• Acrassicauda feature story @ JamBase

    Posted 04/15/2010 by cal

    I interviewed the singer/guitarist of this Iraqi metal band a few weeks ago. Not your typical local-band-makes-good story. Read the whole story here.

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  • BLK JKS feature story @ JamBase

    Posted 09/23/2009 by cal

    If you don't get on the BLK JKS train right now, you will be kicking yourself in the years to come. Their new album, After Robots, is easily one of the year's best. A swell bunch of guys, too. Read all about 'em here.

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  • Russian Circles: It's A Midwest Thing

    Posted 03/26/2008 by cal

    rc1 Some people call it “prog-metal,” but you’re not going to see Chicago’s Russian Circles playing any ten-minute moog solos. Some call it “post-metal,” but these guys have the heavy riffs to defy being called post-anything, along with the melodic sense to create engaging songs without the benefit of a human voice. Enter the new buzzword, “instru-metal,” a somewhat annoying but fairly accurate description of the band’s music, although it short-changes them on the moody atmospherics that help make their live show so dynamic. The band released its debut full-length, 2006’s Enter, and toured extensively, developing a formidable live reputation. Before recording a follow-up album, the group parted ways with bassist Colin DeKuiper, a position which remains officially open. The group enlisted the help of These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook to complete Station, due out May 6 on Suicide Squeeze Records; Cook has since filled in on bass for all of the band’s live dates as well. Before their February 29 show at the Cactus Club, I spoke with drummer Dave Turncrantz and guitarist Mike Sullivan over pints of Guinness at a nearby watering hole.

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