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One sub-genre of heavy rock and metal music that has recently enjoyed a resurgence of sorts is death metal. Death metal is maybe the most ferocious and extreme type of metal music, combining brutally hard and loud guitars with gut wrenching vocal styles. This genre has been going strong now since the 1980s, largely thanks to strong…

So what happens when a friend tells you about a band and the show stopping performance they laid out earlier in the week and your boss emails you asking you to write an article on them!? Last week Straight Goods was a band in my music knowledge as someone I had “heard of.” Being away from many local shows for a while, it has taken me away from hearing bands with as much raw energy as these guys. Combining edgy punk with brutal hardcore it leaves room for nothing but a massacre on stage.

Is there something in the air in the U.S. State of Massachusetts? Or maybe it’s the water? Perhaps a contagious virus? I pose these questions only because of the remarkable fact that so many of the biggest and baddest metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands of the 1990s and the present originate from the Bay State. The examples really are endless, there’s Killswitch Engage, Unearth, All That Remains, Since The Flood and of course Shadows Fall.

Both a pick up line and a group of “dudes” you probably drank with last weekend, Hello Beautiful is coming out of the Caledon, Ontario scene to give you and everyone you know the clap. (Taken from their song “Do You Have the Clap” or “Does the Clap Have You”) Watching this band form, it never occurred to me that it would ever become something as big as it recently has.