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Glorior Belli – Southern Hospitality

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One of the few bands able to transition from caked-in-corpsepaint black metal to something entirely different and sophisticated, France’s Glorior Read more […]

The Atlas Moth – No Distance Too Far

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) There’s so much to like about The Atlas Moth’s new An Ache For the Distance(Profound Lore) that it makes one forget about the fact there’s Read more […]

Saxon – Until the Wheels Fall Off

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) “Venerable” and “Saxon” go together like milk and cookies. Fruity Pebbles and milk. Vanilla (not chocolate) cake and milk. You get the idea. Read more […]

Katatonia – Seconds Are Worthless

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Quite dedicated to North America Katatonia has become, which is music to the ears of their fanbase, of which yours truly is not afraid to rank himself Read more […]

Dream Theater – Learning To Live…Again

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) No one bore the brunt of criticism upon Mike Portnoy’s departure from Dream Theater more than John Petrucci. As one-third of the founding core Read more […]

Textures – Circle Takes the Square

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Coming to America (like the Neil Diamond song) is a big deal for European bands. Just like going to Europe is a big deal for American bands, we reckon. Read more […]

Saviours – Foot On the Accelerator

There may come a time when the retro metal revival runs out of steam. Actually, it probably will given that everything in metal gets fat and bloated, then bursts, so the time is nigh for a band like Read more […]

Enslaved – Still Heavier Than Time

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For the bands to come out of the early 90’s Norwegian black metal fray, it is a surprise to no one that Enslaved has not only lasted 20 years, but Read more […]

Hatesphere – Going Deeper and Deeper

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Long a Blistering confident thanks to his ever-colorful column, Hatesphere guitarist Pepe Hansen has not only endless wit, but tenacity to boot. Read more […]

3 – Women, Children (and Ghosts) First

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The world is a messed-up place. Good things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people. Sports teams from Northeast Ohio are incapable Read more […]

Night in Gales – Scars of Tomorrow

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As cult of a melodic death metal band to come out of the underground, Germany’s Night In Gales watched their career (and contemporaries) whiz by Read more […]

Nightrage – Condemning the Club

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Hard not to do this, but the dominance Nightrage and Omnium Gatherum have over the melodic death metal scene is like watching two great NFL quarterbacks Read more […]

Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna – Singing With the Enemy

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in September of 2011) Pushed out of the way in 1992 to make way for John Bush and a more “modern” sound (by that time’s standards) on Sound Read more […]

Anthrax’s Frank Bello – Bermuda Shorts Not Necessary

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) “The words ‘You have a new a record.’ You have no idea how good that feels.” And so this was how Blistering’s chat with the totally Read more […]

World Under Blood – Verbal Scare Tactics

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Deron Miller doesn’t like to mince words, which is refreshing. Too often Blistering interviews folks of the metal variety too worried about tripping Read more […]

Arch Enemy – Legions of the Damned

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Quite hard to believe that ten years ago, Arch Enemy were a virtual non-factor in the extreme metal scene. Even though they were fresh off their Read more […]

Edguy – Always the Joker(s)

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The old adage “There aren’t enough hours in the day” has to apply for Edguy’s Tobias Sammet. The man simply doesn’t quit. And probably Read more […]

Battlecross – Blue-Collar Thrash Attack

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in July of 2011) In this day and age of modern technology, the number of bands plying for fan attention is mammoth. Back in my early teens, we depended Read more […]

All Shall Perish – Rotten To the Core

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) From this scribe’s oft-biased and jumbled perspective, All Shall Perish were nothing more than a second-rate band playing a third-rate scene, which Read more […]

Arch/Matheos – No Exit This Time

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) “Arch-era Fates Warning.” The name alone says enough to those who worshipped at the altar of albums such as 1984’s Spectre Within and of Read more […]

Morbid Angel – You Have Been Warned

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Words never to say to Morbid Angel’s David Vincent: “Death metal” and “traditional.” Dude was not happy to hear Blistering refer to his Read more […]

Tyr – Onward Into Battle

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As the only metal band of note to call the Faroe Islands home (geography lesson – it’s in-between Great Britain and Iceland), Tyr have come to Read more […]

In Flames – Destroying the Gyroscope

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in July of 2011) Affable and funny, In Flames frontman Anders Friden couldn’t have sounded more at ease on a warm Swedish summer evening while speaking Read more […]

My Dying Bride – Floating In Darkness

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Arguably the most morose band to ever hit the metal scene, England’s My Dying Bride are in a reflective kind of mood, having just released Evinta, Read more […]

U.D.O. – The Rev-Raptor Lives On

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) It seems like many of our hard rock and metal icons are unfortunately passing on (Ronnie James Dio) or retiring from the scene (Scorpions, Judas Read more […]

Amorphis – Better Reborn

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The 2005 acquisition of singer Tomi Joutsen effectively saved Amorphis. Let’s not make any bones about it. The band was all but a non-entity after Read more […]

Scar Symmetry – Still Symmetric In Every Way

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Being such a fan of melodic death metal, a band that brings something different and unique to the table is always a welcome event. Scar Symmetry Read more […]

Before the Dawn – First (North American) Doom

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Phoning at the very-metal hour of 1 AM Finnish time, Before the Dawn mainman Tuomas Saukkonen asks Blistering “To go easy on me. I’m very tired.” Read more […]

Altar of Plagues – Killed By Death

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Still riding the monster that is 2009’s brilliant White Tomb, Ireland’s Altar of Plagues have done what any good artist would do: They shifted Read more […]

While Heaven Wept – Paparazzi Be Doomed

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) “There’s definitely not paparazzi outside my window,” quips While Heaven Wept founder/guitarist/principal songwriter when queried about the Read more […]

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