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Tape Wyrm LV: The Ol’ Stigma of Nu Metal

Tape Wyrm LV: The Ol’ Stigma of Nu Metal

Discussing Nu Metal is difficult. Nu Metal, along with glam, deathcore, industrial, and maybe slam death, are some of the genres most maligned by fans of heavy metal. For whatever reason, these are the ones that never got the knack of being cool. Well, this isn’t exactly true, as glam...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm LIV: German Speed

Tape Wyrm LIV: German Speed

One of the more confusing tasks of heavy metal is separating thrash from speed from early power metal. This is difficult because all three styles sound similar and were happening at the same time. Where thrash was heavily influenced by punk and retains an aggressive and chaotic disposition, speed metal...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm LIII: Other True Norwegian Black Metal

Tape Wyrm LIII: Other True Norwegian Black Metal

Other True Norwegian Black Metal I feel that criticizing an obscure moment in metal history for being too popular is laughable. Stop 10 people on the street and 9 of them will have no idea what black metal is. Stop 10 metalheads on the same street and they will probably...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm LII: Recent Releases

Tape Wyrm LII: Recent Releases

I think that we had a wonderful halfway mark for Tape Wyrm. For anyone interested, I have also started an archive for the site collecting all major articles and collaborations with other writers. What is left out, however, are the recent release articles. That means this article won’t be included...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm LI: NWOBHM Singles

Tape Wyrm LI: NWOBHM Singles

I have always enjoyed New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) singles for a variety of reasons. One, they are amazing. But that is just a personal judgment. A more substantial attachment is rooted in the style’s bridge between the mainstream and the development of underground heavy metal. While NWOBHM...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm L: In Defense of Elitism

Tape Wyrm L: In Defense of Elitism

Elitism can be defined as the belief that certain persons, classes, or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority. This superiority could be connected to social status, wealth, or knowledge. Over these two years, I have become increasingly interested in the concept of elitism and how it...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm XLIX: The Death of Psych

Tape Wyrm XLIX: The Death of Psych

I am not even pretending that I have a healthy relationship with proto-metal. This is my fourth article on the style and, for all intents and purposes, I never seem to run out of material. In fact, each article sort of starts with the spillover from the last. The previous...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm XLVIII: New Black Metal

Tape Wyrm XLVIII: New Black Metal

New Black metal Wait just a goddamn minute. Didn’t you just do an article on an underground black metal label? Well, sort of. Really? And now it is six more independent and underground black metal releases? Yes. Are you alright? Yes. Are you going out this weekend? Yes. The IRC...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm XLVII: Fallen Empire

Tape Wyrm XLVII: Fallen Empire

I have to do this. there is no way I can keep refreshing Fallen Empire’s page, stealing their material and recommending it to others without paying some due respect. Along with Dark Descent, Nuclear War Now, and Hells Headbanger, Fallen Empire has always a reliable distributor for soul scraping black...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm XLVI: Mid Year Review

Tape Wyrm XLVI: Mid Year Review

The middle of the year is important for anyone keeping track of best of the year albums. First of all, it gives people a chance to write down all of the albums that made a serious impression on them during the past six months. Secondly, it gives people a chance...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm XLV: Maryland Deathfest XI

Tape Wyrm XLV: Maryland Deathfest XI

Slowly We Rot I am terrible at show reviews. I have done a few in the past but have always felt strange doing so. I usually am struggling to find purpose. Whether to report or to reflect, my photography and journalistic skills have a few critical flaws. This maybe a...

By Kaptain Carbon
Tape Wyrm XLIV: Recent Releases

Tape Wyrm XLIV: Recent Releases

Concerning Ghost Alright, before we begin. I feel strange putting Ghost in an introduction when I can just as easily talk about it in a regular section. I feel this occult rock group is somehow not as new or not as recommendation worthy as the other selections. I find this...

By Kaptain Carbon