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Show Preview: KC Blackdeath Fest at the Riot Room 04/17-18

The evil forces at play in the world are culminating in abhorrent perfection to bring two nights of death, doom and destruction to the Riot Room in Westport. The first ever KC Blackdeath Fest will be taking place this Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th with an unholy host of local and national black, […]

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Storm Of The Antichrist: Mayhem live in Lawrence, KS 01/18/15

Black metal, by its very definition, is meant to be a violent form of music. From its now-legendary, murder/suicide-filled beginnings to its imagery and controversy surrounding just about every aspect of it, black metal at its very core holds violent tendencies that infect every other part of the music. Last night at the Granada in […]

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Show Preview: Mayhem, Watain, Revenge at The Granada

There is no other genre of music with a beginning as chaotic, violent and infamous as black metal. Starting out as death metal injecting the speed of thrash metal and hardcore punk mixed with dark lyrics and evil imagery, it quickly grew in popularity under such bands in the 1980s as Celtic Frost, Venom and […]

Blame It On God: Deicide Live In Kansas City, MO 10/17/14

For the second year in a row, legendary death metal band Deicide brought a whole lineup of Satanic brilliance to the Riot Room. Showcasing the dynamic differences between death metal and black metal, the bands that destroyed Kansas City on a crisp Friday night did so with aggression and evil that only decades of touring […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Metal

Unluckily for The Pitch, picking a local band to be crowned “Best Metal” is one of the hardest decisions they could possibly have. Kansas City’s heavy metal scene is one of the most diverse and talented in the country. Nods to every genre from power metal to viking metal, Kansas City does not skimp out […]

An Offering Of Grief – Deafheaven Live in Lawrence, KS 06/24/14

Deafheaven is the most talked about band in extreme metal right now. Ever since the release of Sunbather last year, the group has been at the forefront of the metal scene for most mainstream publications – they topped lists at Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine and more – while simultaneously garnering praise from the metal side […]


Progressing the Progressive: Between the Buried and Me live at The Granada in Lawrence, KS 03/07/14

    This isn’t your grandpa’s progressive music. Between The Buried And Me headlined a progressive music package at the Granada Friday night that included three other bands that are continually pushing the package for conventional music, and ever pushing the “progressive” moniker to places it hasn’t been before. A very full Granada Theater was […]

Fan Preview of Windhand’s Show 3/8 @Riot Room

This preview of the upcoming Windhand show comes courtesy of fan and friend of the store┬áRobb Borders. A lot of people are really excited about this show, so heed his advice and check it out Saturday at the Riot Room: “Like a band of eighth-generation mountain men (and woman) raised on battered hard rock vinyl […]

The Thing That Should Not Be: Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On Metallica

From the second they added a slow song to their 2nd album back in 1984, Metallica has been the most divisive band in heavy metal and hard rock. From cries of “SELLOUTS!” to dismissing every album they’ve released in the past 24 years, Metallica has seen it all. But through thick and thin, the band […]

Sworn To The Dark: Why You Should Know About Watain

Watain, the black metal band from Sweden, have just released their fifth album The Wild Hunt, and what a record it is. It’s a continuation of Watain’s take on black metal – that is to say it’s quite melodic and brooding in parts – but the group is never afraid to unleash the beast within […]