All posts by Dave Pirtle

Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us Review

Up until recently, I was unaware of any fuckery and douchebaggery that Nails may have engaged in during their time as a band. They were just a bunch of guys who made very angry music

Aborted – Retrogore Review

The last time we spoke, I was salivating at the prospect of Retrogore, thanks to the excruciatingly exquisite Termination Redux EP. Truth is, I already had it in hand at that time – I just

5Q5A – Hand Of Fire

In a very short time, Hand of Fire has become one of the most talked about bands in the Bay Area metal scene. Their initial demo offering, Let The Killings Begin, is comprised of three

Fast Rites – Volume 7: The One (Mad)Man Binge and Purge

There were a number of albums that came across my desk as I pondered what I would follow up my review of Prong’s latest with. Some garnered more interest than others; some were destined to

R.I.P. Merle Haggard (1937 – 2016)

This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to write, right up there with eulogizing Ronnie James Dio. Strangely, shortly before the news of each passing, I had just reaffirmed that they

Prong – X – No Absolutes Review

I feel like I’ve been here before, but I don’t think I’ve ever been here with Prong. In retrospect, that’s surprising. Oh, sorry – got a bit ahead of myself. I’ve talked about Prong quite

Varg – Das Ender Aller Lügen Review

Funny how the brain works. I had been put off this band for at least a while due to the name being immediately associated with legendary asshole Varg Vikernes; it had to be a side

Dave Pirtle’s Best of 2015 – I’m Getting Too Old For This Blitz

I want music to bring me down to my knees make me sob like an infant, make me angry rip me to shreds, glue me back up make my mind explode This verse, taken from