Interview with Paul Spak

Earlier this week, bassist Paul Spak was kind enough to answer some questions about his musical endeavors and the Summer Rock and Metal Fest he is hosting at Waterbury’s City Limits on 6/27.  Bringing in midwestern metal outfit On My Six and also featuring a diverse roster of locals, Spak’s organizing efforts will surely result… Continue reading Interview with Paul Spak

From New Haven to New Orleans: An Interview with Jeff Golden of Crowbar

Crowbar, from left: Tommy Buckley (drums), Matt Brunson (guitar), Kirk Windstein (guitar/vocals), and Jeff Golden (bass). Photo by Zack Smith.

  It’s not every day you get to tour the world with your favorite band…unless you’re Jeff Golden.  Jeff, our very own Connecticut metal scene veteran, went from Crowbar super fan to their bass player in 2013.  Crowbar, founded by Kirk Windstein in 1989 in New Orleans, is known for its heavy, doom, sludge riffs… Continue reading From New Haven to New Orleans: An Interview with Jeff Golden of Crowbar

Khasm Ticket Giveaway and Interview with Bassist Keith the Wretched

From 1994-2003, gothic metal band Khasm was a force in the Connecticut music scene.  As Ryan Bair wrote last year, their “enthralling blend of dark imagery and theatrics, heavy and melodic compositions, and cerebral concepts… introduc(ed) our local audience to then-unheard-of elements that were popular in European metal.”  For almost a decade, they were riding… Continue reading Khasm Ticket Giveaway and Interview with Bassist Keith the Wretched

Metal Manners, Part II: Bass-Droppin’ Some Knowledge

If you Google-Image "metal show meme," this is in the third row of results. VICTORY!

Editor’s Note: If you couldn’t figure it out from the title, this column is part of a series on metal etiquette. Vegetarian Metalhead just schooled the web on audience manners; now Jessie and Jeff have some tips for bands…. Jessie I’ve been playing in local bands for about ten years and booking shows for my… Continue reading Metal Manners, Part II: Bass-Droppin’ Some Knowledge

Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera by Rex Brown & Mark Eglinton

I grabbed this book the second it hit the shelf because I wanted to know the story of Pantera from the perspective of its quietest member, former bass player Rex Brown.  All I knew about Pantera were assumptions formed by a series of band interviews and tour videos from over the years.  Official Truth, 101… Continue reading Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera by Rex Brown & Mark Eglinton

Review: Heavy Breath’s Muddy Life

If you’re trying to get a girl to sleep with you for the first time, Heavy Breath’s Muddy Life is not the album to put on.  But if you’ve got an Al Qaeda operative tied up in your basement and you need to find out where the bomb is RIGHT NOW – or if the… Continue reading Review: Heavy Breath’s Muddy Life

Interview With Matt Mellon of Black Table

  Bass players have a reputation as the underdogs of music.  Jokes abound about the groupie who was dumb enough to sleep with the bass player, the bass player who got locked in the car with the keys, the bass player who just played E… In fact, in a recent interview on a popular metal… Continue reading Interview With Matt Mellon of Black Table