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Nails // Live @ Music Hall of Williamsburg // 3.22.17

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Brooklyn, New York - Like a chainsaw straight through the middle of a long workweek, Nails, along with Toxic Holocaust and Gatecreeper conveniently assisted in the collective purging out the pen- up aggression for a few hundred bruise hungry headbangers through the magic of mosh-inducing music,

Album Review: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Article by: Steven Principato   Progressive rock never really died, it simply got meaner with the times. Occasionally, it even dresses up like a metal band. In presumption of some higher obligation to continue their 17 year reign as one of humanity’s last bastions in popular progressive rock, Mastodon bestows upon us

All Them Witches + Irata // Live @ The Bowery Ballroom // 3.10.17

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   New York, NY -- Upon the compact stage of lower Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom, a pair of atypical musical acts prepared their collection of unique and dynamic sounds to be unleashed upon a rapidly growing multitude of eager and eclectic fans and first-time listeners. Opening tonight’s short line-up

Power Trip & Iron Reagan // Live @ The Marlin Room // 3.2.17

Article and Photography by Steven Principato   New York, NY -- Hidden discreetly beneath the cavernous expanse of Webster Hall, which appeared to be hosting an immeasurably paradoxical dance-party event,  The Marlin Room is a small and personal sized room that faithfully re-creates the atmosphere that of a small venue, forbidding any admission to

Album Review: Satan Takes A Holiday – Aliens

Article by: Steven Principato   Hardly sparing us a subtle or gradual introduction to their fourth studio release, titled simply Aliens, Satan Takes A Holiday tosses the a cinder block through the listener’s windshield judging only by the heavy-handed ferocity of their opening track “Good Cop, Bad Cop." Obviously taking no holidays of

The Black Queen // Live @ Gramercy Theater // 12.9.16

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   NYC -  Catering to a wide variety in musical taste, from atmospheric to singer/songwriter, all the way down the black abyss of dark industrial - three vastly contrasting and unique aspiring artists prepared to take the stage at NYC’s Gramercy Theater. Opening the show with an abbreviated

Red Fang // Live @ Music Hall of Williamsburg // 12.3.16

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Brooklyn, NYC - Effortlessly selling out one of Brooklyn's largest and most significant venues, The music Hall of Williamsburg, a triple threat line-up of stoner-sludge contemporaries comprised of Whores, Torche, and the highly revered Red Fang easily justified the crowd. Drawing out the genre's most ardent disciples, which

Mutoid Man // Live @ Saint Vitus // 11.26.16

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Brooklyn NY- Once again returning to perhaps last known bastion of real rock and roll in NYC, the unmarked and dimly lit Saint Vitus,  familiarly adorned with a plethora of tongue and cheek satanic iconography once again prepared for a typical Saturday night. Opening the show was Summoner.

Meshuggah // Live @ Starland Ballroom // 11.5.16

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Sayreville, NJ As the loyal hordes of anxious metal fans filed into The Starland Ballroom, New Jersey’s largest and more frequented venue, one might easily conclude the nature of this gathering. Under an Epic line-up featuring High on Fire and Meshuggah, two bands boasting extreme levels of

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