Exclusive video and podcast premiere: VON’s Architects of Death

VON has been long recognized as one of America’s first black metal bands. And while co-founder Jason Ventura, known as VENIEN!!!, has remarked that that was really never the original intent of the band’s mission, VON remains squarely rooted in the history of USBM, whether they like it or not. Musically, today’s iteration of VON, …

Metallomusikum’s Top 14 albums for 2014

For our end of the year effort, Derek and I recorded a really funny best of albums for 2014 podcast. Then I immediately lost the audio file. Thanks technology! Anyway, we still wanted to share our countdown of best 14 albums for 2014. So here are our lists in narrative form! We can come to …

Don’t piss off Krampus: go to Krampusnacht show Dec. 5 at Sidebar

Friday, Dec. 5 Metallomusikum hosts a Krampusnacht concert of black metal blasphemy at The Sidebar. Bands include Dweller in the Valley (Frederick, MD); Ravn (Richmond, VA); Death Shroud (Radford, VA), Archael (Fredericksburg, VA) and Athame (Hagerstown, MD/Falling Waters WV). Check out the event page here. Don't know what a Krampus is? Perhaps you don't really …

Shadow Woods Metal Fest in the works for fall 2015

Metallomusikum will be hosting a metal and camping fest in September 2015. Details are still top secret at this point but rest assured we are working on a great inaugural fest! Go on over to http://shadowwoodsmetalfest.com/ and subscribe so that you can be updated on announcements as they happen. Metal. Camping. Bonfires, Adult beverages, perhaps? …

Tonight Manilla Road rewires The Circuit

I am not sure that The Circuit, a relatively new music venue in Essex, has had a concert as large and as amazing as the one that will occur in just a few hours. I hope you all come out to witness this destruction. This epic heavy metal event is hosted and sponsored by Metallomusikum …

Review: The Lesser Key of Solomon by A Sound of Thunder

The Northern Virginia/DC/MD area band A Sound of Thunder has a new album out called The Lesser Key of Solomon. On Friday, November 21, they open for the legendary Manilla Road at The Circuit in Essex, along with Iron Man, Witch Hazel and Maximum Oversatan. Tickets to the show can be purchased here. I thought …

Stone Breath, Albatwitch and the music scene of south central Pennsylvania

About an hour north of Baltimore, the city of York serves as kind of a hub for the music scene in South Central Pennsylvania. This time on the Metallomusikum podcast, I talk to Timothy Renner, who is in both the acid folk band Stone Breath and the experimental blackened noise duo Albatwitch. Brian Magar, the …

Vattnet Viskar members, Tombs Mike Hill talking about nothing much at Metro Gallery

This time on the podcast, I chatted with Mike Hill of Tombs and all the members of Vattnet Viskar (Chris Alfieri, Seamus Menihane, Nick Thornbury and Casey Aylward) before their Metro Gallery show with Pallbearer on October 30, 2014. We talked about Halloween, podcasting, wrestling, bad interviews, coffee and how Lover Boy may influence modern …

Manilla Road invades The Circuit November 21

Wherever Manilla Road goes, it is Shark Week...Mark "The Shark" Shelton that is. On November 21, Metallomusikum and The Circuit, a new club in Essex, will host the heavy metal legends, along with A Sound of Thunder, Iron Man, Witch Hazel and Maximum Oversatan. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and available …

Abysmal Dawn, or when I am more excited about an opening band than a headliner

Tomorrow night, Oct. 7, the infamous Deicide plays at Empire in Springfield, Virginia. The other bands in the lineup include Inquisition, Carach Angren, Septicflesh and Abysmal Dawn, along with some local death metal bands, such as Tortile. Of these, I am particularly excited to see Abysmal Dawn. I first caught Abysmal Dawn in December 2011 when …