Metal Skull: Interview with James A. Rota of The Company Band: Hostile Takeover

Also of California stoner purveyors Fireball Ministry, guitarist James A. Rota operates as one-fifth of riffy supergroup The Company Band. Alongside fellow guitarist/principal songwriter Dave Bone, Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon, CKY drummer Jess Margera and Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis, Rota brings his unique musical personality to the fore in …

by   |  11/17/2009  |  Comments (2)

Reality Check: Fort Hood’s Sociological Backlash

Here we go again: Crazy person runs amok, kills randomly, and society scrambles to explain it. DC Sniper, Columbine, Virginia Tech; all of which has been covered in this space over the past twelve years with no more insight than simply crazy persons hardly ever need a reason to be …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Jonas Renkse of Katatonia: Darkness And The Dawn

There are few metal acts whose reputation genuinely precedes them, but that’s precisely the case with Swedish legends Katatonia. After 18 years together, the writing team of vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström—the band is rounded out by guitarist Fredrik Norrman, bassist Mattias Norrman and drummer Daniel Liljekvist; all …

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Reality Check: Foul Nectar Of The Beatdown: New Republicanism And New York Yankees Carry The Day

November can be a cruel month for some. Turkeys would not describe it as a “fine time.” Turkey blood flows freely when the October calendar turns and the winds blow cold. Their slaughter is complete and in great numbers. Turkeys would be glad to tell you what it is like …

by   |  11/06/2009  |  Comments Off on Reality Check: Foul Nectar Of The Beatdown: New Republicanism And New York Yankees Carry The Day

Shooting From The Hip: Miike Snow’s Frosty Entree Best Served Chilled

Despite having a rather peculiar appellation, Miike Snow is anything but strange. In fact, Scandinavian pop marvels Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson make a living constructing some of the best conventional dance tracks riding high on the pop charts. That’s not to say they’re one-dimensional mainstream hacks. Instead, the cool-headed …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Karl Simon of The Gates Of Slumber: The Doom Of Indianapolis

If it seems like Indianapolis traditional doomers The Gates Of Slumber are an underground success out of nowhere, they aren’t. Though they’ve only gained larger notoriety over their last couple albums—thanks in no small part to working with labels like Profound Lore and Rise Above—they’ve been doing the good lord …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Helen Money: Heavy Cello

The band identity of Chicago-based cellist Alison Chesley, Helen Money, is set to issue its/her second album Nov. 3. In Tune will be Chesley’s first release for Radium/Table Of The Elements, and it builds on the dark atmospheres and solo cello experimental aesthetic she established with 2007’s Helen Money while …

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Reality Check: Rob Astorino; Friend & Colleague In The Land Of Scum

Not one hour ago I received a link to a story in the Journal News that turned my stomach, something that rarely happens to cynical old hacks who’ve not only seen but done it all twice. It seems that during the previous day’s debate between candidates for the county’s executive …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Naam: Back From The Woods

Following up their well-received Kingdom EP, Brooklyn heavy psych trio Naam is set to release their self-titled full-length debut this month on Tee Pee Records. To make the album, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lugar, bassist/vocalist John Bundy and drummer Eli Pizzuto holed up in a cabin in the Catskills for 12 days …

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Deleted Scenes: Has No One In The Obama White House Seen Rambo III?

You don’t need a degree in Middle East history to know that Afghanistan has been one of the most fecund sites in the world for war for thousands of years. Alexander The Great, Genghis Khan and the British Empire famously controlled and lost control of the mountainous, landlocked area. It’s …

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