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 …