Proposition 5 article for the Ventura County Star

…I also wrote about this measure. At long last, the article has published. Here it is.

In other news, I will be writing one more album review this year. Cult Leader’s new one. As I mentioned on Twitter, this record is stupid good. Review will be out sometime next week.

I’m sure I’ll also be writing an album of the year list for Metal Injection, which will likely be published in mid December.

 

Album review: ANAAL NATHRAKH A New Kind of Horror

Anaal Nathrakh was the first band I covered on this website. The Whole of the Law was so good that I just needed to cover it, even if it was on some dumb blog that nobody was going to read. I thought that maybe it could be the start of something good…

I’ve had a few milestones with these guys. Primarily the VICE article I wrote earlier in the year about the band, which was my first major freelance article I had published.

Reviewing the new record feels sort of like coming full circle. It’s masterclass stuff, by the way. Spoilers for the review, I guess. Here’s my review.

I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of the record several months ago, so I have had a lot of time to listen to it and do a really deep dive into all its various aspects, which I hope reflects in the article. That also means I am 100% confident in my score. A New Kind of Horror is truly a modern classic.

Album reviews: PIG DESTROYER Head Cage & SKYHARBOR Sunshine Dust

hello it has been a minute.

It was a busy two months, with things like weddings, get togethers with college friends, battling a bout of asthma, sickness, trying to move out of an apartment that lacks workable internet and is in…the not-so-nice part of town.

Regardless, a little break from what has been a fairly consistent reviewing pace for almost two years couldn’t hurt.

My reviews of the new Pig Destroyer and Skyharbor records are up at Metal Injection. I’ll also be reviewing an album that I’m particularly ecstatic about near the end of the month. So…I guess I should start writing it. Be back soon.

p.s. Pig Destroyer was a particularly difficult one to write. Some of its songs “House of Snakes,” “Army of Cops” (surprisingly, it grew on me!), and a few others are genuinely 10/10 instant classics in my book but a significant chunk of the album is pretty boring filler. Still, I can’t discount the resounding high quality of the record’s high points so…The score is what it is.

ALSO, I couldn’t find a way to fit it in the review but it’s gotta be said somewhere: “Permanent Funeral” on the band’s Book Burner record opened with a blatant “Raining Blood” knockoff riff. “House of Snakes'” obviously pillages from “Blackened.” So will the closer on Pig Destroyer’s next record take from Anthrax or Megadeth? Will report back in half a decade when the next album is out…

Throwback Thursday: TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?’s The Serpent’s Manifolds is One of Black Metal’s Overlooked Oddities

(doing the clap after every other word thing) STOP DRINKING A GALLON OF COFFEE AND THEN VOLUNTEERING FOR ASSIGNMENTS

Ahem. I filled in for Metal Injection’s usual #TBT columnist last week and used the opportunity to discuss a band that I chanced upon in high school and have been listening to semi-regularly ever since. Transcending Bizarre? is a great band and this is pretty much the only time I can think of to relevantly write about them. This is cliche and certainly applies to a lot of the metal stuff I write, but if you told me one decade ago that I’d be able to hype up this completely unknown music group for one of the web’s largest metal publications, I’d laugh you out the door.

I was also excited to be able to talk to Haris, who served as the band’s keyboardist, for the article. Loved the standout memory he shared with me. Haris, if you’re reading this, thanks for the quick turnaround and in-depth answers! You rock.

The Warped Tour article

I covered Warped Tour’s final Ventura date for the Ventura County Star. Here is the article.

I was The Star’s guy for interviewing Mark McGrath at the Ventura County Fair last year and I was excited to bring my love for music journalism, which I typically only get to work on outside of the 9-5 newsroom job, back to the newspaper.

Alright, that sounded ridiculously corporate. But this was a genuinely fun and exciting opportunity and I think my enthusiasm for this kind of coverage is apparent in the article.