This writer joined PopMatters in 2011, and is currently inactive. He had an education in Classical music, and uses the knowledge to aid him in writing about extreme/underground music. He blogs occasionally for No Clean Singing and Tyranny of Tradition. When he feels like getting his writing printed, he interviews bands for California-based alternative music magazine, New Noise. His writing has also appeared in Angry Metal Guy, Ghost Cult, Hails & Horns (R.I.P.), Heavy Blog Is Heavy, Metal Bandcamp, Metal Injection, Phro Metal (R.I.P.), PureGrainAudio.com, and Teeth of the Divine. He interviews relevant music writers in a column called "Keyboard Warriors", and used to blog at Zetalambmary (R.I.P.). Follow him on Twitter.
The Quirky Circumstances Surrounding Southeast Asian Grindcore | 21 Mar 2013 // 5:10 PM
When Wormrot was signed to Earache Records in 2010, they surprised the hell out of most people in the extreme metal world. How many have actually heard of Southeast Asian grindcore before then? What unique conditions helped to spawn this small regional scene?
Confessions of a Workaholic: An Interview with Mike Portnoy | 13 Nov 2012 // 4:14 PM
More than a year after leaving Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy has moved ahead with his music career and not looked back. The prolific drummer talks about his latest supergroup, PSMS, the hardest part about singing and drumming simultaneously, and how he misses Starbucks whenever touring overseas.
Flyleaf: New Horizons | 6 Dec 2012 // 4:02 PM
For the pop fans out there, New Horizons will probably sound pleasing enough to warrant some CD shelf space right next to Avril Lavigne.
Kamelot: Silverthorn | 6 Nov 2012 // 4:03 PM
Despite being a fresh face to hardcore Kamelot fans, Tommy Karevik will probably win over most of them with his faithful rendition of Roy Khan’s trademark vocals.