The Flanderisms That ‘Okilly Dokilly’ Metal Group Should Have Dang Dong Diddlied

You’ve probably heard about the The Simpsons‘ Ned Flanders-themed metal group Okilly Dokilly by now, Phoenix, Arizona’s self-prescribed “world’s only Nedal band,” that’s dominated not just the usual blogosphere cycle, but also legit news outlets as well. It’s […]

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Greg Puciato Bleeding On-Stage

This Week in We Already Knew That: Metal Makes You Calm

Any fan of aggressive music could’ve told you this. Any fan of aggressive music that you know probably already did tell you this. Now science is here to back it up. Researchers at the University […]

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Streetside: Death Grips at Seattle’s Showbox; June 19, 2015

I finally saw Death Grips live. The noise-rap innovators kicked off their ‘posthumous’ world tour in my hometown of Seattle. Throngs of underage white kids lined up around the block the entire day of the show, […]

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Listing: Death Grips’ Nihilistic, Suicidal ‘Swan Song’ ‘Jenny Death’

Every weirdo, 4chan user, and experimental music fan just had Christmas come early. Or, ridiculously late, if you count the original wait. Jenny Death, the second half of Death Grips‘ supposed final act, The Powers That […]

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Streetside: Melvins at the Showbox in Seattle; October 18, 2014

Melvins are one of the best sludge-stoner metal bands of all time and arguably the first. Of course, that’s not exactly the most lucrative genre, unless you speed it up to midtempo radio format, slap […]

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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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Josh Holland of Dog Shredder, courtesy of Kyu Han

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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