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Read more from Jackson at Mandatory Metallica and follow him on Twitter at @Mankvill.

Deafheaven at The Record Bar

Special Thanks to ricardoalmeida89 on Flickr for this photo American black metal is pretty sharply divided into two camps. There’s the throwback to classic Norwegian black metal which is making a surging comeback, and then there is the more ethereal type of black metal, taking cues from post-metal and shoegaze as well. In the latter […]

Lightning Swords of Death at The Riot Room

It was a homecoming of sorts on Independence Day-eve at the Riot Room in Kansas City. It was the return of a local musician on a bill filled up with some of the best-quality underground extreme metal from the United States today. It was a celebration of musicians and the art they create and it […]

Baroness

Baroness at the Granada

In the past year, Baroness have gone through things that would rip most bands apart. They released the double album Yellow & Green last summer that was initially met with divisiveness. Shortly after, the band was involved in a horrendous bus accident — similar in destruction to the fatal crashes involving Metallica and Decapitated that […]

Dillinger Escape Plan Granada Lawrence Jackson May

The Dillinger Escape Plan at the Granada

The Dillinger Escape Plan by Jackson May Playing to a good-sized crowd on a comfortable Sunday night, the Dillinger Escape Plan brought their inimitable live show to the Granada in Lawrence and left ruins in their wake. Dillinger is the largest mathcore band ever, dwarfing Botch, Converge, and Cave In, some of the genre’s originators. […]

Kvelertak Granada Kansas 2013

Kvelertak at the Granada

Although the three main bands playing the Granada were from three different countries, they all had a type of music that could be traced back to a common ancestor. Black Tusk (from America), Cancer Bats (from Canada), and Kvelertak (from Norway) all worship the groove that is inherently found in metal, punk, and good old-fashioned […]

Suffocation at the Riot Room in Kansas City

Suffocation at the Riot Room

It’s been a while since a pure death metal show has come through Kansas City, but this past Monday night the Riot Room was alive with a near-capacity crowd celebrating 25 years of life (and lots of death) with the legendary New York death metal masters Suffocation. The band, fronted by enigmatic vocalist Frank Mullen, […]

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