January, 2017

  • Exclusive Track Premiere: Hour of Penance’s “Cast the First Stone”

    The Italian masters return with the title track from their blistering new album Cast the First Stone. Ready to be set ablaze with righteous vengeance? Then get in here and stab play.

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    January 19, 2017 • New Music Premier, New Stuff • Views: 1713

  • Jam the New Transcending Obscurity Compilation and Win a Free T-shirt!

    You may not immediately recognize the name Transcending Obscurity, but you’ve almost certainly jammed some of the label’s excellent releases. Transcending Obscurity is one of the hardest working labels in underground metal, constantly hustling to bring obtuse new acts to light and give underrepresented spheres a voice in the greater metal community. On top of all that, label head Kunal Choksi is a total mensch who just wants to share some of the love with the Toilet. To that end, we’re bringing you a double dose of goodness from Transcending Obscurity. Jam some killer tunes and get a free shirt. Win-win, baby.

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    January 19, 2017 • New Stuff • Views: 319

  • Five Metal Bands That SHOULD Be Playing the Inauguration

    I’m not going to soften this up for you, the musicians playing at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration are just about as bad as the PEOTUS himself. Just looking at the lineup makes me want to rattle off a whole dictionary of Trump-ian superlatives (SAD! TERRIBLE! LOW ENERGY!). This isn’t even getting to the real issue, which is that the American people elected a functionally illiterate and angry narcissist (not to mention the loser of the popular vote by nearly three million), who is going to lead the free world 140 characters at a time while still earning a profit from his businesses. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s some heavy shit, which is exactly why there should be some METAL bands playing at the inauguration. It’s no secret that the metal world has its fair share of MAGA-shitheads that would kill to perform at the swearing-in of an angry Oompa Loompa, so these are five acts that would be perfect.

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    January 19, 2017 • Lists, Opinion • Views: 1310

  • Tech Death Thursday: Parius and Exocrine

    This week’s Tech Death Thursday is brought to you by the occasional bout of ball-crushing stress that comes with working in the IT industry. Let’s unwind with some Parius and Exocrine.
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    January 19, 2017 • Tech-Death Thursday • Views: 403

  • Gholas Via Dune Messiah

    After years of putting it off, I finally succame to the will of TovH Power User and all-around rad dude Max; in mid-2016, I began my exploration of the desert world of Arrakis with the Dune series. Thankfully for me, Max is a man of quality and virtue, and his recommendation did not fall flat. In fact, I’d consider Dune one of the best works of fiction I’ve ever encountered. Hungry for more tales of the Fremen and their spartan lifestyle, I voraciously devoured Dune‘s sequel Dune Messiah at the end of the year. Curious to explore Frank Herbert’s universe through other media, I went on my own pilgrimage to discover metal bands that have tackled the heady conceptual world of Dune. There, at the foot of Alia’s Nave, I discovered Gholas.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Nerd Shit • Views: 728

  • Your Favourite Album Covers Are Back…In GIF Form!

    Instead of incessantly arguing about the pronunciation, marvel at these awesome animated album covers.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Nerd Shit, Nostalgia Boners • Views: 733

  • SRiHKAL 2016 – Short Releases I Have Known And Loved (Part Two)

    Around this time last year I ran a four-part series highlighting some of my favourite short releases that I found particularly intoxicating throughout 2015. The format was loosely based on the chemical cookbooks of Alexander Shulgin (TiHKAL & PiHKAL), because in the modern age dominated by the imposition of neo-conservatism, draconian drug laws mean the only legal way to experiment with anything fresh is through music. Thankfully the past 12 months saw another veritable glut of EPs, demos, splits and the like pulse through my bloodstream, often altering my consciousness in an inexplicable manner. As I’m sure you’ve already got on board with many of the more well-known short releases from the likes of Dead Congregation, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, etc. I’m going to cover some of the bands that I think deserve some (more) coverage. As always, adjust your dose based on your age, weight, tolerance, and fingernail length.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 466

  • Max Gorelick, son of Kenny G, takes up The Mantle

    Get in here right now and listen to the finest instrumental shred record of 2017.

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    January 18, 2017 • New Stuff, Reviews • Views: 968

  • Talkin’ Meat and the Future with Bill Steer of Carcass

    Carcass is… well Carcass. They are the one and only, the first and the last, the greatest in the world and the oft forgotten. They are unfuckwithable in the purest sense of the term. I got a chance to see them back in August (yes I know I’m behind!) and had the unique opportunity to sit down with Bill Steer and talk with him about everything from vegetarianism to the nature of being in a band. While 15 year old Matt quietly peed his pants I couldn’t help but to be amazed with how collected and downright intelligent Mr. Steer is – a sort of death metal pioneer and visionary who still very much fits in the modern age.

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    January 17, 2017 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 1968

  • The Battle ov Hell

    The lines have been drawn. Steel, honed. The day has arrived. Who will be forced to leave the hall?
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    January 17, 2017 • Opinion • Views: 2417