There's something rotten in the state of Virginia. The unassuming burgh of Richmond, Va. is home to such modern metal monsters as Lamb of God, Municipal Waste, and Gwar. It boasts a thriving underground scene that has p
NEW BLOOD: UK black/thrash warriors Scythian unleashed their debut full-length, 'To Those Who Stand Against Us ...' on the inauspicious date of Sept. 9 (that's 9/9/9, for the numerically challenged). Produced by Leon Macey (Mithras) and released by
Protest songs and politically-charged lyrics have been a part of our musical canon since before the White House was painted white, and the same is true of any country. In more recent times, the practice of mixing politics with music has been called into debate, with some questioning whether musicians had any right to incorporate their political views or agendas into their art. Does their
Teutonic funeral doom maestros Ahab recently launched their latest foray into the world of the down-tuned via Napalm Records. The nautically-themed band has followed the sea trail they first embarked upon with 2006'
THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER: Legendary Australian black metallers Nazxul have been confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Maryland Death Fest, marking the band's first-ever performance on North American soil. They are currently plotting a fu
The madmen behind America's biggest heavy metal party, Maryland Deathfest, have recently announced that the reunited Gorguts have confirmed an appearance at this year's festival. In addition, the following bands have recently been confirme
END OF AN ERA: Norwegian black metal icon Gaahl has announced his decision to retire from metal music, leaving his new bandmates in God Seed in the lurch and bringing a very definite end to the Gorgoroth vs. Gorgoroth name dispute's legal proceedings of the past year. His decision to end his involvement with God Seed and m
As long as there are a few solid headliners (or even second stagers) at a festival to hold down the fort, I'm happy to spend a few hours braving exorbitantly-priced beer, acres of pale, exposed flesh and hordes of mall-metal saddos and grizzly old bikers in pursuit of the almighty riff
Shaman Records is the benevolent force behind Chicago's Apocalyptic Crust Fest. Shaman have been shredding eardrums and supporting the underground crust/grind scene for over a decade now, and their yearly gathering of like-minded souls is nothing short of Mecca for fans of all things fast and the dirty. The third annual Chicago Apocalyptic Crust Fest will take place on October
Of all the subgenres of doom metal that have reared their hoary heads over the decades, one of the most interesting has to be the small, but potent, hybrid we call 'death/doom.' Over the years, death/doom has separated itself into two very distinct camps: On the one side, you've got the bands like Swallow the Sun that aren't afraid to inject melody into their compositions and take cues from old Paradise Lost and Opeth. On the other side of the spectrum, you've got the bands like
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