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  • Sunday Sesh: Let’s Just Listen to Snap Judgment

    Today for Sunday Sesh, I want to keep things positive, and thus I’m highlighting an episode from the most excellent podcast Snap Judgment, one that tells a fascinating story dealing with racism and relationships. Continue Reading

    April 23, 2017 • Open Swim • Views: 631

  • Artificial Brain’s Infrared Horizon: The Toilet ov Hell Review

    Artificial Brain made a massive impact on the world of extreme music with 2014’s Labyrinth Constellation, topping countless year-end lists and winning the HIGHLY coveted Toilet ov Hell’s Community AOTY Award ov 2014 (or TovHCAOTYAov2k14 for short). The weirdo space death outfit is back with another strong contender for the crown with Infrared HorizonContinue Reading

    April 11, 2017 • New Stuff, Reviews • Views: 2233

  • Tag Diving: Decay

    Tag diving is a lot like dumpster diving. But instead of finding gently used cans of cat food, I browse a tag on Bandcamp and find great music for you. Today’s tag: decay.

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    March 9, 2017 • Metal • Views: 941

  • The Art of Never Stopping: An Interview With Dan Briggs

    There are a select few people in the world of music that could legitimately justify coasting it out for the rest of their lives, gliding in style on prior achievements. Dan Briggs, bassist for prog-metal titans Between the Buried and Me, easily qualifies. It makes a certain amount of sense, however, that people like Dan refuse to take it easy even though they could. Even with a decade’s worth of BTBAM albums to his name, he’s still found time to push his playing and writing to new limits through his three other bands Orbs, Trioscapes, and the newly formed Nova Collective. I flew out to meet Dan (he’s currently on tour in Europe) on the private TovH jet, and he was kind enough to answer some questions for me.  Continue Reading

    March 8, 2017 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 1046

  • Black Metal History: Grey Aura’s Waerachtighe beschryvinghe van drie seylagien, ter werelt noyt soo vreemd gehoord

    No, this isn’t the billionth occurrence of a website discussing the history of black metal. You guys are probably good on that. Nay, fellow traveler, this is the history of the brave, the strong, and the courageous individuals who have explored this harsh and hideous Earth. This is a telling of triumph, of perseverance, and of great loss. This, my friends, is the story of the last, tragic expedition of the famed Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. His final days are told to us by newcomers Grey Aura through their ambitious double album, Waerachtighe beschryvinghe van drie seylagien, ter werelt noyt soo vreemt ghehoort. Continue Reading

    January 24, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 1088

  • Sunday Sesh: Let’s Just Watch Glitch

    We’re a week into 2017, and you know what that means. Your resolution to not sit around like a giant slob watching Netflix all day has been abandoned for a solid three to four days. Allow me to enable you by suggesting the highly addictive series Glitch.

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    January 8, 2017 • Metal, Open Swim, Opinion • Views: 817

  • Tag Diving: HORROR (part 2)

    Tag diving is a lot like dumpster diving. But instead of digging through garbage and finding a fully functional VCR that does everything except work, I browse a tag on Bandcamp and share neat music with you. Today, we pick up where we left off long ago with the “horror” tag.
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    December 15, 2016 • Metal • Views: 1163

  • Veilburner Triumph With The Obscene Rite

    You are on a quest. It began long ago, and the eve of its third year draws nigh. Twice before on your journeys, you have found yourself hopelessly lost, utterly outnumbered, and gasping on the verge of defeat. Your spirit sinks as you realize that, for a third time, certain doom is at hand. Continue Reading

    October 5, 2016 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 669

  • On The Road With Dischordia: Part 3

    No, we’re not still on tour. I’m just awful at doing things in a timely manner. I’m a band director in the real world, and had to jump straight into teaching morning to evening the day after we got home from tour. So sink back with me into tales of the road, where I can escape from awkward and sweaty teenagers who suck at their instruments, and where you can learn of our Northeast adventures and the journey home. We laughed, loved, farted, drank beer, met friends old and new, farted, drank more beer, and I guess maybe played a show or two.

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    August 26, 2016 • Metal, Opinion • Views: 714

  • Tag Diving: Horror (part 1)

    Tag diving is like dumpster diving. But instead of digging through garbage and finding a perfectly good hat that just needs a replacement part-that-covers-your-head, I browse a tag on Bandcamp and share neat music with you. Today’s tag: horror. Continue Reading

    August 22, 2016 • Metal, Not Metal • Views: 818