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Revocation’s Dan Gargiulo’s Top 5 video games for keeping sane on the road

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews, lists On: Monday, July 8th, 2013


Like his bandmates in Boston death-thrash champs REVOCATION, Dan Gargiulo should have been getting ready for Summer Slaughter 2013. Y'know, there are important duties to be done before hurtling across the country in a van: like filling said vehicle full of diesel, packing a bag, loading his guitar into the van, stockpiling Cheetos and cancelling the milk. But instead, we had Gargiulo sneak off ...

White Wizzard’s Top 5 Obscure ’80s Metal Albums, Part II

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen, lists On: Monday, July 8th, 2013


By Jon Leon (White Wizzard) 5. Watchtower’s Control and Resistance (1989) Possibly the most over-the-top falsetto vocals of all time...Mixed with some of the most technically proficient playing I have ever heard. Everyone talks about Voivod, who are great, but I think this album is superior to anything any technical metal band did in the '80s. On pure musicianship, it is hard to beat this ...

Blues Into Metal #3: Joe Wood

By: Posted in: featured, interviews On: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Guitarist and vocalist Joe Wood is best known for his time in T.S.O.L., including the classic Change Today? album – a hybrid of punk and blues that I consider one of the best Southern California punk albums in the early-to-mid 80s. The album’s highlight is “Flowers By The Door,” a near-perfect song that is still moving and powerful decades later. Wood also appeared on the ...

Road Rituals: Blood Ceremony Tour Diary, Part 4

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: diary, featured, tours On: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Window display at Sonic Boom in Toronto: trying to pelt the glare into submission with invisible oranges. ***As chronicled by Alia O’Brien, singer/flutist/organist for Canada’s finest occult rockers, from their recently completed tour with Kylesa, White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf. Order their phenomenal new LP, The Eldritch Dark, here As we drove away from Calgary, missing the devastating ...

STREAMING: Witherscape “Dead for a Day” (Lyric Video)

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Dan Swanö. The man. The myth. The machine. The dude's got more bands, projects, one-offs, production credits, and engineering nods than anyone in the so-called 'biz.' Well, he's returned, with buddy and guitarist extraordinaire Ragnar Widerberg in tow, on new outfit Witherscape. Those in the Swanö Swanclub have known about Witherscape for a day or two, but the rest of the scenerati need to know ...

STREAMING: Pyres’ “Year of Sleep”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Yesterday was Canada Day! In order to celebrate that entirely meaningless (to us US-based folk) event, we are pleased to bring you an exclusive full album stream of Toronto-based swamp metal soldiers Pyres’ debut Year of Sleep, courtesy of Granite House Records. Proof positive that you don’t have to be from warm climes to ooze out quality sludge metal, the quartet fully indulges in ...

Cauldron: The Final Chapter

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: diary, featured On: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


We asked Toronto’s premiere purveyors of “true, unadulterated heavy metal” Cauldron to keep tabs on the havoc and devastation left behind in the wake of the band’s epic America’s Lost tour and dudes did not disappoint. (See earlier posts here and here.) We couldn't resist beginning the third diary entry at Orion Fest before going back in time to earlier dates. Purchase Cauldron’s ...

INTERVIEW: Shanda Fredrick of Demon Lung on doom, horror and life in Sin City

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, July 1st, 2013


Demon Lung's debut LP, The Hundredth Name, is a doom album constructed around a grand concept. Yes, it is a doom LP that incorporates some of the genre fundamentals and takes its cues from Candlemass and Coven's ceremonial sense of theater, but lyrically it follows a tantalizing narrative wherein (loosely speaking) Satan's long-lost kid is cast out to Earth to learn God's tongue, speak it in ...

White Wizzard’s Top 5 Obscure ’80s Metal Albums, Part I

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, July 1st, 2013


By Joseph Michael (White Wizzard) 5. Savatage’s Edge of Thorns (1993) This is one of my favorite albums to listen to on LSD. Great vocals, guitars, and songs. RIP Criss Oliva. The solo on “Edge of Thorns” is worth the price of the album alone. 4. Marty Friedman’s Dragon’s Kiss (1988) This is the guitar bible. Period. “Thunder March” should be the national anthem. 3. King ...

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

By: dB_admin Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, June 28th, 2013


The masters of the macabre are back, and finally getting their due. AUTOPSY are dropping the utterly filthy The Headless Ritual. To be honest, they aren’t breaking any new ground here, but this is a pecking cool record. If you’re a fan of these guys, you will not be disappointed. If you’re not a fan, you should be. Their unique brand of stoner death metal is, well, unique. There are barked ...