Moshing in Bangalore

(photo credited to Hindustan Times) Salon.com recently posted (OK, it was a whiiiiile ago) an article about Metal fandom in the tech-world of India.  Unfortunately, the author, Jason Overdorf, follows some of the same mistakes made by other media sources with limited knowledge of the genre (Dire Straits?  Metal?  HAHAHA).  Nonetheless, it is still a good read.  The author…


The Death of the Hydra Head

While I was well immersed into the world of underground Metal by 2000, I was still naïve and impressionable in terms of my metal tastes.  I obsessed over sub-standard bands like Deeds of Flesh or Thyrfing.  I thought Vinnie Paul was one of the best drummers in Metal.  I thought “Re-Load” wasn’t THAT bad of…


We’ll Do It Live! Fuck It!

I had a laugh recently when The Dillinger Escape Plan posted a note dating back to a gig in 2008 on their Facebook page.  The note was passed to them by the management of a venue and it reads, “If they dive in the crowd with guitars or climb the truss or get anyone else…


Interview with Wizard of Accursed Wound!!


I’M THE MAN

(Warning: gratuitous pseudo-intellectual masturbation) Something Corey Taylor of Slipknot (ugh…I know, but bear with me) said during one of those lame-o history of metal shows on VH1 struck my fancy.  He said, “Metal is probably the last bastion of real rebellion, real masculinity…real, real men basically getting together and beating their chest.”  If you ignore…


New Releases and Rumors

I think the latter half of this year is shaping up to be the better half of 2012 in terms of new metal releases.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, sludge/noise supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of Cave In, Converge, and ISIS) reconvened earlier this year to play a string of shows in…


‘Grim’ Kim Kelly’s NPR Article

Seasoned and well-respected metal writer Kim Kelly recently wrote an article for NPR.  The scene is set at Maryland Death Fest while she muses on stereotypes regarding metalheads and also the way in which American Metal is differentiated from that of Europe, etc.  It’s a good read! You can check it out here.


No More Mr. Nice Guy

Being that Metal is an international phenomenon that transcends race, class, gender, culture and everything else*, one might think it difficult to really pinpoint common characteristics amongst its brethren.  However, there is one element that I have found to be not quite universal, but surprisingly common, is how fucking NICE everyone is. I couldn’t recover…


Attention Metal World: I’m Not A Kid

It’s time to rant, and as a note, a rant deserves to be unrevised and unedited to reflect its immediacy. I’m not sure if anyone else feels the same way I do, but to me, one of the most maddening aspects of being a fan of heavy music is the fact that I am (not…


Interview with Nihilifer of Erebus Enthroned!!


Interview with VK of Vassafor!!


Interview with Crowned!!


Interview with Maelstrom of Wardaemonic!!


Interview with A. ExI of Corvus!!


Old Man Gloom Announce Shows

As a seasoned metal head, I have “geeked out” in an extreme fashion only a handful of times over the last couple of years. This includes “geeking out” from news items, albums, band formations/reformations, etc. One of my “geek outs” was concerning Deathspell Omega’s most recent album, “Paracletus” (2010). Another one was the announcement of…


I Just Want to Check In

I know, I know. I have been missing in action for the past couple of months or so. It’s not you, it’s me. Just the normal stuff: contemplating the eternal void, crushing posers, and conducting Satanic sacrificial rites. You would be surprised how much time all of that takes up! In the meantime, I have…


Interview with S Slaughter of Séance Records!!


Interview with J.P. of Nontinuum!!


The Devil’s Arcana

I don’t know how many readers there are of this blog that are in eastern Australia, but there’s a two-day black metal festival here in Sydney coming up presented by Seance Records called The Devil’s Arcana. I’m taking this opportunity to do my best to spread the word of this show by putting the information…


Album Review: “Becoming” – Abigail Williams

I don’t know what the deal is with me wanting to defend shit that no one likes. I already white-knighted Liturgy in an earlier post on here, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I really like Celtic Frost’s notoriously shitty “Cold Lake” (“Seduce Me Tonight” fucking rules) and brain-dead guttural slam (Cephalotripsy, Devourment, Cemetery…


Option Paralysis: It’s Me Or The Drugs!!!

