Vlog: Wizard World St. Louis 2016

Matt Albers Those that follow Damnation Magazine, particularly on social media, know that while we primarily focus on news related to all forms of loud rock music, we also branch out to pop culture. It’s no secret that there are parallels – especially among fans – between the music that we love and comics, gaming,…

Band Interview: Strung Out

Matt Albers We at Damnation Magazine do our best to branch out and represent coverage of all of the facets of both loud rock and pop culture. Although musically, we generally lead towards the side of heavy metal, we also promote and cover the many other various genres and subgenres. Although the phrase, “punk is…

Band Interview: Cryptopsy

Matt Albers No matter what kind of music fan you are, it’s pretty interesting how a long-running band can have a roller coaster career. Especially one that has gone through several lineup changes. And even more especially when those lineup changes include a cornerstone member. Montreal, Quebec technical death metal outfit Cryptopsy is one such…

Band Interview: Between The Buried And Me

The realms of progressive music and heavy metal have each had their own rich, unique histories. But, as those histories and cultures of music have shown, crossover experimentation is practically inevitable. The many bands and subgenres within the two umbrella terms have collaborated over the years, resulting in bands with their own unique styles, sounds,…

Band Interview: Epica

Matt Albers One of Europe’s strongest contributing scenes to metal in the past two decades has been all of the female-fronted symphonic metal acts. Bands that formed in the mid 1990s like Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Lacuna Coil started a movement of strong, beautiful, operatic female vocals and neo-classical symphonic elements juxtaposed over driving heavy metal guitar…

Band Interview: GWAR

Take it from us; if you’re fan of metal music, but especially if you also work in metal media coverage, intergalactic Scumdogs GWAR are, without a doubt, one of those bands that you tend to become aware of rather naturally. For three whole [Earth] decades now, GWAR has been literally and figuratively destroying fans, venues, and…

Band Interview: Exmortus

As you can see from the date published of this article, today is Thursday, January 21, 2016. Tonight, at the St. Louis, MO venue Fubar, Los Angeles, California technical death thrashers Exmortus are scheduled to perform as openers, along with Cauldron, for Enforcer and Warbringer (also featuring local act Stormcaller). On September 15, 2015, Damnation Magazine…

Band Interview: Sanctuary

Matt Albers In any other situation, sitting down to converse with someone who is wearing an unbuckled straightjacket may be considered out of the ordinary, perhaps even ill-advised. But within the metal community, when that individual is Warrel Dane, the situation could be considered unique, or only slightly odd from even the most unfamiliar perspective….

Band Interview (Follow-Up): Battlecross

Matt Albers Two years ago, way back in August of 2013, I had the opportunity to conduct Damnation Magazine’s first ever artist interview with Detroit, Michigan blue collar thrashers Battlecross. That night, they were performing at Pop’s in Sauget, IL (just across the Mississippi River from our home base of St. Louis, Missouri) as an…

Band Interview: The Lion’s Daughter

Matt Albers As music fans living in St. Louis, MO, we here at Damnation Magazine are fascinated with learning as much as we can about the bands and music scenes which also call our fair city home. Last year, we conducted our first interview with local band Black Fast. Since then, the blackened thrash quartet has…

Band Interview: Holy Grail

Matt Albers Musical styles, sounds, and their corresponding scenes hardly ever remain consistent and untouched. New trends come and old trends go. Bands fixed into a specific genre lucky enough to maintain a strong fan base don’t have to consider breaking up or risk some kind of musical expansion or experimentation in order to continue. But just as new styles are…

Band Interview: Obituary

So, I suppose at this point we can go ahead and consider this a “Flashback Friday” posting. Way back on November 2, 2014, we here at Damnation Magazine had the opportunity to interview Donald Tardy, drummer of the legendary Florida death metal band Obituary. The band was stopped in Sauget, IL (just across the Mississippi…