CONCERT REVIEW: Folterkammer – Witching – Sarmat – Viserion Live at The Kingsland

The great thing about metal shows in NYC is you never know what kind of metal it will be, but probably all the kinds: Black Metal, Doom Metal, Jazz Metal and more graced the Kingsland on the night before Easter.Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: La Suspendida at Nublu 151

Brand new sentence: Jazz Metal Opera is going strong. I first saw La Suspendida on its opening night in January 2023. Although fantastic in its own right then, the ensemble has eclipsed the sum of its parts and reached new heights. An added year of practice and performance (including stints in France and Germany) has served them well, resulting in an even tighter delivery. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – New Rock and Metal Releases 3-15-24

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PREVIEW: New Music Friday – New Rock and Metal Releases 3-15-24

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: La Suspendia Shares a Music Video for “Laudes Mortuorum and Roll Call Of The Newly Dead”

La Suspendia is an acclaimed Jazz Metal Opera that has earned rave reviews from the music community. Ghost Cult covered one of the debut performances and it was wild! The project will release its self-titled debut album on March 15th, via the respected Silent Pendulum Records. Today they team up with Ghost Cult to share their new music video, “Laudes Mortuorum and Roll Call Of The Newly Dead!” Pre-order the album at the links below and watch the video now! Continue reading


My first encounter with SEVEN)SUNS was two weeks into 2023 at La Suspendida, the Jazz-Metal-Opera brainchild of Kilter and William Berger, a massive undertaking in which the string quartet played a vital part. (Editor’s Note: read our review here.) Wait – violas and violins in metal? Of course. Connoisseurs of the progressive would expect violin in bands like Ne Obliviscaris, but the less familiar may be surprised to find strings in heavier, speedier bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse. While such symphonic metal may not be for everyone, let’s not pretend the haunted wailing of orchestral instruments has no place in metal.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Kilter Performs William Berger’s “La Suspendida” Live at Culture Lab

If someone said let’s see a Jazz Metal Opera. I’d look confused for a second then I would be all in. That’s exactly what happened when I saw La Suspendida, “The Suspended Woman,” in Long Island City New York at The Phaxall Gallery’s Culture Lab for a three-night residency. It’s an innovative Opera that combines the best of Jazz and Metal music. This groundbreaking concert combines three seemingly different genres into a unique and dynamic sound that will be sure to wow audiences. The drama is based on a notorious incident in history where a doctor’s obsession with a young patient of his was so great that he kept her body as his lover after her untimely death.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Kilter – “Sentient Robotics”

Avant-garde Jazz-Metal band Kilter is back with a new EP – Sys (Alter-Nativ Label) due out on June 25th. The trio led by bassist Laurent David (solo artist, many collaborations, Alter-Nativ owner) with drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) and saxophonist Ed Rosenberg III (Jerseyband, Heart of Barf). Following their exceptional 2019 album Axiom and a celebrated tour of Europe, the band continues to shapeshift and evolve with high-concept, heavy music. Watch the amazing new music video for their new single “Sentient Robotics” right now!

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STAFF PICKS: Weslie Negrón’s Top 20 Albums of 2020

Instead of reminding everyone of the horrible year we’ve had by sharing this list of my top 20 albums of 2020 with all of you, I want to think that I am sharing new music that can keep being an outlet to rely on when times are tough. We’re in a moment in time where we’re all vulnerable and music keeps being one of the best tools to help our mental health. The following albums are the ones that helped me go through the year and I hope you find something that you can add to your playlist and enjoy it as much as I do. Within each album, there is the country, genre, and their Bandcamp links (for those that have Bandcamp) in case you want to directly support them in these troubled times.

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