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photos by Alberto Gutierrez; words by Doug Moore

Horrendous @ Dark Descent showcase 10/5/2013

This year's Dark Descent showcase -- which took place on 10/5 and which featured Sempiternal Dusk, Ritual Necromancy, Anhedonist, Horrendous, Dire Omen, Weregoat, Gravehill, Mitochondrion, and Insanity -- was one of 2013's better under-the-radar metal events. We've got a full set of photos and a band-by-band breakdown over at Invisible Oranges. From Greg Majewski's writeup:

"From his mile-high throne in the frostbitten peaks of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Matt Calvert rains death upon the masses, elevating his label Dark Descent Records to the same lofty heights by snapping up handfuls of death metal's most promising acts. To celebrate his four-year reign of punishing our eagerly awaiting earholes, Calvert compiled an all-out, two day freakfest of some of the finest death metal in North America, a muscle-flexing showcase as much as an anniversary celebration. Which all raises the question: Why the hell choose Portland?

"A lot of bands on the label are from around this area, and I've done pretty well here," says Calvert. "Here," in this context, is Ash Street Saloon, a gritty mid-sized venue a block away from Voodoo Donut on Burnside. Inked-up bartenders in cutoffs sling spicy Northwest ales; bicycles hang from the ceiling. A vintage Neo-Geo cabinet bathes patrons in Metal Slug carnage from its bar-side niche. Basically, as Portland as it gets. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein would be washing down their vegan fries with a few pints of Ninkasi's Total Domination if the unholy sounds emanating from Ash Street's stage wouldn't send them fleeing to their Subaru. It's doubtful Calvert would notice from his perch behind the merch booth, shaking hands and thanking the locals (and a surprising number of acolytes who made the pilgrimage from Colorado) for packing the venue to witness a nearly complete lineup of stellar acts."

Check out the full writeup and photo set over at IO; we've got a reduced set of pics below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One Tail One Head

2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.

First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.

To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.

My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.

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Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pallbearer

Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.

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by BBG

Horrendous

Horrendous walk the tightrope of wearing their influences proudly and carving their own path on The Chills, the band's debut full-length out today via Dark Descent.

Horrendous's well-received Sweet Blasphemies demo in 2010 showed the East Coast trio channelling/reimagining the early waves of death metal on both this continent and the EU, bringing to mind a marriage of the Swedish death invasion with American pioneers like the great Autopsy or early Death. If this record was released a few weeks sooner, I'm guessing it would be on the tip of DM-fans' tongues as a favorite of 2011, so keep a look out for 2012. It rips.

Stream The Chills in its entirety below, and order a copy on CD via Dark Descent now and on vinyl this spring. So far no tour dates to speak of, but we'll keep a look out.

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