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Show Preview: Inner Altar/Keef Mountain in Kansas City 01/06/17

Kansas City has their own Black Sabbath and they’re named Inner Altar. While Inner Altar has only existed as a band for a few years, the impact they’ve made on the local heavy metal scene is immeasurable. Combining the heaviness and psychedelic groove of early Saint Vitus and the aforementioned Black Sabbath with the riffs […]

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Grails and Chalices

Grails is not so much a band as a force. The Portland based outfit has branded themselves not with a sound or formula but with an intensity that stretches the continuum of their expansive releases. Whether the five-piece is skating down Middle Eastern melisma or churning out some doomy metal riffs, Grails focuses their whole […]

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Gnarly Davidson Keef Mountain and Sons of Mourning at Mills Record Company

2017 is wasting no time letting the world know it’s going to be a year of extreme heaviness. About a week after the new year, Gnarly Davidson will celebrate the release of their 7″ on Replay Records by playing a show at Mills Record Company with Sons of Mourning and Keef Mountain. The event will start […]

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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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Deadsmoke’s Self-Titled is a Sleeper

To say Deadsmoke‘s self-titled debut is heavy is an understatement. The five song album is a veritable quagmire thick distortion, growling vocals, and murky riffs. Deadsmoke fits squarely within the pantheon of doom–I’m thinking specifically of Sleep, Windhand, Uzala, and Electric Wizard. The album is a definite must have for any fan of smokey riffs. The album […]

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4/15/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Alan Sorrenti — Aria (limited edition translucent green LP) Alex Dezen — California / Iowa (7″) Aries — Adieu or Die Ashley Shadow — Ashley Shadow Audacity — Hyper Vessels (comes with poster) Augustus Pablo — Original Rockers Aurora — All My Demons Greeting Me Like A Friend avoid!avoid — Particle and Wave Back to […]

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2/19/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Animal Collective — Painting With (comes with slip mat and Domino tote bag) Bobby Bare — The Moon Was Blue (blue vinyl) Brood Ma — Daze Cavern of Anti-Matter — Void beats / Invocation trex (Triple vinyl) Choir of Young Believers — Grasque (colored vinyl) Chuck Johnson — Velvet Arc Count Ossie and The Mystic […]

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Westend Recording Presents: Amplify KC

We talk a lot about how vibrant Kansas City’s music scene, and it certainly is. As a city, our scenes are deep and varied. Between bars (and even between shows), you can hear hip hop metal, indie pop, punk, folk, country, jazz, and any off-shoot/hybrid genre you can think of. We have a number of […]

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New and New-ish 7″

There have been a slew of great 7″ that have been released recently. From Beastmaker‘s Black Sabbath-y sludge to GOGGS’ manic hardcore, from Phil Collins’ famous drum solo to Wolf Manhattan Project’s sleaze ridden trash funk, there’s no genre not represented in these little records. Beastmaker is a Fresno three piece that makes dark and […]

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Ty Segall Gets Emotional

It seems that Ty Segall has found a way to combine his two (latest) side / side-ish  projects in his newest album, Emotional Mugger. In it, there are hints of Fuzz’s Black Sabbath inspired heaviness. There is also more than a whiff of the glitzed out proto-glam rock of T. Rex (in light of his […]

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Bummer’s “Spank” set to tear your head in half

You can’t fake heavy. It’s more than just distorted guitars, harsh vocals and immense volume – it’s an indefinable quality that, to put it simply, you either have or you don’t. For Olathe’s Bummer on their new EP “Spank,” heavy is never in short supply. Opening track “Estocado” has all the heaviness of a Fu […]

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Weedeater’s Goliathan is Heavy

I can’t think of a better name for Weedeater‘s latest album. Goliathan is adjectival form of Goliath, yes, but there’s a bit of portmanteau hiding in the word. When I first saw Goliathan, I thought Goliath + Leviathan. And after listening to the album, it didn’t seem so far fetched to combine these words. Weedeater’s […]