Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Fireburn’s newest is hard as NAILS

Posted by on August 14, 2017

Could I be dreaming? Is there really a band out there that features Todd Jones (NAILS), Todd Youth (Danzig, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot, Murphy’s Law, Warzone), Nick Townsend (Knife Fight) and Israel Joseph I (Bad Brains)?   This is no dream. Not only is this a reality,  there’s a 12” EP coming out that you can […]

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Here’s an alternate ‘Best Metal Songs of the ’90s’ list

Posted by on August 11, 2017

Metal Hammer released their “100 Best Metal Songs of the 90s” two days ago. Look, there are some good songs on that list, no doubt. But as someone who was a fan of metal during the glorious 1980’s, the 1990’s still sting as the decade when metal almost died and the world was introduced to […]

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Better hearing protection solutions for metal fans: a review of Vibes and Etymotics ER 20

Posted by on August 4, 2017

I attended my first rock and roll concert in the 1980’s. Somewhat ironic to this article, it was The Who. The Who, of course, were one of the very first rock and roll bands to play LOUD. Intensely loud. So much so that guitarist and vocalist Pete Townsend suffered severe hearing damage before he even […]

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Review: Ghost scare up an Iron Maiden off date, 7/20/17, The Fillmore Philadelphia

Posted by on July 27, 2017

Ghost provides an evening immersed in the hyperreal. One can look at the Ghost stage and imagine themselves in some type of alternate reality where one comes to worship at the altar of Papa Emeritus in his infernal and nocturnal glory. Over 2,500 members of the flock attended Papa’s ritual in Philadelphia last night at […]

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Show review: Slayer/Lamb of God/Behemoth, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, July 23, 2017

Posted by on July 25, 2017

To say I was excited for this show would be an understatement. Even after seeing 500+ metal bands live in concert over the past four decades, I still get excited to see Slayer. They’re just THAT good and they continue to impress as live performers, recording artists and individuals. Needless to say, adding Behemoth to […]

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Show review: Bloodclot bring back the spark of NYHC’s dangerous years

Posted by on July 17, 2017

Musicians and artists from the Lower East Side “before it was cool” will always hold a special place in my heart. You see, before the Lower East Side (LES) became the new “it” place in New York City where two bedroom condos now go for $2.5m (on the Bowery no less!) it was a gritty, […]

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Album review: Poison Blood is the antidote to corporate USBM

Posted by on July 14, 2017

I’ve followed Krieg since the early days.  I always liked how Krieg brought a good chunk of Norway’s blackened sonic grimness to the Mid Atlantic.  Neill Jameson, of Krieg fame, has come together to with Jenks Miller of Horseback to put together a raw-yet-laminous collection of 8 songs under the moniker Poison Blood.  You are […]

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Album review: Venom Inc. slithers out for another bite

Posted by on July 13, 2017

I was out in LA on business when I first got the Ave files for a listen. It worked out quite well because while I’ll love Los Angeles, the traffic experience there is worse than sitting on the New York Subway system in Mayor DiBlasio’s NYC. (Can someone please get Mayor Mike back?  I’ll actually […]

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Album review: Tau Cross deliver on their sophomore album

Posted by on July 10, 2017

When given the choice, I generally prefer my metal “extreme,” but every so often a record comes along that breaks through the blast beats and tremolo picking that usually dominates my Beats by Dr. Dre headphones (hey – he’s a doctor so he obviously knows something about the science of sound). I will admit that […]

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Whoredom Rife make Norwegian black metal exciting again

Posted by on June 28, 2017

It’s an exciting time to be a listener of Norwegian extreme metal again.  So many great records have been released over the past number of months that originated in the lands of captivating fjords, untouched snowcapped mountains and children’s tales that have been miraculously turned into Disney brands.  But you know what, my kids like […]

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