Review: Killer Be Killed – “Reluctant Hero”

Expectations suck. So, leave it to an alt-metal supergroup to find a way to fuck with what you crave and anticipate from its latest mighty work. Six years after its much-lauded self-titled debut, the apocalyptic Killer Be Killed is back with Reluctant Hero, a sophomore effort initiated, written and recorded almost entirely in secrecy. In an…

Review: The Elephant Parallax – “Loam and Sky”

There are two epic songs battling for your attention on Loam and Sky, the new EP from The Elephant Parallax out Friday, and either could launch a fit description of why the record is indispensable. First, there is the opener, “The Conscious.” Though it begins with “Bloody Mary”-style drums and a pixelated, Battles-ish guitar onslaught, what…

Profile: Mark Deutrom (2018)

Every 10 years, Mark Deutrom goes through some fresh hell. Take 1998, a couple of hells ago. Deutrom was recording his first solo record – the excellent The Silent Treatment, which gets the 20th-anniversary reissue treatment today from Season of Mist – as his first marriage dissolved and he then was kicked out of the…