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Nefarious Orations: Inquisition live in Kansas City, MO 09/08/17

This Friday night, it seemed like most people are clinging on to summer as long as they can – Westport was jam-packed with people in t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops enjoying a street art fair. However, the Riot Room hosted four extreme metal bands who seemed anxious to usher in the harsh winter cold that came […]

Free Event Alert: Black metal documentary BLACKHEARTS screening

Ever since the mid-90s, Norway has been musically associated with black metal – the most controversial subgenre to emerge from heavy metal. Fraught with church burnings, murders and suicides and the ever-present Satan worship, it seems like the best place on Earth to start an evil rock and roll band, right? Blackhearts is a documentary […]

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Vipassi’s Instru-Metal Debut

Vipassi is a super group. The Australian four-piece features members from A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Hadal Maw, and Ne Obliviscaris, and their collective seasoning comes together perfectly on their Season of Mist debut,¬†Sunyata. Featuring dark and brooding atmospheric metal interspersed between truly unrelenting blast beats and mathy riffs,¬†Sunyata is the instrumental tech metal album […]

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Gift Ideas Round 2: Soul, Psych, and Metal

A couple days ago, I posted a few gift ideas for the vinylphiles in your life. But there are more genres than jazz, indie pop, and hip hop. What about those looking for deep soul? For mind bending psych? For the heaviest riffs? Look no further! What is below are some great examples of music […]

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Top Ten Songs by Local Musicians

It’s that time of year. The Plaza has outlined their buildings with lights, the weather is (finally) changing, people are overeating and over-shopping. 2016 is almost over. And with the closing of the year comes top ten list. To end Local Week, I want to count down my top ten songs from local musicians. There […]

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Lawrence Invasion: Young Bull, Vivid Zebra, Aprilmist

Anytime Shuttlecock Music Magazine hosts an event, it’s worth checking out. The magazine consistently shines the spotlight on some of the best up and coming local musicians in the area. This Friday, Shuttlecock will bring Young Bull, Vivid Zebra, and Aprilmist to Mills Record Company for a genre-spanning whirlwind of a show. Moving from thrash […]

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Kansas City Blackdeath Fest 2016: A Primer to Kansas City’s Annual Black/Death Metal Festival

This weekend is the 2nd annual Kansas City Blackdeath Fest. Featuring almost twenty underground extreme metal acts from all over the country, it can be a bit daunting going into this weekend. However, here is a handy guide to several of the bands playing this year – to get your neck ready for massive headbanging. […]

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Golden Number: Ghost Bath live in Kansas City, MO 07/20/16

Here’s an interesting question to ponder: in a post-Sunbather world, can post-black metal still flourish? Deafheaven’s monumental and underground-defining/dividing 2013 album changed the extreme metal landscape and it seems the groups that took particular influence from the album are now making their own ascent in the scene. Enter depressive/suicidal five-piece Ghost Bath, hailing from just […]

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Helnorsk Svartmetall: Taake live in Kansas City 06/04/16

For the 2nd time in the first half of 2016, Norwegian black metal mainstays Taake unblessed Kansas City with their presence, this time bringing along blackened doom outfit Wolvhammer and locals Stonehaven for a night of Trve Norwegian Black Metal. Just like in February, opening the show was Kansas City’s own black metal horde Stonehaven. […]

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Colored Vinyl @ Mills Record Company

We all know the most important thing about records is the sound–the warmth that comes from the tip of a needle, the depth in the sound, the act of playing it. That said, part of the joy of owning a record is when the artists make the record, the gatefold into a sort of art […]

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WRVTH’s Latest is Harrowing

WRVTH, formally Wrath of Vesuvius, released their record, Harrowing Winds today on Unique Leader. The album shows a band seemingly in constant transition. More than their name, WRVTH’s songs dance between tech-metal wizardry and post-hardcare angst, giving their music a visceral resonance to counterbalance their ominous textures and intricate interludes. This balance throughout the album […]

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Blood War: KC Blackdeath Fest in Kansas City, MO 04/17 – 04/18

It’s rare enough to find a couple of people in the Bible Belt who share an interest in extreme music, but a festival full of them? That’s unheard of. This is Missouri – this is the Midwest. We’re all about country music and gospel hymns, right? The first annual KC Blackdeath Fest changed all that […]