I knew it. No one ever talks about 90s Portuguese metal, but when someone does, it’s not enough. It’s true I didn’t cover all the bands, because the first piece I wrote was about stuff that played day in and day out on my turntable. There were other bands that
Not trying to give a history lesson here or be an academic, because this is about some Portuguese heavy metal stuff from the 90s that I loved and I think the world should know about, instead of scraping the bottom of the plate of NWOBM or Scandinaviam Black Metal. It’s
Blackened death thrashers Steel Bearing Hand are yet another jewel in the massive treasure trove of Texas metal. Fast, loud and a toxic blend of their influences, from Celtic Frost and and Mercyful Fate to Autopsy and Deicide, they are very much a product of the glory days of metal.
Kyle Thomas, like many of us, has had his share of dramatic and life altering events. Surviving hurricane Katrina and witnessing firsthand the devastation on New Orleans, a city that had helped define him as an artist. There were a few other bumps in the road as well, but like
2017 came to a close with Dawn Ray’d’s The Unlawful Assembly ending up on a truckload of year-end lists. The album certainly deserved all of the accolades it received (although I personally could have done without the awkward folk passages that bookended each side). It was a blistering atmospheric black
Nervosa is a thrash metal band from Brazil, and the band’s second full-length album, Agony, is being released this year by Napalm Records. Brazil has a storied thrash tradition, starting with death/thrash progenitors Sarcofago and Vulcano, as well as with 90’s powerhouse Sepultura. Nervosa are a confident-sounding threepiece that play