Sam

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Sam's first experience in the world of heavy metal was convincing his mother to buy him a Limp Bizkit cassette from his local Sam Goody. In his defense, he was twelve, and he soon realized the error of his ways once he started to actually listen to it. But once he impulse-bought Black Sabbath's Paranoid a few years later, his brain was set aflame with a lust for all things heavy. Sam's been on a never-ending quest for the most monstrous of riffs ever since, and while he's found a myriad of bands to worship, he will never be satisfied. When not slaving away on this site, he spends his time shackled to schoolwork and graduate research in New York City.

Altar of Betelgeuze – Darkness Sustains the Silence

The aspect of doom and sludge metal that's always drawn me into it is the fact that there aren't very many rules as to...

Lethargia – Divine Madness

I listen to a lot of bad music for this website, but it takes quite a lot of effort for a band to sour...

Avatarium – Avatarium

If the name Leif Edling doesn't mean anything to you, then you're woefully unfamiliar with one of the greatest riffsmiths of this generation. As...

Weekend Nachos – Still

The best hardcore will move you. And I don't just mean in the sense that a really beautiful piece of music will move you,...

Gift of Gods – Receive

Darkthrone has been consistently brilliant throughout their entire career, which is a claim that few other bands can lay claim to. They've conquered death...

Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse

The best bands on the planet always sound like far more than the sum of their parts. In an ideal scenario, you should be...

Monster Magnet – Last Patrol

Ever since they opened for Jane's Addiction back in the day and turned Black Sabbath's hit single "Paranoid" into a 45-minute long psychedelic space odyssey (although it might have...

Blues Pills – Devil Man

With the way that heavy metal's diffused into a billion different sub-families since its genesis, it's easy as hell to forget where it all...

Red Fang – Whales and Leeches

Like many others, I got into Red Fang with their sophomore LP, Murder the Mountains. That album is a peerless display of good metal songwriting, with...

Gwar – Battle Maximus

It would be folly to review a Gwar album like I would any other. Ever since their inception, Gwar hasn't been a band that one...

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