heavy metal

Metal is an absurd theater, when you stop and think about it. Much of the music we love is played with unwavering conviction, as though an amplifier turned up high enough can actually transmit the music to the Gods.

Nothing has been more of a surprise in recent years than the sustained revival of the thrash scene. Thought dead when the classic 80's bands moved on to more commercial styles of music, nostalgia kicked in a generation later, and we find ourselves in the second coming of thrash.

Six long years. That's how long Spineshank has been away. Nine long years. A near decade has passed since the band's last studio album and subsequent Grammy nomination.

For those who heard “Kiss the Sun Goodbye,” the debut album from Vampires Everywhere!, get that image out of your mind. It is meaningless now, a blip of adolescence that one must stumble through before emerging as a man.

You remember Spineshank? Almost a decade ago, they were on top, culminating with a Grammy nomination and critical acclaim. Shortly after that though, the band disappeared. Some nine years later, the original lineup is reunited, and the band is healthy, unified and ready to climb the mountain again inch by inch. Drummer Tommy Decker sat down with me to talk about where they've been, what it means to Spineshank to have "Anger Denial Acceptance" releasing right around the corner, and what it's like to persevere as a band.

Ready to take on the world as part of the Warped Tour, Vampires Everywhere wants you to know that this is not the same band that released their debut album "Kiss the Sun Goodbye." This is a new act, a better act, a stronger act, and they want to introduce you to their new lineup and new sound. Frontman and self-proclaimed vampire Michael Vampire sat down and talked VERY candidly about where his band was, where they are now, what it means to be a vampire, why people are attracted to vampirism, and naturally, "The Lost Boys." Read on:

This is not what I expected. Dr. Acula traditionally has presented listeners with wildly variable, scatter-brained music, embracing frayed edges and the pure nonsense that deathcore makes possible.

Psychology has taught us many things about the human condition, few of which can be applicable to an examination of a black metal album. However, there is one phenomenon that is worth considering.

No great story can be told without drama. Uncomfortable though it may be, conflict is what keeps us engaged in the narrative, what makes us connect with the characters as they soldier on through their journeys.

Following in the footsteps of legendary talent is never an easy thing. It's a thankless task, one that ensures the person in question will spend an entire career failing to live up to the standard that was set before them.