Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Catching Up with Matthew Walsh: "The Time is Now"

When we asked former contributors what they’ve been up to since being published in The Matador ReviewMatthew Walsh (TMRFall 2016) sent us this update.

Today I made my bed because it was starting to feel like a hamster nest. I swept my floor. I listened to Billie Holiday until all her songs ran out on YouTube. The last song was All of Me where she says take my lips, I want to lose them. It was raining earlier, so I did organizational things, looked for screws to hang my new vision board.

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Young Man Finds A Knife In The Safe Room

Darkest Hour didn’t go anywhere, I walked away. The DC band performs and records melodic death metal, with varying degrees of musician moments since Darkest Hour’s inception twenty odd years ago. Sometimes, they go a bit prog or power metal. But Darkest Hour’s through line remains Swedish melodic death metal.

They’re blue chip American longhairs who play the genre with frankly bankable ferocity. A Darkest Hour record is fast, precise and heavy isn’t news, that’s a fair description of their entire catalog. (Incidentally, try their 2005 record, Undoing Ruin.)

Which brings us to Knife In The Safe Room.

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