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Moonspell – Peeling the Second Skin

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Far and away the biggest Portuguese metal band, Moonspell’s career arc has been that of two initial quick bursts (1995’s Wolfheart and 96’s Irreligious) Read more […]

Municipal Waste – Chicken Wings and Thrash

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) On a shockingly warm St. Patrick’s Day (there was no winter thaw this year), there stood tall and gangly Blistering and Municipal Waste guitarist Read more […]

Overkill – Hello From the Golden Gutter Age

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) You know an interview is going to go well when the interviewee picks up and says, “David, Bobby Blitz here.” And really, is there a cooler nickname Read more […]

3 Inches of Blood – Heavy Metal, Or No Metal At All

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A take on Rainbow’s seminal Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, the title of 3 Inches of Blood’s new Long Live Heavy Metal is serving as a sort of rallying Read more […]

Barren Earth – Written In the Stars

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Supergroups aren’t built to last, and if they were, then every metal musician with at least something marginally respectable to his or her name Read more […]

Borknagar – The Pulse Is Still Genuine

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Because they never got totally sucked into the world of black metal, Norway’s Borknagar have long drifted along over the course of 17 years as Read more […]

She Said Destroy – Bleeding the Fifth

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A one-song EP is not the most orthodox ways of re-introducing oneself to the underground after four years, yet such measures are necessary (and warranted) Read more […]

Pharaoh – Shining Power Beacon Part II

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) This is the second part of Matt’s chat with Pharaoh, who in our humble estimation, are one of the best melodic metal bands North America has to offer. Read more […]

Pharaoh – Shining Power Beacon Part I

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When given the chance to speak to a fellow journalist who also happens to be an incredible metal musician, there’s never a loss for words, especially Read more […]

Arctic Plaeatu – That Which Will Never Die

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Neutered by Facebook and done-in by its functional and cosmetic faults, Myspace was once the place to be for finding new, unsigned bands. By our Read more […]

Pallbearer – Grief Offerings

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) On the debut from Little Rock, Arkansas-based Pallbearer Sorrow and Extinction(Profound Lore), there’s a hardened, Southern-toned lurch in full-swing, Read more […]

Avatar – Hell Is Where the Heart Is

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Throw the word “Gothenburg” in front of anything in metal and instantly, visions of melodic death grandeur come alive. There’s enough back story Read more […]

In Solitude – Channeling the Ghost of Change

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Anyone that wears a dead fox draped around their neck has some serious balls…or hasn’t been brow-beaten by PETA yet. While it’s not as imitable Read more […]

Les Discrets – Perpetual Movement

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A man who wears many hats at once (musician, filmmaker, visual artist), Les Discrets mainman Fursy Teyssier has taken what essentially is his hobby Read more […]

Beaten to Death – Verse, Chorus, Grind

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Four-on-the-floor recordings are rapidly going the way of the dinosaur. Thanks to advancements in technology and the preponderance of ultra-clean Read more […]

Goatwhore – Sworn to the Blood Oath

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Ben Falgoust can talk and talk a lot. The Bayou-bred frontman has every reason to be talkative both on the phone and in lyrical form, for you, his Read more […]

Christian Mistress – Over and Over…and Over

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) There’s a moment on “Over and Over,” the first song on Christian Mistress’s second full-length Possession (Relapse) where the band goes Read more […]

Psycroptic – Alpha Breeding

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Leave it to a band from the exotic isle of Tasmania to infuse some much-needed character into technical death metal. Psycroptic has been laying down Read more […]

Corrosion of Conformity – Discarding the Albatross

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) There’s so many layers to Corrosion of Conformity’s career that delving into it might take a few days, and we don’t want that. Rather, it would be Read more […]

Ram – Battering Away

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Situated firmly in the crossfire that is the retro metal movement, Gothenburg, Sweden’s Ram have paid their dues for the better part of ten years, Read more […]

Alcest – Dreaming the Inverse

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in February of 2012) Onstage, Alcest’s Neige portrays the artsy artist who relishes in being aloof…forlorn, even. His po-faced countenance will Read more […]

Majestic Downfall – The Dance of the Dead

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One-man projects and sub-standard production jobs are like conjoined twins – they’re virtually inescapable from one another. A lot of the blame lies Read more […]

Shear – Breaking From the Melodic Metal Mold

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) When you look at the facts, presupposition takes place without hearing a note from this six piece, female fronted melodic metal Finnish band. Most Read more […]

Wolvhammer – Writhing Into the Bliss

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Somewhat of a reactionary act to the current wave of Cascadian black metal bands, Minneapolis/Chicago-based ensemble Wolvhammer perfectly embody Read more […]

Veil of Maya – Still Not Safe To Swim

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Probably the band on Sumerian Records that gets the most critical leeway (next to The Faceless), Chicago’s Veil of Maya have a full slate in front Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Pedigrees in Butchery

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The Floridian death metal scene is littered with big personalities: Chris Barnes, David Vincent, Glenn Benton, and when he was alive, Chuck Schuldiner. Read more […]

Catching Up With Omnium Gatherum

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Stating the obvious, we heaped quite a bit of praise last year on Omnium Gatherum and their New World Shadows album. World-beating efforts like NWS don’t Read more […]

The Devil’s Blood – Reapers of the Sown

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) If the metal media had its way, it would pit The Devil’s Blood against Ghost in a fight ‘till death over who is the preeminent Satanic rockers Read more […]

Primal Fear – (Bald) Eagle Flying Free

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The story of Primal Fear is one of friendship, of all things. The combo of singer Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner goes back to the mid-90’s, Read more […]

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 […]

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