Horror Metal Sounds – May 2013

This is the first of what should be many columns regarding the connection between metal and horror films from our own Ken Gallant. As you’ll read below, Ken knows his stuff (and has a glaring affinity Read more […]

Freedoms Reign – Long Way Back to Brocken

In most instances, new bands featuring “former members from band X” or “the return of so-so” leave a bit to be desired, or fall prey to the hype machine. Some metal dudes think they can just show Read more […]

October Tide – Silence Surrounds

Owning the rare distinction of four vocalists in as many albums, Swedish dark/death metallers October Tide have proven that regardless of who mans the mic, there won’t be a drop-off in quality. Case Read more […]

GWAR – Bottomless Holes and BBQ

Still in the throes of their late-career resurgence, GWAR are starting to gain some semblance of normalcy after the tragic passing of guitarist Corey Smoot in late-2011. Touring has proven to be the remedy, Read more […]

Cauldron – Burning at Both Ends

Talk to the Cauldron guys about all of the glamour, chicks, and money that come from being in a metal band…they’ll give you the scoop. It’s probably why aspiring teenage rockers should never read Read more […]

Vicious Rumors – Pure Power Punishment

Growing up in the 1980’s pre-digital record store age, I would often maximize my entertainment purchases through a deep scouring of the cut out bargain bins. One of the American acts I discovered through Read more […]

Arsis – Being Right, And Never Wrong

Early career projections of Arsis were admittedly, very high. This, after their sterling 2004 Celebration of Guilt debut, an album that raked in all sorts of accolades and praise for their fresh and energetic Read more […]

Yayla – Undo Control

Always digging for an angle…that’s what a lot of us quirky metal journalists like to do. Most bands at least have one or two worth  things worth discussing, while there are those that are totally Read more […]

Altar of Plagues – Forged by an Urban Abyss

2013 is thus far an exotic-laced and thoroughly overwhelming year. Fantastic releases have been popping out of the woodwork like mad and at the ‘tip of the spear’, so to speak, of these is Altar of Read more […]

Killswitch Engage – Full Circles and New Beginnings

Good times, positive feelings, and all-around pleasant vibes abound in the Killswitch Engage camp for the release of Disarm the Descent. The return of original vocalist Jesse Leach has given the Massachusetts Read more […]

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 […]

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