Welcome to our Upcoming Releases page! Your co-hosts at The Ringing Ear have noted the releases they're most excited about.
Industrial Metal has become a fairly antiquated term, conjuring up visions of a still-relevant Al Jourgensen fronting Ministry in their Psalm 69 heyday, or Nine Inch Nails fronted by a lean, angry Trent Reznor before he had a fat bank account and an Oscar. While it never quite went away, industrial metal became almost more … Continue reading Album Review: Author & Punisher—Beastland
Jobe drove through torrential rain and sweated for hours to see the Oklahoma City stop of thrash kings Slayer's farewell tour. Was the extreme swamp ass worth it? Check out his review to find out!
The guys countdown their favorite songs featured in a film—from comedy to horror to mind-bending thriller, see what Jeff and Jobe pick as their Top 3. Plus, Jobee's reaction/review of Errorzone from Vein, music from Iceage, Alley Cats in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, the Spotify Wager, and see what album one of the guys deems … Continue reading Episode 13: Movie Music
It's A Very Special Episode of The Ringing Ear, as Jeff and Jobe talk about the music that made them the weirdos they are today—Metal. From the early days of thrash's Big Four through the changing tide of metal in the 90s, the guys talk about the metal that shaped them.
Jeff and Jobe give their picks for Song of the Year for 2015, 2016, and 2017, plus Jobe's review/reaction after listening to Radiohead's OK Computer, music from Turnstile, and San Diego's Nolander is featured in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight. Check out Episode 5: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years, out now!
As anyone who's read his autobiography can attest, Ministry's Al Jourgensen is undeniably an asshole. However, he is also responsible for some of the most innovative heavy music of the late 80's and early 90's. With an incredible three album run of The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), The Mind is a Terrible Thing … Continue reading Album Review: Ministry Clears A Very Low Bar With AmeriKKKant
Over the course of their almost twenty year career, Avenged Sevenfold has enjoyed a virtual fairy tale existence. Formed in 1999 by high school chums, the band has enjoyed practically nonstop success, despite a near breakup following the death of their original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2010. Their massive world tour, promoting ambitious … Continue reading Concert Review: Avenged Sevenfold/Breaking Benjamin 02/06/18—Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
Over the fifteen year career of The Black Dahlia Murder, their fans have come to expect a certain style. While there's always room for a band to explore their sound and evolve, straying too far off the path (say, in the vein of Suicide Silence's 2017 self-titled departure) is generally met with disdain. New … Continue reading Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder—Nightbringers
I’ve been a Wichita resident for eleven years, and a metal fan for considerably longer. Until recently, those two things—being a metal fan and residing in Wichita—rarely intermingled, as live bands playing anything but country or classic rock were few and far between (Steve Miller Band, anyone?). There was the occasional metal show here and … Continue reading Concert Review: The Black Dahlia Murder 08/20/18—The Crown Uptown, Wichita, KS