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Dean Brown
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Dean Brown has an obsessive love of music in every shape and form, with a deep respect for bands that play from the heart. He is a Contributing Editor here at Popmatters, writer for Last Rites (www.lastrit.es), About.com/heavymetal (heavymetal.about.com/), and his work can also be found at soundshock.com, scratchtheSurface-webzine.com, metalireland.com, tighttothenail.com, amongst others. He is also a columnist for the quarterly digital zine Backlit (www.backlitzine.com). Dean can be found on twitter: @reus85


Features

Tuesday, May 13 2014

Mixtarum Metallum IX: The Ides of March and the Death of April’s Fools

Mixtarum Metallum IX is consumed by ten deadly albums chained, or loosely chained, to metal’s monolith.


Sunday, March 9 2014

Mixtarum Metallum VIII: 2014's Metallic Dawn

The first edition of Mixtarum Metallum this year covers ten laudable metal albums released in January and February 2014 that we haven’t covered yet. So, without further ado, it’s time to get back to business.


Tuesday, October 8 2013

A Path Beyond Premonition: An Interview with Luc Lemay of Gorguts

Technical death metal luminary Gorguts recently released their first album in 12 years and we discuss its concept and creation with band leader and Canadian metal legend Luc Lemay.


Thursday, September 12 2013

No Recess: The Heaviest Nirvana Mixtape

PopMatters takes to the deck to bring you the heaviest Nirvana mixtape. Titled No Recess, this compilation pulls the most visceral and raucous songs from Nirvana's lauded discography and arranges them into a sequence that makes complete head-banging sense.


Tuesday, April 16 2013

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Interview with Gama Bomb's Philly Byrne

On 7 May, Gama Bomb will release their fourth album, The Terror Tapes, in North America. Ahead of this, PopMatters caught up with Gama Bomb's affable mouth-mouth comedian, Philly Byrne, to discuss the struggles around creating the new album, singing fast, the band's recent departure from Earache, being a geek and his hopes for The Terror Tapes.


Reviews

Monday, June 23 2014

Mastodon: Once More 'Round the Sun

Mastodon's Once More 'Round the Sun condenses the prog of Crack the Skye into the structures and trademarks of hard rock.


Monday, May 26 2014

Killer Be Killed: Killer Be Killed

Killer Be Killed neuters the creativity/ability each member possesses and instead favours a dumbed-down, sum-of-its-parts approach to appeal to a wider metal audience.


Thursday, May 15 2014

Triptykon: Melana Chasmata

Besides the spectrum of otherwordly darkness and light that permeates Melana Chasmata, it is completely human. And with that comes the burden of imperfections that hunger to offset the moments of true greatness.


Sunday, May 11 2014

Floor: Oblation

On Oblation, Floor stick within the confines of the sound they created well over a decade ago.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Cult Leader: Nothing For Us Here

Borne of hard times, Nothing For Us Here, Cult Leader's debut EP for Deathwish, doesn’t lose a drop of the nihilism that made Gaza's music so overwhelming and startlingly ferocious.


Conan: Blood Eagle [19.Mar.14]
Murmur: Murmur [26.Jan.14]
Hexis: Abalam [15.Jan.14]
Alcest: Shelter [14.Jan.14]
Sandrider: Godhead [26.Nov.13]
Portal: Vexovoid [17.Feb.13]
Witchcraft: Legend [24.Jan.13]
AxeWound: Vultures [18.Nov.12]
Unsane: Wreck [8.May.12]

Blogs

Monday, March 24 2014

Sabbath Assembly - "I, Satan" (video) (Premiere)

PopMatters premieres the video for "I, Satan", taken from Sabbath Assembly's portentous third album Quaternity, set for release on the 28th of March.


Monday, February 10 2014

Messenger - "Somniloquist" (video) (Premiere)

PopMatters premieres the video for "Somniloquist", taken from Messenger's genre-defying debut album Illusory Blues, set for release on the 28th of March.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Sammal - "Tähdelle kuolemaan" (video) (Premiere)

PopMatters bring you the new music video for "Tähdelle kuolemaan", taken from Sammal's forthcoming EP, No.2.


Tuesday, November 26 2013

The Isolation Process - “Underneath It All” (stream) (Premiere)

Here at PopMatters, we always have our eyes set on the future while wrestling with the present. On the 10th of January, 2014, Swedish trio the Isolation Process will release their self-titled debut album through Version Studio Records, and today we bring you an exclusive stream of one of the best songs from their debut, “Underneath It All”.


Tuesday, September 25 2012

Cauldron - "Nitebreaker" (stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

Tomorrow's Lost is a game changer and a must for fans of traditional metal/rock in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Angel Witch.


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