Posts Tagged ‘Stylus’

Goodbye Stylus

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

An appreciative farewell to Stylus Magazine, which for a while now has been one of the several music websites I check daily for insights into new listening fodder, and which is closing its doors today. Sometimes I found their writing a little too meandering and personal, but overall I enjoyed the site a lot and particularly liked some of the offbeat lists and features they came up with. It’s always sad to see a source of good music writing disappear, and Stylus follows in the footsteps of the likes of Progweed, Splendid and Paris Transatlantic in terms of online publications that I’ve been sorry to see go, and continue to miss.

Stylus’ guide to extreme metal

Friday, January 13th, 2006

For those who are interested, Stylus Magazine has a pretty cool Beginner’s Guide to Metal feature. They cover death, black, grindcore, and doom metal, offering lists of classics in each subgenre. This is the serious shit — you won’t find any Metallica or Dream Theater in here. As someone who came to these forms of extreme metal pretty recently (2003 or so), I find these lists of earlier albums useful. I do, though, tend to get turned off by the gritty, thin production quality of a lot of early metal albums, but I’ll have to try out a few of these that I haven’t yet heard.

On an unrelated note (or not, depending on how close you think this band falls to metal), this concert review has one of the best descriptions I’ve ever read of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum’s music and spectacle. Kudos to that writer.