Despite undergoing constant change and no shortage of difficulties, the Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, etc.) remains a significant stronghold for American heavy metal—and especially death metal. This in-depth feature includes perspectives from key bands (Ripped to Shreds, Vastum) and labels (Sentient Ruin Laboratories, Carbonized Records).
The Vastum mastermind ventures deep into ambient space with a phantasmagoric new solo album which is now streaming in full.
Members of Vastum and Cardinal Wyrm join forces to craft delicate ambient and post-industrial music. Listen to an exclusive stream of their debut album.