All posts by Gunnar Jaeck

Pallbearer – “Heartless”

Here is my review of Pallbearer’s recently released third album of epic progressive doom metal. It’s mostly about Jean-Claude Van Damme (not the album, just the review). Continue reading Pallbearer – “Heartless”

Year of the Cobra – “…in the shadows below”

In case you’re trying to guess which year this band is named after before you listen to their excellent debut album, here’s a hint: I don’t think it’s 2016. Continue reading Year of the Cobra – “…in the shadows below”

Migration Fest – Capitol Theater, Olympia, August 13, 2016

Do the other blogs have reviews for all three days of the northwest’s, newest, face-meltingest extreme metal festival that they all posted much sooner than a month after the event? Yes, they do. Do the other blogs have a totally excellent photo collage where stolen album art from all of Saturday’s bands infests the Capitol Theater? Come on, what do you think?

Continue reading Migration Fest – Capitol Theater, Olympia, August 13, 2016

Heavy fiction in SLAB Magazine

My short story “The Sorrows of Young Chainsaw Accident” appears in this year’s edition of SLAB, the literary journal of Slippery Rock University. Continue reading Heavy fiction in SLAB Magazine

Vodun – “Possession”

On their debut full length, Vodun redefine balls-out. I don’t know if that’s despite or because of being a majority woman band, but actually, come to think of it, I guess they just define balls-out, because it was a little vague what that expression meant in the first place. Am I having trouble making sense? There’s a reason why.

Whether or not you listen to as much metal as I do, Possession is the soul/jazz/death/rock album you’ve been waiting for. How do I know that? Because there are no other soul/jazz/death/rock albums.

Nothing else — nothing else — sounds like this. Continue reading Vodun – “Possession”

Metal Reality is now on Patreon

Reality is cheap, but photoshopping Eddy onto the roof of the Tacoma dome does take time and effort. Continue reading Metal Reality is now on Patreon

Iron Maiden – Tacoma Dome, April 11, 2016

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