Tag Archive for black metal

Cobalt. Hi-Dive. 09.24.16

Cobalt. Hi-Dive. 09.24.16 Back in 2012 I wrote an extensive profile on Profound Lore Records. It had been three years since Cobalt’s groundbreaking Gin had been released and Chris Bruni was confident the follow-up was on its way. “Phil has done his service in Iraq, which is great, so Cobalt will become a focus. They are currently writing the next full-length… Read more →

Myrkur. Gothic Theatre. 05.03.16

Myrkur. Gothic Theatre. 05.03.16 There is a certain beauty to black metal. That might sound ridiculous to those who have never gotten past the grotesque imagery that often surrounds the scene, but many black metal albums can be practically soothing in a repetitive, almost meditative way. Granted, there is a spectrum of styles within, but a lot of black metal… Read more →

Mayhem Festival. Red Rocks. 07.05.15

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Red Rocks. 07.05.15 The Mayhem Festival began its inaugural march through the United States around the same time I made the decision to move to Colorado. I wasn’t listening to a lot of metal back in 2008, and even if I was, I wouldn’t have made the trek to see Slipknot and Disturbed. It’s just… Read more →

Maryland Deathfest XIII. Baltimore. May 2015

Maryland Deathfest XIII. Baltimore. May 2015 It’s been awhile since I’ve had a guest post. It’s also been awhile since I’ve covered a lot of extreme music. So I asked Genji to share his thoughts on MDF XIII. Reading his trip report really makes me wish I could’ve made it out. Oh well, it sounds like it just keeps getting better,… Read more →

Agalloch. Gothic Theatre. 07.09.14

“Where am I? How long shall I suffer here?“ Two years ago I was preparing for a road trip that would take me out of Colorado, through Utah and Idaho, and into the Pacific Northwest, only to return through the birthplace of the spirit of Agalloch. It was the year I had written my in depth profile on Profound Lore… Read more →

Deafheaven / SubRosa. Marquis Theater. 02.16.14

Some shows just scream to be written about. By the end of the night, the narrative already exists. When I sit down in front of the computer the next day, it’s just a matter of transcribing what the artist(s) have already delivered in the form of their performance. My best reviews are not really reviews at all, they are simply the written account of what went down inside a particular venue on a particular night. I am in no way a music expert. I am not a musician, so how can I be expected to critique what is happening on the stage? I cannot. That’s not what I do. I would be a fraud if I tried. What I do, or at least what I try to do, is document the feeling of being at the show. The primary reason I do this might surprise some of you, but I assure you it is the truth — I do this so I can go back and experience these performances over and over again. The only reason I don’t just record my thoughts in a private diary is that I think others might benefit from the words I write. Maybe they weren’t able to make the show and they want to know what it was like to be there. Maybe they were there and want to compare their experience with someone else’s. Maybe they are going to attend the show in another city and want to know what to expect. I believe these are all valid reasons to share my thoughts with those who are receptive. Read more →