Kara Chavez

Kara grew up just outside of Oakland, California and started going to local shows in 1999. She grew up volunteering at 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley California, booked shows all over the bay area, and worked a few shifts at Mission Records in San Francisco before shutting its doors forever.

Music has been her greatest hobby. She has played bass in several bands, but is currently focusing on going to live shows as well as reviewing shows and records for Ech(((o)))es and Dust.

She recently moved to Austin Texas – America’s live music capital of the world. She is currently focused on her band Black Vice and helping with Red River Family Records Fest year II.

Her favorite kinds of music are (but not limited to): black metal, doom metal, sludge metal, emo/screamo, post-hardcore, post-punk, punk, crust punk, grindcore, hardcore, blackened crust, among much, much more.

 

Articles by Kara Chavez

Extremity – Extremely Fucking Dead

Extremity’s debut album ‘Extremely Fucking Dead’ is a 6 track power statement, letting us all know that they are here to go straight to the top of the Bay Area death metal scene in no time.

Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry

All in all, this is a great release by Iron Reagan. I highly recommend giving it a listen, and check them out on their upcoming tour! This is going to be an album not to miss live.

Martyrdöd – List

‘List’ is a great album and a heavy hitter for lots of top of 2016 lists. If you have not checked it out yet, I welcome you to.

Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate

I highly recommend checking this album out – especially if you are in a dark headspace or even hiking in a cold, dark forest and looking for a newer (maybe even better) Wolves in the Throne Room atmospheric type band.

UADA – Devoid of Light

New schoolers, old schoolers, trashers, black metallers, will all enjoy this album alike. It is different in a good way and could start its very own genre. – By Kara Chavez

Haxen – Haxen

Haxen’s self-titled full-length is an energetic, dark, and raw black metal experience. – By Kara Chavez

Primitive Man / Sea Bastard – Split

This is one of my favorite splits with Primitive Man, and now I am a Sea Bastard fan. I highly recommend this split if you have enjoyed these bands recorded or live, and of course, if you like blackened doom with a hint of sludge. – By Kara Chavez

Widower – The Unholy Oath

All in all, ‘The Unholy Oath’ is a must, especially If you like thrash, black metal, hard, fast, loud, and evil – or a combination of all of that. – By kara Chavez

Death Motif – The Water

If you are into technical, slightly blackened death metal, or into seeing amazing musicians, I would advise you to check out their EP and their upcoming full length, and of course, live. – By Kara Chavez

Midnight / Shitfucker – Split

All in all, this is a superb split. This might be my favorite blackened d-beat record of the year! – By Kara Chavez

Kadavar – Berlin

If you are into psych rock, especially Graveyard, Uncle Acid, etc… check this album out. You may have to skip around, but you’ll be jammin’ by the end. – By Kara Chavez

Abominor – Opus: Decay

Across both incredibly heavy songs, something sticks with you – death, fire, and darkness. It truly evokes what black metal should be made up of. This album isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s intense and mesmerizing. I highly recommend this album. – By Kara Chavez

Ninkharsag – Blood Of Celestial Kings

Ninkharsag’s newest album ‘Blood of Celestial Kings’ is very poignant for the occultist black metal scene. It’s heavy, fast, and melodic with an emphasis on sharp sounding guitars and classic guttural black metal vocals. – By Kara Chavez

Irk | Wren – Irk | Wren

This is a great split. Irk and Wren are almost completely different bands that really complement each other. I recommend checking out this split, especially if you are into post-hardcore or post-metal. I’m excited to see what these two bands will also release in the future. – By Kara Chavez

Cherubs – 2 Ynfynyty

Cherubs’ long hiatus was worth the 20 year wait. If you listened to: Nirvana, the Melvins, Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, The Fleshies, Queens of the Stone Age, or anything similar, I would recommend checking this out. – By Kara Chavez

Iron Witch – The First Four Beers

If you like sludge, drinking, smoking, Weedeater, or Dystopia…check this out. – By Kara Chavez

Vivus Humare – Einkehr

If you are a black metal enthusiast, I highly recommend checking this album out. – By Kara Chavez

Carcass – Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel

For the die-hard fan, this release is a must. For the general fan of Carcass, this is definitely worth checking out and playing it right after Surgical Steel. – By Kara Chavez

Chaos – Violent Redemption

I highly recommend checking out this record…to pretty much to anyone who listens to metal. – By Kara Chavez

Wayfarer – Children of the Iron Age

It is hard to pin-point what their sound truly is, because it’s a coordinated mixture of several different kinds of music, but it works. It works very well. – By Kara Chavez

Crows – Better Off Dead

This album has sound bite samples that make you think, head bang worthy drum beats, circle pit break downs, and heavy guitar riffs that make Better Off Dead a great hardcore album of 2014. – By Kara Hinman

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