J. Andrew

Sargeist Releases New Album: Unbound

October 12, 2018

“Unbound,” the latest from Finland’s Sargeist, is an engrossing and deeply satisfying listen for fans of dark, raw, straightforward black metal.

Deadpressure: Fun For the Whole Angry Family

September 28, 2018

San Jose’s Deadpressure plays a dark and ferocious style that can appeal to all stripes of metal, hardcore, punk and grind.

Pass Through the Celestial Gateway With Boethiah

September 21, 2018

Old-school death metal…IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!! California’s Boethiah has some grim, heavy tales to spin for humanity’s search for meaning.

Vihamieli: Of Omens and Requiems

September 14, 2018

For black metal fans who like their music epic but not cheesy, dark yet still melodic, Vihamieli is definitely a band to watch.

The Black Candle Zine: The Interview

September 7, 2018

According to the editor of “The Black Candle” zine, “Black Metal has to be diabolical – if not in content, then at least in spirit.”

Journey Into Helvellyn’s Woods of the Forgotten

August 24, 2018

The Cumbrian black metal scene’s latest export is a finely crafted storm of melodic riffs and in-your-face distorted vocals, cloaked in an atmosphere that foreshadows the end of summer’s light.

Sweden’s Mighty Unanimated Return on Annihilation

August 17, 2018

The blackened melodic death metal greats from Stockholm return with an EP packed with darkness, melancholy and riffs riffs riffs!

Deconstructing the Self: Tunisia’s Brood of Hatred

August 10, 2018

Anyone out there seeking death metal’s brave new explorers should check out Tunisia’s Brood of Hatred and the excellent new album, “Identity Disorder.”

Feel the Heat: The Top 10 Songs About Burning

August 3, 2018

It’s August. It’s really hot outside. So hot that it BURNS. Burning is pretty metal though, right? So here’s ten great songs about burning!

Mining for Black Metal Gold Part 2: 6 More Great Underground Bands

July 20, 2018

Summer days are hot, but the moon is freezing no matter what month it is. So here’s 6 underground black metal bands for you to blast when the sun goes down.

Sing Omenfilth’s Hymns of Diabolical Treachery

July 13, 2018

Behold the almighty “Demogorgon” with Omenfilth, from their latest album seeing a cassette release via Eternal Death records.

Pivot to Punk With The Northern Skulls on “Earth DE”

July 6, 2018

In the mood for some catchy, melodic punk music that still totally tears it up? The Northern Skulls are the ones you seek.

Revel in Skullcrush’s “Spectacle of Suffering”

June 29, 2018

If you like your death metal to sound like Incantation crossed with Bolt Thrower and “Human Waste”-era Suffocation, you need to get excited about Skullcrush.

Svartmálmur: A Saga of Icelandic Black Metal

June 22, 2018

Iceland’s black metal scene has become one of the most prolific and accomplished in the world. The new book, “Svartmálmur,” presents a colorful snapshot of the illustrious Icelandic hordes.

Track Premiere: Drawn and Quartered- “Deliverance to the Worms”

June 8, 2018

Seattle’s Drawn and Quartered unleashes yet another “merciless onslaught” on their new track, from the upcoming album “The One Who Lurks.”

Integrity and Krieg: Spinning a Scorching Circle of Guilt

June 1, 2018

Integrity and Krieg are teaming up this summer to give metallic hardcore and black metal audiences just what they need to invoke all shades of the whispering darkness.

Mining for Black Metal Gold: 6 Great Underground Bands

May 25, 2018

There’s a lot of great underground black metal bands out there among the leather-wearing and corpse-painted multitude. This article features music by Riivaus, Nyctophilia, Atra Vetosus, Antimateria, Ühtceare and Nox.

Cosmic Church: Grant Me Your Voice, So I May Sing

May 18, 2018

Cosmic Church’s final encyclical is an endlessly immersive work of atmospheric black metal, delivered in a manner that retains the style’s essential rawness and power.

Legions ov Darkness: The Cumbrian Black Metal Scene

May 11, 2018

A profile of a group of musical entities from northwestern England, specializing in pure, raw black metal, all under the name Legions ov Darkness.

Aornos Opens the Glowing Entrance to Destiny

May 4, 2018

Ever thought of starting a band that took the best of late-90s black metal and gave it a modern sheen? Well, you’re too late, Aornos already did it.

Doom in Your Dreams With Age of Taurus

April 27, 2018

Check out the premiere of the new track from Age of Taurus, “In Dreams We Die,” and revel in their mix of doom metal riffage and heavy metal power!

Haunting: OSDM-Style Demo Back From the Dead

April 20, 2018

Check out “Beyond Death,” from the upcoming reissue of Haunting’s 2014 demo. OSDM done the way it should be: great vocals, great riffs, no nonsense.

Panopticon: A Band Where the Epic Riffs Still Play

April 13, 2018

Austin Lunn has always been bold. On his latest double-album release, Panopticon’s various elements are allowed to truly soar to the heights of their black metal, post-rock, country and folk glory.

Hails From the Thousand Lakes: Vermilia

April 6, 2018

Check out the lyric-video for “Vedestä Vieraantunut,” from Finland’s own Vermilia.

Eïs: Epic, Atmospheric and Ferocious

March 30, 2018

There’s a lot of atmospheric black metal out there these days. But Germany’s Eïs rises above glut by retaining the ferocity of the second-wave sound.

Slave to the Grind Director: “This film was done with the support of a community.”

March 23, 2018

“Slave to the Grind” is a new documentary about grindcore, its history and its place in the wider world of extreme music.

Led Astray in the Forest Dark: Metal and the Familiarity Principle

March 16, 2018

When people tell you they don’t like metal, they might mean they’re not familiar with it. Here’s a way to think about getting people into music that’s new to them.

New Book Brings “United Forces” Zine Back to Life

March 9, 2018

United Forces was a zine that ran from 1986-1991 out of Brazil and covered the early development of extreme metal, a new book compiles all the issues so readers can get the whole picture.

Samhain Tribute Track Premiere: Midnight- “Mother of Mercy”

March 2, 2018

Check out Midnight’s cover of “Mother of Mercy,” from the Samhain tribute album, “We All Want Our Time in Hell.”