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Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals Leave No Doubts with their ‘Vulgar Display of Pantera’ Livestream

Posted by on April 12, 2021

  If you doubt Phil Anselmo, check yourself. If you think the Illegals can’t do justice to Pantera, you clearly haven’t heard them. Look, let’s get this out of the way, there was only one Dime and only one Vinnie Paul. But they are no longer with us. Phil still is and Phil is the […]

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Seth’s ‘La Morsure du Christ’ Breathes Much Needed Life into Black Metal’s Decaying Corpse

Posted by on April 12, 2021

  So far 2021 has been a rather dismal and dull year for black metal. It’s not surprising as it seems that most media outlets have been celebrating pseudo and para- black metal for some time now, labelling anything with a blast beat and tremolo picking as “black metal.”  And if I had a dollar […]

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Metal Insider’s Jeff Podoshen speaks with Vreid’s Jarle Kvale on upcoming concept album ‘Wild North West’

Posted by on February 26, 2021

  Norwegian extreme metal veterans are releasing their upcoming concept record entitled Wild North West, this Spring. The “North West,” though, that they’re talking about isn’t Portland, Oregon or Seattle (though both might fit that “wild” moniker these days); rather it’s the Norwegian state of Sogndal. The region, north of Bergen, is one of many […]

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Crowbar gives all they have in livestream performance from NoLa

Posted by on February 22, 2021

  Two miles from downtown New Orleans, featuring his signature long grey beard and well-worn black t-shirt, Kirk Windstein and company gave fans a crushing one hour plus performance via livestream this past February 20, 2021. Directed by Mike Holderbeast, who went for a clean, no-nonsense visual direction, and mixed impeccably by Duance Simoneaux at […]

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Kankar’s ‘Dunkle Millennia’ is a debut LP I can’t seem to stop listening to

Posted by on February 18, 2021

  Whatever they put in the water over at the Eisenwald camp seems to working, because this label is quickly becoming one of my very favorites. Just a few months ago they released Uada’s soon-to-be-classic Djinn, and now they hit us right square in the jaw with the debut record from Germany’s Kankar. Folks, I […]

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The Taake/Helheim 10″ split ‘Henholdsvis’ is just as frigid as you might expect it to be

Posted by on February 16, 2021

  Recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen of Vulture Industries, Bergen, Norway’s favorite sons, Taake and Helheim have a new split record on tap for the coldest part of the year. Taake shares two tracks with us. As you might imagine, they are as frigid as the northernmost Norwegian winter, and we wouldn’t have it any other […]

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Tombs’ high intensity live stream sweats you like a (bone) furnace

Posted by on February 8, 2021

  This past Friday, February 5, fans were able to view an intense live stream from Brooklyn metallers Tombs. You already know we really dig the band’s latest release Under Sullen Skies, and it was even in my Top 20 of 2020. It was certainly with some great anticipation that I was actually able to […]

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Australia’s StarGazer impresses with “Psychic Secretions”

Posted by on January 22, 2021

  I was pleasantly surprised when I recently received StarGazer’s newest record Psychic Secretions on the Nuclear War Now label. While I normally find myself trying out records from bands in Europe, after listening to “The Occidental Scourge” on a whim, I was suddenly hooked on this blackened death/proggy threesome. In fact, I’ve been listening […]

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Poland’s Szary Wilk presents striking debut with ‘Wrath’

Posted by on January 19, 2021

  As an American of Polish descent I’ve been to Poland many times, and I’ve been there many times in cold winters. There are few places more bleak, in my own personal experience and having been through some of those terrible snowstorms in the rural areas I can see why my many moved to warmer […]

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‘Perpetual Chaos’ propels Nervosa to the big leagues

Posted by on January 19, 2021

  For the past number of years Brazil’s Nervosa has generally flown under the radar. While their brand of thrash has always been pretty solid, they never quite broke the plane from very good to great. Their newest release on Napalm Records, Perpetual Chaos, changes this. Nervosa just got the call up to the major […]

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