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Hour of 13, “Who’s to Blame?” single [from upcoming 333]

It’s not out until May 21, 2012 (on Earache), but Hour of 13’s upcoming 333 has me psyched: The Ritualist was my no. 19 album of last year, and even though this track seems to have evolved very little, if at all, from the sound on that album, somehow it doesn’t matter.

Also, why 333? Because that’s half the alleged number of the beast? You know what would’ve been an awesome title?

25.80697580112788– The Square Root of the Beast!

Huh…huh– amirite?

Anyway, here’s a link to Decibel Magazine’s blog, which is streaming the new single….












April 25, 2012, Philadelphia —  Baroness have unveiled the art for their eagerly anticipated new album, Yellow & Green, which is slated for a July 17 release via Relapse Records. (more…)

Subterranean Disposition signs to Hypnotic Dirge Records

The Australian melodic doom/death metal recording project Subterranean Disposition has agreed to a deal with the Canadian underground label Hypnotic Dirge Records known for acts such as netra, Ekove Efrits, The Foetal Mind, and Exiled From Light among others to release the upcoming self-titled debut album in late summer 2012. Subterranean Disposition is a one man project headed by veteran musician Terry Vainoras, known for being involved in numerous projects within the Australian metal scene over the years such as The Eternal, Cryptic Darkness, and Insomnius Dei among others.


Originally inspired by and conceived as a follow up to the music Mark Kelson had written for his and Terry’s Collaboration on the Insomnius Dei (more…)

Micro-reviews of Note: Demon Lung, Prong, Crystal Viper

To paraphrase Shawn Spencer from Psych: “Are you a fan of delicious riffage?”

Of course you are. That’s why you’re here, among other devotees of the Ostinato, in whatever form(s) it may take. Today, we have three up and coming perveyors of the Riff: Demon Lung, Prong, and Crystal Viper. (more…)

Review – Conan – Monnos

Since Horseback Battle Hammer was my number 5 album of 2010, I was psyched to hear this one; so, through my bassiest active noise-reduction headphones, and then through my tank-like if outdated speakers as-loud-as-holy, I listened to the newest Conan opus, Monnos.

“Hawk as Weapon” opens, followed by “Battle in the Swamp,” both reiterating Conan’s MO: the Riff At All Costs– with some drums and bass and, oh yeah, a distant clarion call of a vocal in the background… it’s Clash of the Titans as doom metal soundtrack, or Robert E. Howard’s playlist of choice– Weird Tales as a metal ‘zine. “Battle in the Swamp,” at its end, manages to sound like an Antediluvian Helmet, one even more savage, crude and primal…. (more…)

Review – High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis

There’s some serious convergence, confluence, coincidence, coalescence… connection– hell, conjuration, this week… for one Matt Pike:

First, the announcement of the upcoming reissue of Dopesmoker, and today one De Vermis Mysteriis….

Here’s the review slurry, everything in one paragraph:

“Serums of Laio,” starts things off: bombast, staccato drum hits with riffs down in C and the faintest hint of a melody in the chorus, “Bloody Knuckles,” again with the tribal drums over a palm-muted, Sleep-on-amphetamines riff which becomes a “Dazed and Confused”-esque riff and then back to Mötorhead tunage… “Fertile Green” says fuck you, you’re not tribal enough to all the drums up to this point in its intro, before becoming Discharge-meets-Bad Religion in its furious downbeating riffage… “Madness of an Architect,” now with the tribal riff added to said drums to begin to succinctly suggest the dominant musical themes herein, baby… “Samsara” the Sabbathian instrumental… (more…)

The Soda Shop Podcast This Saturday!

The Soda Shop Podcast is back after a 2 week hiatus. Since we’re in the middle of the March Bandness tourny in conjunction with Heavy Planet, this would be a good time to highlight those bands still in. Tune in this Saturday, 3-5 EST to Grip of Delusion Radio.


01 God Hunter – “Red State / Black Crusade” from Wolves (2011)
02 The Mound Builders – “Wake of the Red Witch” from Strangers in a Strange Land (2011)
03 Axxicorn – “Poseidon” from War of the Giants (2011)
04 One-Eyed King – “The Mortal Foil” from Santa Carla (2011)
05 XII Boar – “Slamhound” from Split Tongue, Cloven Hoof (2012)
06 Naughty Mouse – “Devil’s Mind” from Naughty Mouse (2011)
07 Bear Brawler – “Hitch” from Tales From The Putrid Swamp (2011)
08 Firelord – “Time For Vengance” from The Burning EP
09 Ayahuasca Dark Trip – “The Unknown Trip At The Top Of The Mountain Pt1” from The Unknown Trip At The Top Of The Mountain (2011)
10 Galvano – “Ethereal Sword” from Demo Outtakes (2012) (more…)