Exit-13 was formed by Relapse co-founder, Bill Yurkiewicz, I’m assuming so that he could sing songs about his love of nature and pot…because that’s what almost every song was about.  Seriously though, this band is fairly underrated.  When people make a list of all the early grindcore bands that helped make the genre what it is today you don’t hear Exit-13 mentioned very often.  Maybe it’s because of the somewhat […]


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Oh Sweden, your penchant for producing great band after great band knows no bounds.  We head back to Sweden today for a black metal band by the name of Lord Belial.   Lord Belial was one of the more unheralded bands during the second wave of black metal to crop up in the late 80′s/early 90′s.  That’s probably because they were more of a hybrid band that played the “blackened death” […]


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I think at the end of this exercise I should tally up just how many bands are from Sweden.  Seriously, it’s an immense number. Sweden’s Darkane released their debut album, Rusted Angel, on WAR Music (distributed by Relapse here in the US) back in 1998.  Darkane play a thrash/death metal hybrid mixed with some progressive elements.  I have to be honest here and tell you that this is the first […]


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Raise your hand if you remember the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980′s.  O.k., for those not in the know, please pause here and go Google that.  What you are basically going to find out is that in the midst of Reagan’s good-timing, fun-loving 80′s there was an entire segment of the population that was pretty convinced that we, as a society, were infested with Satanic cults.  True story.  The most […]


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Let’s clear something up here.  I know a lot of people that consider crust to be a genre that falls under the punk rock banner.  Part of their reasoning is the “punk rock aesthetic” and lifestyle that the fans and band members partake in.  That’s nice.  Good for them.  I think of music though in terms of the music, not necessarily just the message.  So when I think of crust/d-beat […]


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I can remember watching this Ozzy Osbourne documentary when I was in high school and he makes this off-handed comment about how he wouldn’t be surprised if his guitar player, Zakk Wylde, went out and formed a country rock band one day.  Lo and behold a couple years later Wylde actually did start that country rock band (Pride and Glory) and despite a couple really solid tracks they were pretty […]


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I wasn’t really sure where to begin with Cretin so let’s just get this out of the way now.  This band is probably most famous right now because their guitar player/vocalist Marissa Martinez recently, within the last few years, became the first (at least that I’m aware of) transsexual front woman in the metal scene.  To be honest, I’m not even sure why this matters but to a lot of […]


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So 24 days in and we are already on our second black metal band from the U.K.?  Yup.  I’ve said it before that historically the U.K. has not been a beacon for black metal.  Sure they’ve had their occasional band that made it out of the pubs (or some dude’s basement) and they gave us Venom, which has to count for something.  But never have they given us black metal […]


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Every now and then.  Just every now and then an album comes along and just blows…your…mind.  The best is when it comes from a band you either a) never knew existed or b) weren’t expecting much from. For me in 2012 that album was Sorrow and Extinction from Pallbearer.  I have to be perfectly honest here – I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about this band.  I […]


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Think back to 1993 for a second.  Here in the U.S. it was a weird time for Metal.  Sure those of us “in the know” where still rocking the extremes.  But by 1993 mainstream America, backed by large labels with even large bankrolls, had latched on to “Metal” and really it was the beginning of what’s become an almost 30 year rift between fans of “true” Metal and those kids […]


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O.k., I have a fun story about this band.  So in 2003 Rob Halford went rolling across the U.S. on his “Gods of Metal” tour.  For the tour stop he made in Hartford, CT he had with him Immortal, Amon Amarth, Primal Fear and Carnal Forge.  It still to this day stands as one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.  But during Carnal Forge’s set their vocalist was speaking […]


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Sometimes it’s just all about the riffs.  The sweet, sweet riffs laid forth by the masters of The Dark Lord’s favorite instrument.  Such is the case with Massachusetts’ own Black Pyramid.  Stoner rock in general is a genre predicated on Black Sabbath worship and the ability to craft songs that each rock a little bit harder (or maybe more tripped out) than the last one.  A good stoner rock band […]


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