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Generation Kill – Perpetual Indifference

Afforded (if that’s even the right word) extended downtime thanks to guitarist Gary Holt’s continued involvement with Slayer, Exodus frontman Rob Dukes has turned his attention to Generation Kill, the Read more […]

Now You Know: Vulture Industries

Formation: 2002 Location: Bergen, Norway Style: Avant-garde metal…perhaps, but ultimately, they’re indescribable, and wholly unique. Personnel: Bjornar E. Nilsen (vocals); Øyvind Madsen (guitars); Read more […]

Kreator – Prolonging the Golden Age

Lots ‘o discussion these days about thrash bands getting up there in age. We see it all the time with Megadeth and Slayer, two bands who have been very vocal about their limited amount of time left. Read more […]

Australia’s 4Arm Take on Opening Slot With Slayer…and Live to Tell About It

Here’s a good musical fairy tale for ya: One day, you’re a lightning tech in Australia, working as a crew member for several bands you are familiar with. You gain a reputation as a reliable dude, not to Read more […]

Noctum – Listen to the Bell

Even though it’s unlikely various record company headhunters (if there are any left) will be stationed in the friendly confines of Uppsala, Sweden, the city deserves credit for shifting attention away Read more […]

Tad Morose – Developing a New Breed

Their name taken from a buried Michael Schenker quote; their sound somewhere beyond the restrictive confines of European power metal, Sweden’s Tad Morose approximately ten years ago were ripe to be one Read more […]

Now You Know: The Pete Flesh Deathtrip

Formation: 2009 Location: Strängnäs, Sweden Style: Old-school Swedish death metal with ample doses of savagery and body blows. Personnel: Pete Flesh (vocals, guitars, bass); Andreas Jonsson (session Read more […]

Beaten to Death – “People Still Don’t Want To Pay To Listen To Noise”

Intended as the “fun” outlet between five veterans of the non-black Norwegian metal scene (yes, these types actually do exist), grinders Beaten to Death have capitalized upon the rousing critical success Read more […]

October 2013 Demo Tribunal

After a month-long sabbatical (DR was tied up doing other things such as darning socks), we return with the October installment of Demo Tribunal. The submissions this month were by and large, pretty solid, Read more […]

October 2013 Rapid Fires

Behold our latest installment of Rapid Fires, where we take the shorter route to getting our point across. This month sees some rather strong releases come our way (Argus, Indricothere), while a few duds Read more […]

Now You Know: Scythe

Formation: 2009 Location: Chicago, IL Style: Vintage death/black metal with a nose for shifty hooks and bulldozing riffs. As in, it’s better than a lot of retro crap going right now. Personnel: Rick Read more […]

Nightwish – Fly Dutchwoman, Fly

Nightwish will never admit as such, but recently-inserted singer Floor Jansen makes her Anette Olzon predecessor look meek by comparison. Whereas Olzon was diminutive in stature (and according to some, Read more […]

In the Footsteps of the Unsigned – Part I: The Basics

I have spent more than 12 years playing in an unsigned and independent band and I have acted as the personal record label for my band. Because I have spent so many years focusing on my band and trying Read more […]

Kataklysm – The Everlasting Has Bred

Intrinsic to one of the key terms thrown around when discussing Canada’s Kataklysm: “The hyperblast,” drummer Max Duhamel was forced to take an indefinite leave of absence from the band this spring. Read more […]

Enshine – Lifeless to Life

As far as 2013 debuts go, Enshine’s Origins is going to take the top nod, at least in this scribe’s eyes. Formed out of unheralded Swedish melodic/atmospheric doom sextet Slumber by guitarist Jari Lindholm, Read more […]

Anathema – They Are Who They Say They Are

Forever a part of the metal annals because of their unbeatable 90’s melodic Goth output, the U.K.’s Anathema have shape-shifted perhaps more than any band outside of Ulver. Yet in spite of the drastic Read more […]

Now You Know: Monsterworks

Formation: 1996 Location: London, England Style: Highly-productive progressive metal with deep, cerebral concepts to boot. Personnel: Jon (vocals/guitars); Hugo (drums); James (bass); Marcus (lead guitar). Latest Read more […]

Land Of The Lost: 2003

Now we take a look into 2003- a memorable year in my life due to my oldest daughter Paulina becoming a member of our family. It didn’t mean that my metal activities curtailed in the least- you could Read more […]

In Solitude – Down the Burning Path

In position to become the next occult metal force (see: Ghost, even though calling them “metal” is a reach), Sweden’s In Solitude have building their foundation since some of the members were going through Read more […]

Twilight of the Gods – Men on the Fiery Mountain

“I don’t know, I don’t think people are really that interested in supergroups anymore. It was an easy way for bands in the 70s to 90s to capitalize on their other band’s popularity, but I don’t Read more […]

Testament – The Thrashmen Ride

Always weird to hear a classic thrash band partially admit their mortality: “We can’t keep touring forever, so here’s a DVD.” Such are the words out of the mouth of Testament guitarist Eric Peterson, Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part XIII

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality recently embarked on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks Read more […]

Helloween – A Tale That Was Just Right

Situated in the lounge area of the band’s bus in Columbus, OH, Helloween guitarist/founding member Michael Weikath looks tired. Not tired from the near-30 years in the business, numerous lineup changes, Read more […]

Now You Know: Shaded Enmity

Formation: 2001 Location: Seattle, WA Style: Melodic death metal that is simply too good to go unrecognized. Personnel: Joe Nurre (vocals, guitars); Jesse Heidner (bass); Simon Dorfman (drums): Spenser Read more […]

Týr – Getting Laid On Legend Land

For most, the introduction to Týr came via 2006’s triumphant and heroic Ragnarok, an instant classic that didn’t necessarily take the epic/folk metal world by storm, but served as a big “HELLO” Read more […]

Katatonia – The Future Unfurled

No band makes better use of its b-sides and album leftovers than Katatonia, a fact bolstered on their recent North American headlining jaunt. Rather than rolling out a traditional set with crowd-pleasers Read more […]

Now You Know: Vattnet Viskar

Formation: 2010 Location: New Hampshire Style: Post-black metal. However, it’s pending approval from the black metal scene. Personnel: Nick Thornbury (guitars, vocals); Chris Alfieri (guitars); Seamus Read more […]

Death Angel – Still Restless and Relentless

Without having to endure the post-thrash backlash that beset every band not named Metallica, Death Angel have made the best out of the second half of their career with good, old-fashioned hard work. Perhaps Read more […]

Soulfly – Music, Family, and All Matters of Savagery Part II

This is the second part of Josh Overbey’s expansive interview with Soulfly mainmain Max Cavalera. The first part can be read at this location. Max and Josh had just left with discussion on the various Read more […]

September 2013 Rapid Fires

The fall release schedule predicates an onslaught of releases, so this is where our attention gets spread thin and creative adjectives are hard to come by. Somehow, the DR crew managed against all odds Read more […]

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