Norma Jean – Polar Similar

Norma Jean Polar Similar Solid State Records To hear bands grow into maturity musically often means, well, they get softer. That can be a good thing at times, but when you learn to love a band’s heaviness, “musical maturity” can sometimes mean a bummer record. Not so with Polar Similar. On their 7th album, Norma Jean have found a way to thread in melody, nuance,…

Doom Tiger – The Grasp EP

Doom Tiger The Grasp EP BandCamp David Taylor, the prolific one man machine behind Doom Tiger, is at it again.  His most recent EP, The Grasp, is mid-paced, doomy, blast-beat, shrieking vocals black metal, but with elements throughout lending a welcome element of groove. Though the funeral organ sounds on “Ad Portas Mortis” might provoke a smirk, can you expect anything less…

Poured Out – Blind Heart EP

Poured Out Blind Heart EP Facedown Records Maryland’s Poured Out manage to straddle a fence few do very well. On their new release Blind Heart, they draw from the very best of metalcore, standard issue hardcore breakdowns, and moments of textured post-hardcore musicality and surprising rhythms without the need to show off their technical prowess. The result is straight forward heaviness with nicely timed curveballs…

What’s Going On Here?

There’s a slogan that started in Austin, Texas back around the year 2000 that went like this:  “Keep Austin weird.”  Since then it’s been adopted by Portland and other cities that value personal expression. It also communicates how residents value local art and business as opposed to predictably dull franchises and lowest-common-denominator culture.  Those who champion the slogan are saying,…