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King of Asgard – From Here, To North

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) ”We create out of devotion.” That’s something you don’t here every day and even if it was uttered, a furrowed brow would probably be raised. Read more […]

Gene Hoglan – Drums, Not Brain Surgery

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The undisputed top drummer for hire in metal, Gene Hoglan’s willingness to drop anything and everything to help a band in need is remarkable. In Read more […]

Eye of Solitude – Performed in Graphic Pain

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Workaholics and masters of misery, Eye of Solitude are pummeling the world with their fantastic new release Sui Caedere. Well received across the Read more […]

Ephel Duath – The New Disorder

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Ephel Duath’s Davide Tiso probably doesn’t intend to write such outwardly difficult music to grasp; it just comes naturally for him. He’s one Read more […]

Testament – These Colors Don’t Run

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Thrash is by far the most cyclical style in all of metal. One decade it’s in (the 80’s), the next it’s out (the 90’s). Then it’s back in again (’00’s), Read more […]

Samothrace – Awkward Hearts Emerge

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As much as people try to claim it is, the underground metal scene is not entirely based on momentum. Since we operate in an environment that isn’t Read more […]

Vintersorg – The Essence of Complexity

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A man of many projects and of a dual vocal orb that is sonorous and scathing, Swedish extreme metal vocalist Vintersorg (real name: Andreas Hedlund) Read more […]

Vesperian Sorrow – Of Absence and Accolade

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Surprises come from the most unexpected of places – case in point being Texan natives Vesperian Sorrow and their very European symphonic black Read more […]

Periphery – Progress As A Constant

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A person would be hard-pressed to find a modern band making more waves than Periphery. The band’s sophomore release, Periphery II, continues a Read more […]

God Forbid – Better Days Are Here

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) From a pure sonic standpoint, God Forbid should never have ended up amongst the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” gang. Heavier than Lamb of God Read more […]

Falloch – Brush the Dust Away

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) With black metal and its various sub-categories, it always comes back to nature, doesn’t it? By all appearances, the style has moved past the cartoonish Read more […]

The Chant – Gentle Thee Be

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For many, Finland’s The Chant are a latecomer to the atmospheric metal scene. Having formed in 1999, the Finns have spent the better part of a Read more […]

Jeff Loomis – A Future Certain

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One of the few guitarists able to transcend the band where he staked his career, ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis is all-systems-go on the solo Read more […]

Talking Iron Maiden With Author Neil Daniels

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Like many of metal’s classic bands, the history of Iron Maiden is a complex and foreboding one. While many choose to focus solely on the Dickinson Read more […]

Evemaster – On Hallowed Ground

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Completing an album is not as easy as it looks. Just ask Evemaster mainman Tomi Mykkänen, who with a little help from his friends, spent the better Read more […]

Be’lakor – Roll Them Bones

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) You’re probably not the only one scratching your head as to what a “Be’lakor” is. It’s rather unconventional, and this is coming from a scene that Read more […]

Mors Principium Est – The Oppressed Have Risen

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Back from the brink after nearly calling it a day in March of 2011, Finnish melodic death metal upstarts Mors Principium Est have rebounded with Read more […]

Allegaeon – Fragments of Becoming

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) With what is perhaps one of the more difficult names in metal to spell (vowels, anyone?), Colorado’s Allegaeon [pronounced “uh-lee-juhn”] have Read more […]

Grand Magus – None the Wiser At Midnight

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in June of 2012) The husky, deep voice on the other end of the phone practically belies the mammoth pure metal roar that belongs to Grand Magus singer/guitarist Read more […]

Ancient VVisdom – Down On the Chain Gang

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The primordial allure of Ancient VVisdom’s A Godlike Inferno (Prosthetic) is irresistible. Irresistible because of the harmonious vocals of mainman Read more […]

Royal Thunder – Eyes of the South

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) No one will accuse Georgia’s Royal Thunder of trying to advance the course of metal on their CVI (Relapse) debut. This thing has 70’s rock Read more […]

Sonata Arctica – Replacing the Blank File

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Nuclear Blast public relations queen Loana dP Valencia warned Blistering that Sonata Arctica singer Tony Kakko might be a little distracted during Read more […]

Fear Factory – Dual Bias Resistor

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Fear Factory’s 2010 comeback album Mechanize was so good that it made everyone forget about the band’s cringe-worthy cover of Gary Numan’s “Cars,” Read more […]

Shadows Fall – Enlightened By the Bold

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Quite surprised Shadows Fall is still slogging it out, considering they’re on their third record company in as many albums, are no longer at headliner Read more […]

Accept – Teutonic Stalwart Metal

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Geeky teenage metal fanboy story: Back in my early discovery years, I read about Germany’s Accept in one of my first magazine purchases of 1984, Circus magazine. Read more […]

De Profundis – Ethereal Reflections

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) An up-and-comer in the United Kingdom extreme metal underground, De Profundis’s stellar recording output is matched by their attention to detail, Read more […]

Ahab – Afloat In the Fever Sea

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) From purely a conceptual standpoint, Ahab stands alone. The German-based metallers have brought the stories of Melville’s Moby Dick into the Read more […]

Firewind – Have Axe, Will Travel

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Not many metal guitarists have recorded so many albums in their early 30’s like Greece’s Kostas Karamitroudis – otherwise known to most people Read more […]

Atoma – Behind Sleep and Space

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The delay behind Slumber’s long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s genius Fallout was simple and complex at the same time. Unable to work within the Read more […]

Cattle Decapitation – Serving A Dead Man

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Everyone takes something different away from death metal. Whether it’s in b-horror movie concepts, blinding technicality, or romper-room chunky Read more […]

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