Friday, April 15, 2016

Inter Arma -- "Transfiguration"

Inter Arma's next release, Paradise Gallows, will be out in early July on Relapse. The band recently posted a song from the album, "Transfiguration," on their Bandcamp page. They played at Local 506 on April 8, and opened with that song, which I recorded and posted below. I'm really digging this song, and pretty excited to hear the rest of the release.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Review roundup

I've been writing a lot of reviews for other publications, and I have a few more coming out in the next few weeks. Metal Bandcamp published my review of what is probably my favorite release of the year so far, Oranssi Pazuzu's Värähtelijä.

Other Reviews
Metal Bandcamp: MAKE, In Pursuit. Heavy Metal: Black Cobra, Imperium Simulacra Heavy Metal: Conny Ochs, Future Fables

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Photos and video from Suppressive Fire

Raleigh's Suppressive Fire pull you headfirst into the blood- and flesh-filled trenches with their caustic, nihilistic blackened thrash. Their first full length, "Bedlam," is out now and is definitely worth a listen. Here are some photos and a little video from their album release show, which took place Jan. 14 at Slim's. Old Raleigh death metal group Eldritch Horror, and thrashers Temple Crusher were also on the bill. Videos below from Suppressive Fire and Temple Crusher.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Photos and video of Toke and Plow at Schoolkids Records

Toke, from Wilmington

Plow, from Boone

On Friday (Jan. 7), I checked out Toke, a very heavy, sludgy doom band from Wilmington, and Plow, a jammy, spacey Appalachiacore band from Boone. I've been listening to both these bands on Bandcamp, especially the Toke split with Charlotte's Green Fiend. Check out the videos below. This show took place at Schoolkids, which is always cool because the shows are pass-the-hat, they have good beer on tap, the music starts early, and you can actually browse records in between bands. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Photos and video from Noctomb and Chateau



I was able to catch two promising local bands -- Noctomb and Chateau -- Wednesday, Dec. 23, at  Slim's. Basura was also on the bill, but they were already on when we arrived, and I didn't get anything from them. Chateau has been consistently described to me as black metal, and while I do hear a lot of black metal in their music, I think that's a limiting term for them. They describe themselves as "black metal with rock 'n' roll influences," which I think it pretty accurate. Check out the videos below and judge for yourself. See more photos here.