Tag Archives: Portland

Amplified: Ruin “Reopen” a can of groovy thrash

Posted by on September 9, 2016

  Amplified is a weekly column focusing on unsigned and local artists. If you think your band fits the bill, email us at [email protected] Mmm, groove. There was definitely a time that every band I listened to had to sound like Ruin, and I’m disappointed my teenage self didn’t know about them. Ruin’s style is mostly […]

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Cleveland, Portland, and Pittsburgh ranked among most metal cities in US

Posted by on June 17, 2016

Inspired by the Jakub Marian’s map of Number of Metal Bands Per Capita, Noisey’s Simon Davis took it upon himself to investigate which cities in the United States had the most heavy metal bands. Using the Metal Archives at Encyclopedia Metallum, he isolated the 22,983 US based metal bands from the 109,666 worldwide listed bands […]

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Dissident Aggression: The Random Cosmic Violence of Usnea

Posted by on October 31, 2014

What exactly is in the water up in Portland, Oregon?  The sheer volume, not to mention the high quality, of heavy music acts that have been pouring out of an otherwise bucolic, little city has been quite impressive for quite some time now.  Is Portland, OR the most “metal” place in North America these days?  […]

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Dissident Aggression: In The Back Alley With A Transient

Posted by on August 26, 2013

The best grindcore is always the most pissed off.  It’s the type of music you listen to for the aggression, the rush of endorphins in the most primal sense.  It’s also the type of music you blast to annoy your neighbors, alienate yourself and really give anyone in earshot a reason to think you’re at […]

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Dissident Aggression: Haling Corrosion With Ephemeros

Posted by on August 9, 2013

There are certain genres that, as the majority of bands go, there’s not a whole lot to experiment with.  Funeral Doom for example may, at first glance, appear to be one of those genres.  You play real heavy, you play real slow, you sound depressing as hell and viola!  But for any genre within the […]

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Radio Spotlight: KWVA/Eugene OR’s Thor Slaughter

Posted by on August 24, 2012

The Syndicate, Metal Insider’s parent company, is a promotion and marketing company that has championed the metal scene for almost 15 years. In our weekly Radio Spotlight, we’ll offer a look behind the scenes of metal radio from some of the stations and outlets playing metal that the Syndicate works with to spotlight the newest underground music on […]

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Red Fang: “Hopefully Early Next Year We’ll Have Our New Record Finished”

Posted by on July 5, 2012

Since 2009, when their first album was released on Sargent House, Portland’s Red Fang has quickly gained popularity. Now signed to Relapse Records, the quartet released Murder the Mountains in 2011 to glorifying reviews and hit the road with Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Metallica took notice and invited them to grace the Damage […]

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Ask The: Graphic Designer With Portland From Sons Of Nero/Ferret – Win A Limited Edition Silkscreen!

Posted by on December 1, 2008

Chances are, you might not know the name Sons of Nero, but you’re almost definitely familiar with their work. The graphic design firm, which formed in 2000, is behind many iconic album covers, T-shirts, and Web sites, including acts like Bring Me the Horizon, In Flames, Unearth, Protest the Hero, and 36 CrazyFists. Started in […]

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