Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Abbath’s ‘Outstrider’ expertly blends his signature speed with a bit more nuance

Posted by on June 26, 2019

If you’re expecting Abbath Part II – a continuation of the first Abbath solo record, you’re going to be disappointed. Certainly Abbath’s first release was beyond incredible and, quite frankly, far better than Immortal’s new album 2018’s Northern Chaos Gods, which was certainly good, but clearly missing one particular element – and that being Mr. Olve […]

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Hot Water Music sells out two nights in Philadelphia to celebrate 25th Anniversary

Posted by on June 24, 2019

Gainesville, Florida’s Hot Water Music took over Philadelphia’s music scene this past weekend with two sold out shows and one acoustic set celebrating the band’s 25th Anniversary. The post-hardcore rockers packed the Underground Arts on both nights, with a full performance of 2002’s Caution the first night and No Division from 1999 on the second. […]

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Misery Index engages Baltimore with their ‘Rituals of Power’

Posted by on June 18, 2019

Misery Index had a sort of homecoming this past weekend at the intimate and incredible Baltimore Soundstage on Saturday (15th). Finishing up their recent mini-tour of the (mostly) Northeast United States with Nails, Outer Heaven and Ulthar, Misery Index featured both the old new in their set, pleasing both the hardened veteran fans and the […]

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Dark Funeral and Belphegor deliver the blackness and the bleakness to Baltimore

Posted by on June 13, 2019

Show Review:  Dark Funeral & Belphegor @ Baltimore Soundstage on June 4, 2019. Swedish Black Metal legends, Dark Funeral along with Austria’s Belphegor arrived to Maryland’s Baltimore Soundstage this past June 4, 2019 for Devastation On The Nation and Metal Insider was there! Belphegor This was actually my first time seeing this band. For some reason, my […]

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Darkthrone goes back to the days of old with ‘Old Star’

Posted by on June 12, 2019

If you’re expecting an old school second wave black metal record from Norwegian stalwarts, Darkthrone, with Old Star, you are going to be vastly disappointed. On the other hand, if you are looking for a rather novel take on traditional 80’s metal, Old Star is most definitely for you. To be quite honest, I’ve grown […]

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Show Review: Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot invade Pennsylvania

Posted by on June 7, 2019

Show Review – Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot @ Reverb, Reading, Pennsylvania – June 4, 2019 Decide, Origin and Jungle Rot brought the heavy to Reading, Pennsylvania and Metal Insider was there. Jungle Rot This was my first time seeing Jungle Rot and I was hardly disappointed. The Wisconsin rockers pummeled the Reverb with their thrash-induced […]

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‘Gold & Grey’ by Baroness is their strongest and most complete record to date

Posted by on June 7, 2019

Knowing full well I’m going to get some social media heat for this (which I seem to thrive on), I’m going to say it anyway… Gold & Grey is the best Baroness record released to date. Yup, you read that right. Gold & Grey is officially my favorite one. Look all, Baroness records are great. This, we […]

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Louisiana’s Pale Misery brings us ‘Black Candles and Gutter Scum’

Posted by on May 31, 2019

Pale Misery’s Black Candles and Gutter Scum is dark, with a heavy dose of both early and more recent Darkthrone with added fuzz and a really hefty bottom. The crust elements are clearly prevalent throughout, and there are some really interesting effects here and there, such as on the second track “Live Fast and Die.” […]

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Archspire delights Philadelphia on Tech Trek IV!

Posted by on May 24, 2019

Show Review:  Archspire, Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia.  May 23, 2019 British Columbia’s Archspire has been on fire lately and their 2017 release Relentless Mutation, on Season of Mist records, has been rapidly ascending the charts on platforms like Spotify where songs like “Involuntary Doppelganger” have recently surpassed one million plays. I went to check out Archspire […]

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“GastiR – Ghosts Invited” is complete brilliance by the hand of Gaahl’s Wyrd

Posted by on May 23, 2019

There’s something in the water over at Season at Mist. This label has, in a very short period, released some of metal’s very best records in recent months. These include records from Horrendous, Misery Index and VLTIMAS. And here they are, yet again, with another guaranteed-to-be classic, GastiR – Ghosts Invited  by Gaahl’s Wyrd. I […]

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