• Mini-Reviews from Around the Bowl: 03/23/17

    And just like that, a fourth of the year is almost up. Feel old yet? Feast on Isis, Délétère, Pissed On, Anomalie, HavokDeathwishDisharmony, Funeral Storm, Celestial Rite and Beheaded.
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    March 23, 2017 • Reviews • Views: 51

  • Make Album Artwork Great Again

    Trumpdown to Extinction. Continue Reading

    March 23, 2017 • Lolbuttz, Metal • Views: 317

  • Tech Death Thursday: Virulent Depravity

    Virulent Depravity has an album due out soon, and you need to know about it. Spoiler: it’s really fast. Continue Reading

    March 23, 2017 • Tech-Death Thursday • Views: 371

  • May The Soil Lie Lightly Upon You, Gabriel “Negru” Mafa

    On the 27th of October, 2006, a Romanian band that went by the name of Negura Bunget left their indelible mark on the world with Om. Unfortunately their thread soon began to unravel and members Sol Faur and Hupogrammos left to forge their own path. Negru, born Gabriel Mafa, was left own his own to rally new men under his flag, to create new music and to bring his art to new corners of the world.
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    March 22, 2017 • Metal, News • Views: 1150

  • Record Store Day 2017: Every Punk & Metal Release Ranked

    So it’s come to this. Despite the best intentions of your parents, you’re a metalhead. Despite a decent public school education, you’re a record collector. Somewhere along the way you’ve made some extremely questionable decisions with your life and now you find yourself on a toilet-themed metal blog, reading about the exclusive records that will drop on Record Store Day. No one can truly help you now, but at the very least I can guide you to make the best purchases possible on this annual day of collector culture gone wild. These rankings are highly scientific, and as such, not open to debate. For further enlightenment, please see the 2015 and 2016 editions of this handy guide.

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    March 22, 2017 • Lists, Opinion • Views: 605

  • The Porcelain Throne: The Red Chord

    Oh, how I really want the boys in The Red Chord to stumble upon this article and consider talking to each other about something like, I dunno, brainstorming a few ideas that they’ve each been cooking up on their own. Maybe this will plant a little seed in someone’s mind that could potentially grow into some sort of meeting-of-the-minds to rekindle a few of those oh-so fond memories of playing in what happens to be my favorite heavy metal band…PERIOD!

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    March 22, 2017 • Discography, The Porcelain Throne • Views: 753

  • The Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever Tournament: Part 1

    It’s March Madness, and we here at ToH have bracket fever. However, most of us metalheads are far more familiar with 20-sided dice than barbells, so rather than going ape over B-ball, we’re throwing down on some mental mathletics. We’ve scoured the hallowed halls of Valhalla to find the best and brightest concept albums in all of metaldom, but we can’t decide this alone. We need you to choose the greatest metal concept album ever. Today, the first half of the 32-competitor bracket squares off. Who will be left standing?

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    March 22, 2017 • Best Concept Album, Metal • Views: 1555

  • The Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda, and the Power of Video Games

    I was six years old when I got my Nintendo 64. I had all the classic games: GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Star Fox, Donkey Kong 64, every single game with Mario or Bros in the title, and way too many more to list. You name it and I pretty much had it. That’s the console that got me hooked on gaming for the rest of my life, and I know I’m not the oldest gamer here on the Toilet. I’m sure many members of our community remember getting hooked on the SNES, the original NES, SEGA consoles, or even various arcade cabinets from the “Golden Age.” I’m not ignorant of history. I’ve done my research and even gone back and played many of those classic games. For me, however, it’s the Nintendo 64 that started my obsession with vidya. Slight problem: at six years old, I was pretty shitty at most of the games.

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    March 21, 2017 • Nerd Shit, Opinion, Video Games • Views: 732

  • Sacred Words: An Interview With Scott “Wino” Weinrich

    In which I chat with one of my musical heroes, a living legend, about life, new music, old music, Jean-Paul Gaster and The Obsessed‘s upcoming tour.

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    March 21, 2017 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 3830

  • Exclusive Track Premiere: Lava Invocator – “Dark Thunder Sky”

    BREAKING NEWS: Reports are flooding in from all over Ukraine of horrible natural disasters. Earthquakes, inky clouds of acrid smoke and choking ash blotting out the sun, and even rampant wildfires. Details are scarce, but experts now believe that Mörk, the debut album of black metal firebrands Lava Invocator is to blame and… What’s that? Ladies and gentlemen, can you see this? There appears to be a literal RIFF VOLCANO erupting in the middle of the country. We’re going live to the scene now to give you exclusive coverage of the “Dark Thunder Sky.”

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    March 21, 2017 • New Music Premier, New Stuff • Views: 532