Better Than: Actually being high on fire.
High on Fire's show at the Bowery on Friday was glorious. How glorious? It inspired us to see them again Saturday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Suffice it to say, our ears were thoroughly metalled into submission over the weekend.
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This has been a year of ups and downs for the Oakland, California, metal band High on Fire. On the upside, the band's sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, was released. It kicks ass. On the downside, frontman Matt Pike boozed his way into rehab over the summer. But he's out now, and the band's back on ... More >>
There are two things you should know about NYC thrash band ShitKill. The first is that they're some of the most promising young metal musicians we've seen in a long time. The second is that, when we say young, we mean barely old enough to vote: none of them are over 18-years-old.
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The indefatigable Nick Schager is back with two more reviews of NYFF films, this time Ang Lee's hotly anticipated of that one book people keep recommending you as well as a stellar and unsettling maritime documentary.
Last week a ton of stories about Record Store Day percolated through blogsFeistodon! The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends! St. Vincent! Beach House! Holy crap, you gotta get on line at 8 a.m. to get the best picks! On Friday, when I got an email from a store that contained both a list of records ... More >>
The 54th Grammy Awards mark the combination of the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance awards into the single category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, which is why Mastodon and Sum 41 are up for the same award. Historically, the metal category has been one of the most confounding ... More >>
Lamb Of God
Tuesday, January 24
Better than: Pretty much everyone on Ozzfest 2003.
Rap metal entered its death throes in the early 2000s, allowing harder bands that had actually competent musicians and aggression directed at someone other than their parents to come back into vogue. ... More >>
Friday, January 20
Better than: That Geico commercial sitcom spin-off.
Caveman couldn't have felt more at home than they did at the cavernous echo chamber of the Bowery Ballroom, an ideal setting for the soft distortion and hazy reverb of what might be best described as tro ... More >>
If you can snag this, congratulations, you've won. Saturday marks the fifth annual Record Store Day, the celebration of all things indie, vinyl, and limited edition-slash-noble ploy to get customers through the doors of the music stores still standing in the spring of 2011. It's basically the ... More >>
Blakroc. This picture just stays being funny. Photo by Jonah SchwartzIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla parses Rated R, the new album from "publicly wounded robo-r&b ice princess" Rihanna, Tom Hull returns with another edition of his Jazz Consumer Guide, Phillip Mlynar chats with the ... More >>
Erika Wennerstrom: "I want to sound like Nico and Lou Reed."
photo by Cambria HarkeyDave Colvin, Erika Wennerstrom, Jesse Ebaugh
Heartless Bastards are having an incredible year: a spot on The Late Show with David Letterman, great reviews for their latest record The Mountain, and an appearance on ... More >>