The writer joined PopMatters in 2011 and covers mainly extreme metal music topics. He is a classically-trained pianist, but enjoys extreme metal more than classical music. He types for Angry Metal Guy, Metal Bandcamp, No Clean Singing and PureGrainAudio.com. Magazines he contribute to include Ghost Cult and New Noise. His writing has also appeared in Hails & Horns (R.I.P.), Heavy Blog Is Heavy, Metal Injection, Phro Metal and Teeth Of The Divine. He interviews relevant music writers in a column called “Keyboard Warriors” and also blogs at Zetalambmary. Follow him on Twitter.
Thursday, March 21 2013
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?
Tuesday, November 13 2012
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.
Sunday, February 5 2012
The concept of a “trilogy” is such an overdone thing. Be it film trilogies, album trilogies, book trilogies, video game trilogies… we have all seen trilogies in various forms of entertainment media to the point of it becoming banal. At the end of the Deathspell Omega experience however, do not be alarmed if you wake up to find yourself in Silent Hill.
Thursday, December 6 2012
For the pop fans out there, New Horizons will probably sound pleasing enough to warrant some CD shelf space right next to Avril Lavigne.
Tuesday, November 6 2012
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.
Sunday, August 12 2012
Regardless of the on-and-off nature of Master’s existence, Speckmann has been keeping his band’s underground spirit alive and continues to cement Master as an inimitable icon in the death metal underground.
Monday, January 9 2012
Kudos to Korn for disappointing me; I am actually glad that my initial expectations were, unexpectedly, not met.
Monday, December 12 2011
If you are actually starting to think that the current Roadrunner roster is as metal as anything in the genre can possibly get, you are in severe need of a memory jolt.