Despite the title, this is not intended to be a post focusing on gossip. A little while ago I pointed out that Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan (DEP) publicly stated that he had the trip (*wink, wink*) of a lifetime. Read Greg’s original statement here. Metal Insider recently posted an interview with Ben…


Cate the Great’s Top Ten of 2011

Ok, I know, I suck. What is it, almost February already? Sheesh. My apologies for my poor time management skills, but my blogging has recently been competing with my preparations for an upcoming show (shameless art plug here: caterichards.net). Finally, it is time. Being dead last in the group, many of my top albums from…


WULF’S TOP 10 METAL ALBUMS OF 2011!!!

Well, well, here we are again!! 2011 was a hell of a year, went to Korea, living in Australia now, and, most importantly, enjoyed some killer metal releases during my travels! I really don’t have too much to say about 2011 that wasn’t already covered by Judge Dredd, he pretty much nailed it with this…


Greg Puciato: Calculating Infinity…On Drugs

We’ve all been there. You eat a little bit. You tell your friend a few minutes later, “Man, I don’t feel anything.” Your vastly more experienced friend says, “Just chill out, man. Drink some OJ or something.” Instead, you grab the bag and ingest another handful or two…and BOOM! Half an hour later, you’re wading…


Kvlt Beyond Kvlt

While meandering around on YouTube watching Wolves in the Throne Room interviews, I came upon what I believe to be representative of the unattainable “kvlt beyond kvlt”. Seeing and hearing is believing: Apparently, they’re called Goats int Throne Room (sic) and they are an actual band as evidenced by this concert footage: So trve. So…


The State of Metal 2011: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

I read a quote somewhere on Metal Review that this wasn’t exactly a good year for great metal music, but rather a great year for good metal music, and I couldn’t agree more. However, this was THE year for United States Black Metal (USBM). Don’t believe me? How about the fact that we got releases…


“Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm” – Inquisition: The Best Album of 2010

I’ve been meaning to write about Inquisition‘s latest album “Omininous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm” for quite some time now, but after seeing this album pop up all over metal critics’ “Best of 2011” lists within the past couple of weeks, I feel like now is the perfect time for me to weigh in…


In Defense of Liturgy

Obviously, I’m sticking myself out here for tons of ridicule by white knighting for notorious post-BM upstarts Liturgy, but before I stick up for these guys I’d like to catch everyone up on all the basic drama via some embedded videos and links because I’m lazy: The Video That Started It All: HHH’s Manifesto (most…


Ones That Got Away: Lost Interviews

Over the several years that I was a DJ for Malicious Intent, I conducted as many interviews as I had time for and have posted almost all of them on here. Unfortunately, there are some that I either lost, conducted live on-air and didn’t record, or found the audio to be too garbled (ESPECIALLY with…


Music Recommendations for the Open-Minded Metalhead

My friend once told me that he met someone at a show who only listens to Death Metal, but not just that-he only listens to Death Metal that MAKES him feel dead. Depending on how you feel about that will probably indicate how you feel about this statement: I consider myself an open-minded metalhead. In…


Most Underrated Metal Albums of the 2000s

The definition of “underrated” is one that is hard to grasp if you don’t have a pre-determined scale that you’re utilizing. In my opinion, the few albums I’ve listed here were unique for their time (and still are), and may have even been highly lauded when they first came out, but I feel like they…


Metal Inspired by the Works of George R.R. Martin

Since the premiere of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a whole new group of people have been introduced to the vivid world of writer George R.R. Martin. Martin’s high-fantasy series Songs of Ice and Fire, which includes the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of…


Funnest Live Shows

We go to see bands live for a variety of reasons. We go see bands for the music (obviously), the musicianship, and sometimes just to have a raunchy time. Some of the following bands are bands I don’t always listen to in my free time, but I sure as hell see them live whenever they…


Interview with Isvaroth of Nephrolith!!

Interview conducted via PM on the metal-archives.com forum, July 2011. http://www.myspace.com/nephrolithband/ WULF: Congratulations on the successful execution of your new album, “Xullux”. I definitely enjoyed listening to this album, especially from a promising new band from Slovenia! How has the reception been for this album so far? What were you aiming to accomplish with “Xullux”?…


Finally, The Vikings Are Taking Acid!

