Concert Photo Review: DARKEST HOUR @ The Boardwalk – Orangevale, California


Washington, DC metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR recently wrapped up a co-headlining West Coast tour with Unearth . The festivities began in Seattle, with shows in Portland, Orangevale, Los Angeles, San Diego, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Grand Junction, and ending in Denver December 15th. Continue reading

Portland, Oregon’s WITCH VOMIT to release “Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave in August

Following the reckless barbarity of 2017’s Poisoned Blood MLP, Portland, Oregon-based death cult WITCH VOMIT digs deeper into the ground than ever before, disinterring Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave, their second full-length torrent of skull-bashing, worm-ridden horror from beyond. Continue reading

 British Heavy Metal Icons DIAMOND HEAD Unleash Video For “The Sleeper”

British heavy metal icons DIAMOND HEAD are pleased to unveil a lyric video for “The Sleeper.” The tune comes by way of the band’s critically-lauded The Coffin Train full-length, released earlier this year via Silver Lining Music.

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 Brazilian Trio Announces Deafkids West Coast US Dates With Big|Brave

Brazilian avant-hardcore/noise trio DEAFKIDS will make their North American live debut next month in support of their Metaprogramação LP, released earlier this year through Neurot Recordings.

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Full-Length From Stockholm Hardcore Crust Punk Veterans VICTIMS Streaming Online

The Horse And Sparrow Theory, the impending full-length from Stockholm hardcore crust punk veterans VICTIMS, in its battering entirety is streaming below. The stream comes in advance of the record’s worldwide release this Friday, June 28th via Relapse Records. Continue reading

San Jose Deathgrind/Punk Unit DEATHGRAVE Announces West Coast Summer Tour

San Jose deathgrind/punk practitioners DEATHGRAVE will take to the streets this July on an eight-date West Coast tour. The trek begins July 17th in Chico, California and will tear its way through eight cities upon its conclusion July 24th in Sacramento, California. See all confirmed dates below. Continue reading

New Video From Doom Metal Faction Castle Undraped Canadian Dates Announced‏

Welcome To The Graveyard is the forthcoming new full-length from West Coast doom metallers, CASTLE. Captured by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon this past Winter, the eight-track offering will see official July 15th via Ván Records.

“The song ‘Hammer And The Cross’ commands a lot of space and we wanted to find a location to match its starkness,” elaborates vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell of the clip. “We filmed the video at an old, abandoned dairy farm north of Toronto in the middle of February in Canada. The cold, swirling imagery is a perfect complement to the hypnotic doomy sounds of the song. It was a successful collaboration with our director and a lot of fun to make.”

6/15/2016 Yucca Tap – Phoenix, AZ
6/16/2016 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX
6/17/2016 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
6/18/2016 Rudyards – Houston, TX
6/19/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
6/20/2016 New World Brewery – Tampa, FL
6/21/2016 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
6/22/2016 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
6/23/2016 Reggies – Wilmington, NC
6/24/2016 Maryland Doom Fest – Frederick, MD
6/25/2016 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
6/26/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
6/27/2016 Skeletunes – Ft. Wayne, IN
6/28/2016 Vaudeville – Des Moines, IA
6/29/2016 O’Leaver’s – Omaha, NE
6/30/2016 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
7/01/2016 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
7/02/2016 Chateau le Punk – Las Vegas, NV
7/17/2016 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA #
7/19/2016 Mission Tobacco – Riverside, CA  #
7/20/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA #
7/21/2016 Hi Water Mark – Portland, OR #
7/22/2016 Funhouse – Seattle, WA  #
7/23/2016 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT #
7/24/2016 Railyard – Billings, MT #
7/26/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL *
7/27/2016 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI *
7/28/2016 Franks Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI  *
7/29/2016 Shakespeare Pub – Kalamazoo, MI *
7/30/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI *
7/31/2016 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA *^
8/01/2016 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH ^
8/02/2016 Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY ^
8/03/2016 Geno’s – Portland, ME ^ w/ Hessian
8/04/2016 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/05/2016 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/06/2016 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/07/2016 TBA – Washington, DC
8/08/2016 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
8/09/2016 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
8/10/2016 The End – Nashville, TN
8/11/2016 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
8/12/2016 The Grotto – Ft. Worth, TX
8/13/2016 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/14/2016 The Elbow Room – Wichita, KS
8/16/2016 The Underground – Santa Fe, NM
8/17/2016 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
8/18/2016  Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
8/19/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA
8/20/2016 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA

