By Avinash Mittur
It’s a Friday night in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. On 17th and Wisconsin, there lies a little bar and grill called Thee Parkside; if you’re not careful, you might drive right past without even knowing it. I’ve ventured to Thee Parkside just for this night, one that I have been waiting for since the age of fifteen. About one hundred metalheads and I have gathered to see one of the best bands in the world, Brocas Helm. I enter the minute the doors open, and I’m immediately greeted by friends and many of the Bay Area’s most dedicated metal lifers- this is the band’s first local show in nearly four years and before the night ends, the dive finds itself packed with Brocas Helm’s most rabid fans.
After three strong openers, the legendary act finally takes the stage at half past midnight and my excitement is boiling over. Standing tall at 6’4”, frontman and guitarist Bob Wright introduces the first song of the night as one that showcases his two bandmates, drummer Jack Hays and bassist Jim “The Wizard” Schumacher; the song is ‘Time of the Dark,’ Brocas Helm’s masterpiece and the high point of their thirty year career. Thirty years is a long time for any band to be around for, and Brocas Helm has come out of it with all three of its original members onstage. How did they reach this point though? How does a band exist for three decades, release only three studio albums, hardly ever play hometown shows and still end up with a fanatical, cult-like following? How does a band that breaks every other rule in the heavy metal handbook end up being one of the best on planet Earth? Continue reading
By Avinash Mittur
“It was just dead. Completely dead.” What was dead? Was it a person? An animal? A society? When Sean McGrath, singer (growler) and guitarist for a gore-obsessed death metal band called Impaled uttered those words he was referring to the San Francisco Bay Area’s heavy metal music scene in the early ‘90s. For McGrath and his fellow metalheads, that time may as well have been the dark ages. “People just didn’t go to metal shows. There really wasn’t anybody doing anything.”
For sixteen years, Impaled has been one of the flag-bearers for Bay Area death metal. Their first full-length album, The Dead Shall Dead Remain, was released right in the middle of those bleak times. Thirteen years later, Impaled is releasing a spit-shined re-recording of that album under the name of The Dead Still Dead Remain via Willowtip Records. Until now though, the detailed history behind Impaled’s debut record has been somewhat murky, really only known well by those who were there at the time. The following words are my attempt to document the early days of this band, and chronicle the events surrounding their debut album and its imminent rebirth. Continue reading
Our friends in Mumbai (India) based black metal band Solar Deity are unleashing their third EP ‘Devil Worship’ today, September 1st 2013. The new EP is a sequel to the Satanic outfit’s debut, In the Name of Satan, and the follow-up to last year’s atmospheric masterpiece, The Darkness of Being. Continue reading
By Andrew Bansal
The year of 2013 has crossed its half-way point, and this is usually a good time to recap the first half and reminisce on the good music that came out during the period. When your mind is open and receptive to the entire spectrum of heavy music rather than just a subset of it, you find yourself appreciating a lot of bands of hugely varying styles. I found this to be true in my case this year as I ended up enjoying a plethora of albums. Some of the big names came up with massively disappointing albums, there were others that vindicated the people who kept the faith in them, and then there were new bands that popped up with awesome releases.
Hence I present to you my top 13 albums list at this point. As always, I’d like to point out that only full-length studio albums of original material have been considered for the list. EPs, split albums and covers albums haven’t been taken into account. I hope you enjoy what you read below, and just keep in mind; as for the albums I left out, it’s not that I hate each and every one of them, it’s just that the 13 listed below are, in my opinion, serve best as albums purely for the purposes of listening at home. Continue reading
Following premieres by Bevar Sea, Albatross and Dying Embrace, now it’s the turn of Mumbai-based black metal outfit Solar Deity to unleash their Motörhead cover. They’ve chosen the title track of the metal godfathers’ 1986 album ‘Orgasmatron’. You can listen to Solar Deity’s rendition using the player below, exclusively on this site. The track will be part of the Motörhead India Tribute album, to be released this summer via Iron Fist Records. Continue reading