273: DOPE

Led by Edsel Dope, Dopeโ€™s special brand of industrialised alt metal was a shot in the arm to teenage me. It had a groove, and Edselโ€™s vocals entranced with a sinister growl. The guitars charge along, backed by a furious rhythm section, and a chameleon-like sound. There are flashes of groove metal, thrash, industrial, alt … Continue reading 273: DOPE


A combination of doom-tinged progressive metal, fantastic songwriting, and absolutely incredible vocals makes Oceans of Slumber a truly special band. They are usually labelled prog metal because, I guess, itโ€™s the genre that most readily applies. The songs are longer, with more complex structures, and different sections. But Oceans of Slumber are really not like … Continue reading 271: OCEANS OF SLUMBER


When Eric Whitney, better known as polarising trap metal rapper Ghostemane, turns his focus to a black metal project, itโ€™s hard to know what to expect. Baader-Meinhoff is Whitneyโ€™s one-man black metal project, on which he performs all instruments and vocals (under the name โ€˜Sage Meinhoffโ€™. So, when a trap metal musician whose influences seem … Continue reading 265: BAADER-MEINHOF

257: WVRM

Hailing from South Carolina, Wvrm have established themselves, via a string run of albums/EPs/splits, as a force to be reckoned with. With a mix of grindcore and death metal, itโ€™s aggressive, confronting, fast, and I canโ€™t get enough of it. Vocalist Ian Nix is relentless. His vicious delivery completes the sound here. Wvrmโ€™s most recent … Continue reading 257: WVRM