Hail Of The Week

HAIL OF THE WEEK – DUFF’S BROOKLYN

Let me tell you all the story of how Duff’s Brooklyn came to be my favorite bar. It was the winter of 2010, I was 22 years old, and I had just returned to New York City after a nine-year absence. The NYC I’d left was dead, and here I was, in this weird hipster wasteland — all my grade

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – DELIRIO FUNEBRE

New York City is like a fractal of metal — even if you know a considerable amount of local bands, your friends know more, and their friends know more than them, and so on and so on forever and ever.

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – SLAM ONE DOWN

I have been convinced for a very long time that New York City has the best local thrash there is. Some people like NYC for our parks, our skyscrapers, our extensive public transit system…I like it for the thrash. Deal with it.

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – STEVE “NIGHTCRAWLER” GIACOBELLO

Even as I’m writing this, I can’t believe it. I’m eulogizing my concert buddy/drinking partner/friend Nightcrawler, who passed away after an unfortunate accident on Monday. Steve left behind a wife and children, so please donate to them by clicking HERE even if you don’t want to read my little tribute.

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – HLIDSKJALF

Photo credit: Charles Shim Photography. The first time I saw Hlidskjalf was in a tiny cramped studio stuffed with high schoolers. Maybe I was in a bad mood that day, maybe I hadn’t gotten enough sleep, maybe I just wasn’t feeling open/receptive that day, but I didn’t think twice about them, for better or worse. Later on, I learned more

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – FORODWAITH

Much like previous Hail Of The Week recipients The Last Alliance, Forodwaith named themselves after a Lord Of The Rings reference. Not only is Forodwaith from LOTR, the band’s previous name — Minas Morgul — is a reference to the fortified city in the series. I like Lord Of The Rings (the movies, at least), I like metal, and I’m

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – CIRCUS NECROPOLIS

I know, I know, I’ve been a little stingy with the Hails lately. For what it’s worth, it’s not because of the lack of bands — it’s because all the bands I’ve discovered lately haven’t had a whole lot of backstory, and what little backstory there is tends to be in a language I don’t understand. On that note, let

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – HAMFERÐ

Unlike most of my Hails, I didn’t see Hamferð at a local show and I didn’t hear about them through a friend or the internet. I just happened to run into a member during my travels in Helsinki. After the Tuska Festival had ended, I spent the majority of the night hanging out with an awesome group of Faroese people,

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – UNLOCKING THE TRUTH

Once upon a time, there were three little black metalheads from New York who had little more than instruments, hopes, and dreams. Unfortunately, those three little kids grew up in a YouTube-less age and the three parted ways with only a single song (about an addiction to cough drops) under their belt. Unlocking The Truth makes those kids look like

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HAIL OF THE WEEK – DELIRIO FUNEBRE

New York City is like a fractal of metal — even if you know a considerable amount of local bands, your friends know more, and

HAIL OF THE WEEK – SLAM ONE DOWN

I have been convinced for a very long time that New York City has the best local thrash there is. Some people like NYC for

HAIL OF THE WEEK – HLIDSKJALF

Photo credit: Charles Shim Photography. The first time I saw Hlidskjalf was in a tiny cramped studio stuffed with high schoolers. Maybe I was in

HAIL OF THE WEEK – HESSLER

Today’s Hail Of The Week belongs to a band from Chicago, IL called Hessler, who have just released a new video for their new song,

HAIL OF THE WEEK – FORODWAITH

Much like previous Hail Of The Week recipients The Last Alliance, Forodwaith named themselves after a Lord Of The Rings reference. Not only is Forodwaith

HAIL OF THE WEEK – HAMFERÐ

Unlike most of my Hails, I didn’t see Hamferð at a local show and I didn’t hear about them through a friend or the internet.

HAIL OF THE WEEK – UNLOCKING THE TRUTH

Once upon a time, there were three little black metalheads from New York who had little more than instruments, hopes, and dreams. Unfortunately, those three