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Forever Reigning: The Top-5 Jeff Hanneman-Penned Slayer Songs

The unfortunate passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman gives pause to the man’s important contributions to thrash. Considered to be the most shy and reserved member of Slayer, Hanneman didn’t crave Read more […]

U.D.O. – Hammering Metal Steel

Many in the metal community wonder when musicians splinter to form new acts if they’ll ever be able to sustain a certain level of respect and audience interest. In the case of vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, Read more […]

Darkthrone – Hoisting the Banners of Old

Ninety (!) interviews into the promotion for Darkthrone’s new The Underground Resistance, and ‘ole Fenriz is as talkative as ever. Most artists tend to fill their responses with generic answers around Read more […]

Infinite Minds: The Omnium Gatherum Story Part II

The second half of our story on Omnium Gatherum begins in early 2007. Reeling after being dropped by Nuclear Blast, the departure of long-time bassist Janne Markkanen and the sacking of singer Antti Filppu, Read more […]

Infinite Minds: The Omnium Gatherum Story Part I

The Latin translation of Omnium Gatherum is “grouping of all things.” If that definition doesn’t encompass at least a good hundred (and counting) metal bands, then what doesn’t? The name takes Read more […]

Kontinuum – Isolated Ice Buckets

Seeing a new scene based off geographical location start to bloom…it’s quite exciting, frankly. The creative output here in the States and abroad has yet to wane (and probably never will), but getting Read more […]

(Un)Lucky No. 13: Metal Albums Bearing the Infamous Number

By pure coincidence, Black Sabbath and Suicidal Tendencies have albums coming out this year entitled 13. Numerology experts we are not, so search of a deeper meaning for this pair revealed few clues. Sabbath’s Read more […]

Hypocrisy – Still No Public Puppet

If there’s one thing Peter Tägtgren doesn’t want to be, it’s part of the “machine.” The thought probably sickens the Swede, and it should – in the late 90’s/early 00’s, his name was used Read more […]

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 […]

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