Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Decapitated’s proper release of the ‘The First Damned’ is exactly what you were hoping for

Posted by on May 14, 2021

  You’ve probably searched far and wide to get a halfway decent copy of the much exalted early demos by Decapitated and you might have been disappointed in what you were able to find. For years, fans of Decapitated have been clamoring for a proper release of these late 90’s tracks and finally we are […]

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GWAR’s “The Disc With No Name” features the softer side of GWAR… kind of…

Posted by on May 13, 2021

  Even COVID has kept the mighty GWAR on live performance hiatus as it seems not even these intergalactic gladiators are immune. But while we wait for our favorite aliens to get back on the road here on earth, the band has put together an EP to attempt to hold us over. The Disc With […]

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Just as spring ushers in it’s warmth and splendor, Khandra’s debut LP whisks us back to the deadened winter

Posted by on May 11, 2021

  Khandra’s All Occupied by Sole Death is as bleak as a Belarusian winter itself. It comes in cold and leaves you feeling colder. This is a debut that feels like COVID lockdowns – cold, isolated and detached from everything and everyone.  It’s difficult to find a more appropriate soundtrack to our current earthly existence.   […]

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Melvins TV 3 Live Stream Takes Us Back to the Public Access Days… kind of

Posted by on May 3, 2021

  This past weekend the Melvins released their third live streaming event entitled simply, Melvins TV 3. The first couple of songs was primarily geared for the lovers of the kindly, softer, acoustic version of the band as the guys relied more on melody than distortion. This changed about 30 minutes in when the band […]

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Vreid’s ‘Wild North West’ is one of 2021’s best records

Posted by on April 16, 2021

  In a bleak 2021, Vreid’s Wild North West is undeniably a reason to celebrate. Not only is this one of the best records released this year by any label so far, it is, perhaps Vreid’s crowning achievement. Wild North West will get you hooked right at the first listen and then provides a great […]

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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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