A drafty warehouse decorated with band stickers and broken glass, surrounded by the kind of neighborhood one might charitably label 'sketchy,' the Where?House is one of the many illegal venues operating out of wild West Philly's concrete jungle, and -- judging by Nov. 7's show -
Boston's gnarliest band of bro-dudes, Ramming Speed, have been enjoying a hell of a year, criss-crossing the European continent, signing to the mighty Candlelight Records and rolling down the East Coast and across the entire U.S. with Cannabis Corpse on a chemically-altered DIY tour.
Oh, 'retro' thrash. Was the thrash metal explosion of the past few years a marketing ploy cooked up by label executives or the long-awaited recognition of a hardworking bunch of bands? It's anybody's guess, though many artists and fans seem to be leaning towards the former nowadays.
"Damn it, we missed Lichens," this writer grumbled to her companions as we finally got to Johnny Brenda's, one of Fishtown's nicer venues and home to more hipsters than you can shake an ironically-angled stick at. The bar downstairs hu
Philadelphia's finest, the diabolical geniuses behind Relapse Records, have partnered up with like-minded souls BrooklynVegan-BBG to present its 2009 CMJ showcase. It's all going down Oct. 23 at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St
Fans of post-hardcore, post-rock, experimental music, doom and pure noise in all its glorious forms, take note! A number of the best, brightest and most intriguing stars in the metal galaxy have come together to take part in the second installment of the 'Falling Down' compilation series, w
EXHUMED: A rare demo from true Norwegian black metallers Urgehal will be seeing a rerelease courtesy of Folter Records. The 'Rise of the Monument' album was originally released in 1995 on tape and then as a limited 2006 picture disc, but will now be seeing the light of day in CD format and feature a bonus 45-minute live set from the Under the Black Sun Festival in 2008.
Black metal is ugly music for ugly people. Jagged chords, Jesus-punching lyrics, subterranean production values and spine-tingling death rattles, all overlain with the stench of decay and lingering misanthropy -- that's what black metal is made of (if you're doing it right, anyway).
This fall, two of the metal underground's fiercest will be combining forces for 6 uncompromising weeks of speed, death, and dankness. Cannabis Corpse -- practically an all star band of Richmond's finest, featuring members of Municipal Waste, Battlemaster and Parasitic playing punishing weed soaked death metal -- will be joined by Boston thrash/grind road warriors Ramming Speed (Backstabbers Inc., Bones Brigade), fresh off their two month summer trek of Eur
REISSUE ALERT: Anaal Nathrakh fanboys, take note! The U.K. black/grind experimentalists are reissuing their vital debut album via FETO Records, the label run by Napalm Death's Shane Embury and Anaal Nathrakh's Mick Kenney. A remastered digipak of 'The Cod
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