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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 […]

Mercenary – Dawn Of A New Day

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) For a moment in time last decade (say, around 2005/2006), this scribe held firm to the belief that Denmark’s Mercenary were going to be the next Read more […]

The Rods – Threesome For Vengeance

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The Rods during the 1980’s had the opportunity through Arista Records to play some significant shows around the world, opening for artists like Read more […]

Cavalera Conspiracy – Territorial Pissings

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Destined to be Internet fodder until it actually happens, the clamor for a reunion of the “classic” Sepultura lineup won’t go away. As long Read more […]

Sylosis – A Not-So Barren Earth

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Rare when an instrumental becomes the focal point of an album with 14 songs, yet Edge of the Earth, the newest from UK thrashers Sylosis has the Read more […]

Septicflesh – By Daemons Be Driven

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Seeing Septicflesh annihilate an unsuspecting Pittsburgh crowd last year while on tour with Behemoth made yours truly think of the possibilities Read more […]

Ava Inferi – Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Back when Mayhem was flaunting their ability to do as they pleased around 2000’s stunning Grand Declaration of War, it started to become readily Read more […]

Cradle of Filth – Eclipsing the Funeral Moon

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) As ubiquitous (and verbose) as Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth is, the man that makes the wheels turn is guitarist Paul Allender. Since re-joining Read more […]

Sodom – Keeping Thrash Alive and Ferocious

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Thrash metal was – and still is – such a massive movement in metal that will always have its influences on the majority of metal bands, whether Read more […]

Belphegor – Black Magic Knights

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) It’s a bit bemusing to hear a metal artist reference the “rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle,” only because we usually associate it with glam rock Read more […]

Omnium Gatherum – Towering Shadows

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com in January, 2011) Fitting that the first interview Blistering runs for 2011 is for the band (and an album) that in all likelihood, will end up at Read more […]

October Tide – Right Out Of the Bliss

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Often third-fiddle to the unmatched songwriting team of Jonas Renkse and Anders Nystrom, former Katatonia guitarist Fred Normann struck out on his Read more […]

Intronaut – Peaks and Valleys

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) One of the real darkhorse albums of 2010 turned out to be Intronaut’s Valley of Smoke. Parlaying the vaunted post-metal, metalgaze sound popularized Read more […]

Agalloch – Shades of Grey

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Perhaps the most “all-purpose” dark metal band going right now, Agalloch’s studio records are now a once-in-four-years occurrence, causing Read more […]

God Dethroned – The Killing Fields

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Wasting little time after last year’s crushing Passiondale, God Dethroned are back on the battlefields with Under the Sign of the Iron Cross. Read more […]

Dimmu Borgir – Just An (Un) Holy Trinity Now

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Consider Blistering to be in the ranks of those who raised immediate concerns when Dimmu Borgir announced it was shedding keyboardist Mustis and Read more […]

Slough Feg – Playing Possum

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) We’re running out of characters in metal. As today’s scene becomes more saturated and generic, the glutton of look-a-like, nondescript longhairs Read more […]

Queensryche – Operation: No Nostalgia

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) The embodiment of “progressive,” Queensryche continues to move forward, in spite of how distant their high-class metal era seems today. The days Read more […]

Therion – America the Brutal

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) On a brisk Saturday afternoon (at least at Blistering HQ), Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson was phoned while packing for a tour. The sound of Read more […]

Helloween – More Cheese, Please Part II

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) A continuation of Blistering’s previously-posted interview with Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath (click here to read it), the second part of Read more […]

Helloween – More Cheese, Please

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Being that this was the second time in the calendar year yours truly would be speaking to Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath, there was little trepidation Read more […]

The Crown – Death Comes Ripping Again

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) In the annals of underrated death metal bands, perhaps no band in recent memory stands out more than The Crown. Their thoroughbred brand of DM wreaked Read more […]

Melechesh – Authentic Sonic Magick

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) You won’t find a more unique or “real” band than Melechesh. They are a band that has always had a great understanding of Middle Eastern mythology, Read more […]

Accept – U.D.O. Who?

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Sorry for the pun, but it took a lot of balls for Accept to reunite without legendary frontman U.D.O. Dirkschneider. Nine times out of ten, reunions Read more […]

Death Angel – Time Stands Still

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) Forever in the role of thrash underdog, Death Angel shouldn’t have to sneak up on people the way they do. For anyone that has witnessed the Bay Read more […]

Enslaved – Spiral Architects

(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com) If there is a band that can get away with anything right now, it very well could be Enslaved. Not like they’re going to dump a Cold Lake on everyone, Read more […]