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I love horror movies, metal and beer. I'm big into supporting the local metal scene and pairing my favorite shit '80s flicks with local craft beers.

Album Review: Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Demos and splits for the last three years finally culminates in Denver’s Spectral Voice handing down their debut full length album Eroded Corridors of Unbeing. The wait for a LP was totally worth it. I’m just glad it dropped early and I got my cassette copy to jam in the garage while preparing stuff for Halloween. For the rest of you, it was “officially” released on Friday the 13th.

Comprised of Blood Incantation guys and drummer/vocalist Eli Wendler (formerly of Nekrofilth) you have a really good idea what you’re gonna get knowing that, or just reading their self labeled “necrotic doom” label. It’s fitting like a tight throwback Obituary t-shirt. Here we have five tracks of doomy death metal that’s near the Blood Incantation style. You can’t have Continue reading “Album Review: Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

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Album Review: Primitive Man – Caustic

If you have any motivation at this current moment, don’t read this or listen to Caustic, the new album from Denver’s Primitive Man. It will ruin your motivation to work, talk to people, or your will to be on this dirtball of a planet. This is grimy, doomy, feedback driven noise with a thick layer of tortured, angry howls and guttural yelling. Primitive Man has kicked it all up for this one, Caustic is close to an hour and twenty minutes of auditory suffering.

“My Will” was the first taste of pain we got with the early single release. Slow bleeding out, that’s the pace of this one. The rest of what follows is varied, “Victim” opens up on a fast tempo Continue reading “Album Review: Primitive Man – Caustic”

Ask the Band: Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man

Denver’s loudest and least happiest band, Primitive Man, has dump trucked split albums on us for the last four years since Scorn, their first album. The new album Caustic comes out next Friday, I asked Ethan Lee McCarthy (vocalist and guitarist + the awesome Vermin Womb) about it and got some doomsday predictions for Denver. Seems appropriate given the source.

 

What can we expect from Caustic given the timeline of experiences since Scorn?

I think it is the heaviest and most cohesive body of music we have put together.  It is also the most focused because we wrote it over the course of about a year and a half, some of those songs while we were on tour.  So we had the opportunity to try things out in a live setting before solidifying the songs.

Being a progenitor and product of the Denver DIY scene, what’s your take on DIY’s current state in the Mile High?

Pretty fucked.  Developers with a lot of capital came in, pushed the artists out, and replaced it Continue reading “Ask the Band: Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man”

10 Years of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

Skipping past history for now and fast forwarding to controversy, let’s face it, Halloween (2007) is a movie that many didn’t like for various reasons. Remakes are a bad word especially to those who like horror. Depending how old you are you’ve grown up with them in some fashion. Even as a kid of the ’80s and ’90s, I grew up with remakes. But not all remakes are bad and some are flat out “better” than the originals. Look at John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) vs the original The Thing from Another World (1951). Totally different eras of movie making and the tone are obviously radically far apart. It was “due” for an update in the 31 years between the two. Carpenter’s movie is considered a classic now.

Is Rob Zombie’s first stab at Michael Myers better than the original? I’d argue it is not, but it is certainly very Rob Zombie and in this Halloween movie we had no choice but to understand what kind of movies Rob Zombie was going to make going forward. He had already scored (depending on how you look at them) two hit movies with House of 1000 Corpses and the sequel The Devil’s Rejects. But now he was going away from his two original movies and moving onto hallowed ground, John Carpenter’s 1979 slasher classic.

What we ultimately got was a lot of what has become Rob Zombie’s style – ridiculously foul mouthed, white trash characters and lots of blood. That, and an origin story for Michael Myers I don’t think anyone ever needed. This was part of the dawn of an era where remake/sequels/reboot movies are being used to over explain everything. No mystique is Continue reading “10 Years of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)”

Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there

Listening to Kevin’s Mile High Metal Hour Podcast (that he does with fellow metalhead Steve Bogar), their fourth episode was about -after a long sidebar open about current albums- how they came into metal. What was interesting is how similar everyone’s story is with this common pathway to discovering heavier music and how the internet has made it infinitely more accessible.

