Episode 5: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years

Jeff and Jobe give their picks for Song of the Year for 2015, 2016, and 2017, plus Musical Currents and music from Nolander in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight. *Note—This is the final episode of The Ringing Ear's 'New Episode Blitz' to celebrate our launch. Going forward, new episodes will be released every Monday. If you … Continue reading Episode 5: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years

Album Review: Ministry Clears A Very Low Bar With AmeriKKKant

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

Concert Review: Avenged Sevenfold/Breaking Benjamin 02/06/18—Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

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

Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder—Nightbringers

  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

The Black Dahlia Murder 08/20/18—The Crown Uptown, Wichita, KS

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 The Black Dahlia Murder 08/20/18—The Crown Uptown, Wichita, KS

Album Review: Arch Enemy—Will to Power

A personal anecdote that perfectly conveys how I feel about this album: When I was a younger man, playing in a ragtag metal band with my friends and trying to make a name for ourselves, we had pretty shit equipment. It wasn't really our fault, we bought the best stuff we could afford—it's just that … Continue reading Album Review: Arch Enemy—Will to Power