Video Premiere: THROES – ‘Fang’
March 24, 2022 Shane Mehling
We’re not gonna give away the ending of this new video by Idaho quintet THROES, but it will only take you about 90 seconds to figure out the twist in the chaotic “Fang.”
Exclusive EP Premiere: Dry Socket – “Cessation”
March 11, 2022 Shane Mehling
Sometimes a name perfectly encapsulates what a band sounds like. And Portland’s Dry Socket found the exact right moniker to describe their painful, impossible-to-ignore approach to hardcore punk.
Video Premiere: Tunic – ‘Apprehension’
September 10, 2021 Shane Mehling
Canadian noiserockers Tunic need only a couple minutes to thoroughly assault your senses.
Video Premiere: Chrome Waves Pay Shameful Tribute to a ’90s Classic In “Gazing Into Oblivion”
August 31, 2020 Shane Mehling
Midwesterners Chrome Waves chose to celebrate their new single, “Gazing Into Oblivion,” with an homage to a true ’90s masterpiece by… Stabbing Westward.
Album Review: Full of Hell – “Weeping Choir”
May 15, 2019 Shane Mehling
Full of Hell push the limits of grind at an accelerated clip.
10 Bands That Great Falls Want to See On Their West Coast Tour
April 2, 2019 Shane Mehling
Great Falls count down the sets they’re most excited to see on their US tour.
Full Album Stream: Death Engine – “Place Noire”
April 12, 2018 Shane Mehling
In 2015 Death Engine released Mud, undoubtedly one of the best records that year and a high-water mark in noiserock that no one would feel confident trying to top. But while I’ve only sat with Place Noire for a couple days, goddamn it feels like they may have done it. Over the course of six tracks…
So, Your Record Got a Bad Review…
May 3, 2017 Shane Mehling
You put so much of yourself into the record that of course you’re crushed when someone dismisses it. It’s the most human reaction. If you had a new baby you couldn’t fathom someone typing on Facebook that “Eh, it doesn’t really do anything interesting and that goo goo ga ga junk is derivative of other, much cuter babies.”
Exclusive: Meatwound Continue to carve out their noisecore niche with “Reproduction Blues”
April 19, 2017 Shane Mehling
Maybe you’re not a fan of the name Meatwound. But rest assured that any revulsion you feel when hearing the name is blown up ten-fold when you listen to the Tampa quartet’s music.
Exclusive Stream: Mind Mold get grim, slow and fucking weird on “Antipath”
April 5, 2017 Shane Mehling
Consisting of members from both Wake and Seminary, easily two of Canada’s best grind bands, you may be skeptical about this turn towards “Blackened doom.” But their five-song debut goes way beyond what anyone is expecting.
Video Premiere: Noise cult members Brown Angel Want you to “See That I am Scourged”
March 23, 2017 Shane Mehling
Some people on the internet just want to make you smile. But with their new video, Brown Angel would prefer if your day were a little bit worse.
Hear ‘N Aid: When Metal Tried to do their own “We Are the World”
March 8, 2017 Shane Mehling
1985’s “We are the World” became the fastest-selling American pop single in history and featured dozens of the world’s biggest musicians. What you may not know is that same year 40 metalheads and hard rockers tried the same thing, with far less successful results.
Today is the Day – Temple of the Morning Star
February 28, 2017 Shane Mehling
Almost four minutes into Temple of the Morning Star is when the infamous fundamentalist preacher says, “Right now I want the undivided attention of every God-fearing American citizen.” And that’s pretty much where Today Is the Day officially began their new brand of misery.
Petrification Will Give you a permanent bangover with the old-school death of “The Headless One”
February 22, 2017 Shane Mehling
Being inspired by the classics doesn’t mean you can just follow through and pull off something worthy of your forebears. But someone in Portland has unbolted a crypt and unleashed the debut four-song EP Summon Horrendous Destruction by Petrification.
