Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Podcast Episode #3: "Festivals and Farewells"

It's with much excitement that we here at Brutalitopia are going to make our podcast more of a common occurrence. With the first episode in nearly two years, Mick and Durf discuss their anticipation for this year's Maryland Deathfest, the recent breakup of Agalloch, and their favorite album's of 2016 thus far.

Check it out after the break!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kvelertak - Nattesferd

Kvelertak have made quite the name for themselves since releasing their self-titled album in 2010. By combining black metal with anything that isn’t also black metal or kvlt, the band, by its very definition, is divisive ; their accessibility has also expanded this divide amongst detractors. Nattesferd will not change that by any means, but Kvelertak know who’s listening by album number three. Some felt as though sophomore album Meir was a step back for the band as it had songs that have become fan favorites, but was ultimately a top-heavy affair. So what does Nattesferd offer to fans both new and old?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Exclusive Interview - J.R. Hayes (Pig Destroyer)

My my, it's great to be back.  After a winter of isolation due to a multitude of mitigating factors, this past Friday I found myself returning to the world of the concerts, by way of legendary, seminal (but not legacy act!) grindcore masters Pig Destroyer.  While our Brutalitopia cohort Jack ventured toward the Decibel Music Tour that was sadly the same day, my erstwhile colleague Mick and I headed to Reggie's Rock Club for an evening of musical cocaine that was a bit outside our comfort zone; longtime readers and casual viewers alike can attest that grind is not really a Brutalitopian forte.  But sometimes a concert catches your eye and piques your interest and won't let go, and so you take that musical road less traveled.  And how lucky for Mick and I that we did, because in addition to having our neck muscles sorely tested from headbanging, we were lucky enough to snag an exclusive two on one conversation with Pig Destroyer's immensely talented lyricist and vocalist J.R. Hayes.  Check it out below to hear our conversation, during which we talk about Pig Destroyer's continuing evolution, touring and recording as a part time band, and the joys and wonders of conducting interviews under train tracks.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Baroness - "Purple"

To say that Baroness has been through some things since their last album is a bit of an understatement; after a catastrophic bus crash in England following the release of Yellow and Green in 2012, half of the band amicably left, and lead singer and guitarist John Dyer Baizley had to relearn how to play the guitar after suffering numerous injuries. The band soldiered on, refusing to quit, enlisting new members, and now returns with Purple, an album title that (intentionally or not) brings to mind the physical and emotional bruising the band has been through over the past three years. But like a boxer after being knocked down, bruised and bloody, to the canvas, Baroness got up ready to start swinging. "We didn't want to make a mellow, sad, dark thing," said guitarist Pete Adams. "We needed to be up-tempo. We needed to be melodic, and it also needed to be aggressive." Purple needed, in other words, to be a Baroness album.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mick's Top 15 Albums of 2015

Writing a year-end list is serious business. Constant power-naps on couches  I couldn't afford were necessary. 

Here we are again, friends. Another year has nearly come to its end and with it another year-end list from yours truly. Let's hop to it!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tom's Top 15 Albums of 2015

2015 will be a year for the record books in the Campagna household. Why the New York Mets made it to the World Series, I bought a house, and of course my wife and I welcomed out little boy Connor into the world. Aside from those wonderful feats, there was metal to be had in 2015 and it was a damned fine year with so many huge bands putting out great records; listing them is a chore unto itself, but ultimately no one pays me for this so this list is what you make of it honestly. Make sure to check out the albums I did a full review for by clicking the link in the album title and also listen to a selection from each album by clicking the song below each write up.

Durf's Top Albums, Songs, and Concerts of 2015

 The only thing more taxing than winning the NBA Championship is growing a sweet-ass beard and coming to terms with this year's amazing releases.

Another year in the books, and what a pretty solid year it's been.  Personally, it's been a wonderfully fulfilling year, as the Durfette and I got married and settled into the domestic bliss that is Sunday brunch home brewing.  Musically, it's been another year of outstanding releases and phenomenal concerts.  Unsurprisingly, the deeper one goes into this rabbit hole of heavy music, the more there is to sift through and enjoy, and the good news is that this cornucopia of options means its easier than ever before to find music that you fall in love with and play repeatedly.  The bad news is that sometimes you miss things.  As I began putting my year end list together, there are a number of albums that could potentially be here, had I not discovered them only recently - Horrendous' Anareta, Tribulation's The Children of the Night, Sunn O)))'s wonderful Kannon, Baroness' Purple - and I must admit, the lack of a complete encapsulation of the year is bothering me more this year than it ever has in years past.