J. Andrew Zalucky

In Contrast of the Storm: Cleveland’s Pillars Gives a Voice to the Abandoned

January 19, 2018

With their excellent new album, “Abandoned,” Pillärs has made the dark hardcore album to beat in 2018.

Video Premiere: Retortion Terror- “I Wanna Live”

January 12, 2018

Check out the new video from Retortion Terror, “I Wanna Live,” featuring legendary guitarist Takafumi Matsubara.

Knowing Your Limits: Consistency vs. Experimentation

December 22, 2017

Watain’s upcoming album, “Trident Wolf Eclipse,” is a fantastic explosion of straightforward blackened death metal. This return to form is a good chance to think about why some bands do better experimenting, whereas others should stick to what they’re good at.

To Mordor and Back: 5 Great Summoning Songs

December 15, 2017

In anticipation of their latest album, “With Doom We Come,” in 2018, here are 5 great songs to get into Summoning, the masters of Tolkien black metal.

Enter the Blackened Vaults of Leviathan: The First Sublevel of Suicide

December 8, 2017

Hear the beginnings of Leviathan’s black metal classic with “The First Sublevel of Suicide,” containing demo recording of the legendary full-length debut.

Indulge in Väki’s Satisfyingly Dark Black Metal

December 1, 2017

You can rely on Finland to consistently deliver on a few things: pine trees, winning gold medals at the winter Olympics and producing excellent metal.

Doom Metal Lexicanum: The Ultimate Book for Riff-Obsessives

November 24, 2017

Author Aleksey Evdokimov has gathered his doom metal knowledge into a massive 300,000 word monster called Doom Metal Lexicanum, which comes complete with the stories of the bands and select discographies.

10 Great Songs About Eating

November 17, 2017

Every holiday season has its own hallmarks, the things that you identify with the time to make it complete and recognizable. Valentine’s Day has its ill-advised first dates, Saint Patrick’s day has its ill-advised consumption of Irish Carbombs, Christmas has its ill-advised decision to ever voluntarily listen to Christmas music. Others, like Halloween, are just…

Magic Bullet Reissues Apartment 213’s “Cleveland Power Violence”

November 10, 2017

Sure, you probably know about Infest, Charles Bronson, Spazz and Despise You, but not everyone is well versed enough to know about Apartment 213 (or wasn’t old enough to be into them when they were putting out material).

Khandra Settles Death In Life on Debut EP

November 3, 2017

It’s nice to have bands like Khandra around. The Belorussian duo has been quiet on personal details, but loud on creating quality, memorable black metal.

Why You Should Give the New Trivium Album a Chance

October 20, 2017

If the glorious new track, “Betrayer” is any indication, Trivium’s new album should be a chance for metalheads to revisit Florida’s metal heroes.

Pray to the Black Sun This Fall With Asagraum’s Debut Album

October 6, 2017

There’s a lot of great music coming out this fall. If you’re into solid, blistering black metal, Asagraum is one band you should not overlook.

Takafumi Matsubara Returns on Retortion Terror/Invidiosus Split

September 29, 2017

In 2014, Gridlink unleashed one of the most ferocious, innovative and refreshing grindcore albums of all time, Longhena. However, the well-deserved fanfare and critical accolades were severely tempered by the news that guitarist Takafumi Matsubara was suffering from severe inflammation and infection of the brain. This rendered him unable to play guitar, and it seemed…

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

September 22, 2017

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom…

Bloodstrike’s Holly Wedel on Putting a New Spin on Classic Death Metal

September 15, 2017

Death metal upstarts Bloodstrike issued an impressive debut. We discuss what to expect on the follow up, Execution of Violence.

Why Metalheads Should Be Excited for Chelsea Wolfe’s Hiss Spun

September 1, 2017

Chelsea Wolfe is further exploring what it means to be metal on her forthcoming Hiss Spun, out September 22.

Ides of Gemini: The Stories Behind Women

August 25, 2017

Ides of Gemini shed light on the women who inspired Women.

Cormorant’s Matt Solis: “We’re Always Looking to Explore New Sonic Territory”

August 11, 2017

Being a progressive band worth listening to brings two challenges. First, the band must be willing to explore and weave different styles together in a compelling way. Second and perhaps most importantly, the sound should still be tethered to some recognizable form that audiences can use to relate to the music. The music can’t just…

Eminence- “Minds Apart”: A Video Op-Ed for Our Age

August 4, 2017

Eminence is a band from Brazil that plays a distinctly modern form of metal. As you can see from their latest video below for “Minds Apart,” (the song was produced by Tue Madsen, who has worked with bands like Heaven Shall Burn, Meshuggah and Halford), they mix groove, metalcore, some electronic influences, and deep vocals…

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017

Music journalism’s relationship to economic reality has always been shaky. Here are some ideas of where that relationship might need to go.

Heavy Literary Material: The Hound of the Baskervilles

July 28, 2017

Metal has many well-established musical traits: the distortion, heavy riffs, epic or screaming vocals, and ruthless rhythm arrangements. But what purpose do these elements serve? What sort of images come to mind through the lyrical and sonic qualities of the music? In this sense, perhaps we can derive a non-musical aesthetic from metal that puts…

Interview: Brian Slagel of Metal Blade on His New Book

July 21, 2017

“I learned a long time ago to embrace change and really work with it. So we have been lucky enough to weather all the storms in the business by being adaptable I think. Also sticking to our guns on the type of music we do.

Believer’s Kurt Bachman on Piece-by-Piece Release of New Album

July 14, 2017

“It has been 30 years since we released our first publicly available demo, so this time around for our 30th anniversary, we wanted to screw with that process and make it a year-long event.”

Full Album Stream: Tanakh- ‘Chameleonic’

July 7, 2017

An all-consuming journey through the swamps and caves of the human psyche.

Join Incantation in the “Rites of the Locust”

June 23, 2017

Spin into the whispering darkness with a new track from the masters of death-doom brutality.

Reach the Mortal Horizon With Desecrecy

June 9, 2017

Delve into a cavernous atmosphere of riffs and growls on the latest installment of Desecresy’s forward-looking approach to death metal.

The Ecstatic Joy of “Metal Without Context”

June 2, 2017

Your new favorite, and totally absurd, Twitter feed about metal!

Rest in Power (1964-2017): 10 Heavy Soundgarden Songs to Remember Chris Cornell

May 26, 2017

As we remember the life of Chris Cornell, here are 10 heavy songs from his career that even extreme metalheads can get into.