Tape Wyrm

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...

Review 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...

Review 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...

Review 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...

Review 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...

Review 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...

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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...

Review 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...

Review by Kaptain Carbon