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).
Home to Gaerea, Holocausto Canibal, Névoa, and more, this Portuguese city's metal scene has thrived over the past few decades despite unique challenges. In this feature, we dive into the city's diverse metal culture.