MIGRATION FEST GIVES DISCERNING EXTREME MUSIC FANS A REASON TO TREK, ROVE & VOYAGE

MIGRATION FEST GIVES DISCERNING EXTREME MUSIC FANS A REASON TO TREK, ROVE & VOYAGE

Two of the most respected labels in underground music today -- 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media -- have combined their considerable heavy metal firepower to found and curate Migration Fest, a three day celebration of aural boundary-pushers and face-melters set to go down at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia, Washington this August. The stacked lineup includes Krallice, Christian Mistress, a The Body & Krieg collaborative performance, Thou, Vastum, Mutilation Rights, Kowloon Walled City, Pale Chalice, Vhol, Auroch, and a slew of others. 

Read More

Art In Motion: Animated Cover Art With Stephan Dreadford

Art In Motion: Animated Cover Art With Stephan Dreadford

Digital artist Stephan Dreadford accidentally fell into the craft of animating famous heavy metal cover art. The single incident, which involved doing animated cover art for social media for his brother's band, has now pushed Dreadford down a very cool path. Over a very short time, Dreadford has animated numerous cover paintings, turning them into moving pieces of awesome--by such artists as Ed Repka to Andreas Marshall--from static greatness. Dreadford's vision has put into--well, actual--motion covers by Judas Priest, Sodom, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Pantera, Kreator, and many more. He sees the art like we all do... Living, breathing covers, but instead of using our imaginations to see where, for example, Mark Wilkinson (cover artist for Painkiller) wanted go, Dreadford does it for us. Read on as we extol the virtues of Dreadford's GIF prowess.

Read More

Nick Menza: 1964-2016

Nick Menza: 1964-2016

Nick Menza -- best remembered for his time in Megadeth -- was one of the drummers that earned fierce love and respect. Menza died after collapsing on stage on Saturday, apparently from heart failure. Menza's style, approach, and effortless invention were as essential to Megadeth as Bill Ward's quirks and fills were to Black Sabbath or Dave Lombardo's ferocity was to Slayer. 

Read More