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Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 02, 2012


Staying up late with Nachzehrer and 212

Night music
The physical 212: an Allston room where two drum kits sit opposite each other in malign aspect, occult graffiti covers the walls, empties of every variety of shit beer cover the floor, and a stench of rot permeates everything.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 02, 2012


Torture Chain | Time Is But a Doorway to the Incinerator

Eternal Summer (2012)
Torture Chain have had black metal locked down with an ultra raw punkish aesthetic over three demos for the past four years.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  July 31, 2012


Doomriders continue their forward march

On the grind
It's hard to begrudge Doomriders' front man Nate Newton when he stops in the midst of rattling off the band's tours with the likes of Red Sparowes, Clutch, and Disfear, among others, in the two years since the release of Darkness Come Alive off Salem-based Deathwish Inc.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 13, 2011

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Tampa re-emerging as a death-metal hotbed

Dark rays
People up here in the Northeast normally associate Tampa, Florida, with balmy beaches and snowbirds. But look beyond the sands and the area is the perfect grindcore dystopia: boulevards flanked by miles of strip sprawl cut across a lattice of low-slung houses built on the cheap, monotony punctuated every few miles by hulking shopping centers and big-box plazas.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 24, 2011


Out: Revocation display extreme metal form

Celebrating the release of their third full-length, Chaos of Forms (Relapse), Revocation put on a streamlined set that made clear why they've garnered universal acclaim for a sound that's both throwback to classic thrash and refreshingly modern.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 24, 2011

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Acaro find empowerment through aggressive metal

Crafting a legacy
Acaro are arguably the hungriest metal band in Boston.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  July 19, 2011

Ash Borer 2011

Ash Borer | Ash Borer

Flenser (2011)
NorCal black-metal trio Ash Borer's debut full-length is as diminutive as their namesake (limited to a 150-cassette run) but no less destructive or striking as they hurtle through three tracks in 40 minutes.
By: JANSSEN McCORMICK  |  July 12, 2011

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After a decade on the grind, Trap Them find their stride

Reshaping their core
Hardcore cribbing from metal is hardly new territory. At least, according to Trap Them vocalist Ryan McKenney.  
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  May 20, 2011


Burzum | Fallen

Byelobog Productions (2011)
Illegible as they are ubiquitous (anywhere a patch meets denim or a bored headbanger's head meets a study-hall desk), metal logos are the ultimate example of form over function.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  March 09, 2011


Live Review: Motherboar unleash a mighty beast at Great Scott

Out: Destroying Allston
Celebrating the release of sophomore album The Beast Becomes the Servant (Born of Fire Records), Motherboar had a thawing crowd headbanging at full clip Saturday night, proving they won’t be resting on their 2010 Boston Music Award for Best Metal/Hardcore Band.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  January 30, 2011

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