The self-proclaimed "Best Goblin Metal Band on the Planet" known as Nekrogoblikon have shared the new video for "Bones." Watch the spectacle of bowling balls, beers, and blood, below.

The track appears on the new album The Fundamental Slimes and Humours out now. Get it here.

I arrived at the venue a little before doors and texted Sammy Duet to see about the location of our interview. We settled on a spot out by their van. (Be sure and watch the interview below.) Sammy was feeling a little down because of the death of long-time metal icon, Trevor Stnard of Black Dahlia Murder, but the interview went well nonetheless, and I headed to the venue.

The venue, Goldfield Trading Post in Roseville, is a post-pandemic addition to the Sacramento music scene, which was purchased by the former owners of the Holy Diver to bring in acts who otherwise might not fill a larger venue. It has a bar, is clean, and the stage lights and sound system did not disappoint. Goldfield also has a large upstairs area, which was closed off for this show, that also serves food when there are bigger crowds. There’s also a convenient patio for smokers and a good place to plant your butt if you need a spot to sit for a while.

The show opened with local metal greats, Wastewalker. As usual, they did a great job of getting the crowd going. If you get a chance, this is a band you want to see. Next up was Unidad Trauma from Tijuana Mexico. Unidad Trauma is Spanish for Trauma Unit, and they definitely killed it. After Unidad Trauma, the band I wanted to see most was up: Goatwhore.


Goatwhore immediately began ripping into their set with the crowd-pleasing tune, “An End To Nothing,” and continued to pellet us mercilessly with the metallic thunder of unholy drumming, superbly prolific riffage, and the deadly vocals of Ben Falgoust until finishing up with the anthemic Goatwhore masterpiece, “Apocalyptic Havoc.” If you get a chance to see them on their next tour with Gwar or any other time, I’m sure you will be very well pleased.


The final band of the night was Brujeria, who opened with a dig on the former Governor of California, Pete Wilson. Pretty funny in a lot of ways. Then they started speaking in Spanish. I looked at the rest of the crowd and most of the faces had changed. These people were here to see Brujeria. I speak broken Spanish, so I kind of understood what was going on, but the crowd was eating it up. This band reminded me of a Hispanic Suicidal Tendencies, a fun but brutal, kind of skater band.


All in all, the show was a good time for everyone, so if you get a chance to check any of these bands out, do it.

CARTILAGE: San Francisco Gore Metal Crew Drops “The Deader The Better” Video Featuring Members Of Impaled, Exhumed, And More; New LP Sees Release Through Creator-Destructor Records This Week

Watch CARTILAGE’s “The Deader The Better” below:

 With the release of their second LP, The Deader The Better, nearing release next week through Creator-Destructor Records, San Francisco gore metal crew CARTILAGE drops a new video for the title track, featuring guests from Impaled, Ghoul, and more.

 The Deader The Better was recorded by Alejandro Corredor (Pounder, ex-Nausea) in January 2020 at Darker Corners Studio in San Luis Obispo. The album all at once features friends, peers, and gore metal grandmasters, with guest vocals by Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) who also helped produce the album, Ross Sewage (Impaled, Exhumed), Sean McGrath (Impaled), guest vocals and guitar solo from Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct, Terrorizer LA), and a guest solo from Tom Draper (Pounder, ex-Carcass), sharpening CARTILAGE’s hemorrhaging stabs of grind for the masses. The Deader The Better is completed with cover art by Matt Slime, and includes a cover of Impetigo’s “Boneyard.”

 Filmed and directed by Nikko DeLuna, the hilarious poser-disposing crime investigation-style video features the five members of CARTILAGE as well as Sean McGrath (Impaled, Ghoul) and Ross Sewage (Impaled, Exhumed), as well as narration by Alex Wolf. The band offers, "A murder, a mystery, and a team of people coming together to solve it… Our third and final single ‘The Deader The Better.’ Featuring guest vocals and music video appearances by Sean McGrath (Impaled) and Ross Sewage (Impaled, Exhumed). Will they find the murderer before he kills again?"

Creator-Destructor will release The Deader The Better on LP – 200 on Doublemint/Purple Swirl, 200 on Bone w/ Blood Red Splatter, and 100 on Mustard w/ Magenta Splatter – as well as cassette and digital formats on May 13th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where “Cellar Full Of Stiffs” and “I Skin You” are streaming HERE.

 CARTILAGE has announced a run of California shows, playing San Francisco, Long Beach, and Santa Cruz May 20th through 22nd. The band will also perform at Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle June 30th through July 2nd, joining Ludicra, Repulsion, Suffocation, Acephalix, Panopticon, and many others. Watch for additional live news to post throughout the year.


  • 5/20/2022 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
  • 5/21/2022 Supply & Demand - Long Beach, CA
  • 5/22/2022 Urbani Cellar - Santa Cruz, CA
  • 6/30-7/02/2022 Neumos & Barboza – Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [info]

Whether you call them deathgrind, goregrind, or gore metal, some things are certain: the Bay Area’s CARTILAGE bleeds in blastbeats, rips out gut-twisting riffs, and spews idiomatic viscera with delight. Spawned from original members featuring sibling duo, guitarist/vocalist Ria and vocalist Mark Wallace along with guitarist Michael Flory (Logistic Slaughter) and drummer Adam Houmam (Terrorizer LA), came one that delighted in the flesh-searing death metal that the likes of Impaled and General Surgery claim as their own.

cartilage the deader the better

In 2019, the band added bassist Kienan Hamilton to their ranks and has held the low-end buzz since. Not content to rest on their blood-soaked laurels, CARTILAGE wrote, recorded, and independently released the Gore-Met EP as the morbid darkness of 2020 ended. And now, the quintet is primed and ready to unleash their second LP The Deader The Better via Creator-Destructor Records.

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