Local Business Spotlight: The Archive Music House

Matt Albers The Midwest has always been known as “flyover country” for many demographics, including music and pop culture. St. Louisans rely on local venue owners and promoters to feature and highlight local, regional, and (inter)national entertainment. In an already small market – even when factoring in the surrounding areas – the addition of a…

Interview: Chicago Domination Fest

You never know who you are going to run into on a day to day basis. On the long hot weekend that was Full Terror Assault, we discovered that our camping neighbors, were the founders of an up and coming brutal Death Metal festival called Chicago Domination Fest. While we were a little busy to…

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….

Album Review: The New Jacobin Club – “Soldiers of the Mark”

Release Date: September 2, 2014 1. The Mark (4:02) 2. Parade of Innocents (4:41) 3. Champagne Ivy(4:00) 4. Angel MMXIV (2:48) 5. A Grey Day to Die (3:53) 6. Into the Fire (5:26) 7. Garthim (3:58) 8. My Smile (2:47) 9. Seal of Metatron  (3:50) 10. Return to Eden (2:46) Album Length:  38:15 Upon first glimpse of this sextet of Saskatonians on…

Band Spotlight: Enochian Cross (Athens, GR)

Hailing from the ancient historical city of Athens, Greece, extreme-metallers Enochian Cross arrived on the metal underground scene during the winter of 2011, ready to create a little history of their own. Combining dark melodic undertones with their aggressive death metal roots, the group cites influences in genre-defining European metal bands such as In Flames,…

Decibel Defiance Tour review

WHO: Decibel Defiance Tour ft. Suffocation w/ The Faceless, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Decrepit Birth, & Fleshgod Apocalypse WHERE: The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI WHEN: October 25th, 2010 Nick Licata and I left St. Louis around 10 AM on the 25th – a Monday – in anticipation of another brutal metal tour…

Suffocation, The Faceless, Through the Eyes of the Dead US TOUR!!!

New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this fall with prog-deathsters THE FACELESS, deathcore merchants THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, tech-death meisters DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Dubbed “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”, the trek is being sponsored by Decibel magazine and the Extreme Management Group….

The Life, Times and Horns of Ronnie James Dio

Written by Lonn Friend Footnote: Wendy Dio called me in the summer of ’02 to ask if I would compose the liner notes to her beloved’s first, true, career-spanning anthology being compiled and distributed by Rhino/Warner Brothers Records. I was honored. Product manager Dean Schachtel rode shotgun on the project, coordinating the road trip to…

Word of Mouth: Tool Album Update

Ok so I don’t know how much of this is true, but I was working tonight and talking a lil metal with someone looking through the cd’s. He seemed pretty knowledgeble, speaking of different metal shows we had gone to as well as various metal news sites, and all the sudden we got on the…