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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

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.


Monday, February 11 2013

Surviving the Revival When Tomorrow’s Lost: An Interview with Cauldron

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...


Reviews

Wednesday, April 16 2014

Twilight: III: Beneath Trident's Tomb

Twilight have slammed the tomb shut and are hostile to all visitors, leaving a disconnect between the listener and the songs outside of “Oh Wretched Son” and “A Flood of Eyes”.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Conan: Blood Eagle

Conan have created six songs which are as brutally archaic and animalistic as the meaning behind their new album’s title.


Wednesday, March 5 2014

Morbus Chron: Sweven

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

Killswitch Engage: 29 January 2014 – Dublin, Ireland

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

Lvcifyre: Svn Eater

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.


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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