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Interview: Glenn Danzig

There was a moment, while I was on hold on the phone as Glenn Danzig was being summoned by his publicist, where I was a tad intimidated. And not just because I was about to talk about one of the more legendary and divisive figures in the history of punk
The horror-punk legend on  Deth Red Sabaoth , comics, and vast global conspiracies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 18, 2010

Mission accomplished

After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
By MATT PARISH  |  June 18, 2010

The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010

Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (1942 - 2010)

As he lay in a Texas hospital bed in March, being treated for the disease to which he would eventually succumb, Ronald James Padavona, better known to the world as heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio, gave an interview to a local TV station. “Cancer? I’l
Live free or rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010

Molten metal

Let’s cut to the chase — metal is back. And not just as a popular musical style, but as a subculture, freely seeping into the mainstream in a variety of strange ways, from the bullet belts you see on a dance floor to the devil horns being thrown by every
Expanding definitions at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 23, 2010


Photos: High on Fire at the Middle East

Phantom warlords High on Fire demolish the Middle East with their bonecrushing steamroller of metal.
High on Fire, live at the Middle East, on April 7, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 09, 2010

White Wizzard | Over The Top

White Wizzard circa 2010 may be a complete fraud to some.
Earache (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 02, 2010

The Big Hurt: Bieber fever

Of the 45 headlines on’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 02, 2010

Crime In Stereo | I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

Crime in Stereo are fighting to grow out of hardcore.
Bridge Nine (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 12, 2010

The other side of heavy

Loving heavy rock is a two-step process. Step one is easy: you hear something heavier than you've ever heard before, and you realize, "This is my thing." Step two is a little trickier: you wonder, "What is 'heavy'?" If you can accept the idea that a ce
Harvey Milk scramble your metal detector
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 05, 2010


No moves required

Some of us are just better off not shaking it in public. So here are a few recurring options for rad nights of music that require not an ounce of dance mojo on your part.
Club nights for ye who cannot dance
By MATT PARISH  |  February 26, 2010

High On Fire | Snakes For The Divine

Joining a metal band as a young 'un is a bit like getting hired as a burger flipper: you may dream of one day becoming Ray Kroc, but after years of toil, grease, and ridicule, you'll probably settle for store manager.
E1 (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 19, 2010

Interview: Skeletonwitch’s Scott Hedrick

You know you've made it to rock’s Big Time when interviewers catch you as you're boarding a jet, instead of loading the tour van. And although Athens, OH's  Skeletonwitch  didn’t happen to be boarding their own Iron Maiden-like 747 when we reached them,
Catching up with Demi Lovato’s favorite metal band
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 19, 2010

Interview: Ozzy Osbourne

Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunn
The belles lettrist tells all
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010

Thinking person’s metal

Jerky’s Bar continues its hot streak of delivering quality live acts spanning all genres, and next weekend the hardcore metalheads will descend upon Richmond Street for a fistful of metalcore bands, including the much-anticipated return of former Killswi
 The Empire Shall Fall rise up on Awaken
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 13, 2009

Ye + Haru Bangs + Batshelter

Who was the least idiosyncratic band at Bubba’s last Thursday? Maybe the (not breaking up, but going on academic hiatus) duo Haru Bangs, who were the only act in plainclothes, but who also unfurled dynamic, punishingly loud fits of drum and effects-maul
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 06, 2009

Dethklok: Even Better Than The Real Thing

Heavy metal’s primary contradiction: given a fanbase that is often concerned with detecting what is and isn't "real" metal, so much of what constitutes "real" "metal" is made up of 100-percent pure fantasy.
With Mastodon, Converge, and High on Fire, live at the House of Blues, October 28, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 30, 2009

Hip-hop from Hell

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009

Hip-hop is dead

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds — and not just in redneck pockets, where rap music hardly reached before, but in suburban enclaves where acts like Twiztid and Tech N9ne sell out shows with ease.
. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009

Life in Ruin

Recently, Bull Moose wondered "aloud" (via Facebook) about the future of metal.
The crushing metal of Human Moral Deception
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 23, 2009


Brute forces

When you get down to it, most music is an attempt to create auditory allegories for our life experiences, whether they’re joyous Maypole dervishes or nightmarish St. Vitus’ dances of doom.
Mastodon, High on Fire, and Dethklok lead metal’s latest charge
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2009

Baroness | Blue Record

For a band of ultra-prosaic album titlers, Baroness are big thinkers when it comes to their music.
Relapse (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 16, 2009

Review: Brütal Legend

The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 16, 2009

He is a real composer

Joshua Newton wants you to know he doesn't write classical music.
And don't you try to tell Joshua Newton otherwise
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 09, 2009

Music Seen: Book Of The Dead, Apocryphonic, Surreal Vision

With as many talented musicians as there are in Portland, the occasional "super-group" is inevitable.
At Geno’s | September 24
By DAN CLARK  |  October 02, 2009

Music Seen: Ogre's farewell show

It's never easy saying goodbye to a friend.
At Geno's, September 12
By DAN CLARK  |  September 25, 2009

3 Inches of Blood | Here Waits Thy Doom

An outsider would peer into the ridiculous world of 3 Inches of Blood — which is inhabited by orcs and advancing scimitar-wielding hordes — and giggle.
Rough Trade (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 04, 2009
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Up for the challenge

Rhythmafia have been on the scene for about four years, and in that relatively short time the Providence natives — Rob Cinami (drums and backup vox), Jamie Kearns (guitar), Zack Chagnon (bass), and frontman Sam Montes — have successfully delivered a bl
Rhythmafia: a new breed of mashup
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 28, 2009

Players only

Jessica Smith has spent years booking death-metal shows around Boston. On top of loads of meat-and-potatoes nights at O'Brien's in Allston and Dee Dee's in Quincy, one brutal Sin of Angels show of hers actually sold out the Middle East downstairs. You li
A peek inside the world of Harmonix
By MATT PARISH  |  August 21, 2009