Kevin Stewart-Panko

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.

Mastodon – “Leviathan”

April 27, 2016

Recently, I stumbled across a graffiti mural that read, “Every winner was once a beginner.” This got the gears turning, thinking about how long it’s been since Mastodon was considered an unknown, underground entity.

Off in Another World: Rapheumets Well Video Premiere

April 21, 2016

Hickory, NC’s Rapheumets Well is a band heavily steeped in science fiction and fantasy. They slam dunk their lushly orchestral and luxurious symphonic melodic blackened death metal into a fantastical and fantastically creative and complex world that I don’t even want to embarrass myself trying to explain.

Stripping the HM-2’s Wires: An Interview With Miasmal

April 6, 2016

When you take a step back and consider that yellow-and-blue flag waving Swedish death metal as pumped through the (real or imagined) Boss HM-2 pedal is almost a genre onto itself, it’s perplexed me since 2011, when they released their self-titled debut, that Gothenburg’s Miasmal hasn’t been a name on more lips and tongues.

Satan – “Court in the Act”

April 1, 2016

By the time 1983 rolled around, those bands participating within the loose construct known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal had become well aware that there was more to their scene and sound than playing time-tested and amped-up blues-based riffs in the back rooms of pubs or moldy rehearsal rooms.

So What’cha Want? More Grindcore. Streaming and Interviewing Livet Som Insats

March 24, 2016

Sweden’s Livet Som Insats second full-length, Check Your Grind features a take on the iconic Beastie Boys cover. We’d say the similarities end there, but listen and see if you can pick up on the similarities between the bands while we introduce you to them via a getting-to-know you interview.

Born Too Late: Exclusive Stream Featuring The Glorious Rebellion

March 10, 2016

Orlando’s The Glorious Rebellion is the sort of band that, were they alive and kicking back in the late 80s/early-to-mid 90s, would have been about as seriously tailor-made for a life signed to AmRep as one could imagine.

ÉOHUM – Where Black Metal Meets the Environment, Heritage and French Horns

February 25, 2016

Normally, this is the spot where time would be taken to give an introduction to the band, but guitarist Jeremy Perkins took the baton and ran with it like a motherfucker when we sent Montreal’s Éohum a few questions about having a full time French horn player augmenting their doomy black metal.

Grinding Your Friends into Dust: Stheno/World Downfall Split 7″ Stream

February 11, 2016

German – Greek friendship at its finest! A grindcore/crust/death/black metal sonic attack is provided with this split release! 

Divinity: Back Where They Belong?

January 28, 2016

If the name Divinity is an unfamilar one, you’d be forgiven for your ignorance. Have you tried to familiarize yourself with every band out there? It’s a bit of a tough task, even when the band in question has spent time on both the rosters of Nuclear Blast and Candlelight. 

Sepultura – “Arise”

January 28, 2016

“Arise was the seed that exploded on Roots,” Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser thoughtfully notes. Those of you keeping score will note that this is Sepultura’s third dance with our Hall of Fame, a dB first.

Feastem and Teething Deliver Seven Inches of Grind

January 19, 2016

“Spain’s superb hardcore punk misfits clash with Finland’s finest grindcore deviants on this unforgivingly brutal split 7” that’s going to pummel you into submission from the very first notes.”

Ringing in the New Year Short and Sweet-like With Gomorrah

December 31, 2015

We’re pretty sure you want to spend your time today hanging with family and friends, stocking up on all sorts of imbibables or preparing for a raging night out on the town, so in the interest of all that, we’ll keep today’s introduction to Kelowna, British Columbia’s Gomorrah short and sweet.

Can’t Wait for the Dog Days of Summer? Here are the Dog Days of Switzerland

December 16, 2015

In the grand tradition of Karma to Burn, QotSA and taking the re-bar solidness of the Swiss rock/metal scene as irreverent artistic influence comes instrumental/power/stoner trio, Dog Days. 

Finland’s Re-Armed Look Back on its Recent Tour of China

December 3, 2015

Metal has a vast expanse of space that it calls its popularity continuum, and I, admittedly, have no idea where Finland’s Re-Armed would be located along this stretch of real estate. However, the band  recently returned from a three-week tour of China. We quiz vocalist Jouni Matilainen and bassist Juhana ‘Bobo’ Heinonen about their latest adventure.

Sacrifice – “Forward to Termination”

November 24, 2015

The story of the emergent popularity of Sacrifice’s second album, Forward to Termination, is a shining example of how media used to work and things “went viral” in the days before the internet gave power to trending tweets and twats.

Bonus Material: Vinny Appice Talks Our Ear Off About Holy Diver. We Laugh, Listen and Drool.

November 19, 2015

We spoke to Vinny Appice about life and those times for our latest special issue, the 100 Greatest Old-School Albums of All Time). The legendary sticksman was more than happy to regale us with stories about the good old days. What he gave us was not only gold, but more than what would have fit on the page allotted in the magazine. Thusly, we present the full interview.

Free Children of Earth: Album Stream and Track-By-Track Commentary

November 16, 2015

Washington, D.C.’s Free Children of Earth singer/guitarist/lyricist Jason Yawn has a lot on his mind and we wanted to not only stream his band’s new album, Terminal Stasis this week on the blog, but also give Yawn a forum to deliver a track-by-track explanation and analysis which, despite your opinion and position on the matters at hand, make for some excellent and thoughtful reading.

A Great(ish) Interview with Great Falls

November 9, 2015

Abrasive and prickly purveyors of violently noisy hardcore, Great Falls have a new album out entitled The Fever Shed. Hit the big orange arrow somewhere below and you can have it peel the paint off the walls of whatever asylum you’re presently rotting in.