Phil Ring

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Behold the Triumphant Return of Thor Axe

    Rejoice, ye unwashed peasants, for your kings have returned. The mighty Thor Axe, once named "Best Side Project" by this publication, will be gracing the stage of the Luminary Arts Center this upcoming Monday, October 13. The band will be joined by Athens, Georgia's Bit Brigade, a group known for li ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Releases of 2013

    New music from Carcass, Gorguts, and In Solitude topped nearly every critic's best of list in 2013, but what about new releases from some local heavyweights? This year saw many of our hometown metal bands pushing themselves further than ever to create some of the finest heavy music ever released in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    The New Sound of St. Louis Metal: The Gorge Changes Its Lineup and White Fire Exists

    Rugged sludge metal group Big Business headlined a healthily attended show at the Firebird last Friday. Those who arrived early enough caught sets from the Gorge and White Fire, two local groups which both experienced significant milestones on the same evening. See also: -Yob at Fubar, 9/13/12: Rev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Swastikas, Lemmy and Screaming Christians: Picking the Winner of the Mayhem Festival

    This Friday, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival rolls through our fair city, bringing fifteen purveyors of heavy music to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The scope of artists ranges from old-timers like Anthrax and Motorhead to young guns like The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. These b ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Homespun: Sheila Shahpari, What Is Real

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Sheila Shahpari's album, What Is Real. He had this to say:What Is Real never settles on one style, a few elements guide most of these songs: forceful acoustic guitars, exploratory piano-playing, intuitive tempo changes and, most of all, Shahpari's st ... More >>