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
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...
Sunday, December 8 2013
Possession’s demonic urge to summon the masters of the archaic arts on His Best Deceit, yet instil the enthusiastic energy a demo should hold, is striking in its execution.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
Beastmilk's unabashed re-imagination of the music of their influences is so well conceived and unapologetic that the lack of originality at the heart of Climax becomes little more than an afterthought.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Whales and Leeches is not the raging triumph hoped for.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Strong, varied songwriting is the name of the game regardless of what genre you’re peddlin', and Sandrider's second album Godhead has this in spades.
Sunday, October 20 2013
Satyricon is an album that desperately wants to show its true nature, but remains shackled to the past.
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.
Thursday, July 12 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...