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Believer – Tech-ier Than Thou

sk any recently reformed band from the 90’s and the response will be the same: Where were you at the beginning? The legacy and legend of bands like At the Gates, Carcass, Autopsy, Atheist, etc., etc., Read more […]

Samael – Vorphing Into Primal

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As damn unlistenable as Samael’s newest album Above is, it will succeed in thrusting the Swiss metallers back into the dark metal fray where Read more […]

Soilwork’s Peter Wichers

We’re quite accustomed to seeing lead singers leave at the most inopportune of times, but when Soilwork lead guitarist/principle songwriter/founding member Peter Wichers quit the band in late 2005, more Read more […]

Samothrace – Harmony and Agony

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) No band makes better use of one’s time in the current doom metal fray than Samothrace. As the rest of the scene continues to bog itself down and Read more […]

Thyrfing – Ride of the Thunder Men

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Quite the different world Sweden’s Thyrfing finds itself in from their humble Viking metal beginnings in the late 90’s. See, back then, only Read more […]

Lamb of God – Southern Wrath

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) “It’s been a wild few days, man. We started up in Finland and it was just a whirlwind. We left the States and came through England, then up to Finland, Read more […]

Napalm Death – Time, What is Time?

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Venerable, venerable Napalm Death. This scribe picked up on the band during it’s mid-90’s era when albums like 1994’s Fear, Emptiness, Despair and Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Population Decimation

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As tricky of a proposition death metal is, there’s only one constant and that’s Cannibal Corpse. While Morbid Angel is laying low, Obituary still Read more […]

Sepultura – No Roots Revival

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Dogged since the departure of vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera in late 1996, Sepultura has had what could amount to be the steepest climb of any established Read more […]

Darkane – Rusted Conviction

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Let us rewind ten years to 1999. Yeah,nineteen-fucking-ninety-nine. The melo-death explosion was in full flight, with In Flames having released Colony, Read more […]

Kreator – Running Amok

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Leave it up to Kreator to come up with a scathing, unrelenting assessment of the world that we live in. The German thrash icons have never been ones Read more […]

Yngwie Malmsteen – Born In Hell

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The name “Yngwie” will always draw varied reactions. Some find his brand of neo-classical guitar shred revolutionary, others find it a bit much. Read more […]

Enslaved – Spine

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Last time Blistering caught up with Enslaved, the band were just start hitting their creative stride with Ruun and were in the throes of near-unanimous Read more […]

Moonsorrow – Hardly Blending In

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Not to call metal journalism a risky profession or hobby, but when a scribe takes the call from an overseas artist, a myriad of things can go wrong. Read more […]

Cynic – Astral Roots and Visions

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For all the spins this scribe has given Traced in Air, the one resounding thought is how different the world is from 15 years ago. Discounting things Read more […]

Omnium Gatherum – Focus Shift

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) No real surprise here – Omnium Gatherum’s newest The Redshift is a sure-fire Top 10 candidate for this scribe’s year-end list. Of all the Read more […]

Exodus – Tempo of the Thrashed

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Continuing the trend of bands re-recording classic albums and/or songs, Bay Area thrashers Exodus are taking on the mammoth risk of updating their Read more […]

Opeth – The Burden is Theirs

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in September of 2008) We’re a good four months removed from Opeth’s newest effort Watershed and if early indications are to be believed, the Read more […]

Cradle of Filth – The Devil’s Thunder

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Hard to believe it’s been a decade since Cradle of Filth’s Cruelty and the Beast album. Widely considered to be the band’s watershed moment, Cruelty thrust Read more […]

Kalmah – Lords of the Swamp

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) It just keeps coming back, this new Kalmah record. For the Revolution is leaps and bounds ahead of the melodic death metal competition for 2008, Read more […]

Neuraxis – Progression Through Learning

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For the average underground metal band without the benefit (or not…) of management, the plight of being a metal band in this cutthroat industry Read more […]

Keep of Kalessin – New Black Order

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The black metal scene is in a perpetual state of flux. The old guard of Mayhem, Emperor, and Satyricon are either defunct or painstakingly slow in Read more […]

Mourning Beloveth – As Everything Withers

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Longtime pillars of the Irish metal Gothic/doom metal scene, Mourning Beloveth are on the proverbial “rebound” with A New Disease For the Ages, Read more […]

Dillinger Escape Plan – Machine Men

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Inside the door of their hotel room in Dublin is a couch that faces the door to the bathroom. Greg Puciato (vocals) sits here, Ben Weinman (guitar) Read more […]

Meshuggah – Combustible.Beings.Create

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The first major release of ’08 (sorry kids, Bullet For My Valentine doesn’t count), Meshuggah’s obZen has been greeted with some major buzz Read more […]

Dismember – Zero Decency

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Unlike their countrymates and one-time sonic reference Entombed, Stockholm, Sweden’s Dismember have stayed the death metal course, carving out Read more […]

Death Angel – Killing Season Is In

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As a band that has always existed on the periphery of the thrash scene, San Francisco’s Death Angel have enjoyed a stop-start career that took Read more […]

Brainstorm – Come Monster, Come

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Brainstorm, the ‘other’ band of singer Andy B. Franck (also of Symphorce fame) return with Downburst, the follow-up to 2005’s marvelous Liquid Read more […]

Sinamore – A Dead New Day

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Sinamore’s 2006 A New Day platter was good, solid melodic Goth metal, but it lacked that it factor that grabs hold of you with those long, Read more […]

Isole – Dooming On

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The doom discovery of the new year, Sweden’s Isole are the likely successors to the Gods of all things Swedish and doomy, Candlemass. However, Read more […]