“Before Being Promoters, We’re Music Lovers First”: Gearing Up for Amplifest 2022 with André Mendes (Interview)
Porto, Portugal is home to Amplifest, an exciting cross-genre fest that brings acts like Amenra, Anna Von Hausswolf, Lingua Ignota, and more together in a city already swelling with its own exciting scene. We spoke to fest organizer André Mendes about this year's edition.
Throwing Bricks Confront “False Promises” through Scouring Post-Hardcore (Early Track Stream)
On their second full-length, the Dutch sludge/post-hardcore group expands their sound into the commiserating realms of post-metal and further to tackle the difficult subject of dealing with grief. Listen to the first single here.
Petricor’s “Terra” Exalts the Chilean Patagonia (Full Album Stream)
Chilean recluse Ermitaño celebrates the Southern Chilean expanse on his new record, which is now streaming in full.
Blackened Literature: Castaigne Publishing Ventures into Black Metal Horror Anthologies (Review + Interview)
Black metal's spirit meets the bloody written word in this independent publisher's two recent anthology releases, "In the Shadow of the Horns," and "Into the Crypts of Rays." Learn more about them here.
Kings of Mercia Rule Over Hard Rock and Heavy Metal On Self-Titled Debut (Interview with Jim Matheos)
Kings of Mercia, featuring members of Fates Warning, Toto, Mercyful Fate, and more, lets Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos tap into his love of hard rock and early heavy metal. We spoke to Matheos about the band's self-titled debut.
Liturgy Evolves Further on New Surprise EP, “As the Blood of God Bursts the Veins of Time” (Review)
The 'transcendental black metal' group surprise-released a new EP today with two tracks highlighting the band's boundary-eroding sound. Read our review here.
Gavran Sets The Mind Ablaze Through Hazy Sludge/Doom (Track + Video Premiere)
The Dutch sludge/doom band's second full-length continues their pensive, emotional approach to atmospheric metal. Check out the video for lead single "Dvorac" here.
Sumerlands Nourish a Love for Heavy Metal on “Dreamkiller” (Arthur Rizk Interview)
With new vocalist Brendan Radigan at the helm, the mighty traditional metal band (members of Eternal Champion, Magic Circle, etc.) delivers energetic, extremely well-crafted anthems on their latest album. Read an interview with songwriter/guitarist Arthur Rizk here.
Defacing God Brings A New Twist To Darkness (Interview)
The Danish band's debut album "The Resurrection of Lilith" combines symphonic metal with melodic death metal, black metal, and cinematic flair. Read an interview with vocalist Sandie Gjørtz here.