Review: Pyrrhon — The Mother of Virtues

Forget brutality–Pyrrhon deal in ugliness. On their second album, the Brooklyn quartet bioengineers a hybrid of death metal, grindcore, and noise that channels The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cobalt, and even early God Forbid. Seasick guitar leads dance dizzingly around patches of crushing, steady riffage, accompanied by frenetic drumming and vomited vocals that range from malevolent […]

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 […]

Review: Exmortus — Slave to the Sword

Review: Exmortus — Slave to the Sword

Make no mistake–Exmortus are here to flex nuts. Sporting an impressive blend of thundering melo-death and acrobatic power metal, the Cali quartet have created the kind of album you want to hear pouring from the windows of a van with a Viking fighting a demon in space painted on it. The resulting guitar wheedlies and […]

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.

Review: Skeletonwitch — Serpents Unleashed

Review: Skeletonwitch — Serpents Unleashed

Calling the album a return to form does Skeletonwitch injustice, but the blackened thrashers definately sound rein quintet definitely sounds reinvigorated here. Long gone are the production woes of 2009’s Breathing Fire (thank you, Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who produced Serpents) leaving the band sounding ever more vicious. Battle hymns like “From A Cloudless Sky,” […]

Review: Chimaira – Crown of Phantoms

Review: Chimaira – Crown of Phantoms

Sporting a new lineup that includes much of Atlanta chuggers Dååth, Chimaira have returned with a seventh full-length—to mixed results. While Crown of Phantoms features much of the band’s signature stomp-and-strangle aggression, and some especially scathing lyrics from frontman Mark Hunter, the loss of former guitarist Rob Arnold (to Six Feet Under, no less) is […]