Jun 12, 2013 — Two Inch Astronaut explodes with a twisted riff and a nasty bass line out of The Dismemberment Plan or Frodus. Reckless and irresponsibly catchy, this is nerd music for who those who plug in.
Jun 4, 2013 — Kwaidan's "The Sound of This Bell" drifts around your brain like a mist of evaporated blood.
May 31, 2013 — The trio has always had grand ambition, dissolving and rebuilding the darker sounds of ambient, noise and metal. Locrian could easily score a Werner Herzog film with this rhythmic, proggy new track.
May 29, 2013 — Autopsy still plays nasty death metal, but "Arch Cadaver" is also a bit of a rock 'n' roll party. Sandwiched between a minute of deranged doom and a left-right-channel guitar-solo face-off, there's a whiskey-swigging, Motorhead-pounding rhythm that boogies at an insane pace.
May 23, 2013 — Mechanical engineer and sculptor Tristan Shone, who records as Author & Punisher, is a master of machines. He's built a robotic entourage — throttles, knobs, rails and all — that responds to MIDI/USB controllers and makes for-real industrial doom metal.
May 7, 2013 — Like Pavement, Speedy Ortiz inverts the notion of rock stardom, while also taking its twisted heft from Polvo, its bummer distortion from Dinosaur Jr. and its gleefully noisy pop sensibility from The Breeders. Hear the oddly hummable "Tiger Tank" from the band's debut album, Major Arcana.
May 3, 2013 — Unlike Glenn Jones, who builds around melodies, acoustic guitarist Chuck Johnson builds his work around patterns that ripple and rattle like the guitar strings themselves. Sink in, and "On a Slow Passing in Ghost Town" becomes a haunting prayer that unravels before your ears.
May 1, 2013 — The guitars on the metal band's aching second album chime like classic U2. Hear the nine-minute opener from Sunbather now.
Apr 26, 2013 — The skin-crawling, multi-sensory set from the experimental U.K. metal band gets the horror film treatment on Maryland Deathfest: The Movie III.
Apr 24, 2013 — The doom-metal band's "Valley of the Dolls" sounds as if the Fab Four finally took a trip too far.