Relapse/Riot

Baroness: Out of the Blue

For Baroness, it's all about evolution. But will the fans follow the band out of their own brand of primordial, sludgy ooze?

Sometimes a certain scene seems to blow up thanks in part to the meteoric success of a few bands that come to define a particular region’s trademark sound or, once in a great while, transcend

Chesapeake Bay area Death Metal - Dying Fetus

Sean Beasley, the low frequency pusher of the mighty Dying Fetus talks about the unlikeliest place to hold a death metal festival, their storied history and of course everyone’s favorite subject – politics.

Having just finished their tour with the legendary Napalm Death, Dying Fetus conquered Australia with the ferocity and aplomb a grind band should wield, planting their flag in almo

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder change their name

Revival thrashers Rumpelstiltskin Grinder have chosen a new, less memorable moniker.

Sure, it was hard to spell... but Rumpelstiltskin Grinder had a catchy ring to it, right?

Baroness club shows announced!

Following the positive reception of being announced as support for Metallica, Metal as Fuck & Soundwave Touring present Baroness: three intimate club shows on the Eastern seaboard.

 

Convulse - World Without God (Relapse/Riot)

One of my most frequent complaints with metal, across many genres, is an obsession with sounding old-school. As an outspoken proponent of innovation, it pains me to see so many talented bands saying "anything we do has already been done before and better". Imagine, then, my surprise at a band with what can only be described as an old-school sound who sound fresh and original in 2010 - despite the album being originally released in 1992.

Convulse's World Without God, from its particularly Stockholmesque piano intro through to the vaguely Floridan sounds of closer Powerstruggle of Belief is an

Riding Into Parts Unknown: Summer Welch of Baroness

Riding a wave of almost universal acclaim on their sophomore release, sludge metal pioneers Baroness are travelling even further South for Australia’s Soundwave Festival and a side-show tour with Isis. Summer Welch, the articulate bassist for the enigmatic quartet, talks all things brutal, blue and metal.

Every time a metalhead mentions “weird” and “metal” in the same breath, Baroness are invariably part of the conversation.

16 - Bridges To Burn (Relapse/Riot)

Imagine if Sam Kinison started a metal band and they made a record. This album would basically be it. Read on for an account of one of the year's best...

Right, no nonsense this time. Straight into it…

Athiest - Unquestionable Presence: Live at Wacken/Pieces Of Time 1988-1993 (Relapse/Riot)

All you tech-death heads must listen to this. It will be a good history lesson.

Goddamn yes! I had an Atheist poster on my bedroom wall as a kid.

Brutal Truth @ The Manning Bar (Sydney), December 21st 2009

Legendary New York grindcore merchants Brutal Truth hit Sydney alongside some of Australia's finest grinders for an evening of grind and some other interesting entertainment.

Over the past few years, Australia has had an influx of bands touring our fine country, ranging from the very popular to the more underground.