Kevin Stewart-Panko

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’s Eric Cammileri

November 3, 2016 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.

The Locust – “Plague Soundscapes”

September 27, 2016

If any band has endured and persevered through extreme music’s potential for divisive conservatism and pedantic nit-picking, it’s the Locust.

Video Premiere: We Alert You to the Insanity of Insanity Alert

September 22, 2016

There are few things Innsbruck, Austria has going for it. Bringing up the rear of the “trambahn” are local (with some added Dutch flavour) clown kings of crossover, Insanity Alert.

A Doomsday Student Bonanza. Interviews! Videos! Fucking Weirdness!

September 8, 2016

And now for something from the farthest reaches of left field, if not outer space.

Thoughts From Two Decades of Road Dogging: Retox Offers “Pre-Tour Diary”

August 25, 2016

Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) is no stranger to the road. Dude has been staring at blacktop and lane dividers in the name of playing dive bars and assorted shit holes around the world for ‘round about 20 years

“Hoser Headbanging Heavyweights.” An Interview with Calgary Metalfest Organizer Nate Reno

August 11, 2016

For the first time in western Canada in a long-ass time, and for the first time on one stage ever, hoser headbanging heavyweights…

Pseudo/Sentai Video Premiere and Interview

July 28, 2016

A manga-themed progressive metal band that sounds like a cross between Ghost, Faith No More and the Mars Volta pimping an ‘80s/VHS-quality surrealistic, horror-themed video as part of the celebration of the release of their fifth album. Really?


July 15, 2016

Hailing from Wrocław in western Poland, The Dog has been blasting out the powerfully violent powerviolence for a solid three years now. Here’s a rather apt description: “Lost generation music for people who feel like shit and don’t know exactly why. Keywords: lost hope, broken dreams, lack of satisfaction, stagnation.”

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Godflesh’s “Us and Them”

July 14, 2016

Us and Them may be an outlier, but that’s to be expected considering who’s at the helm. Throughout Godflesh’s history, they never sat still and even from the very start, were atypical.

An Interview with Armstrong Metalfest Co-Founder, Jesse Valstar

June 30, 2016

The Armstrong Metalfest has grown from humble beginnings to be a regular mainstay with its south-central BC location making for a popular summertime destination for fans and bands alike. We tracked down co-founder Jesse Valstar to get the low-down.

Still Deciding What to do August 6-7? Think Heavy. An Interview with Heavy Montréal’s Daniel Glick

June 16, 2016

Expedite your passport application, make the trek north of the border, take advantage of the Canadian dollar trading at 75-80 cents on the American greenback.

The Big Pay Off: Without Mercy Interview and EP Stream

May 19, 2016

Vancouver’s Without Mercy is a prime example of how putting in a little bit of elbow grease can result in advantageous outcomes.

Musician Accountants Become Accountant Musicians: KEN Mode’s Matthewson Brothers Interviewed About Their New Artist-Focused Business Venture

May 5, 2016

KEN mode’s Shane and Jesse Matthewson have decided to take a step back from being full-time road dogs and focus on their new venture, MKM Management services, which combines their desk job skill set with their rock and roll lifestyle experiences.