Iron Man posts new song video on Facebook

Louis Strachan (left) and Alfred Morris III of Iron ManTraditional doom metal aficionados will be happy to learn that the legendary group, Iron Man, is working on new material. Today on their Facebook page and YouTube channel, they released a video of a new song performed recently at a benefit show in Brunswick, MD.  The …

I am a big metal fan

Do you have a vest as awesome as this? Do you show your devotion to metal in your clothing? This vest, made by Chris Woodford of Pittsburgh, is among the best I've ever seen anywhere. Can you beat it? Send me your photos and maybe I will feature it here.

Metal concert set for Feb 11 to benefit sick baby

Parents know that raising children presents challenges. But when your child has a chromosomal imbalance like 8-month old Delainie Simpson of Waynesboro, PA, every day can seem like a marathon with no finish line in sight.It was a seemingly uneventful pregnancy. Yet within minutes of Delainie’s birth, her need for nearly constant medical care has …

Abigail Williams booking DIY tour in support of CD release

Ken Sorceron (Photo by Mary Spiro)It's been said a dozen times that each new Abigail Williams recording sounds like a new band. And I have read that the band hails from New York, California and now most recently, Phoenix. Look at photos of the band over the last several years and you won't recognize the …

Graveyard resurrects psychedelic garage rock for the end of days

If you were one of those kids who snuck a listen to your parent's 70s psychedelic rock records (think Cream, Hot Tuna, Blue Cheer on vinyl) then you’ll be glad to know that a host of musicians are re-interpreting that groove for the 21st century. Three such groups played a sold-out show at Baltimore’s Golden …

Baltimore’s underground metalcore

DisetteIf musical genres could be compared to animals, then metalcore would be like an unbroken horse. Its lyrics paint powerful, emotional landscapes and its song structures demonstrate complex and technical character, but in the end, the unbridled sound throws its listeners to the ground in a sweaty heap. Metalcore, deathcore and their crusty cousins, hardcore …

Above All, The Sidebar Tavern 12-30-11

Above All is a hardcore metal band from Baltimore, MD.  I spoke with them briefly after a show on Dec. 30, 2011 outside The Sidebar Tavern. They discussed their upcoming recording and the Baltimore music scene.  It's nice when a band feels they can be candid with you.Above All is guitarist Aaron Schenning, bassist Andrew …

Our Music Scene Sucks

The sentiment of "[insert city name here] has a lousy music scene" has existed in every place I have lived (which includes Washington, DC; Champaign-Urbana, IL; Manhattan, KS, and now here in Baltimore, MD). I also hear this complaint from most musicians I know who live in other cities across the country. I have even …