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Ram – Battering Away

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Situated firmly in the crossfire that is the retro metal movement, Gothenburg, Sweden’s Ram have paid their dues for the better part of ten years, Read more […]

Alcest – Dreaming the Inverse

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in February of 2012) Onstage, Alcest’s Neige portrays the artsy artist who relishes in being aloof…forlorn, even. His po-faced countenance will Read more […]

Majestic Downfall – The Dance of the Dead

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One-man projects and sub-standard production jobs are like conjoined twins – they’re virtually inescapable from one another. A lot of the blame lies Read more […]

Shear – Breaking From the Melodic Metal Mold

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When you look at the facts, presupposition takes place without hearing a note from this six piece, female fronted melodic metal Finnish band. Most Read more […]

Wolvhammer – Writhing Into the Bliss

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Somewhat of a reactionary act to the current wave of Cascadian black metal bands, Minneapolis/Chicago-based ensemble Wolvhammer perfectly embody Read more […]

Veil of Maya – Still Not Safe To Swim

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Probably the band on Sumerian Records that gets the most critical leeway (next to The Faceless), Chicago’s Veil of Maya have a full slate in front Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Pedigrees in Butchery

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The Floridian death metal scene is littered with big personalities: Chris Barnes, David Vincent, Glenn Benton, and when he was alive, Chuck Schuldiner. Read more […]

Catching Up With Omnium Gatherum

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Stating the obvious, we heaped quite a bit of praise last year on Omnium Gatherum and their New World Shadows album. World-beating efforts like NWS don’t Read more […]

The Devil’s Blood – Reapers of the Sown

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) If the metal media had its way, it would pit The Devil’s Blood against Ghost in a fight ‘till death over who is the preeminent Satanic rockers Read more […]

Primal Fear – (Bald) Eagle Flying Free

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The story of Primal Fear is one of friendship, of all things. The combo of singer Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner goes back to the mid-90’s, Read more […]

Ghost – In the Shadows

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in January of 2012) Much ado about Ghost and their shtick, and that’s fine – we need a good one every now and then. The lengths in which the band Read more […]

Vildhjarta – Bracing for Winter Thall

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As 2011 gradually fades into oblivion and we head into 2012, the Meshuggah-influenced “djent” (pronounced simply “gent”) movement is gaining Read more […]

My Dying Bride – The Beast O’ Burden

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Our second go ‘round in 2011 with My Dying Bride singer Aaron Stainthorpe (here’s the first), this time focusing on the band’s startling new Read more […]

Vallenfyre – Reign of the Shadowking

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When someone from the old guard of the underground goes back to their roots, there’s a certain degree of unmistakable authenticity. Like, they’ve Read more […]

Sandstone – Welcome the Cultural Dissonance

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When you think of Irish heavy music, artists like Thin Lizzy, Therapy?, and Primordial come to mind. Progressive metal may not be a genre associated Read more […]

Mastodon – The Beast Sure Is Burly

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Perhaps no band in the Internet metal age has been as successful as Mastodon. Since 2002’s monstrous Remission, the boys from Georgia have been Read more […]

Ghost Brigade – Fear Is the Key, You See

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The follow-up to a breakthrough effort is far and away, one the hardest obstacles to overcome for a band. We’ve seen plenty of stumbles at this Read more […]

Cipher System – Storm Chasers

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Let’s be Captain Obvious for a moment: The Gothenburg sound is perhaps the most polarizing in all of metal. Perfected by the likes of At the Gates, Read more […]

Junius – Light Is the New Day

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Typical of any worthy atmospheric and/or post-metal band, Junius comes across as understated and cerebral. That’s pretty much what they are (at least Read more […]

Hammers of Misfortune – Office Metal Forever

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When Hammers of Misfortune first broke roughly eight years ago with The August Engine, the term “office metal” was designated, for it appeared Read more […]

Evile – Grinding Through the Teeth Machine

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The unfortunate passing of bassist Mike Alexander in 2009 left British thrashers Evile in a position few bands are capable of dealing with. A founding Read more […]

Glorior Belli – Southern Hospitality

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One of the few bands able to transition from caked-in-corpsepaint black metal to something entirely different and sophisticated, France’s Glorior Read more […]

The Atlas Moth – No Distance Too Far

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) There’s so much to like about The Atlas Moth’s new An Ache For the Distance(Profound Lore) that it makes one forget about the fact there’s Read more […]

Saxon – Until the Wheels Fall Off

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) “Venerable” and “Saxon” go together like milk and cookies. Fruity Pebbles and milk. Vanilla (not chocolate) cake and milk. You get the idea. Read more […]

Katatonia – Seconds Are Worthless

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Quite dedicated to North America Katatonia has become, which is music to the ears of their fanbase, of which yours truly is not afraid to rank himself Read more […]

Dream Theater – Learning To Live…Again

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) No one bore the brunt of criticism upon Mike Portnoy’s departure from Dream Theater more than John Petrucci. As one-third of the founding core Read more […]

Textures – Circle Takes the Square

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Coming to America (like the Neil Diamond song) is a big deal for European bands. Just like going to Europe is a big deal for American bands, we reckon. Read more […]

Saviours – Foot On the Accelerator

There may come a time when the retro metal revival runs out of steam. Actually, it probably will given that everything in metal gets fat and bloated, then bursts, so the time is nigh for a band like Read more […]

Enslaved – Still Heavier Than Time

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For the bands to come out of the early 90’s Norwegian black metal fray, it is a surprise to no one that Enslaved has not only lasted 20 years, but Read more […]

Hatesphere – Going Deeper and Deeper

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Long a Blistering confident thanks to his ever-colorful column, Hatesphere guitarist Pepe Hansen has not only endless wit, but tenacity to boot. Read more […]

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