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The Heartless Pallbearer

Pallbearer is no stranger to heavy riffs and soaring vocals. Their third full length, Heartless, is more refined and meatier than their previous albums. Whereas most doom metal tends to be overwhelmingly minor, Pallbearer’s latest somehow manages to shift the standard melancholy tones of the genre into something uplifting and resilient. Heartless begins with the track “I […]

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Hyborian’s Release Party

The Company is killing it. Though young, the Kansas City record label is putting out some of the heaviest releases. From Gnarly Davidson‘s The Tape to Keef Mountain‘s self-titled debut, there seems to be no end to the punishing riffage coming from this label. And 2017 seems to promise more gold. Just a couple weeks after Curse […]

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Local Week: Keef Mountain

There is not a sound system big enough to contain the riff wizardry that is Keef Mountain. The Kansas City duo makes some of the hardest hitting, stony songs this side of the Mason-Dixon. Their self-titled debut on The Company is chock-full of riff worship, pummeling beats, and addled lyrics–the makings of a perfect stoner […]

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Hail Iommi: Lord Dying’s Poisoned Altars Strikes Heavy

It can be easy to get caught up in creating a beautiful soundscape and layering sounds upon sounds to create the most beautiful possible atmosphere in music. That’s why it’s good that a band like Lord Dying comes around every so often with an album like Poisoned Altars to remind everyone that dirty, grinding, heavy […]

Devoid Of Redemption: Pallbearer live in Kansas City 12/16/14

It’s a challenging thing to mix the sound for a heavy metal show. If something is too loud, it overpowers the rest of the instruments and becomes the unnecessary focal point of the show – if something is too low, it takes away from the most important element of the sound: the heaviness. Even tougher […]

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 […]

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Thrones and Dominions: Earth live at recordBar 04/01/14

To the uninitiated, Earth would look like just any other band. A three-piece with a modest set-up, some members with a few tattoos, and introducing themselves to the crowd and politely asking people to not use flash, but encouraging them to record the show. However, Dylan Carlson and company make up one of the most […]

Hate. Scorn. Brevity. – Primitive Man live at the Jackpot in Lawrence, KS 03/05/14

Denver’s sludge-trio Primitive Man brought their crushing brand of doom metal to the Jackpot Saloon in Lawrence Wednesday night, ripping out the eardrums of the moderate crowd in attendance, although not long enough for them to leave permanent hearing damage. Primitive Man (L-R) is: Isidro Soto (Drums), Ethan McCarthy (Guitar/Vocals), Jonathan Campos (Bass)   Primitive […]