Finland’s Denominate signs with Inverse Records

Progressive technical death metal band Denominate has signed a deal with their homeland’s own Inverse Records. The Oulo, Finland quintet draws influence from bands like Death and Carcass, blending it  with newer, more technical elements to create a progressive sound with a touch of old-school rawness. Denominate’s new album, Those Who Beheld the End, is set for release on August 5th, 2016 through Inverse Records….

Concert Review: The Contortionist @ Fubar (April 29, 2016)

The Contortionist w/ ENTHEOS and Sleepmakeswaves Fubar in St. Louis, MO Friday, April 29, 2016 The variety of styles and sounds that make up the sub-genres of heavy metal means there is probably a band out there that meets an individual’s musical tastes no matter what flavor they prefer. With iPods, iPhones and “clouds” that…

Band Interview: Angel Vivaldi (w/ photos from Fubar)

During a guitar player’s dream of a show that defines Interval‘s The Shape of Colour Tour, Angel Vivaldi took some time to sit down with Steve of Damnation Magazine to discuss the current tour, his past and present musical influences, and to offer helpful advice to aspiring musicians looking to take things to the next level….

Photo Album/Concert Review: Sumerian Records 10th Anniversary Tour

It’s crazy to think that Sumerian Records tenure in the U.S. metal scene has only lasted 10 years, from 2006 to 2016. The inception of the annual Summer Slaughter Tour in 2007  brought several new metal acts such as The Faceless and Born of Osiris in its inaugural year as Sumerian Records quickly began climbing the ranks…

Steve K’s Favorites of 2015

Favorite Albums of 2015 Black Fast Terms of Surrender Saint Louis thrash metal masters Black Fast released Terms of Surrender, their second full-length album, in August of 2015. Every time I put the CD in my car stereo or on my iPhone it plays on repeat for a while because whenever I feel like changing…

iPhone Adventures: Soulfly w/ Incite @ Fubar (November 12, 2015)

Soulfly w/ Incite Fubar, St. Louis – November 12, 2015 Reaching “legendary” status in the heavy metal genre in this day and age isn’t as easy as achieving the same status in the latest Call of Duty game. As a musician, becoming a “legend” involves endurance, sacrifice, and often complete insanity. It means leaving loved ones…

iPhone Adventures: Angel Vivaldi @ Fubar (November 9, 2015)

Angel Vivaldi Fubar St. Louis – November 9, 2015 Say what you want about instrumental rock & heavy metal music being boring, overdone, or a desperate ploy for individual fame; I’m sure metal elitists have already beaten you to it. For some it’s an enjoyable, refreshing break from the cookie monster vocals and superficial egos…

Sneek Preview: Video Interview w/ Don Tardy of Obituary

Back in November, we had the opportunity to interview one of the most influential drummers of the legendary Florida death metal scene, Don Tardy of Obituary. The band was kind enough to allow us to invade their space and commandeer their bus for our interview. Below is a 30 second clip to give you just…

Video Interview: Scott Hedrick (Guitar) and Evan Linger (Bass) of Skeletonwitch

After FIVE long months of missing equipment, software issues, overheating laptop and busy schedules we’ve FINALLY finished the Skeletonwitch interview we shot October 29, 2014 at The Pageant just after their set opening for Sabaton and Amon Amarth. Topics covered on that fateful 29th night of October include the band’s writing/recording process; advice on how…