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

Austin Terror Fest 2018

Kara Chavez was at this year’s Austin Terror Fest, trying to cover as many bands as possible. With a killer line up, 2 venues, over 30 bands, several metal and punk vendors, and only three jam packed days, it was a music fest not to miss.

Dusty Brooks and Dorian Domi from Austin Terror Fest

Kara Chavez chats to Dusty Brooks and Dorian Domi about everything Austin Terror Fest.

City Life – Cuts Like a Knife

City Life reminds me of the likes of Murder City Devils, Rocket From The Crypt, and Dead boys. If you like any of those bands, or some great punk rock-n-roll, be sure to check out City Life from Austin TX!

Liz Buckingham from Electric Wizard

Kara Chavez asked Liz Buckingham from Electric Wizard some questions about the new album ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’ and Liz’s influences.

Hell – Hell

This release captivates the same ethereal emotion that runs along the sludge, creating a whirlwind of emotions.

Shelby Lermo from Extremity

Kara Chavez asked Shelby Lermo from death metal powerhouse Extremity a couple of quick questions.

Alex Citrone from Sigil

Kara Chavez caught up with Alex Citrone from Austin based death metal band Sigil, who have just released their first full length release ‘Kingdom of the Grave’.

Sigil – Kingdom Of The Grave

Great blackened death intensity and rawness. It literally makes me want to air-guitar the breakdown part, and maybe even blast the volume real high in my car.

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

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