SHE-WOLF’S “WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY” PLAYLIST

SHE-WOLF’S “WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY” PLAYLIST

Support: Blood Ceremony. Photo credit: Tone Deaf Touring. Happy Women’s Equality Day, Hearers of Evil! Considering that we still get catcalled on the street (and told that we ought to be flattered), receive less pay than men for doing the same amount of work, and are still expected and encouraged to wear crippling shoes, we’ve got a long way to go. In the meantime, at least we’re making really good music. Support: Have you seen these yet? FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT “FEMALE-FRONTED” IS NOT A GENRE TOP TEN FEMALE METALHEAD PET...
TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2012

TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2012

Support: I’m going to be sad when it’s like, 2041 and lists with titles like this will no longer make sense. In the meantime… 12. Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes Ensiferum took their time with this one, and it shows. 2012 didn’t see a whole lot of folk metal releases, but the few I got to hear were pretty great. 11. Grave Digger – Clash Of The Gods Grave Digger have proven that they are still relevant after 32 years in the scene. Clash Of The Gods sounds like it was ripped straight out of the ’80s, and brand new all at the same time. 10. Christian Mistress – Possession I was more excited than anyone I knew for Christian Mistress’s sophomore album, and it did not disappoint. Possession is fantastic from start to finish, and losing it in a hard drive crash was a low point in this otherwise great year. 9. Wintersun – Time I You knew it was coming. The Chinese Democracy of Finnish melodeath, Time I was hyped to the extreme and mostly delivered on its awesomeness. Forget about how the album was supposedly so complex that there are hundreds of track sper song and crashed Jari’s computer — it is an enjoyable album to listen to, and that’s all that mattered. 8. King Giant – Dismal Hollow 2012 was the year that I fully explored my stoner side (I discovered Red Fang and Dozer in late 2011). Dismal Hollow came along in January, which couldn’t have been a better time. If I had gotten it on tape, the magnetic strip would have been WAY worn...
Interview with Christian Mistress

Interview with Christian Mistress

Support: As you all know (and if you don’t, you really should by now), Christian Mistress is a band on the rise. Their second album, Possession, just hit stores today, and their sound is a fresh twist on the old NWOBHM favorites. I’ve been a huge fan of the band since someone spun “Black Vigil” for me on Turntable, and recently I got a chance to interview them. We talk fame, fans, and femininity in this brief interview below. Please check out their new album, which is streaming on GuitarWorld for the time being, and obviously, go buy the album here if you enjoy it even half as much as I did. ***** Who are your influences, and how and when did you get exposed to them? Oscar: Being a guitar player I’d say there’s a revolving door of influences. Being interested in music and records really exposed me to a lot of bands that I like. For this band in particular I wanted to put the rock’n roll back into metal. I’ve been listening to a lot of Scorpions, Judas Priest, a lot of obscure heavy metal, and the blues. I guess you can say I’m a fan of the guitar. You all seem to be avoiding the social network scene (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Is this a conscious effort, and if so, how do you feel about your growing internet presence? RYAN: We have international press, no need for a digital trading card. Social networking is a waste of time. You wanna spend your time sitting down looking at a screen? That’s not livin’ man! That’s what I’m...
New Christian Mistress Track Streaming on NPR

New Christian Mistress Track Streaming on NPR

Support: “Black To Gold,” a track off of traditional heavy metal band Christian Mistress‘s upcoming album Possession, has made its premiere on National Public Radio! Not exactly the first place one would expect to hear heaviness, but nevertheless, a stream of “Black To Gold” as well as a brief interview with lead singer Christine Davis are available on NPR’s official website. Influenced primarily by NWOBHM artists like Witchfinder General and Iron Maiden, Christian Mistress manage to put a modern spin on an old favorite sound. Possession, the band’s second album, will hit stores on February 28. In the meantime, if you’re lucky enough to be on the West Coast, check out the band during their mini-tour on the following dates: 2/22/2012 Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge (with Black Breath, Green and Wood) 2/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Danava (with Plan B) 3/2/2012 Olympia, WA @ The Art Supply Gallery (Possession CD Release Show) Support: Have you seen these yet? Interview with Christian Mistress TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2012 IRON MAIDEN RELEASES AN EAST COAST RECAP OF THE “MAIDEN ENGLAND” TOUR! My Metal New Year’s Resolutions TONY IOMMI RANKED #1 TOP METAL GUITARIST OF ALL TIME BY...
My Metal New Year’s Resolutions

My Metal New Year’s Resolutions

Support: Ringing in the New Year in my awesome Hypoxia shirt at Duff’s Brooklyn. You’ve heard it all before — “I resolve to lose those last 10 pounds,” “I resolve to eat right,” “I resolve to be kind to my fellow man,” and so on and so forth. Well, I started losing weight before 2012, I already have a taste for healthy food, and being kind is for losers. What’s left for a surly metalhead like me? I didn’t want to be left out of this New Year’s resolution ritual, so I decided I’d come up with a nice short list of the metal-est goals I want to accomplish this year. Here goes: 1. Go to more shows, local and otherwise. Due to circumstances beyond my control, my financial situation took a turn for the worse. As a result, I missed out on seeing a lot of great shows last year. My friends IKILLYA headlined a show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to close out 2011, and I did the responsible thing and stayed home to catch up on sleep and make sure I could pay my electric bill. I missed the Horns Up Rocks Dimebag tribute show at Trash Bar in Brooklyn, the Eyes Like Cyanide EP release show, and countless others, for one monetary reason or another. I resolve to increase my concert budget so I can support my local brothers and sisters, but also so I never have to make a choice between seeing Judas Priest or Megadeth ever again. On a TOTALLY unrelated note, see you guys at Gigantour (I’m so sorry, Mr. Halford)!...
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