About tylerhersko

Ventura County Star journalist and pop culture blogger. Additional bylines in the Los Angeles Times and the Reno Gazette-Journal. My work for the latter has appeared in the Associated Press and USA Today. 2015 recipient of the Nevada Press Association “Best in Entertainment Writing” award.

On Gavin Newsom’s gas tax withholding proposal

This is a belated share, but I reported on how California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax revenue from cities and counties that fail to meet their housing goals could impact Ventura County.

As regular readers of The Star know, Ventura County’s housing growth isn’t even close to where the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation process says it should be. So, that’s something to keep in mind. Story.

Album review: CULT LEADER A Patient Man

Last review of 2018. Good album. Check out my review. Will possibly make my AOTY list.

Speaking of that, my AOTY list will be published by Metal Injection sometime next month. I haven’t started writing it yet but I have a pretty good idea of what most of the entries will be. Still need to power through a few more albums before I begin writing. Worse ways to kill time.

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…