Summarizing, Kevin sought out heavier music through a friend who gave him suggestions, including a last.fm channel. Then connected the dots with metal bands opening for the likes of GWAR and finally crossing through with power metal, Blind Guardian and Amorphis.

I feel like that is a parallel to many metalheads and their metamorphosis into one. I know it mimics my own pathway.

I grew up a metalhead and didn’t even know it, or embrace it. My dad (as I have come to know) is a pure hard rock guy. I grew up listening to QFM 96 in Columbus, Ohio, hard rock, classic rock Continue reading “Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there”

Catch up on 2017 with these four metal albums

Celebrate metal that didn’t get the big push or the internet buzz like some other albums did in 2017. Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic is great and is a personal favorite of 2017 but maybe these four bands have something for you: new metal you missed.

In no particular order, check these albums out. We got Scottish blackened speed metal, heavy metal, Iranian black metal, and sludge. Take a taste of 2017 with these, especially if you haven’t heard em yet.

Facebook and Bandcamp links included. Go follow. Go listen. Go buy.

Hellripper

Coagulating Darkness

Loving the output from James McBain’s one man blackened speed metal project. Furious Venom influences that you can hear in other bands, but why not hear it again done at lightning speed. Hellripper is worth every moment of Coagulating Darkness. Also weregoat penis on the cover. Extra points.

Satan’s Hallow

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Album Review: Augur – Shadows of the Black Cross

Augur

Popping up seemingly from nowhere, maybe a gate from Hell on Colfax, Denver gained +1 black metal bands with Augur’s debut EP Shadows of the Black Cross. Derek of Metal DP posted their album earlier in the month, with it being visibly black metal of the local variety I was clearly going to check it out.

What does Augur have to offer? Sacrificial music to sacrifice your sacrifices.

The opening of “Wolves” will beautifully lull you before the guitar and drum burst in. This is a proper opener, loud, aggressive, and harsh vocals. The intro is damn good too. “The Eleven” is a sweet spot on the album for me, if you can’t dig this track then I’m losing hope for you. It’s just about three minutes of Augur totally crushing it. Throughout this EP I could hear bits of Emperor, Behemoth, Gorgoroth, to name a few.

Continue reading “Album Review: Augur – Shadows of the Black Cross”

Ask the Band: Grant Netzorg of In the Company of Serpents

Having released a new EP this year and playing a smattering of shows recently I caught up with In The Company of Serpents sludge maestro Grant Netzorg for a quick Q&A about Ain-Soph Aur, their recent show in Dallas and of course talk horror, metal and beer, PLUS spaghetti westerns. Yee-haw and hail Satan.

You guys played your last gig in Dallas, how was the show there and how was Dead to a Dying World?

It was a killer time.  James from Dead to a Dying World orchestrated this show, which was a benefit for ACLU Nationwide, and it was a pleasure to do it.   It’s always great to catch Dead to A Dying world live-  they’re incredibly cathartic, and have an awesome, genuine intensity.

Ain-Soph Aur is out, what would you say the response has been to that? You have to sell a lot of those things yourself, Bandcamp is the only visible gauge the hesher public has for actual sales, and the crowd that comes to the shows.

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Album Review: Weapönizer – Lawless Age

One of my favorites in Denver, Weapönizer, spewed forth their second LP Lawless Age today Here’s some reasons why you should throw dollars at them and go to a show for their take on blackened thrash-crossover-war metal-whatever the fuck.

#1 – If you don’t like it, the songs are quick and the riffs move it along.

#2 – If you do like it, the songs are quick and the riffs move it along.

We open this second full-length Weapönizer with “Malefactor,” mainlined aggression and chaos. This one will surely stir up a pit if it doesn’t stir a metal boner in your pants. It also does not overstay its welcome. The second song, “Hellbound,” had me hooked when it was an early track leading up to the June 30 release. To me it’s a continuation of the first track and viewed Continue reading “Album Review: Weapönizer – Lawless Age”

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