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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 […]

Gamma Ray – Rising…Again

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Power metal as we know it would not be the same heroic, adrenaline-pumping, fist-banging entity without the man in question, Kai Hansen. Rewind back 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 […]

Cryptopsy – Out With the New, In With the Old Part I

Once upon a time in metal, there was a band from Montreal called Cryptopsy and they ravaged virtually everything in sight. Their take on brutal, technical death was a breath of fresh air when they debuted Read more […]

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