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In Memory of Ronnie James Dio

In Memory of Ronnie James Dio

As you all should know very well by now, international ambassador of Metal and vocalist extraordinaire Ronnie James Dio died last Sunday, aged 67, after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. It cannot be overstated how central Dio was to the development of Heavy Metal, from its fledgling days a half-century ago all the way up to the formidable [...]

33 1/3: Reign In Blood by D.X. Ferris

33 1/3: Reign In Blood by D.X. Ferris

The pamphlet-sized 33 1/3 series of books is dedicated to providing exhaustive analyses for a bevy of top-hit contemporary music albums. D. X. Ferris' account of Slayer's groundbreaking major label debut, Reign in Blood, enjoys the distinction of being one of the only Metal works in a rock-n'-roll dominated catalogue (specifically, it's the [...]

Case Study: Brooklynites still spin discs, but are record stores dying off?

Case Study: Brooklynites still spin discs, but are record stores dying off?

If you're ever strolling around the Park Slope neighborhood, keep on the lookout and you just might come in contact with a member of an endangered species: a hole-in-the-wall music joint stacked to the ceiling with CD cases, LP sleeves, and even some mint-condition cassettes. That would be Music Matters, a neighborhood stalwart that now finds [...]

PRONG – Beg to Differ (Classic Review)

PRONG – Beg to Differ (Classic Review)

Prong - "Beg to Differ". Epic Records, 1990. 20th Century New York City looms darkly in history as the antithesis of the gentrified playground that it stands as today. Up until the mid-'90s, the City embodied virtually all the preconceptions that the simpler, more morally-inclined folk have always held about urban decrepitude. It was a genuine [...]

Interview with Divine Eve’s Michael Sleavin

Interview with Divine Eve’s Michael Sleavin

Divine Eve were formerly a short-lived (1992 to 1995) Texas death metal band who despite the brevity of their career managed to release some impressive material, the most celebrated being the As The Angels Weep EP, released in '93. In a manner much apart from their fellow Tex-Hessians who were honing speed metal chops into a vitriolic strain of [...]

In Memory of Peter Steele, 1962-2010

In Memory of Peter Steele, 1962-2010

Brooklyn native and longtime icon of New York City's metal scene, Petrus Ratajczyk--better known by his stage name Peter Steele--passed away just last Wednesday, April 14, at age 48. Back in 2005, a similar report concerning Steele's "death" caused something of a sensation, and only months later was the public informed that it was merely a gag [...]

Live Review: Immortal and Black Anvil @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 3/30/10

Live Review: Immortal and Black Anvil @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 3/30/10

Immortal: (ctr-clockwise) Horgh, Abbath, Apollyon. Black Anvil: not bad but not good either. The "Blashyrkh in North America" tour happened to come around just in time for the Easter holidays, but there were absolutely no warm and pleasant spring breezes to be felt that evening. The sky was steel-gray and shedding a constant [...]

GOREAPHOBIA – Mortal Repulsion

GOREAPHOBIA – Mortal Repulsion

Goreaphobia - "Mortal Repulsion". Ibex Moon, 2009. If you were a stateside tape-trading fiend in the early '90s, chances are you might have had your hands on some demos by those pernicious Pennsylvanians, Goreaphobia. Based on the strength of the demo cuts and the Omen of Masochism single, it must have seemed like Goreaphobia were poised to [...]

Live Review: Kreator/Voivod/Nachtmystium/Evile/LaZarus AD @ Nokia Theatre 3/6/10

Live Review: Kreator/Voivod/Nachtmystium/Evile/LaZarus AD @ Nokia Theatre 3/6/10

A rare appearance by Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault (Voivod) Last Saturday, about 400-something crazed metallians milled in past the gaudy lights, tourist herds, filthy hobos and lurking con-artists of Times Square to see the latest "Hordes of Chaos" tour package: veterans Kreator and Voivod being the main draws, with the opening bands [...]

ASPHYX – Death…The Brutal Way

ASPHYX – Death…The Brutal Way

Asphyx - "Death...The Brutal Way". Ibex Throne, 2009. Here's another band who've just emerged from a nearly decade-long period of silence (besides Beherit): Asphyx, the Dutch legends of old school death metal. What makes this reunion especially outstanding, though, is that the band has once again joined forces with original vo-kill-ist Martin [...]

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