heavy metal

Selfish Needy Creatures’ “The Hard Way” is an album born in the shadowy, dodgy margins of the road less traveled. The efficient eight-cut record is a straight-forward runaway freight train of reckless abandon and raw, virile authority.

“This, is my good eye…”

Probably the last thing that the current lineup of Sepultura wants is to be compared to the classic Sepultura lineup that ran five albums from 1985-96.

As a reviewer and music journalist, sometimes the toughest task is to remain impartial and objective about a new project that slides across your desk.

The dust has settled from the release of Lazarus A.D.'s sophomore effort, "Black Rivers Flow." After a tour that took the band all across the United States and Europe, the band has a little time off before striking out on a headlining tour in a couple weeks. Vocalist and bassist Jeff Paulick took some time out to talk with Bloody Good Horror. The refreshingly candid frontman gives us his thoughts on the band, their new album, Metallica, dance music, the state of heavy metal, the music business, horror cinema and sports allegiances in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Suffice it to say, we covered a lot of ground in our conversation.

After the release of the comparatively successful “Root of All Evil,” it became evident from the fans’ clawing that they wanted new material from Arch Enemy, and they wanted it fast. That album’s re-recordings of early AE songs was a fun romp, but only served to whet the crowd’s appetite.

It’s been a long road for Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch, from limited releases to changing lineups to grueling tours in dirty clubs. Now tapped to play as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band feels like they’re come over a crest in their career. Taking a minute off from promoting their new album “The Fight of Our Lives,” singer Alexis Brown talked with me about music, women in heavy metal, and a copious amount of horror cinema.

Over all the years, projects, lineups, albums and EPs, Chris Reifert has become nothing if not the picture of consistency.

Huh. *shrug*

That’s my reaction to Gallhammer’s new album, “The End.” Cut down from three members to two after the departure of Mika Penetrator, the all-girl Japanese metal band has set out to try and push the boundaries of black and doom metal.

Red Fang’s sophomore effort “Murder the Mountains” is a wonderfully experimental, anything-goes affair that approaches the mores of kick-ass rock and roll with open eyes and robust vitality.