An interview with Danny Leal & Ruben Alvaraz of Upon a Burning Body in which they discuss social media, Texan culture, hateful generations & more.

Back in November, I interviewed Danny Leal and Ruben Alvarez of UPON A BURNING BODY. The interview went so well that we had a few shots of Coldcock Whiskey after the show, but all that is “off record.” Metal Descent (MD): I took the time to read the lyrics from your most recent album The [...]


Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 01/09/2015

by I.O. Kirkwood on January 8, 2015

Heavy metal music news for 01/09/15 f. New England Hardcore & Metal Festival, Arch Enemy, Kataklysm, Felix Martin, Nightwish, Blind Guardian and more.

TOP STORY OF THE WEEK NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Can You Say “Road Trip???” at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th 2015. Worcester, Massachusetts-based concert promotions company, MassConcerts, is pleased to announce the second segment of bands playing the seventeenth (XVII) annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL . I would love to [...]


Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground: 01/06/2015

by I.O. Kirkwood on January 6, 2015

This best underground heavy metal music for week 01/06/14: Super Tanker, Voices, Blodhemn, Tacit Fury, Chaos Descent, Inharmonic, Flehmen and more.

I.O.’s PICKS OF THE WEEK I had to sift through some great music this first full week of a brand, spanking New Year (hate me, it’s okay), especially indie label releases. There is so much good metal out there across the world, and the top acts are a small percentage of what’s on offer. I’m [...]


This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases: 12/30/14

by Mike Lawrence on December 29, 2014

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It’s black metal Tuesday!  Okay, really there are only three new metal albums releasing this week but 66% of them are black metal so that’s enough to declare this the day of the blackened.  Sorry we haven’t had many new records to discuss in the past few week but once the calendar turns over, things [...]


THE CROWN Death Is Not Dead: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on December 24, 2014

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Death thrash is one of those genres of metal that has become over-saturated in recent years.  It seems like a number of albums that come out every week fall into this category.  Please don’t misunderstand the point.  Many of these bands are quite good but for the most part they sound fairly similar.  At this [...]


This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases: 12/23/14

by Mike Lawrence on December 23, 2014

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There are only four new releases this week but they come from very solid underground metal bands including Entrench, Hooded Menace, Vircolac and Woebegone Obscured.  Even though there’s not a lot, it should at least make it easier to check out all of them.  Hell, maybe you’ll find something new to enjoy over the holidays. [...]


A review of the Butcher Babies headliner tour at the Empire on October 12, 2014 with Anti-Mortem, Saint Diablo, Shadow Burn and Down Society.

I went to a lot of shows in the last two months. What I’ve discovered is that you don’t have the whole story about how the live performance affected you until you’ve had some time to let everything sink in. You’re getting the whole story, not just the immediate aftermath but the layering of previous [...]


An interview with Blair Layt of A BREACH OF SILENCE in which he muses on the metal scene in Australia, his immersion in American culture, and more.

I had the opportunity to interview Blair Layt from A BREACH OF SILENCE, while they were touring with DROWNING POOL on the “Unlucky 13″ U.S. tour  this past November. Their sound is a blend of Metalcore and power metal, which they’ve dubbed Powercore. I. O.:  When did A BREACH OF SILENCE actually get together? Blair: We [...]


The Top 8 New Metal Music Videos Of The Week: 12/19/14

by Mike Lawrence on December 20, 2014

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We have eight more spectacular new songs and music videos to share with you this week.  Based on the tracks we have been getting in our inbox, it looks like the start of 2015 is going to be full of really good new album releases.  This definitely seems like it will be an exciting time [...]


Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 12/19/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on December 18, 2014

The latest heavy metal news for week of 12/19/14 featuring ANTHRAX, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, ENSLAVED, MASSACRE, AGNOSTIC FRONT, and more.

HOLY SHIT ALERT DEATH DTA TOURS regret that, due to several factors, MASSACRE will not be taking part in the “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European tour in late February/March 2015. Unfortunately, MASSACRE also had to cut their participation in the Swamp Leper Stomp ’14 tour with DTA, OBITUARY and RIVERS OF NIHIL by one show. MASSACRE bassist [...]