All posts by Spencer Hotz

Admirer of the weird, the bizarre and the heavy, but so are you. Why else would you be here?

Heaving Earth – Darkness Of God Review

Railing against God and religion is nothing new in our precious little realm of heavy metal. Plenty of anti-god and pro-Satan rhetoric has abounded for generations both intentional and unintentional. While the cover art may

Obscene – …From Dead Horizon To Dead Horizon

[Cover Art by Skaðvaldur] When a band jumps onto the scene and releases its first demo or EP, there’s a general talking point around promise. Perhaps it shows promise or it may even feel like

Cave In – Heavy Pendulum Review

Replacing a band member is rarely a simple task, and it becomes an essentially impossible one when a replacement is needed because the original member’s life was tragically cut short by a terrible accident. Caleb

Everything Went Black: RIP Trevor Strnad

[Photo by Nick Reece] Dear Trevor Strnad, Yours will be a voice sorely missed and for more reasons than some may realize. Through The Black Dahlia Murder, you roared and screamed your ass off and

Katharos – Of Lineages Long Forgotten Review

[Cover Art by Elinor Kantor] As someone who has relapsed into a full-tilt addiction to video games, it is fascinating to find all the different types of YouTube videos that exist to discuss aspects of

God Mother – Obeveklig Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Our beloved, or reviled depending on your opinion of puns, Andrew Edmunds has started an exceptional new column for us called Blast Rites. He has treated us to

Kaleidobolt – This One Simple Trick Review

As Monty Python would say, and now for something completely different. Metal is a wonderfully massive umbrella term that covers an astounding variety of musical styles to suit nearly any mood. We use it to

Dischordia – Triptych Review

[Cover Art by Gianna Martucci-Fink] Metal has long been a bastion of experimentation and that has become ever more true as technology progresses. While pushing genre boundaries and creating new sounds can certainly be achieved