Lars Gotrich

Lars Gotrich appears in the following:

Viking's Choice: Locrian Summons The 'Wrath Of Heaven'

Friday, May 31, 2013

If the wrath of heaven sounds anything like Locrian, then archangel Michael has been digging into the prog-rock bin lately. The loosely Chicago-based trio has always had grand ambition, dissolving and rebuilding the darker sounds of ambient, noise and metal on its own and in several collaborations (Mammifer, Christoph ...


Viking's Choice: Back From The Grave, Autopsy Awakens An 'Arch Cadaver'

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Autopsy just wants to make nasty death metal, okay? No technical this, no frip-frappity-do that, and by the re-animated corpses of hellbound souls, ain't nothing going to change about it. From the late '80s to the mid-'90s, the Bay Area band was an anomaly among speed demons: a chaotic horde ...


First Listen: Thundercat, 'Apocalypse'

Sunday, May 26, 2013

If you've ever passed by the funk and jazz-lite dollar bin at the record store, Stephen Bruner kindly asks that you pause to revel in the pastel colors and unfettered joy. The virtuosic bassist and singer comes from a diverse pedigree: a boy band, a stint in Suicidal Tendencies and, ...


Viking's Choice: The Man, The Machine, The 'Melee'

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Remember the slow-moving, ridiculously armed ED-209 in the first RoboCop movie? The poor thing couldn't walk down a stairwell, but boy, could that machine leave a bloody mess. Author & Punisher does much the same, for both the ears and whatever's left of the body.

Mechanical engineer and ...


Viking's Choice: Speedy Ortiz's Sweet And Sour 'Tiger Tank'

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Sadie Dupuis: rock 'n' roll camp counselor, poet, songwriter, snack enthusiast. If you don't already want to be her best friend based on that description, Dupuis' solo-moniker-turned-band Speedy Ortiz captures the nonsensical wit of Stephen Malkmus, but is simultaneously ballsier and more self-deprecating. Also like Pavement, Speedy Ortiz ...


First Listen: Glenn Jones, 'My Garden State'

Sunday, May 05, 2013

From its name onward, Glenn Jones' My Garden State sets a personal tone. The album was written in the northern New Jersey house where the American Primitive-style guitarist and banjo player grew up with his family. When his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's some years back, he and his ...


'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

Friday, May 03, 2013

Slayer inspires the kind of rabid fandom that causes short yet intimidating bald men to yell SLAAAAYYEEERRR while pounding cheap beer, while in lines for shows, while in line for groceries. Before we could tattoo its logo on our arms, we took Sharpies to our notebooks and lockers, pledging our ...


Viking's Choice: Chuck Johnson Plays A Raga That Rages

Friday, May 03, 2013

American Primitive music is flourishing right now. Electric and acoustic guitarists like William Tyler, Steve Gunn and Glenn Jones all have stellar releases out or on the way in 2013, and each digs different paths into this blues-based style. Tyler's Impossible Truth turns his Nashville home into a ...


Viking's Choice: Enter Deafheaven's Exhilarating 'Dream House'

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Deafheaven makes music that's both intensely personal and incredibly universal. Its excellent 2011 debut, Roads to Judah, was a blast-beaten, shoegaze-indebted metal record that felt perfectly of its moment. With the new Sunbather coming up so quickly, I wondered where primary members George Clarke (vocals) and Kerry McCoy (guitar) ...


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: No Twisting, No Shouting

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Among hell-raising tour stories and loving odes to his wife Sharon, there's a nugget in I Am Ozzy, the entertaining autobiography of the original Black Sabbath vocalist, that sticks with me: Ozzy Osbourne loves The Beatles. The Prince of Darkness, mind you. I kept that in mind while ...


We're Not Sure What's Happening In This Wreck And Reference Video

Friday, April 19, 2013

Albums that act like sketchbooks can be brilliant in their own messy ways, with tossed-off riffs or unfinished beats that offer a glimpse into the creative process. The uncategorizable Wreck and Reference has released two weirdly heavy and unnerving records thus far — Black Cassette and Youth (pronounced "No Youth") ...


Glenn Jones' Bittersweet 'Farewell' To A Family Home

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's incredibly calming to watch Glenn Jones play acoustic guitar. Whether he's appearing by the train tracks or in one of our Tiny Desk Concerts, there's nothing flashy about his style, only careful consideration as he gently hops over the frets like a lily-padding frog. For ...


30 Years Later, Sodom Is Still All Brass And Knuckles

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tom Angelripper has been a part of the brash German thrash-metal game for more than 30 years now. Sodom's damning 1989 anti-war screed, Agent Orange, is a bona fide classic, but the impeccably named bassist and vocalist still has plenty of targets to hit and thundering bass riffs to deploy. ...


VHÖL Runs Off The Rails, 'Insane With Faith'

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Let's get this out of the way: VHÖL includes members of bands that have put out some of my favorite metal albums of the last few years. Guitarist John Cobbett and bassist Sigrid Sheie are in Hammers of Misfortune, Mike Scheidt fronts YOB, and Aesop Dekker drums for ...


Ashley Paul Incites A Microscopic Riot On 'Watch Them Pass'

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Even in still moments, particles incite microscopic riots. Brooklyn-via-Boston composer and multi-instrumentalist Ashley Paul is used to making a huge racket, most regularly with her husband Eli Keszler. On her Line the Clouds, there's tension in patience as she navigates a singer-songwriter's reactions.

With cautiously plucked electric guitar, ...


Time To Shake: Clutch's Earth-Rocking One-Two Punch

Friday, March 08, 2013

There's a statement of intent in the sequence of an album's opening one-two punch. There's Harvey Milk's The Pleaser, a title reversal of set 'em up ("Down") and knock 'em down ("Get It Up & Get It On"). There's the hearty, two-middle-finger salute to metalheads everywhere of Celtic Frost's ...


Run From Life And Crash Kvelertak's Blast Beat Party

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

For a party-friendly metal-punk band like Kvelertak, "Spring fra Livet" sure is a curveball. The stomping, AC/DC-style intro? That's a party-starter. But 20 seconds in, there's a twangy, melodic riff that sounds like an Allman Brothers-indebted '90s alt-rock band, like Better Than Ezra or Toad the Wet Sprocket or ...


Lord Mantis: A Blackened, Vile Perversion

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I love an evil-looking record cover as much as the next guy, and can appreciate a good schtick, but I sometimes wonder what's really being communicated in the whole package. With Pervertor, the members of Lord Mantis are not simply paying lip service to blasphemy — this is wretched bile ...