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Hulder – Verses in Oath

With this new album, Hulder has thrown down the gauntlet, proving she is, without question, the real deal.

Varathron – The Crimson Temple

Through 46 minutes of rousing Hellenic black metal, often soaring in scope and solidly melodic throughout, listeners are reminded why Varathron are still packing venues across the globe.

Wayfarer – American Gothic

American Gothic stands as a testament to Wayfarer’s unique ability to push the genre’s boundaries, making it a compelling addition to their discography.

Leila Abdul-Rauf from Vastum

J. Donovan Malley caught up with Vastum guitarist and vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf to discover more about the new record ‘Inward to Gethsemane’, a new member, the creative process, and more.

Baroness • KenMode • Hoaxed

Baroness • KenMode • HoaxedThe Crocodile, Seattle WA, 3.11.2023Photos by John Donovan Malley

Satanik Royalty Records Showcase

The joyous 2-day showcase of Satanik Royalty Records artists was a testament to the vibrancy of the Seattle music scene and the importance of one of its most important members, Michael Freiburger.

Vastum – Inward To Gethsemane

Vastum has managed to create another powerful and thought-provoking death metal masterpiece.


DeafheavenShadow Box SoDo, Seattle WA, 03.10.2023 Photos by John Donovan Malley

Body Void – Atrocity Machine

On ‘Atrocity Machine’ we are plunged by Body Void headlong into a thorough examination of the hellscape that is our current world.

The Keening • S.E.R.P.E.N.T.E.N.T • Tiny Vipers

The Keening • S.E.R.P.E.N.T.E.N.T • Tiny VipersClock-Out Lounge, Seattle WA, 16.09.2023 Photos by John Donovan Malley

The Keening, S.E.R.P.E.N.T.E.N.T., & Tiny Vipers – Clockout Lounge, Seattle

The Keening took the crowd on a journey through haunted swamps, bottomless wells, concealed crimes, gilded prisons, and the unfortunate role of a murder witness. But it also showed that there’s still hope in this world if we can find and harness it.

Glassing • Great Falls • Cult Sickness • Blast Cells

Glassing • Great Falls • Cult Sickness • Blast CellsThe Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA 03.09.2023Photos by John Donovan Malley

Abhorrency – Climax of Disgusting Impurities

Abhorrency revels in perversity, destruction, and the inherent evil of humanity.

Pixies • Modest Mouse

Pixies • Modest MouseClimate Pledge Arena, Seattle. September 9, 2023 Photos by John Donovan Malley

Pixies & Modest Mouse – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

The night offered a chance to cast off the weight of the contemporary world and revel in the sounds of the 90s and early 2000s, a time when life was perhaps less stressful, hectic, and alienating.

Thra – Forged In Chaotic Spew

Blending colossal death-doom riffs and cacophonous sludge elements, all sprinkled with a healthy dose of harsh noise, Thra has unleashed a menagerie of the grotesque upon the world.

Horrendous – Ontological Mysterium

Horrendous would prefer to continue a journey of self-growth and the realisation of potential over a mere reverence for the past. The latest release proves the virtue and value of such an endeavour.

Varathron (+ Live Review and Photos)

John Donovan Malley went to see Varathron play live in Portland, OR and also managed to ask the band some questions about their new album, the band’s history and more.

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