Craig Hayes is based in Aotearoa New Zealand, and he is a contributing editor and columnist at PopMatters. Alongside his reviews and feature articles, Craig's monthly column, Ragnarök, traverses the metal spectrum. He is the co-author of PopMatters' regular metal round-up, Mixtarum Metallum, contributes to radio shows and numerous other sites, and he favours music that clangs, bangs, crashes, or drones. Craig can be found losing followers daily on twitter @sixnoises.
Mixturam Metallum VII: Fall 2013 Metal Releases | 24 Nov 2013 // 9:14 PM
Welcome to another edition of Mixtarum Metallum. Heavy tunes aplenty have their best features amplified and illuminated here, and there's sure to be something to add to the naughty list just waiting to be discovered.
Revolution and Revelation: The Recitals of Gog (PopMatters Premiere) | 25 Aug 2013 // 6:30 PM
Experimental artists have taken Luigi Russolo's vision of noise-sound and painted vivid portraits of the cost of modernity, including Arizonan darkened drone artist, Gog.
Ragnarök: 2013 Gloomy Awards: The Most Interesting Metal Albums of 2013 | 16 Dec 2013 // 9:15 PM
Every year a slew of great albums from the louder spheres are missed, misplaced, or overlooked on those end of year lists. Ragnarök's Gloomy Awards seeks to redress that imbalance.
'Evay and 'Earty Birthday Wishes to Rise Above Records | 30 Oct 2013 // 9:14 PM
In 1988, Lee Dorrian founded UK record label Rise Above. A quarter century later, the label is one of the ‘eavisest and ‘eartiest around, filled with as much tuning in and dropping out as doomy drop-tuning and whigging out.
'Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult' Is Hellishly Illumniating | 12 Feb 2014 // 2:05 AM
Black metal is often reduced to a slew of clichés, but Black Metal unpacks the genre’s history in its true form via a huge cast of characters.
Seidr: Ginnungagap | 19 Nov 2013 // 9:02 PM
Ginnungagap, the latest album from doom and death merchant Seidr, is an utterly beautiful and brutal flight through the stars.
Sisters Of... - 'Follow Me As a Ghost' EP (stream) (Premiere) | 13 Nov 2013 // 4:30 AM
PopMatters is proud to premiere Follow Me As a Ghost, the debut EP from experi-metal titan, Sisters Of…
Beastwars - "Realms" (video) | 8 Nov 2013 // 7:30 AM
New Zealand sludge titan Beastwars has had a pretty damn good year all round.