Since its advent, one indelible element in metal has always been the musicians’ use (and abuse) of substances. Whether it be Electric Wizard’s or Sleep’s (and essentially the rest of the stoner metal/rock genre) non-stop smoke-a-thon, Iron Maiden’s legendary Herculean drinking, Sigh’s use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, or EyeHateGod’s use of…well, everything. As legendary comedian, Bill…


Most UnMetal Band Names

I think we can all agree that there are a plethora of utterly ridiculous names for metal bands: Fuck…I’m Dead, Goblin Cock, Cock and Ball Torture, Anal Cunt (R.I.P. Seth Putnam), Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation, and Clotted Symmetric Sexual Organ just to name a few. Hell, there is even a Turkish band called …Aaaarrghh……


Interview with Barghest of Spearhead!!!


Interview with Serpent Est of Kaiserreich!!

E-mail interview conducted June, 2011. http://www.kaiserreich.it http://www.myspace.com/kaiserreichofficialpage WULF: Congratulations on successfully executing a great work of black metal art! I know “Ravencrowned” has been out for over a year now, but I am just now hearing it for the first time? Is it being re-released by your new label, De Tenebrarum Principio/ATMF, or what’s going…


Interview with MkM of Aosoth!!


Interview with Herr Morbid of Forgotten Tomb!!


Interview with V.I.T.R.I.O.L. of Anaal Nathrakh!!


Interview with David Gold of Woods of Ypres!!


Interview with Martin Harb of Visions of Atlantis!!


Interview with David Sanchez of Havok!!


Interview with Paul Delaney of Black Anvil!!


Interview with Bob Macabre of Chainsaw Dissection / Psychotic Homocidal Dismemeberment / Satanic Impalement!!

E-mail interview conducted between March 31-April 2, 2010. WULF: Tell us a bit about yourself…who you are, any info about your bands, the scene in your hometown, etc. BOB: My name is Bob Macabre. I started back in 1993 with my guitar teacher at that time who did the drum programming. I also worked on…


Art History for Metalheads: A Cover Art Review

By Cate the Great Two of the most important things in my life coming together beautifully – metal and art. Below are a few select albums and the famous artists whose work was used for the covers. The artists I chose are notable not just for their album artwork, but for having established careers beforehand…


Interview with Mike Williams of Eyehategod!!


Interview with John 5!!


WULF’S BEST OF 2010 EXTRAVAGANZA

Yeah, yeah, it’s officially 2011 now, but I really wanted to wait till the end of the year to make my list for two reasons:1. So that I could consider any releases by bands that pulled a Nokturnal Mortum and put out their album on like New Year’s Eve.2. I could listen to as many…


“Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” by Bane – REVIEW

http://www.myspace.com/baneband While I expected Bane to sound similar to other Serbian black metal bands such as May Result and the Stone, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album. This is by far one of the best melodic black metal albums I’ve heard this year, and I could definitely see this band…


The State of Metal 2010: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

Overall, I unfortunately don’t think this was a very strong year for metal when considering how colossal the last few years of the decade have been as far as supplying great and innovative releases. However, there is certainly hope with a number of bands releasing their debuts. Some of these debuts made my top ten…


Deathspell Omega: Les Mystères De Satan

With the release of their newest album, “Paracletus” (“Comforter” or “Holy Spirit” in Greek), Deathspell Omega has completed it’s unholy trilogy of Satanic spiritual awakening which includes albums “Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice” (“If you seek his monument, look around you” in Latin) and “Fas-Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum” (“By Divine Law, go you Cursed, into…


Interview with Patrick Mameli of Pestilence!!

Phone interview conducted on May 18, 2010. OFFICIAL PESTILENCE MYSPACE…


Interview with Elctrikchair!!

Interview conducted outside Duffy’s in Lawrence, KS, on May 14, 2010….


Interview with Erik Danielsson of Watain!!


Metal Nostradamus: The Shape of Metal to Come

I’ve never portrayed myself as a soothsayer, nor even as a Nostradamus impersonator, but I feel as though I have somewhat of a good prediction of what the next “big thing” in metal will be. That “next big thing” is going to be Post-Death Metal and I will tell you why. For years we have…


Interview with Misha “Bulb” Mansoor of Periphery!!


Interview with Johnny Roberts of Woe of Tyrants!!

