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The Melvins // Live @ The Stone Pony // 8.5.17

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Asbury Park, NJ - Upon the legendary stage within the house the “Boss” built, a venue small in size yet massive in music history, the Stone Pony once again geared up for a double feature where the headliner may very well be recognized in similar

Doyle // Live @ Dingbatz // 6.28.17

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Clifton, NJ -- Hidden deep within the aluminum sided jungle of the New Jersey Suburbs lies a claustrophobic cavern by the name of Dingbatz, where local punk-rockers, goths, and headbangers have called home for over a decade. Serving as one of North Jersey’s few remaining

The Obsessed // Live @ Saint Vitus // 5.18.17

Article and Photos by: Steven Principato   Just another typical night at Brooklyn’s own sanctuary for all that is deemed unholy, the depraved denizens of Saint Vitus were once again treated to a spectacular yet eclectic triple-threat performance that easily rivaled the massive rock star guitar god performing just across the river,

Horisont // LIVE @ Webster Hall // 5.1.17

  Article and photos by Steven Principato Hidden deep beneath the grand stage of Webster Hall lies the atmospheric Marlin room, and below THAT we find the hidden speakeasy-like lair named the “studio”, which is obviously where the real music happens. This subterranean den of rock & roll decadence, despite the

Testament // Live @ Starland Ballroom // 4.20.17

Articles and Photography by Steven Principato   Sayerville, NJ - In the continuing struggle of keeping the eternal flame of classic metal burning brightly, a triple edged assault comprised of legendary acts Prong, Sepultura, and Testament arrived at NJ’s most popular rock venue, vowing to uphold their 30 plus year obligation of hearing

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

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