Archive for the ‘gnarly one-offs’ Category

Heavy Metal Horror Roundtable: Trap Them Meets Fangoria!

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Horror and metal. Metal and horror. One couldn't quit the other even if it wanted to. Which, as anyone who has attended either a horror con or metal show recently can attest, neither does. Except maybe those djent dudes whose non-role-playing-game media consumption is limited mostly to scouring Nova physics + math specials for potential new riff patterns and humorlessly waiting to pounce on ...

Taking on the Internet: Interview with FunFunFunFest’s Graham Williams (Part II)

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews On: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Earlier this month, I re-introduced you to Graham Williams, the man essentially responsible for procuring the across-the-board talent for FunFunFunFest, the annual party that's taken place in Austin each year of the past eight. Not only is Williams a prolific promoter/booker with a seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of what the hell is going on in every scene from extreme music and indie rock to ...

STREAMING: Project Rogue – TITANS: “Decimator”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Few projects are as ambitious as Project Rogue - TITANS. Featuring 25 artists from Fear Factory (ex), System of a Down, Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse, Cynic, Revocation, Napalm Death, Obituary, Static X, Charred Walls of the Damned, and many more, Project Rogue - TITANS aims to bridge the many metals into one sonic force by using unconventional approach to marketing and distribution of a metal ...

Four Stages. Quadraphonic Sound. Eight Albums. One Band: Kong Interviewed

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews, videos On: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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I've been going on about Amsterdam's Kong for almost 25 years. The instrumental metal/electronic/dance-y/trance-y/industrial quartet show no sign of slowing down which, by default, means I'm not going to be able to slow down in my unwavering support for the band. And if they keep offering up killer albums like their recently released eighth album, Stern , well, that's just more deaf ears for my ...

Fight Amp Studio Report, Part II

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Friday, October 17th, 2014

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By Mike McGinnis Positive and negative. Quiet and loud. Angst and ease. Can't have one without the other. This is a primary concept we've been working with on our new record and trying to incorporate as much contrast as possible in both the sound and the themes without steering too far from the sound we've previously crafted for ourselves. As much as we're using this theme to our advantage, ...

A Very Heavy Metal Halloween: Nivek Ogre

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Even those who don't find the exquisite cacophony of Skinny Puppy all that alluring would be hard pressed to deny frontman Nivek Ogre is a singular artist and consummate performer. We're talking about a man who on a trio of instant-classic albums a couple decades back -- Rabies (1989), Too Dark Park (1990) and Last Rights (1992) -- basically redefined sonic abrasiveness even while teasing real ...

A Very Heavy Metal Halloween: Adam Ahlbrandt

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Ask writer/director/provocateur extraordinaire Adam Ahlbrandt for his job description and here is what he'll tell you: "I make audio/visual filth, gore, death and sleaze." This is no idle boast as anyone who has seen either Ahlbrandt's uncompromising, viscera-festooned feature-length films -- Cross Bearer (2012); The Cemetery (2013) -- or his nightmarish music videos for band such as Today ...

Nader Sadek and Decibel Join Forces for “Malefic”

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Is there any heavy metal story more heroic and heartening than that of Nader Sadek? Seriously. Here is a serious connoisseur of extreme music and culture -- not to mention an extraordinary visual artist -- who came up in a time and place -- that would be Egypt in the eighties -- where his interests were neither appreciated nor sanctioned; a man who made his way out into the world, mixed it up ...

Fight Amp Studio Report, Part I

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Monday, September 29th, 2014

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By Mike McGinnis Harsh riffs make for harsh vibes in the studio. Embrace the angst and capture it on 2" tape. That's the plan. It's been around two and a half years since Fight Amp recorded an album. Halfway through the writing of 2012's Birth Control, we made another drummer switch and immediately hit the road with Weedeater. When Birth Control was released, we did a last minute tour to ...

Onward Into Battle: Talking MMA with KEN Mode

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs, lists, stupid crap, videos On: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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By the time this goes live, KEN Mode’s first round of what promises to be another couple years of non-stop touring will have come to a close and the boys will be getting set to kick their feet up for about 20 minutes before hitting Europe with HARK. See all the details and particulars at this post from a couple weeks ago. Having spent the last couple of weeks on the road with the brothers ...