Phone interview conducted on May 6, 2010….


“Die By the Sword”: Heavy Metal, the ‘Culture of Alienation’, and Hipsters

Arguably, one element of the heavy metal subculture that has allowed it to not only survive but to thrive (albeit, with some droughts) during the several decades it has been in existence is the culture of alienation that exists within it. With some exceptions, there has been little that has changed concerning the social norms…


The Girlfriend’s Guide to Metal Shows

Hails! Grym Kym here! Let me begin with a brief preface to assure you that I am qualified to dispense advice on the subject of having breasts and attending metal shows. I’ve been going to metal shows for years now and have finally perfected the formula for having a fucking awesome time. It’s quite simple…


Interview with Tapio Wilska of Survivors Zero!!

Phone interview conducted on May 6, 2010….


Interview with Steven Rathbone of Lair of the Minotaur!!

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR OFFICIAL MYSPACE I realized when typing this up that I kind of implied that The Gaslight Tavern in North Lawrence is a bad venue to see live music. That’s definitely not what I meant, as anyone who has seen a show there knows that it’s a good time. However, I still…


Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie!!

Phone interview conducted on April 21, 2010. ELUVEITIE OFFICIAL MYSPACE This interview was actually supposed to take place a day or two before, but due to Eluveitie getting mixed up with all the time zone changes (at the time the band was in the middle of their recent tour in North America). However, Chrigel was…


Interview with Rev. James A. Rota II and Emily J. Burton of Fireball Ministry!!

FIREBALL MINISTRY OFFICIAL MYSPACE  Phone interview conducted on April 8, 2010. I made a huge mistake when preparing for this interview. For one, while I had listened to a lot of the album, either I was distracted or just not paying attention and mistakenly thought that the song “Sundown” was on Fireball Ministry’s latest self-titled…


WULF’S 10 Favorite Metal Albums of All Time

I really can’t make a “Top Ten” list because it’s just too damn hard! I had a difficult time as it was coming up with this list… Also, I noticed when writing this post that most of the albums that are my favorite aren’t necessarily the best album of a given band, but they mean…


Judge Dredd’s Top 10 Metal Albums of All Time

I think a good way to introduce ourselves and establish all of our specific tastes in metal by providing the list of our top 10 favorite metal albums of all time and the reasons behind the choices. Although I will always be a metal fan, there are a comparatively small number of bands and albums…


Interview with David White of Heathen!!

NO, this isn’t an interview with the dude from Disturbed!! He’s David White, vocalist for the newly-reformed, legendary Bay Area thrash band Heathen! David was nice enough to take time out of his day to catch up with us on what’s been going on as of late with the band. I should also preface this…


Interview with Jesse Leach of The Empire Shall Fall!!

Phone interview was conducted on April 1st, 2010. The Empire Shall Fall Official Myspace This was a cool interview, as Jesse was a really nice guy and seemed genuinely enthused about me liking his new band. The interview went really well, Jesse was very talkative (as you can tell in his responses to my questions)…


Interview with Gen from The Genitorturers!!

Phone interview taken on March 4, 2010. BAND MYSPACE…


Interview with Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice!!

Phone interview taken on February 26, 2010. Living Sacrifice Official Myspace…


Interview with Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste!!

Official Myspace Phone interview taken in Autumn, 2009….


Interview with Thrawn Thelemnar of Secrets of the Moon!!

OFFICIAL BAND MYSPACE This interview was conducted via email in early December, 2009. In hindsight my questions weren’t very well written, but since I had spoken to the band for quite a long time in person after they had recently played a show at the Riot Room in Kansas City, I for some reason thought…


Interview with Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum!!

Official Ensiferum Myspace This phone interview was conducted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 by WULF and MARK OF THE BEAST at MARK OF THE BEAST’S dank dungeon lair. WULF: OK, so I might pronounce some names wrong as we go because Finnish is a really interesting language with some unique names, but I don’t know…


Interview with Lazarus A.D.!!

Interview with Lazarus A.D. Follow Lazarus A.D. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazarusad Taken on June 6, 2009 at the Beaumont Club, Kansas City, Missouri. I should note that this was a pretty difficult interview to transcribe because everyone was talking all at once and at times it was often really hard to figure out who was saying what…so,…