Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Review: Enslaved reach new highs on ‘E’

Posted by on October 18, 2017

2017 has been a banner year for Bergen-based metal bands. With amazing releases from Helheim, Taake,  Vulture Industries and others, Western Norway is further solidifying itself as the most important locale for extreme music. Of course, the fact that metal pioneers, Enslaved, hail from the region, more firmly entrenches the mystique of Bergen. Last Friday […]

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Taake Unveils “Ulterior Motives”

Posted by on October 6, 2017

Well, nearly three years have elapsed since Bergen’s Taake released their last full-length, Stridens Hus (tr. House of Strife), so its time for another record to hit this season, and Kong Vinter (tr. King Winter) will be dropping this November 24th. In the meantime, as per Taake’s recent modus operandi, fast moving fans are able […]

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Review: Exhumed bring the gore nostalgia on ‘Death Revenge’

Posted by on October 2, 2017

    First, let me say this… I love Matt Harvey.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way and the scene tourists have now clicked off the page and gone back to tumblr and twitter, let’s begin the review… Exhumed gives us a really nostalgic feel to their soon-to-be released concept album in […]

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Review: Quicksand impressively soldier on as a trio in Philly

Posted by on September 25, 2017

In the early 2000’s, as hard music withered on the vine, there were certain bands I was completely convinced I would never see together again… the Misfits classic lineup, Into Another, The Pixies… and Quicksand. While Into Another and the Misfits have had success and the Pixies started strong but then quickly derailed into a […]

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Review: Satyricon struggles for direction on new album

Posted by on September 22, 2017

Satyricon is a formidable, veteran Norwegian act that just keeps evolving and developing their sound and musicianship. It is this evolution that people in the black metal scene either generally love and admire or detest as they “stray” further from their 1990’s roots. I’m clearly in the former camp as I’ve enjoyed listening to Satyricon’s […]

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Beyond the Gates recap: promoter interviewed; Whoredom Rife and Cult of Fire impress

Posted by on September 19, 2017

Today marks the last post of my wrap up from Beyond the Gates 2017 in Bergen, Norway. It was an overall incredible festival that went amazingly well. My highlights of Mayhem’s performance can be found here as well as Enslaved and Denner/Sherman. The final performances that I’m going to review are two more standouts from the show, […]

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Review: Cripper’s ‘Follow Me: Kill’ is killer

Posted by on September 15, 2017

I will admit that Germany’s Cripper has not been on my radar over the past number of years. Not sure why I didn’t hear of them but its probably related to the bulk of their shows happening in Germany and not any North America touring that I can recall. Normally Norway is my prime European […]

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Review: Mutoid Man, Corrosion of Conformity electrify the Electric Factory

Posted by on September 13, 2017

I was lucky enough to catch one of Danzig’s shows on his short East Coast tour. In addition to the (other) Man in Black, he chose a pair of stellar openers making it a great night for metal in the City of Brotherly Love and Oppressive Taxes.  Mutoid Man and Corrosion of Conformity did a great […]

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Krieg reissues ‘Sono Lo Scherno’

Posted by on September 12, 2017

It’s difficult to say that one particular Krieg record is “unique,” because, frankly, it’s hard to argue that any two Krieg records are really the same, but I will have to say that the band’s Sono Lo Scherno stands out rather significantly from the overall body of the black metal act’s work. Sono Lo Scherno is […]

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Review: Future Terror informs us we’re all f**ked

Posted by on September 11, 2017

Today (9/11), Richmond, Virginia’s Future Terror releases their brand new collection of seven songs on cassette via Black House Industries. I had never heard of Future Terror until just very recently, and let me say I’m quite impressed. We’re All F—ked really brings me back to my youth in the early 80s. Yes, this is […]

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