The current occult revival has its origins in the counterculture of the 60s. From Satanism to Kitchen Witchery occultists recorded spoken-word albums of magical instructions & rituals, accompanied by eerie or trippy music. Before you listen to these magical recordings, our expert on all things occult gave us his ratings… on an appropriate 1-to-5 pentagram scale!
New York, New Music: 1980 – 1986 presents the city as a hotbed of creativity whose influence would reach beyond city limits and affect the world in culture, art and fashion. The collection is not only thorough, but incredibly vibrant and eclectic which perfectly conveys the scene.
Rising from the ashes of Seventh Void and with roots in NY legends Type O Negative and Agnostic Front, Silvertomb is tough enough to survive and make its dent in the metal scene. While recording this album, most of the band never quit their blue-collar union jobs. They live metal the only way you can 🤘 by sticking to your roots & never giving up. This theme of tenacity and survival is evident in their debut album Edge of Existence.
Concerts and live shows are still banned in New York City for the foreseeable future due to the covid-19 pandemic. For all the sinners who come to this site, that’s a real bummer since you all are probably very much big music fans like we are. Luckily during this pandemic, we have had streaming services to get our concert fix. Here is a selection of rocking concert films that will help get you by these uncool times.
Watching Danzig sing about razor blades in apples and killing black cats in the song “Halloween” while two large jack o’lanterns loom over him gave the ghoulish rockers in the crowd a thrill so close to the actual holiday.
Both singers would be the first to tell you that they cannot replace Ronnie James Dio, but both provided their own spin on the classic songs. Owens stuck to the traditional metal vocals for great anthems Dio wrote, while Logan’s blues style of singing brought out the emotional depths of Dio’s lyricism.
“Michale Graves defies expectations. He even lacked the skull face makeup he has come to be remembered for. The lack of theatrics underscored the down-to-earth persona that Graves gave off that night.”
Read the full review on the Barclays Center Depeche Mode show: “sporting a John Waters-style pencil-thin mustache, Gahan remained an icon of hipness. His stage presence had the crowd enthralled with every gyration and strut he performed”
Sinful Sounds: The Original Misfits, Prudential Center, 5/19 NJ – Review: “The hordes of black-clad fans marked with the symbol of the sardonic Crimson Ghost that descended onto the Prudential Center like packs of George A. Romero extras were hungry for the horror punk assault the Misfits were famous for and they largely got what they craved for.”
Sinful Sounds: The Iron Maidens – Blackthorn 51, 5/8 NYC Review: “Much press has been given on what motivates this popular trend among tribute bands. Is it a subversive attack on patriarchal stereotypes? Is it just a marketing gimmick? Does it just rock and we shouldn’t think too much of it? Whatever their motivation, the Iron Maidens seemed more dedicated to putting on a good show for the legions of Iron Maiden fans that flock to their concerts.”
A Fiend’s Tale: Find out how my Misfits obsession developed including a quick Misfits history rundown, read about my favorite Misfits/Danzig/Doyle show memories + Join me THIS SUNDAY 2/25 for Doyle at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NYC!