Graveyard’s bassist heads to rehab

Graveyard, that beautiful Swedish concoction of blues, metal and fuzzy guitar distortion, have decided to give their bandmate, bassist Rikard Edlund, the time he needs to get clean from addiction. The group just posted the statement below on their Facebook page. Rikard Edlund of Graveyard. Photo by M. SpiroI saw Graveyard here in Baltimore back in …

Play guitar for Pentagram. No, really.

Bobby Liebling with Victor Griffin. Photo M. Spiro/ 2011Victor Griffin is moving on to other things, and Pentagram needs a guitarist. I don't know about you, but I think for the right person this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The band just posted this statement on their Facebook page so there's no need to …

Doomantia benefit compilation drops today. Get it!

Earlier this month I wrote about Doomantia.com's founder Ed Barnard and how he had fallen on financial hard times due to medical expenses. Today the 39 song Doomantia Vol. 1 compilation was released and man, I am only four songs in to listening, but it totally crushes.Bands appearing on this compilation are from across the …

Misery Index choosing quality over quantity

Misery Index, Baltimore's death/grindcore heroes, have been bludgeoning eardrums with their own homegrown brutality since 2001. And while I don't imagine they will be slowing down any time soon, they also have earned the right to pick and choose when, where and with whom they to play.Next month, Misery Index heads out on tour with Cannibal …

Grindcore 101 with Pig Destroyer’s Blake Harrison

When it comes to music, my opinion is based on a binary system: either I like it or I don't. Pig Destroyer is a band labeled as grindcore that I had heard many people mention, but I had never checked them out. I didn't know if I liked them or not.As far as grindcore goes, …

Doomantia founder must be spared from actual doom

There's a saying that most of us are just one paycheck away from being homeless. In the case of Ed Barnard, mastermind behind the doom, sludge, psychedelic, stoner, sludge metal website Doomantia, it was a $10,000 medical bill.At last report on his webiste, Ed was indeed homeless in the state of Washington, splitting time between …

Botanist: he drums for the trees

Botanist, everything you need for a one-man, eco-terrorist performance.I am a firm believer in having no rules in most anything, especially music. Black metal may be one of the most rigidly defined subgenres, and its fan base can be rife with elitist assholes (of which I can be one), but black metal is still the …