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Corsair – Hip to be Retro

“Hip” isn’t the right word to describe Corsair. Same goes for “retro.” Or “throwback.” How about “convincingly vintage?” That might do the trick. The Charlottesville, VA quartet has made Read more […]

Hatebreed – Still Heard…Very Much So

Hatebreed is well past the point of being on an upswing. They’ve blown up. Conquered. Wrecked pits. So on and so forth. Their trajectory happened right before everyone’s eyes too; once 2002’s Perseverance Read more […]

A Life Once Lost – Alive and Breathing

“We don’t even have expectations anymore; we just want to do it and have a good time.” If only more underground metal bands would take such an approach then we wouldn’t be saddled with a barrage Read more […]

Hate – The Genesis of Flesh

You don’t need a compass to figure out where Hate is going – right up the butt of their countrymen Behemoth. It’s no biggie, though, for the Poles possess the same blackened wingspan as Nergal and crew, Read more […]

Soilwork – Living, Breathing, Infinite?

Hailed as the first true double-album in melodic death metal history, Soilwork’s The Living Infinite is the first bold move of 2013. The style has seen its share of dangerous moves before, like when Dark Read more […]

Therion – The Crown of Symphony

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Sales figures and reviews, two things that always come up when talking to Therion’s loquacious Christofer Johnsson. There is no more influential Read more […]

Holy Grail – Riding Metal Road Warriors

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The rules of success in metal haven’t really changed since the 1970’s, have they? Maybe the model is slightly modified (physical albums more Read more […]

Rage Nucléaire – Coming Out of the Wormwood

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Done with his “in sometimes, out most of the time” status with Cryptopsy, extreme metal vocalist Lord Worm has turned his full attention to his new Read more […]

Evocation – Bounded by Chaos

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The most productive and/or visible band in 2012? Sweden’s Evocation. Buoyed by the re-release of three of their albums, a demo collection, and Read more […]

Kill Ritual – Following the Path of the Serpent

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) I’ve always admired the determination of Steven Rice. The guy had revolving line-ups with Imajika, but it never stopped him from creating killer Read more […]

Wintersun – Fighting the Battle Against Time

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Delayed about as much as any album in recent underground history, Wintersun’s sophomore Time was held up thanks to writer’s block, computer Read more […]

Isis – False Light Still Shines

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Smart enough to go out on top, post metal KINGS Isis (had to put that in caps) are entering the posthumous portion of their career where compilations Read more […]

Cerebral Bore – It’s All About the He Said/She Said…

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) No one has to be a rocket surgeon to grasp the immense of amount of money and coordination it takes for a European band to hit North America, and Read more […]

Aoria – All I Hear Is Noise

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Fact: The various spin-off bands associated with Katatonia have yet to disappoint. We’ve long championed the likes of Bloodbath, the sadly-defunct Read more […]

Tiamat – Scars for Tomorrow

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) There is a shred of truth to the statement that Tiamat are a mere shell of their former selves. When everyone wanted them to suck the success of Wildhoney dry, Read more […]

Paragon – A Band with an Iron Will

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As a band, Paragon continues to be major players in the power metal scene. Their brand of speed metal has served them well for close to 20 years Read more […]

Forgotten Tomb – The Zenith of Discomfort

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Gotta love the way in which Italy’s Forgotten Tomb operates; there’s no cloak-and-dagger lyrical roundabouts, or symphonic hankerings, or even Read more […]

Insomnium – Beyond the Harrowing Years

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Currently on their second North American run, Finnish melodic death metal upstarts Insomnium are coming to find what a quality back catalog and increased Read more […]

Sylosis – Under from Over There

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Currently on the road in North America as a part of Lamb of God’s fall run, British modern metallers Sylosis are presented with a golden opportunity Read more […]

My Dying Bride – At Home With Despair

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Doom metal’s heart-stricken poet, Aaron Stainthorpe’s lyrics of allure, metaphor, and romance have given My Dying Bride the emotional touch-up that Read more […]

Ex Deo – Roman Conquerors

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Historical topics have been used as subject matter for metal bands for many years. Iron Maiden may be the most visible pioneer in this area, tackling Read more […]

Auroch – Rising Up From the Depths

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) To some, Canada is viewed as just a region frozen over and thriving with stark raving men wielding hockey sticks. Perhaps this limited notion of Read more […]

Pig Destroyer – Pretty Girls Make Great Corpses

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Phoning Blistering while on the road after getting off from work, Pig Destroyer electronics man Blake Harrison warns “I might have to put you down Read more […]

Posthum – Fire in the Hole in the Sky

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Does Euronymous turn over in his grave every time he sees a supposed “true” Norwegian black metal band posing like Posthum duo Morten and Jon above? Read more […]

Winterfylleth – Home is Never Behind

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The notion that black metal is a geographically-influenced entity has waned over the years. Thanks to the style’s sonic expansion and our hand-wringing Read more […]

Witchcraft – Crimson Is Their Color

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A classic example of a band with a segment of followers who are without question, stuck in the past, Sweden’s Witchcraft have had to face a tidal Read more […]

A Forest of Stars – Strange and Becoming

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Despite the various criticisms level toward the style, black metal affords the most latitude for bands to take chances or for that matter, operate Read more […]

Nightwish – Farewell, Thee Mermaid

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) (Editor’s note: This interview was conducted a week prior to Anette Olzon’s departure from Nightwish. Obviously, the context of the interview Read more […]

Devin Townsend – Love Songs Are Silly (And So Are You)

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in October of 2012) This scribe has done several dumb and/or careless things over the course of his three decades on this planet, but spilling coffee Read more […]

Angra – Changing the Course of Nature

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The recent departure of singer Edu Falaschi puts Angra at their second career crossroads. The first, of course, was the 2000 exit of original frontman Read more […]

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