Podcast 4: Autumn Screams Doom

Doom, stoner metal and sludge seem to be what the kids wanna hear these days. So this time on the podcast, we talked to Hasan and Dan about the fall fest Autumn Screams Doom, October 25 and 26 at The Ottobar. Specific details of the fest can be found on the Facebook event page here. …

(the) Melvins up close and personal

I know (the) Melvins play like one million shows a year, but other than the madness that was their performance at Maryland Deathfest, I have not seen this band up close. The Ottobar was the place to be for that Friday night. I'd worked a full day and still wearing my dress from work but …

REVIEW: Early Graves’ Red Horse

Usually when I go to a show, I make a half-assed attempt to listen to the bands on the bill that I am unfamiliar with. Such was the case with the San Francisco band Early Graves when I saw them open for Skeletonwitch last month at the Ottobar in Baltimore.Early Graves @Ottobar 2012. Photo by …

Grindcore 101 with Pig Destroyer’s Blake Harrison

When it comes to music, my opinion is based on a binary system: either I like it or I don't. Pig Destroyer is a band labeled as grindcore that I had heard many people mention, but I had never checked them out. I didn't know if I liked them or not.As far as grindcore goes, …

New Pig Destroyer song released!

Have you ever had one of those days where everything is excrement? Pig Destroyer quite possibly wrote the soundtrack to that day. Their new album, Book Burner, will be available in the US on Oct. 22, but Relapse Records knows you PxDx fans can barely wait to sink you teeth into this meaty grindcore masterpiece.The …

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. …