Author Archives: Jeff Podoshen

Baroness delivers ‘Gold’ to Lancaster, PA on a very ‘Grey’ evening as they Kick-off their latest tour

Posted by on July 15, 2019

It was a dark, rainy eve in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past July 11, but Baroness delighted the near-capacity crowd at the famed Chameleon Club with a mesmerizing and stirring performance to officially kick-off their Gold and Grey tour. Gold & Grey, a contender for best record of 2019 (which we review here), was the focus […]

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A conversation with Oli and Jared of Archspire

Posted by on July 10, 2019

Archspire recently wrapped up Tech Trek V and Metal Insider caught up with vocalist Oliver Rae Aleron and bassist Jared Smith at their stop in Philadelphia, PA.  We spoke about a variety of things, most especially that the band is already working on new material. You guys are in a very niche genre.  What are […]

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‘Thrive on Neglect’ by Immortal Bird is one of 2019’s greatest records so far

Posted by on July 8, 2019

Honestly, 2019 has been an amazing year for metal so far. We’ve had a run of great new releases these first six weeks. Happily, Chicago’s Immortal Bird keeps this year’s winning streak alive with their blisteringly incredible Thrive on Neglect, out now on 20 Buck Spin Records. Thrive on Neglect is certainly aggressive, abrasive, cold […]

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Metal Insider talks with Rae from Immortal Bird about ‘Thrive on Neglect’

Posted by on July 8, 2019

Chicago’s Immortal Bird just released a pummeling and pulverizing new record, Thrive on Neglect, which arrived on July 5 via 20 Buck Spin records.  We took a moment to catch up with vocalist Rae to talk a bit about it: The new record is pretty incredible and blisteringly heavy.  Can you tell us about your approach […]

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3Teeth give industrial metal a much needed shot in the arm with ‘Metawar’

Posted by on June 28, 2019

Industrial metal with solid, prominently-in-the-mix crushing guitars and bass with a fresh new sound and perspective? For real? Yes. Decades after industrial metal’s heyday (and rapid demise), we finally have a newer, crisper and more musical entry into the genre with L.A.’s 3Teeth and their latest, most metal-oriented release to date, Metawar. After the intro […]

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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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