When you name your band after a Mercyful Fate song, you'd better damn well live up to it. Thankfully, The Oath's "Silk Road" sounds something like Heart raised on a healthy dose of King Diamond.
All Songs Considered posts about Viking's Choice
The Bavarian metal band conjures 2001: A Space Odyssey, mud-clod caveman riffs and an aggro South of Heaven grunt in an eight-minute song called "The Black Plague of the Soul."
From Satan's ridiculous riffs to Katie Gately's chutes-and-ladders computer music, Lars Gotrich brings a wide range of heavy, loud, out-there sounds to bury 2013 once and for all.
Have a Nice Life's "Defenestration Song" is a pitch-black post-punk party-starter for the gloomy. It's from the forthcoming The Unnatural World, the duo's first album in six years.
From faithful solo sets to Television-indebted deconstructions, 2013 has been a renaissance to the fingerstyle guitar. And more so than any year, American Primitive ain't just for loners anymore.
With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways throughout a lush string-and-piano arrangement of "The West Wind."
There's something blurrily manic about cable television at 3 in the morning. The production team behind the "Wojtek" video has been there, as zombies eat ninjas in a celebrity chef's kitchen and, well, it'd be a shame to spoil it for you.
World War IV features what's become James Jackson Toth's own Crazy Horse: a crew of Birmingham, Ala., musicians who lock in like a hound around the neck of a boar. It's all gnarly and distorted and downtrodden, big-men-with-big-feelings kind of stuff.
The San Francisco gutter mutants spew psychedelic noise and plastered punk in their new video. CCR Headcleaner features former members of like-minded bands The Hospitals and Long Legged Woman.
The body-rattling stoner-metal band hides rhythmic tricks under distortion and double guitar solos.