Metal Fan Goes to Jail for Posting Lyrics on Facebook

At times it seems like we’re moving in endless circles like a ferris wheel caught in some twisted carnival, seemingly progressive one moment in that we can entertain ideas like space travel, but hopelessly doomed the next as our […]

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Streetside: Converge at Seattle’s ‘Rain Fest’; May 23, 2014

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Washington state: all the Pitchfork-hip bands are at the Gorge for the state’s mini-Coachella, Sasquatch!, and the underage kids flirting with hippie culture are at the free Folklife Festival. For those who […]

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GWARus Amongus: RIP Dave Brockie (GWAR’s Oderus Urungus)

To many, GWAR is a laughably bad band. Especially If you operate under the closed-minded, oxymoronic assumption that metal is by definition mindlessly juvenile. Five grown men with viking gay-porn-star pseudonyms dressed in gigantic, rubber demon costumes probably […]

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Streetside: Daughters Reunite at The Met in Pawtucket, RI; September 13

No one embodies misfortune, panic, disease and filth quite like Daughters. And no one makes it so aurally empowering, either. For most of their nine-year existence, they only created obsessive cult fans or extreme haters until creative […]

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Streetside: Dog Shredder Rips, Blinds an Intimate Affair at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern; August 22

Seattle’s bar scene – particularly in the faux-folksy Ballard neighborhood – doesn’t exactly scream “metal,” so it’s puzzling that aggressive acts, especially out-of-towners, always flock to the Sunset Tavern. The dim, red hue of the […]

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RIFF’d: Black Sabbath’s ’13′

Arching back to a pre-Osbournes era in which Ozzy still had some flex on his metal legacy, getting the band back together for reunion mantle tour, Ozzfest, circa 1997, 13 is a roughly 13-years-in-the-making glory days […]

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Spotlight: Postmadonna

I once had a conversation with an acquaintance about my favorite sub-genre, “math-rock,” knowing full well I’d have to explain its definition. He’d heard it meant “emotionless, show-off music.” I was both pissed at whoever […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Duds from Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘Temper Temper’

Reuniting once again with producer Don Gilmore, UK natives Bullet For My Valentine have officially succumbed to their own hype. It’s a demise that uproots them from their traditional sound, and has them redefining it in glossier, […]

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Listing: The Plot from Coheed and Cambria’s ‘The Afterman: Descension’

Coheed and Cambria’s entire discography is a soundtrack to frontman Claudio Sanchez’s The Amory Wars comic book storyline, with every lyric fitting the plot, while simultaneously aiming to stand alone. Talk about ambition. We last left […]

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The Lyricist: Converge

They famously called themselves “hardcore kids with leftover Slayer riffs” when they started in 1990. Now Converge are arguably the untainted face of aggressive punk. Propelled by LYRICIST Jacob Bannon, their abrasive sound has spread without any mainstream […]

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