Shawn Macomber

Video Premiere: Agnes Vein — “Deathcall”

October 13, 2021

The gods of Greece make themselves heard once again in the doom-infused black metal of Agnes Vein.

Burning Down the Hermitage: Jesuit Marks 25th Anniversary with Vinyl “Discography” Reissue

October 6, 2021

Underground metallic hardcore killers Jesuit continue to enjoy a vibrant and murderous life after premature death.

Video Premiere: Bleach Everything — “Bound”

September 30, 2021

The horror-obsessed Richmond, Virginia avant punk outfit Bleach Everything seeks/finds Hell on earth.

Full Album Stream: Grizzlor — “Hammer of Life”

September 29, 2021

Doom-y noise rockers Grizzlor are here to drop the hammer (of life) straight down on your unsuspecting noggin.

Video Premiere: Filth is Eternal — “The Ritual”

September 22, 2021

Filth is Eternal brings that pandemic-defying spark of life with a new video for “The Ritual.”

“We Were Punishing People”: A Review of Deadguy: Killing Music

September 21, 2021

The seminal sonic slaying of Deadguy gets the documentary treatment just ahead of the classic lineup’s first show in more than a quarter century at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest.

If He Will: The Profound & Affecting Art of Hardcore’s “Universal Man” Daniel Austin

September 15, 2021

A new book and covers album shows Die Young/Tooth and Claw frontman Daniel Austin in brutal renaissance.

Track Premiere: Confess — “Megalodon”

September 8, 2021

From the depths of Iranian prisons to heavy metal triumph, Confess has paid. their dues — and then some.

Track Premiere: Norse — “Zero Insight”

August 25, 2021

Australian avant garde black metallers Norse bring the strange dissonant fire on “Zero Insight.”

Album Review: DARE – ‘Against All Odds’

August 18, 2021

DARE deserve to be spoken of in the same breath as Rotting Out, Mizery, Incendiary and others at the vanguard of hardcore.

The Way of the “Fuck You Heroes”: Bitter Branches on “Along Came a Bastard”

August 11, 2021

Noisy post-punk/hardcore supergroup Bitter Branches takes a switch to bad cops and inner demons on its latest EP.

SIEGE of Sacrilege: Robert Williams Goes Avant Death-Pop on “Morning Has Broken”

August 4, 2021

Self-described “extreme musick-devoted freak” Robert Williams has a song in his heart — a throat full of broken glass.

Horror Slash Punk: The Inside Story of the “Straight Edge Kegger”

July 28, 2021

You may think clean living and bloodbaths are mutually exclusive, but the punk slasher Straight Edge Kegger suggests otherwise.

Video Premiere: Departed — “Blood For Blood”

July 21, 2021

If you’re ready to bleed New Jersey metallic hardcore beatdown artists Departed have got the sonic shiv at your jugular.

Track Premiere: Judas Knife — “Warm Hands, Cold Heart”

July 14, 2021

Your ears do not betray you: The post-hardcore vets of The Judas Knife have defied death (seriously) and are here to slay.

Don’t Call it Rap Metal: The Fresh Heaviness of Hip Hop/Punk/Metal Mixologists Old City

July 7, 2021

Philadelphia duo Old City deconstructs classic hardcore, punk, and metal to imbue hip hop with new heaviness.

Transcendence Awaits: Cop Problem/Painbody Frontwoman Deb Cohen On Her Heavy Metal Yoga Practice & Classes

June 16, 2021

Looking to sharpen your corpse pose game? Cop Problem/Painbody front woman Deb Cohen has got you covered.

Pranic Power: Chaka Malik on Orange 9MM reissues, Burn, Ghost Decibels, & the Prophecy and Peace Found In Extreme Art

June 9, 2021

Legendary hardcore vocalist Chaka Malik talks transcendence, time, and the long, impactful tailwind of 1990s NYC hardcore and post-hardcore.

Future Triumph Meets Past Glory: A LOVEBITES NWOBHM Playlist

June 8, 2021

Love may bite, but Tokyo shredders LOVEBITES are here to prove old school heavy metal most certainly does not.

Video Premiere: Burning Tongue — “Cult-De-Sac”

June 2, 2021

Burning Tongue offers up a blackened crust soundtrack to suburban madness on new track “Cult-De-Sac.”

Excavating “Mystical Extraction”: A Gonemage Track by Track

May 19, 2021

Get ready for some 8-bit black metal dimension hopping courtesy Gonemage.

Track Premiere: Our Place Of Worship Is Silence — “Disavowed, and Left Hopeless”

May 12, 2021

The latest soot-encased blast from Our Place of Worship is Silence is anything but tranquil or hushed.

(Still) No Longer At Ease: The Story of Highly Influential NYHC Legends Beyond Finally Told

May 5, 2021

A revelatory new documentary on metal-tinged progressive hardcore outfit Beyond lives up to the band’s moniker.

Track Premiere: Honey — “Dancing With Death”

April 28, 2021

Forget flies. You catch more killer old school thrash riffs with Honey than vinegar, too.

Nancy Barile’s Soundtrack for Punk Rock Rebellion

March 24, 2021

Writer/award-winning educator/hardcore punk trailblazer Nancy Barile curates an eclectic, vivifying playlist to mark the release of her stellar new memoir “I’m Not Holding Your Coat.

Video Premiere: Yossi Sassi & Oriental Rock Orchestra (ft. Mats Levén) — “Hear and Dare”

March 17, 2021

Orphaned Land mastermind Yossi Sassi invites you to hear some new sonic wildness…if you dare.

Exclusive Stream: Merauder — “94 Demo”

March 10, 2021

Revisit the apprentice killer days of metallic hardcore innovators Merauder.