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Album Review & Interview: Southern Front – Death Throes


sothern_front_-_death_throesAlbum:  Death Throes

Label:  N/A

Release:  1 Nov 14

Songs:  8

Length:  28 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash/Death

Previous Albums:  Join or Die (2010); Seasons of Hate EP (2012)

FFO:  Lamb of God, Testament, Exodus, Pantera

Location:  Austin, Texas, USA

For those that feel an album must be of a certain length, Southern Front’s Death Throes is probably going to disappoint you before it even begins.  It’s a quick album and you’ll have to get used to it.  Southern Front is not about pumping their albums full of anything irrelevant.  Therefore, it’s quality over quantity on this one.  It’s just metal and quite heavy metal at that.  I’ll admit it even falls a bit short on whether I would call Death Throes an album or an EP, but for eight songs and the punch they pack, it’s an album.  Following up their Seasons of Hate EP, Death Throes is a no frills experienced mixed with growling (Lamb of God-like) vocals, copious double bass drumming, and enough guitar solos that give them a more thrashy edge. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review & Interview: Bloodhunter – Bloodhunter


coverLabel:  Suspiria Records

Release Date:  6 May 2014

Songs:  11

Length:  45 Minutes

Genre:  Death / Extreme Metal

Studio Albums:  This is their debut album

Location:  Spain

If you are looking for a dose of the hard stuff, look no further than Bloodhunter, whose guttural vocals behind the throat of Diva Satanica will make your ears bleed…in a good way.  Their debut album, released in May 2014, is a fierce dose of death metal on the more extreme side.  Blast beats – yes, quick riffs – check, all around viciousness – of course.  The First Insurrection opens with a sound clip from the movie The Shining which is one of the best parts of the movie where “Jack” breaks open the door with an ax trying to kill his wife.  It’s a cool start to an album laced with violent melodies. The rest of the instrumental track sets the album up nicely as its speed intensifies and the blast beat kicks in.  Read the rest of this entry

Interview with Pete of Baroness/Concert Review: Baroness & Royal Thunder at Tunnel Club, Milan Italy Oct. 15, 2013


IMG_4495Spending many years crafting, evolving, and honing one of the most original sounds in music today, Savannah, GA band Baroness have carved quite a niche for themselves that transcends musical genre barriers and deeply appeals to fans of all styles of rock music.  If one can say anything about Baroness, it would have to be about how incredibly hard-working and determined its members are in bringing their love of music to their fans and delivering it at the highest quality possible.  Even a terrible tour bus accident which could have easily killed any member of the band couldn’t hold founding members Pete Adams (guitars/backing vocals) and John Baizley (lead vocals/guitars) from powering through serious injuries, healing themselves up, and reforming their rhythm section after Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass) very understandably took leave of the band.  Just a little over a year since the tragic accident Baroness have once again jumped onto the tour bus and returned to Europe to continue putting audiences in awe with their stellar live shows.

On Oct. 15th I was fortunate enough to be able to catch up with guitarist Pete Adams when they stopped in my city of Milan, Italy to play a show at Tunnel Club with Royal Thunder.  After witnessing my first live experience with a band I have followed for over 10 years and my chat with Pete I have found myself with an even deeper respect for the lads in the band.  All of the passion Pete put into his responses to my questions was reciprocated ten-fold when him and the band took the stage and the amount of smiles and good vibes the band exuded off-stage came with them onto the stage in a very uplifting way of saying ‘we’re back’.

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North of Nowhere Interview


In the heat of the desert, not to far from Phoenix, AZ, exists a little town known as Apache Junction. Within this town there is a little known band that is rising in popularity within the local Arizona metal scene. Comprised of five members, Alec, Yani D, Taco, Zach, and Shultz, North of Nowhere aren’t what one would consider your typical local metal band. Instead of sticking to one medium of metal N.o.N push themselves to all corners of the envelope and push it from each direction as they skillfully infuse different styles of music such as funk, jazz, blues, and punk with glorious metal. They also take it on step further in infusing different styles by often trading off their instruments with each other so you can not just get one persons style of playing on a set instrument, but multiple different takes which makes for a fun and interesting listen.
For those who don’t live in the AZ area here’s a chance to get some hipster cred and get yourself into a big up and coming band before the whole world goes crazy for these amazing Arizonians. Take a few minutes to watch the interview(sorry about my “relaxed” composure 😉 ), check out some of their music, watch a video or two, and subscribe to their Facebook page. And if you live in the AZ area, go check out one of their killer live shows, and if you don’t live in AZ, start booking that plane ticket now!!!

N.o.N.’s Reverb Nation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/northofnowhere

N.o.N.’s Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/northofnowhereaz

N.o.N.’s Youtube links: http://www.youtube.com/user/non691  and http://www.youtube.com/user/ryman18769

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