Rod Smith

In The Company of Serpents

April 10, 2017

Ain-Soph Aur
Denver doom/sludge duo wax ecstatic, cowboy-style
dB rating: 8/10

Helms Alee

September 26, 2016

Natural-born explorers get transcending genre just right
dB rating: 8/10


August 22, 2016

The Veil of Control
Dust never sleeps
dB rating: 8/10

Exclusive Premiere: Crowhurst uptaint experimental BM with fresh coats of sleaze and despair on “II.”

July 18, 2016

Black metal avant-garde-ists Crowhurst are back for round II. Stream the new album here in full.

Dust Moth

July 18, 2016

Rejoice, potential lovers of proper Gothic psychedelic shoegaze lounge metal
dB rating: 8/10


November 17, 2015

Hole Below
Knuckle-dragging workout anthems for people who walk on ceilings
dB Rating: 8/10

Deader Than Ever

June 25, 2012

Mephedrone (bath salts), mushrooms, a new kind of acid—and in the case of Miami face-eater Rudy Eugene at one point—weed? So far, pretty much every official explanation for the wave of bizarre crimes slowly blanketing the planet has hinged on drugs with histories that make their purported roles unlikely. No wonder people are holding on…

Justify Your Shitty Scene: Minneapolis

March 27, 2012

“Justify Your Shitty Scene” came to me one morning just as I was starting to drag my ass out of bed: a simple play on “Justify Your Shitty Taste.” A few minutes of consideration led me to email Andrew with a pitch based on the premise that hundreds of towns–Peoria, Kiev, Abu Dabi, wherever–have extreme…