Album Review: Fear by Valkyrie (July 24th, Relapse)

My propensity for writing introductions has declined in old age, so let’s just launch right into it…  Virginia rockers Valkyrie are releasing their fourth album on July 24th, 2020, once again via Relapse Records.  If you liked Shadows, you’ll certainly be purchasing Fear— with the Adams brothers on dueling guitars and the same rhythm section… Continue reading Album Review: Fear by Valkyrie (July 24th, Relapse)

YOB Announces US and Euro Tour Dates

From the PR wire…. Critically acclaimed cosmic trio YOB have announced 2020 US & EU tour dates launching this Spring. US dates kick off on March 19 in Sacramento, CA and ends March 28 in Boise, ID. Beginning May 20, YOB returns to Europe in Dresden, DE and ends May 30 in Karlsruhe, DE at Dudefest. Additionally, YOB will… Continue reading YOB Announces US and Euro Tour Dates

WINDHAND Announces US Tour Dates

From the PR wire… WINDHAND have announced 2020 tour dates beginning in March with labelmates DEVIL MASTER. Tickets are on sale this Friday, January 10th at 10 AM local time. All confirmed tour dates are available below. Following the tour, WINDHAND will also make appearances in May/June around Northwest Terror Fest. Additionally, WINDHAND recently shared unreleased demo & rarity tracks on… Continue reading WINDHAND Announces US Tour Dates

Album Review: HORROR by EXHUMED

Many bands go through stylistic changes during their career.  Some are radical changes, such as Celtic Frost [Morbid Tales vs. Cold Lake] or Corrosion of Conformity [early crossover thrash to later Southern rock-tinged boogie].  Many are slight adjustments, adding aspects of another genre or sound to give the material a new edge.  Veteran death grinders… Continue reading Album Review: HORROR by EXHUMED

Open Heart Surgery: A Review of YOB’s Our Raw Heart

I’m greatly relieved by Mike Scheidt’s improved health. I remember it wasn’t long after my interview with him back in March of 2015 that he was overcome by a terrible affliction that almost killed him. He’s a super nice guy who’s very passionate about his music. He has a very likable and easy-going personality that… Continue reading Open Heart Surgery: A Review of YOB’s Our Raw Heart

Listening Lately, the Delivery Jams Edition: Corrosion of Conformity, Kings and Liars, Myrkur, and BCAD

There’s a new feather in my side hustle cap: pizza delivery girl.  You know what the best thing about delivering pizzas is?  The tips.  And the second-best thing?  The fact that you’re getting paid to drive around listening to music. The first burned disc to go into the CD player this Saturday was Seven Scrolls… Continue reading Listening Lately, the Delivery Jams Edition: Corrosion of Conformity, Kings and Liars, Myrkur, and BCAD

Album Review: Exhumed’s Death Revenge (Relapse)

Through seven full-length offerings and enough demos and splits to fill a casket, San Jose’s Exhumed have proven to be nothing but reliable.  You see the bloody logo and you know what to expect.  Even as the band as progressed from the early grind ‘n slash offerings to 2013’s melodic death opus Necrocracy, the quality… Continue reading Album Review: Exhumed’s Death Revenge (Relapse)