Metallica – “Hardwired”

I LOVE METALLICA. They are the band that got me into heavy metal and changed my life forever. I never would have gotten into death metal, black metal, doom, grind etc if I hadn’t found them first. I wouldn’t have discovered the Misfits, Killing Joke or Diamond Head if not for them. Metal became my life’s obsession because of them.

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NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II: Previews and Predictions

I can’t help but feel like it might not be the best idea for WWE to run NXT events on the same weekends as their major PPVs.  Reason being is that time and again NXT has stolen the show, making the main roster product look pretty darn inferior.  NXT events wisely focus on quality of matches over quantity and Brooklyn II looks like it’s got some serious bangers on tap for fans of actual wrestling.  So, without further ado…

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WWE Roundup: The Brand Extension, The Cruiserweight Classic, and more

There have been tons of new developments in the WWE over the past several weeks… and Doomsday Device has been extremely quiet on the wrestling front.  That might seem rather odd, but so much has happened so quickly that I felt like I needed some time to process everything before I commented on any of it.  Now that I’ve had the opportunity to gather my thoughts, let’s dig in, shall we?

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Oodles of Brutals: Unique Leader 2016 Edition

Is there another label that’s been pumping out technical and brutal death metal longer or better than Unique Leader Records?  The answer is an emphatic no, and it is for this reason that I couldn’t think of a better way to resurrect Oodles of Brutals than to round up pretty much everything the long-running label has released so far in 2016 and write mini reviews of all of it. So without any further ado…

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20 years of Masonna’s Inner Mind Mystique

On my old blog, I wrote a piece about Relapse Records’ noise/ambient sub label Release Entertainment, which concurrently exposed me to a variety of experimental sounds as I was in the beginning stages of my deep dive into the worlds of death metal and grindcore.  One of the key albums in the Release catalog was Inner Mind Mystique, the seventh full length from Japanese noise provocateur Masonna (aka Yamazaki Maso).

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A few words on Dragged Into Sunlight and going to shows when you’re old.

It’s weird how going to shows changes as you advance in age.  In my late teens, I would walk two miles each way to Hairy Mary’s (RIP) for all ages matinee shows, so excited that bands like Vader, Spirit Caravan and Today is the Day were playing anywhere near me.  My lame broke ass didn’t have a car or any friends that were into underground metal (being shy and awkward and going to Catholic school for the entirety of your pre-college education will do that to you) so I hoofed it, and I thought it was the greatest thing in the world.  I would watch every single band, no matter how many were on the bill and my enthusiasm never wavered for the shows, even when the bands didn’t start on time, or when the bands sounded like complete shit, or when the bands didn’t show up.

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Preview: WWE Cruiserweight Classic

The times they are ‘a-changin.’  I never thought I’d see the day that WWE would create a Japan-style wrestling tournament, let alone a tournament focusing on smaller wrestlers.  Yet here we are, just a few days away from the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic, which will see wrestlers in the 205 lbs. and under weight class from all over the world competing against each other for not just a trophy, but for the honor of being recognized on a global scale.

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