Kevin Stewart-Panko

Full Album Stream: Dead is Dead’s Constraints of Time

September 14, 2017

Dead is Dead write patient songs with a metallic edge with a slight lean towards the darker side of post rock.

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.

Interview With Dead Cross: The Raw Materials Version

September 7, 2017

Here, you get to read the full complement of questions and answers with Dead Cross that was the forerunner to what made it to print in the October issue.

Singing About What You Know: The Top 5 Songs In Which Raw Power Reference Themselves

August 31, 2017

We present the top five songs in which Raw Power discusses Raw Power.

Full EP Stream and Track-By-Track Commentary: Protosequence’s Biophagous

August 17, 2017

You obviously won’t come out of this exercise knowing the usual informational nuts and bolts about Protosequence, like their history and how they formed, but hopefully this will shine some light onto the band’s creative process.

Still Screaming After Thirty-Six Years: An Interview with Raw Power

August 3, 2017

A couple months ago, with an almost devil-may-care, casual shoulder shrug, one of my all-time favourite bands in the history of forever, Italian hardcore legends Raw Power, quietly released their new album. We caught up with vocalist Mauro Codeluppi to discuss growing old, not giving a shit and the time they played with G’N’R.

Track Stream/Premiere: Sweden’s Grande Royale Rock With Mellow Class

July 20, 2017

Today we’re going to give you a break from sonic extremity, but still keep things hard and rocking, with a Swedish band rocking out like they’re showcasing their wares at a Fourth of July picnic and playing under a row of now-considered-politically incorrect confederate flags.

Grind Those Frowns Upside-Down with Ape Unit and Horsebastard

July 6, 2017

Let’s lighten the mood a little bit around here, shall we? And let’s do it without easing up on the calamitous and chaotic noise.

Track Premiere: Wren’s Prog Sludge/Noise Rock

June 22, 2017

Progressive sludge/noise rock with comparisons to Neurosis, Old Man Gloom and Amenra? I’m sold!

Metalocalypstick Fest Celebrates Women in Extreme Metal

June 8, 2017

The vast expanse of south central British Columbia in a town almost ironically/appropriately called Lone Butte isn’t the first place one thinks of for a female-centric metal fest. But it is.

Track Premiere, Introductory Interview: Saying Hello to MUTANK

May 25, 2017

Montreal’s MUTANK – all caps, all the time, I’ve been warned – is a crossover/thrash whose members not only love crossover thrash, but acronyms and plays on words using their moniker as the jumping off point. As the band begins/continues to make farther and wider strides, we figured it was time for an introduction via a short Q&A and a song premier.

Track Premiere: Terminal Nation, Grinding on Arkansas’ Wheel

May 11, 2017

Arkansas’ rich extreme music history isn’t exactly the richest. These days, Decibel cover stars Pallbearer are leading the charge and the past is sparsely littered with the likes of The Handshake Murders, Rwake (and various associated side projects) and Living Sacrifice. Debate amongst yourselves the merits and inclusion of Evanescence and Mutha’s Day Out.

Slagduster Interview and Album Stream

April 27, 2017

Hailing from small town British Columbia, Slagduster is the sort of band that, through the lens of 2017, sounds like a tantalizing amalgam of genres that offer a look at where metal (or at least one strain of it) might head towards in the future.

Suffering Hour Song Premiere and Interview

April 13, 2017

Suffering Hour was destined to nab my attention. Today, we’re premiering some of the blackened death metal featured on their forthcoming album, In Passing Ascension.

Video/Interview With Hyborian

March 30, 2017

Today, we’re showcasing Hyborian‘s video for “As Above, So Below,” an introductory interview with guitarist/vocalist Martin Bush and as rad a tour breakdown story as you’ll probably ever hear.

Track Premiere: “Day Drinking” with War Brides

March 16, 2017

America’s mid-west has a long, rich history of being home to the noisiest of noise rock’s champions and kings/queens. Chicago’s War Brides mimics the sound of humanity collapsing in a heap of defeated misery.

Blood Sun Circle Offer a Track/Video Premiere and Update

March 2, 2017

Blood Sun Circle has a new record entitled Distorted Forms on the horizon on their newly christened label and the Gorham brothers have made some exciting improvements to their retail space.

Swedish Grind Split Premiere w/RESONANCE CASCADE and JÄRNBÖRD

February 16, 2017

Can we at least agree that the record’s title, Hyperakusi (a Swedish word defined as “hypersensitivity to everyday sounds”) hits the nail on the head?

Canadian Band Goes to India; Takes Lots of Pictures

February 2, 2017

You have to give it to any band that has managed to play its first shows outside of its home country on the other side of the planet.

Video Premiere and Catching Up With Rottenness

January 19, 2017

Things have been quiet on the Rottenness front for a while, but the band is ramping up again and aiming to keep busy throughout 2017.

That Tour Was Awesome – Botch/Jesuit/The Dillinger Escape Plan (1998)

January 12, 2017

For this installment of That Tour Was Awesome we’re going to submit for your consideration a 1998 tour that was as awesome as it was not-so-awesome.

An Introduction to Pissed On (Possibly Not What You Think)

January 5, 2017

Hailing from Kentucky, Pissed On’s forthcoming The Hanged Man EP promises to be one of grindcore’s most jam-packed releases in 2017.

Video Premiere: Yeti On Horseback’s “Tree of Death”

December 15, 2016

Says David Hall: “I almost died making this video….I passed out and woke up covered in beer and bong water and all the candles I had set up had been knocked over, but luckily they landed in a puddle of my urine and didn’t burn my tits off.”

Album Premiere and Interview with Krepitus

November 17, 2016

Not only does Calgary’s Krepitus straddle the divide between death and thrash metal, but the quartet does so with an every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining thematic uniqueness. Sure, the world is fucked and we’re all fucked, but there’s no point in revelling in being bent over and reamed by the forces that be

Keeping it DIY in the Digital Age: An Interview with Gigfly.ca’s Eric Cammileri

November 3, 2016

Gigfly.ca is a recently launched website designed to assist working members of the music community develop and maintain a more hands-on approach to business outside the rehearsal room.

Track Premiere: Into the Storm’s “Ghostmaker”

October 20, 2016

I recently discovered Into the Storm the old fashioned way: their PR representative held me hostage at gunpoint in a windowless room for three days…but it didn’t have to be that way.

Interview With Black Mourning Light Festival Organizer Dustin Ekman

October 6, 2016

Another addition to the growing number of festivals exploding out of the Western Canadian woodwork as of late is Edmonton’s Black Mourning Light, set to be held at the Rendezvous Pub in the town that Wayne Gretzky built on October 21-22.