20 Best Concerts of 2012

Radical Discharge - Photo M. SpiroGoing back through my Google Calendar and my events list on Facebook caused so many concert memories to come rushing back from 2012. It looks as though I attended well over 60 music-related events this year—from large multi-day festivals to little bar shows. I even left the country for one …

20 Maryland Bands You Ought to Know

Radamanthys support! (Photo by Mary Spiro)I am feeling pretty lazy today what with it being the end of the year and I am on vacation and not feeling 100 % metal for the last five weeks. However, I thought it would be a good thing to encourage you to get out there in 2013 and …

The 2012 HOLY SHIT List, my favorite albums for the year

I have been reading a lot of year-end best of album lists, so I suppose I should make my own list. Metallomusikum is nearly a year old; it’s due for that kind of thing.Some of the "best of" lists I have found are ludicrous; like really, what were the writers thinking? I knew that Village …

REVIEW: Carthage – Salt of the Earth

Carthage of BaltimoreMath-core, metal-core, djent, technical death metal. All these subgenres of heavy metal have one important thing in common—complexity. The new album by Baltimore’s Carthage is rife with challenging complexity and notable musical virtuosity. But do I like it?Well, yes, but not for the reasons you might like it. Or hate it. Salt of …

Music I have purchased on Bandcamp

Sometimes instant gratification wins out and I need to obtain a musical recording as soon as possible. Many people turn to iTunes and Amazon, and I have purchased my fair share of music from those outlets--mostly with gift cards from friends or family.  However, I prefer to buy music hosted on Bandcamp. I love the …

Start a mosh pit in your living room with StageIt

The other day, a friend on Facebook used the term “couch gravity” to describe the reason why he didn’t attend as many live musical performances as he’d like.  But what if you could attend a live performance and support the musicians you love from your couch? You could even start a mosh pit in your …