Slowly regaining my productivity – up at Metal Injection, I have a review of Dutch prog death metallers Obsidian. I think I might like them even more than Meshuggah, their most obvious inspiration. At Stylus, I have reviews of the fantastic Modern Life Is War, Beatallica, 108, and the American Nervoso reissue by Botch.

Obsidian – Footprints
Modern Life Is War – Stagger Lee
Beatallica – Helvester of Skelter

In print, in Unrestrained! #35 (Symphony X cover), I have features on Danzig, Cephalic Carnage, and Odious Mortem, as well as a new column called Invisible Oranges that focuses on metal scenes worldwide (this issue spotlights my hometown of Minot, ND). The magazine seems to have ceased web updates, so you’ll have to find #35 on dead trees. It’s a fun, voluminous read, and once made me miss two straight buses because my nose was buried in it.

Also on newsstands is my first piece for Decibel (Down cover), a review of the muchly improved The Absence. I remember reading the magazine when it first came out, and dreaming of the day when I could write for them. Many thanks to Adrien Begrand for the kind namecheck in his blog. He’s one of the main reasons I got into metal writing, and to be in the same masthead as him is beyond awesome.