In my years performing under the moniker of Blackthorne as part of CT Black Metal band Theogonia, many a practice session was spent debating who was the true (TRVE) Gorgoroth. For those unfamiliar with the story, the legendary Norwegian band experienced a nasty split from 2007 to 2009. Long story short, vocalist Kristian “Gaahl” Espedal… Continue reading Editorial: Batushka or Batushka?
We’re barely into November and it’s already a great month for music! As the days grow shorter, I’ll decorate with sound to raise my spirits…. …and Mother Feather is the perfect band to combat the end of daylight savings time. This Brooklyn outfit is by far the most colorful band on Metal Blade, and probably… Continue reading Listening Lately: MOTHER FEATHER, YEAR OF THE COBRA, 1476, and DUST PROPHET
One thing these columns have made me realize is that I do most of my serious music listening in the car — so a recent three-hour round trip was the perfect opportunity to soak in some new tunes. My band was playing a show in Norwich, which is our furthest destination to date; drummer Chris… Continue reading Listening Lately: There and Back Again with Green Druid, Visigoth, and Shadow Witch
What can I say about Black Dahlia? Hearing Unhallowed for the first time around 2005 or 2006 gave me a whole new perspective on music. I kept that album in regular rotation for many years, as well as their third album Nocturnal. My now-ex husband and I even joked about playing “Closed Casket Requiem” at… Continue reading The Black Dahlia Murder and Me: A Conversational Review of Nightbringers and ALBUM GIVEAWAY
Photos by Jim Clegg. If there’s one pop rock band that belongs on Metal Blade, it’s Mother Feather. They put out their first LP this Friday on the internationally known metal label, kicking things off with an exuberant release party at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The stage show was dripping with sex, and this is… Continue reading SHOW REVIEW: Mother Feather Album Release Party, May 13, 2016 // Brooklyn, NY
It’s been a long, slow slog to get to this point, but T-Roy, the creative force behind Sourvein, has shown no let-up in his dedication to his craft. On Aquatic Occult, the band’s new album released this past week on Metal Blade, he offers a master class on the art of doom. In fact, the… Continue reading Album Review: SOURVEIN’s Aquatic Occult (Metal Blade)
With new releases from Between the Buried and Me and Cattle Decapitation, 2015 has been quite a stellar year for Metal Blade Records. As the final months of the year roll around, The Black Dahlia Murder returns to the frontline with Abysmal to round out the impressive Metal Blade catalog. Beginning with 2011’s opus, Ritual,… Continue reading Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder’s Abysmal (Metal Blade)