No shortage of killer stuff to go around this week—especially from a couple of noted locals—so I’ll keep the stage banter brief this week. Can I get a little more Trenchgrinder in the monitor, please?
Gutting news out of the metal world today, where Adrian Guerra—one half of funeral doom monolith Bell Witch—has officially passed away. Bell Witch played Vitus back in February and, while no one could have predicted it at the time, that show (though featuring Jesse Shreibman behind the kit) will now serve as a somber NYC […]
Following a work-related foray to frigid northern strongholds of Boston last week, today marks an unofficial return to regularly scheduled programming. Let’s metal.
Ranking the year’s best albums is always a stressful process argued over many beers, and if we’re at it long enough, many whiskeys. This year, there were many whiskeys, and we ended up with a… different list than a lot of the ones you’ve been reading over the past month or so. We’re proud of […]
It’s not enough to say that 2015 was a great year for metal. For the better part of the last decade, as the genre has enjoyed it’s most prolonged period of success since the 80s, almost every year has been great for metal. If that mutes the sweeping, metal-meant-this overtures that often accompany these things, […]
Though typically reserved for Mothers-Against-HBO’s monthly letters to customer service, desensitization is also a fact of life for extreme music fans in the year 2015. With the metal world larger, and more inclusive, than ever before, with the once-reviling GWAR now little more than a post-everything Alice Cooper—with a fucking chainsaw solo carved into the […]
The seventh Northside festival wrapped up on the 14th of June, with over 100,000 people spending time indulging either music, innovation, film, or a combination of the three. Free Williamsburg staff spent time at various shows from metal to pop acts, among thousands or sometimes only a dozen likeminded souls. The best sets and the […]
While it might be hard to believe, we are now halfway through the year, and in our crusty, charred corner of the music journalism world that means one thing and one thing only: It’s time to start brandishing premature, list-based proclamations like a street oracle does his cardboard countdown to the coming rapture. Sure, in […]
With Northside Festival looming and summer fuck-it starting to sink its fangs in, this week has been tougher than most, so let’s just skip the preamble and get at this before I decide to start shoving Buzzfeed-ish lists down your throats.
The Mets have the best record in baseball, the Rangers are on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and spring is pretty much in full swing. In other words, that bud of contentment in the pit of your being is in serious danger of blooming into actual, terrifying happiness. Thankfully, however, we’re […]