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 …

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 …

Alhazred reignites Baltimore’s death metal scene

AlhazredIf you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, you may recognize the name Alhazred, as in Abdul Alhazred, the "Mad Arab" from the Cthulhu stories. Alhazred is also the name of a fairly new Baltimore area technical death metal group.The first time I encountered Alhazred was at the December 7, 2011 Obscura show at Sonar. …

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