Sickening Thud: Kevin Lee Davidson

There’s something that happens to a group of people when they see something undeniably exceptional. These moments don’t come around often and cannot be manufactured. Regardless of how or why these moments exist, the one thing that is clear is when they emerge there is a collective emotional response from those who witness them, an…

Concert Review: Devil You Know @ Fubar in St. Louis, MO (April 27, 2016)

Devil You Know, O.N.I., Hallow Point, Our Transfixion, Skydweller Fubar, St. Louis, MO April 27, 2016 Just as the New Wave of American Metal movement was kicking off in the early 2000’s, Massachusett’s Killswitch Engage found themselves without a vocalist after Jesse Leach abruptly left the band. After trying several different vocalists, including Phil Labonte…

Band Interview: Hallow Point

Matt Albers, Steve Kruczyk The metal community of the St. Louis, MO-region has experienced a resurgence in recent years. This is particularly true when it comes to the underground subgenres. More melodic, accessible styles have also seen their own success in our area, as well. While metalcore has been on a bit of a decline…

Band Interview: Devil You Know

Matt Albers, Steve Kruczyk Side projects are nothing new. As long as there have been bands, there have been opportunities for musicians to collaborate with one another. One of the most famous types of side projects – or infamous, depending on who you ask – is the “super group.” This is when each member of…

Band Interview: War Of Ages

Matt Albers, Nick Licata Music has always had a historical connotation to faith, spirituality, and religion in certain cases. Rock, metal, and hardcore are no exceptions. To the outside perspective, it has become stereotypically cliché to immediately associate forms of loud rock with Satanism. But in 2016, just about any subgenre of aggressive music can…

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: August Burns Red

A well-known aspect of heavy metal’s culture is the combative nature among fans between the fans of different sub-genres. While it is often non-combative but laced with profanity, fans have always debated whether more traditional, pure, true forms of the music are superior or if the newer, more expansive movements are ultimately better for the metal scene as a…

Album Review: Pro-Pain – VOICE OF REBELLION

Erik D. Harshman     I should start off by saying that I have been a rabid Pro-Pain fan since 1997, when I picked up my first (and still my favorite) Pro-Pain album (Contents Under Pressure) from Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis. Nearly 20 years later I still buy their albums as soon as they come…

Band Interview: 36 Crazyfists

Matt Albers On Monday, June 15, the Chicago Blackhawks won their sixth Stanley Cup, closing out the 2015 National Hockey League season with a victory over the Tampay Bay Lightning. Chicago got to the playoffs after beating out both the Minnesota Wild and the Anaheim Ducks, and Tampa Bay beat the New York Rangers to…

Band Interview: All That Remains

Matt Albers Say what you want about Massachusetts’ All That Remains, but the metalcore quintet has become an undeniable success story in the world of modern metal and hard rock. The band’s latest album and seventh total, The Order of Things, was released in February 2015 and earned several positive reviews and accolades, including peaking at…

Album Review: All That Remains – THE ORDER OF THINGS

Matt Albers There’s no question that we are in the midst of a metal music/loud rock paradigm shift. Within the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of subgenres like deathcore and djent, as well as the musical and demographical spanning out of contemporary, progressive stoner/sludge metal. But just as the wax and wane of musical…