8/27/2016 Doom Over T.O. Fest – Toronto, ON

9/07/2016 Katacombes – Montreal, PQ

9/08/2016 Envol at Macadam Fest – Quebec City, PQ

9/09/2016 Panic Room – St. John, NB

9/10/2016 Gus Pub – Halifax, NS

9/11/2016 Baba’s – Charlottetown, PEI

9/12/2016 Capitol Complex – Fredericton, NB

9/13/2016 Ti-Petac – Trois Rivieres, PQ

9/14/2016 House Of Targ – Ottawa, ON

9/16/2016 Black Pirates Pub – Thunder Bay, ON

9/17/2016 King’s Hotel – Winnipeg, MB

9/18/2016 TBA – Saskatoon, SK

9/19/2016 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

9/20/2016 Fernando’s – Kelowna, BC

9/21/2016 The Office Pub – Kamloops, BC

9/22/2016 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC

9/23/2016 Logans Pub – Victoria, BC

9/24/2016 Palomino – Calgary, AB

9/26/2016 The Club – Regina, SK

9/28/2016 New American – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

9/29/2016 Call The Office – London, ON

# w/ Disenchanter
* w/ Brimstone Coven
^ w/ Blizaro


LO-PAN – “Colossus” Album Review‏


Ohio stoner rockers LO-PAN are about to release their latest full length album, Colossus, on October 7th. I’ve had the pleasure to check out the latest album and I must say I found myself headbanging and overall enjoying the Hell out of this album. The album is named after the Colossus of Rhodes, a 96 foot tall statue of the Greek Titan-God, Helios. This colossus of an album delivers 10 rock tracks clocking in at about 42 minutes that you will find yourself blasting at full volume in your car. Why your car? Cause this album was bred to be listened to while driving down a desert highway, top down with a hot blonde next to you, rockin’ out right along with you as you head to the beautiful coasts of California. The vocals are smooth and inspire you to sing right along with Frontman Jeff Martin.


The guitars deliver stoner rock that’ll have you movin’ and groovin’ and feeling like all is right in the world. If you’re into great rock with a chill sound or are looking for just some music that you can play at a party that everyone will enjoy having on while getting on with their convo’s, this album is it. Drive with this album, play it on the weekends while you work on your car, play it while driving… there’s no end to the replay value of this album. LO-PAN’s Colossus is a great fourth album effort on their part and I look forward to hearing more from them. LO-PAN is currently on tour, if they happen to hit your city, I strongly suggest in checking them out as they are a band that is truly appreciated at their lives shows. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Complete with cover art courtesy of Jason Alexander Byers (ex-Disengage, Black Black Black), Colossus, like its namesake, was built in defiance of gods and men, and while LO-PAN’s loudest statement has always been made on stage, the material they craft and the power with which they execute it on this album is bound to stand for years to come.
Colossus Track Listing:
1. Regulus
2. Land Of The Blind
3. Black Top Revelation
4. Marathon Man
5. N.P.D.
6. Colossus
7. Vox
8. Eastern Seas
9. Relo
10. The Duke

LO-PAN w/ Black Cobra [remaining dates]
9/04/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/05/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/07/2014 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/08/2014 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
9/09/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/10/2014 The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
9/11/2014 TBD
9/12/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/13/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC
9/14/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
9/15/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VT
9/16/2014 TT The Bears – Boston, MA
9/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/18/2014 Saint Vitus – New York, NY
9/19/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
9/20/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/21/2014 The Outpost – Kent, OH *
9/22/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
9/26/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS
9/27/2014 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
9/28/2014 Burt’s Tiki Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
9/29/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/30/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
10/01/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
10/02/2014 New Parish – Oakland, CA
10/04/2014 Downtown Lounge – Tulsa, OK *
10/17/2014 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH * Record Release Show
*LO-PAN headlining date/No Black Cobra

Colossuswill be released via Small Stone October 7th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION..         Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

Abre Ojos – “Gates” Review


Abre Ojos is an audio-visual project by Melbourne, Australia native Scott Baker. He has had over 20 years of experience working in the fields of experimental music, video and illustration. Abre Ojos is Baker’s exploration of synthetic music along with geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. I had the pleasure of listening to his latest installment for his project called Gates which was quite impressive to listen to. The album has an accompanying DVD which enhances the music with visual images created by Baker but this album is quite interesting to listen to on its own. The music is very ambient in style and meant to be listened to bring you into a meditative state of mind. The sounds are very eerie and possibly make you see visuals in your mind akin to that of Clive Barker or Stephen King, depending on what twisted creatures lay in your mind.


This album can easily be the score for a thriller/horror movie. I found myself frequently transported to the darkest recesses of my mind and conjured twisted visions of my own. The music is soothing and yet equally haunting. One thing I found very intriguing as well is that all the song titles, when read together, make for a poem with a message that Scott Baker connects with our souls. If you ever wanted to listen to ambient music that can make your skin crawl but also give you a free trip through your own spirituality, Abre Ojos’ album Gates is the way to go. I also suggest getting the accompanied DVD as well to get the full effect of Bakers work.