Melodi-Punk-core Hotshots Drip-Fed Drag You down “Under the Wave Blanket”
February 8, 2017 Shane Mehling
It doesn’t take long to say a lot. Case in point is the song “Under the Wave Blanket” by the Austinites Drip-Fed, who pack plenty of pain and hope into 2 1/2 minutes. Though it helps that the music itself is the hooky, hulking kind of punk hardcore that makes you listen over and over until you develop welts.
The Lost Treasures of The Band Thanks List
January 11, 2017 Shane Mehling
I am not a luddite. Far from it. But there are some things I miss in this digital age. One of those is combing through a record layout to read the list of bands that are thanked.
When is a Band No Longer the Same Band?
December 28, 2016 Shane Mehling
If you know anything about Napalm Death you probably know this bit of trivia: the band contains no original members. While they are known for the revolutionary Scum album, not even their oldest current member played on it. So when it comes to people leaving, dying or being fired, when is a band no longer the same band?
Why do Metal Videos Suck?
December 14, 2016 Shane Mehling
Throughout the decades of arguing over metal, there is one undeniable constant: metal videos are usually pretty dumb bullshit.
Eerie Von’s Book of Rare Punk and Metal Photos has been Reanimated
November 30, 2016 Shane Mehling
When it comes to members of Danzig and the visual medium, it’s hard to top Henry & Glenn Forever. But there is some pretty stiff competition in the form of Misery Obscura, a compendium of nearly 30 years of photography taken by bass player Eerie Von.
Is Music Criticism Obsolete?
November 16, 2016 Shane Mehling
Is technology killing music criticism? This is an honest question. It’s killing plenty of other things, so why would this somehow be immune?
10 Not-So-Obvious Influences on Fight Amp
November 2, 2016 Shane Mehling
All loud things must come to end. And that is why Fight Amp have decided to break up. The band’s own Mike McGinnis offers this eulogy: a list of surprising influences you may not have picked up on.
That Tour Was Awesome: Ministry/Helmet/Sepultura (1992)
October 27, 2016 Shane Mehling
The frontmen for each band—Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen, Helmet‘s Page Hamilton and Sepultura‘s Max Cavalera—share stories from one of the most oddly perfect mixes of diversified brutality in metal history. Get ready for tales of heroin, highway crashes and a puke-covered Eddie Vedder.
Why I Stopped Talking About Women in Metal
October 19, 2016 Shane Mehling
Write about metal long enough and it becomes increasingly difficult to find new, interesting ways to describe loud guitars and screaming. So having a little extra color to add to a review or a profile is always helpful. And when there is a woman in the band, that’s often the first place you turn to for a slightly fresher angle… right?
FACE OF OBLIVION Does Death Metal Duet with a little kid on “AOKIAGAHARA”
October 5, 2016 Shane Mehling
No, you’re not hallucinating. There really is a child’s voice in the new Face of Oblivion.
Shittiest Video of the Week: Darke Complex – “Void”
September 21, 2016 Shane Mehling
I feel that reviewing this video is unfair. It’s like if a food critic walked into a restaurant and was only allowed to taste the ketchup. Darke Complex is such a multifaceted band when it comes to being terrible that this brief clip is a mere toe dip into the abyss of their artistic failings. But, you were promised a shitty video review, so let’s wheel this thing out.
Track Premiere: Cruz Break Down Your Doors with the Crusted Death of “Intruso”
September 7, 2016 Shane Mehling
Get to know the crusty Spaniards of Cruz.
Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”
August 26, 2016 Shane Mehling
While debating the musical and artistic impact of each Neurosis release is something many of us are happy to do long into the night, it’s pretty clear that if they ever had a breakout record, that record was Through Silver in Blood.
VIDEO REVIEW: OTEP’S “ZERO”
August 24, 2016 Shane Mehling
No matter how good or bad your traditional metal video may have been, one thing it never needed to depend on for success was the lyrics. But then everything changed with the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea of lyric videos.
TRACK PREMIERE: UNYIELDING LOVE SHOWS THEIR LUST FOR NOISE-GRIND ON “OF HUMAN GREASE AND ASH”
August 10, 2016 Shane Mehling
The noise grind attack of Unyielding Love will tear us apart.