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.

Carcass – Surgical Steel

I never believed for a minute that I'd ever be listening to a new Carcass album in my lifetime, let alone reviewing one. It really...

Windhand – Soma

One of my best friends in the entire world, and one of the main reasons I'm such a metal fanatic, can't stand doom metal...

Vattnet Viskar – Sky Swallower

I was enamored with Vattnet Viskar's debut EP when it first hit my eardrums just last year. While the United States black metal scene...

Evocation – Excised and Anatomised

Covering a song is always a risky proposition for a band. How do you make a fitting tribute to the original while still making...

Returning to Form: An Interview with Carcass

If you don't know Carcass, you don't know metal. Ever since Reek of Putrefaction transformed the landscape of grindcore in 1987, Carcass has been...

Shakhtyor – Shakhtyor

When I first received Shakhtyor's debut EP from my dear editor, we were at first struck by how much the band's name sounded like...

All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature

With a name like All Pigs Must Die, you expect greatness right off the bat. I mean come on, how much more instantly confrontational can your...

True Widow – Circumambulation

When I got my hands on True Widow's As High As the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth...

High on Fire – Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 & 2

A good live album is more than just a document of a band's performance. It should do more than just capture the instrumentation and...

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control

I can remember the very first time I ever heard Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. Someone posted a link to "Death's Door," the second song...

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