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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 […]

The Foreshadowing – Worlds Within the Margin

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Blunt elegance in Gothic doom was introduced by My Dying Bride circa Turn Loose the Swans. As opposed to the style’s mostly theatrical bent (see: Read more […]

Unisonic – Old Kids of the Century

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Avantasia/Edguy mainman Tobias Sammet is not only a workaholic, he’s an unintentional matchmaker. You see, for this very interview you’re about Read more […]

Prong – Carving Their Legacy

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) During my college years, I remember hearing a lot of this New York metal act on specialty metal radio shows. Their video work would also make an Read more […]

Outcast – Reasons Being

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Pay no mind to their relatively banal name – France’s Outcast (not to be confused with the American hip-hop group OutKast) are a beacon of light Read more […]

Torche – Just Kicking It

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Apparently, there’s an ongoing argument whether Torche is an actual metal band or not. Various Internet message board lifers have had a field day Read more […]

Moonspell – Peeling the Second Skin

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Far and away the biggest Portuguese metal band, Moonspell’s career arc has been that of two initial quick bursts (1995’s Wolfheart and 96’s Irreligious) Read more […]

Municipal Waste – Chicken Wings and Thrash

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) On a shockingly warm St. Patrick’s Day (there was no winter thaw this year), there stood tall and gangly Blistering and Municipal Waste guitarist Read more […]

Overkill – Hello From the Golden Gutter Age

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) You know an interview is going to go well when the interviewee picks up and says, “David, Bobby Blitz here.” And really, is there a cooler nickname Read more […]

3 Inches of Blood – Heavy Metal, Or No Metal At All

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A take on Rainbow’s seminal Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, the title of 3 Inches of Blood’s new Long Live Heavy Metal is serving as a sort of rallying Read more […]

Barren Earth – Written In the Stars

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Supergroups aren’t built to last, and if they were, then every metal musician with at least something marginally respectable to his or her name Read more […]

Borknagar – The Pulse Is Still Genuine

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Because they never got totally sucked into the world of black metal, Norway’s Borknagar have long drifted along over the course of 17 years as Read more […]

She Said Destroy – Bleeding the Fifth

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A one-song EP is not the most orthodox ways of re-introducing oneself to the underground after four years, yet such measures are necessary (and warranted) Read more […]

Pharaoh – Shining Power Beacon Part II

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) This is the second part of Matt’s chat with Pharaoh, who in our humble estimation, are one of the best melodic metal bands North America has to offer. Read more […]

Pharaoh – Shining Power Beacon Part I

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When given the chance to speak to a fellow journalist who also happens to be an incredible metal musician, there’s never a loss for words, especially Read more […]

Arctic Plaeatu – That Which Will Never Die

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Neutered by Facebook and done-in by its functional and cosmetic faults, Myspace was once the place to be for finding new, unsigned bands. By our Read more […]

Pallbearer – Grief Offerings

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) On the debut from Little Rock, Arkansas-based Pallbearer Sorrow and Extinction(Profound Lore), there’s a hardened, Southern-toned lurch in full-swing, Read more […]

Avatar – Hell Is Where the Heart Is

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Throw the word “Gothenburg” in front of anything in metal and instantly, visions of melodic death grandeur come alive. There’s enough back story Read more […]

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