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
Sunday, March 9 2014
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
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
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
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.
Monday, February 11 2013
The latter part of the last decade saw a resurge in popularity of the NWOBHM and thrash metal sounds of the ‘80s. Cauldron emerged during this revival, and and now with its third studio release, Tomorrow's Lost, this Canadian heavy metal band’s love for the genre has managed to survive all trends. PopMatters explores further...
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Although it retains aspects of the old school death mauling that brought Morbus Chron to the Boss HM-2 pedal-laden table, Sweven is much more expansive and experimental.
Thursday, February 13 2014
The first gig of a tour can sometimes mean the band will sound a bit blunt around the edges, but not even severe jetlag can put a stop to Killswitch Engage.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
Svn Eater is like being cast into the blazing bowels of the beyond where Morbid Angel are Satan’s house band and they only play the “hits”, i.e. nothing after Domination.
Tuesday, February 4 2014
Triumph and Power is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Grand Magus -- and if you approach this album hoping for anything other than pure heavy metal made for any decade, you’ve found yourself on the wrong longboat destined for Vahalla.
Monday, February 3 2014
The Satanist is a definitive statement for the individual and for renewed strength resulting from waging war against adversity, and it is by far the most focused, ruthless and powerful album of Behemoth's 23 year existence.
Monday, February 10 2014
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
PopMatters bring you the new music video for "Tähdelle kuolemaan", taken from Sammal's forthcoming EP, No.2.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
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
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.
Friday, July 13 2012
PopMatters celebrates the polymaths who have devoted their life's work to a multitude of artistic endeavours and in turn, emphatically etched their own legend in the annuals of underground metal. This is a list of the genre's most influential bands/artists in existence today. Kneel in reverence; the Gods are amongst us...