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Ghost – In the Shadows

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in January of 2012) Much ado about Ghost and their shtick, and that’s fine – we need a good one every now and then. The lengths in which the band Read more […]

Vildhjarta – Bracing for Winter Thall

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As 2011 gradually fades into oblivion and we head into 2012, the Meshuggah-influenced “djent” (pronounced simply “gent”) movement is gaining Read more […]

My Dying Bride – The Beast O’ Burden

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Our second go ‘round in 2011 with My Dying Bride singer Aaron Stainthorpe (here’s the first), this time focusing on the band’s startling new Read more […]

Vallenfyre – Reign of the Shadowking

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When someone from the old guard of the underground goes back to their roots, there’s a certain degree of unmistakable authenticity. Like, they’ve Read more […]

Sandstone – Welcome the Cultural Dissonance

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When you think of Irish heavy music, artists like Thin Lizzy, Therapy?, and Primordial come to mind. Progressive metal may not be a genre associated Read more […]

Mastodon – The Beast Sure Is Burly

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Perhaps no band in the Internet metal age has been as successful as Mastodon. Since 2002’s monstrous Remission, the boys from Georgia have been Read more […]

Ghost Brigade – Fear Is the Key, You See

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The follow-up to a breakthrough effort is far and away, one the hardest obstacles to overcome for a band. We’ve seen plenty of stumbles at this Read more […]

Cipher System – Storm Chasers

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Let’s be Captain Obvious for a moment: The Gothenburg sound is perhaps the most polarizing in all of metal. Perfected by the likes of At the Gates, Read more […]

Junius – Light Is the New Day

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Typical of any worthy atmospheric and/or post-metal band, Junius comes across as understated and cerebral. That’s pretty much what they are (at least Read more […]

Hammers of Misfortune – Office Metal Forever

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When Hammers of Misfortune first broke roughly eight years ago with The August Engine, the term “office metal” was designated, for it appeared Read more […]

Evile – Grinding Through the Teeth Machine

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The unfortunate passing of bassist Mike Alexander in 2009 left British thrashers Evile in a position few bands are capable of dealing with. A founding Read more […]

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 […]

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