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Review: Psalm Zero Put the Power in Corruption and Lies on ‘Stranger to Violence’

Psalm Zero was a departure for both of the New York industrial-metal group's main members: Vocalist/bassist Charlie Looker cut his teeth in experimental rock groups…
Andy O'Connor / July 22, 2016

Review: Deftones Listen to Iron Maiden, Baby on ‘Gore’

If the Deftones felt out of place when White Pony came out, before most of their fans had "shoegaze" or "dream pop" on the tip…
Andy O'Connor / April 8, 2016

Review: Cobalt Return With Two Thunderous Discs and a New Screamer on ‘Slow Forever’

Cobalt revolutionized American black metal with 2009's Gin, as one of the few bands to firmly embrace their home country instead of seeking authenticity by…
Andy O'Connor / March 29, 2016

Deafheaven Are 2015’s Band of the Year

I really wish Deafheaven would have destroyed the Beverly. It would've been a defeat for the development that's sucking the life out of music locales…
Andy O'Connor / December 21, 2015

Review: Horrendous Become the Springsteen of Death Metal on ‘Anareta’

Death metal aspires toward and excels at the grotesque: breakneck speeds, unwieldy chord progressions, obsessions with gore and rot, violations you welcome in. But the…
Andy O'Connor / October 27, 2015

Review: Deafheaven Turn Black Metal All Different Colors on ‘New Bermuda’

Deafheaven have been the subject of many bold proclamations, to the point where merely having any opinion about them is draining. Here is one take…
Andy O'Connor / September 29, 2015