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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 […]

Pig Destroyer – Pretty Girls Make Great Corpses

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Phoning Blistering while on the road after getting off from work, Pig Destroyer electronics man Blake Harrison warns “I might have to put you down Read more […]

Posthum – Fire in the Hole in the Sky

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Does Euronymous turn over in his grave every time he sees a supposed “true” Norwegian black metal band posing like Posthum duo Morten and Jon above? Read more […]

Winterfylleth – Home is Never Behind

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The notion that black metal is a geographically-influenced entity has waned over the years. Thanks to the style’s sonic expansion and our hand-wringing Read more […]

Witchcraft – Crimson Is Their Color

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A classic example of a band with a segment of followers who are without question, stuck in the past, Sweden’s Witchcraft have had to face a tidal Read more […]

A Forest of Stars – Strange and Becoming

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Despite the various criticisms level toward the style, black metal affords the most latitude for bands to take chances or for that matter, operate Read more […]

Nightwish – Farewell, Thee Mermaid

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) (Editor’s note: This interview was conducted a week prior to Anette Olzon’s departure from Nightwish. Obviously, the context of the interview Read more […]

Devin Townsend – Love Songs Are Silly (And So Are You)

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in October of 2012) This scribe has done several dumb and/or careless things over the course of his three decades on this planet, but spilling coffee Read more […]

Angra – Changing the Course of Nature

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The recent departure of singer Edu Falaschi puts Angra at their second career crossroads. The first, of course, was the 2000 exit of original frontman Read more […]

Threshold – Marching Towards Progress

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Richard West, keyboardist and a founding member of progressive metal band Threshold. This exciting UK Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – The Mourning Has Come

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Weird that record labels still do this considering how rampant downloading is, but Swallow the Sun’s new Emerald Forest and the Blackbird is Read more […]

Vektor – This Is Not An Exercise

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) While the retro thrash movement appears to have reached its (very welcome) nadir, along trucks sci-fi thrashers Vektor. Able to allude many of the Read more […]

Evoken – Grim Eloquence

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The mortal world is fraught with terror and panic, perhaps this year more than ever as at every turn some corner of it seems hellbent on ripping Read more […]

Katatonia – Permanently Discouraged

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Riding the coattails of 2009’s Night is the New Day, Katatonia’s new Dead End Kings has virtually the same plot: It’s difficult, unforgiving, Read more […]

King of Asgard – From Here, To North

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) ”We create out of devotion.” That’s something you don’t here every day and even if it was uttered, a furrowed brow would probably be raised. Read more […]

Gene Hoglan – Drums, Not Brain Surgery

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The undisputed top drummer for hire in metal, Gene Hoglan’s willingness to drop anything and everything to help a band in need is remarkable. In Read more […]

Eye of Solitude – Performed in Graphic Pain

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Workaholics and masters of misery, Eye of Solitude are pummeling the world with their fantastic new release Sui Caedere. Well received across the Read more […]

Ephel Duath – The New Disorder

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Ephel Duath’s Davide Tiso probably doesn’t intend to write such outwardly difficult music to grasp; it just comes naturally for him. He’s one Read more […]

Testament – These Colors Don’t Run

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Thrash is by far the most cyclical style in all of metal. One decade it’s in (the 80’s), the next it’s out (the 90’s). Then it’s back in again (’00’s), Read more […]

Samothrace – Awkward Hearts Emerge

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As much as people try to claim it is, the underground metal scene is not entirely based on momentum. Since we operate in an environment that isn’t Read more […]

Vintersorg – The Essence of Complexity

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A man of many projects and of a dual vocal orb that is sonorous and scathing, Swedish extreme metal vocalist Vintersorg (real name: Andreas Hedlund) Read more […]

Vesperian Sorrow – Of Absence and Accolade

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Surprises come from the most unexpected of places – case in point being Texan natives Vesperian Sorrow and their very European symphonic black Read more […]

Periphery – Progress As A Constant

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A person would be hard-pressed to find a modern band making more waves than Periphery. The band’s sophomore release, Periphery II, continues a Read more […]

God Forbid – Better Days Are Here

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) From a pure sonic standpoint, God Forbid should never have ended up amongst the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” gang. Heavier than Lamb of God Read more […]

Falloch – Brush the Dust Away

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) With black metal and its various sub-categories, it always comes back to nature, doesn’t it? By all appearances, the style has moved past the cartoonish Read more […]

The Chant – Gentle Thee Be

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For many, Finland’s The Chant are a latecomer to the atmospheric metal scene. Having formed in 1999, the Finns have spent the better part of a Read more […]

Jeff Loomis – A Future Certain

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One of the few guitarists able to transcend the band where he staked his career, ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis is all-systems-go on the solo Read more […]

Talking Iron Maiden With Author Neil Daniels

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Like many of metal’s classic bands, the history of Iron Maiden is a complex and foreboding one. While many choose to focus solely on the Dickinson Read more […]

Evemaster – On Hallowed Ground

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Completing an album is not as easy as it looks. Just ask Evemaster mainman Tomi Mykkänen, who with a little help from his friends, spent the better Read more […]

Be’lakor – Roll Them Bones

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) You’re probably not the only one scratching your head as to what a “Be’lakor” is. It’s rather unconventional, and this is coming from a scene that Read more […]

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