Articles tagged alternative metal

Mastodon: Cold Dark Place EP

This EP is essential listening for any Mastodon fans who've followed the band into the 2010's without an excess of griping about what the band used to be.

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Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down

New album sees Manson attempt to reclaim his crown as nation’s favorite boogie man.

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3 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Look Me in My Brand New Eye: Slipknot and Identity

Masking seems like a natural extension of heavy metal’s glorification of the grotesque. What else lurks behind Slipknot's Orwellian-like concept of identity?

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Queens of the Stone Age: Villains

More energetic than 2013's ...Like Clockwork, Villains finds QOTSA teaming up with super-producer Mark Ronson to emphasize their grooves as much as their riffs.

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Andrew W.K. Breaks Out of His Shell

Andrew W.K. talks about making life choices, his "life-force", the yearning to connect with fellow humans, the church, and some of the early rock gods.

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8 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Living Colour: Shade

Funky hard rock veterans still own the block and knock socks off.

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25 Aug 2017 // 7:01 AM

The Flipside #5: Chris Cornell’s ‘Scream’

In 2009, Chris Cornell took the biggest risk of his career, and by most accounts he flopped spectacularly. But does Scream look any better in hindsight?

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From Garden to Higher Truth: The Legacy of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

No matter what Chris Cornell did, there was always the sense that he was doing what he wanted.

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Jesters of Destiny - ‘The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown’ (album stream) (premiere)

Jesters of Destiny return with first new music in 30 years. The music sounds as fresh and irreverent as ever.

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5 Apr 2017 // 11:34 AM

Mastodon - “Show Yourself” (Singles Going Steady)

Mastodon may not be reinventing the wheel here, but they take one on a fun trip nonetheless.

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24 Mar 2017 // 8:24 AM

Mastodon: Emperor of Sand

Emperor of Sand is by no means a bad album, but there's little here that the band hasn't already explored.

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Life of Agony - “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” (video) (premiere)

Life of Agony releases video for "A Place Where There's No More Pain", the title track from the quartet's first album in 12 years.

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27 Feb 2017 // 11:10 AM

Ministry: Trax! Rarities

Once more into the vault for a double-vinyl showcase of the many faces (and styles) of Al Jourgensen and Co. Culled from the awesome 2015 Trax! Box.

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17 Jan 2017 // 9:57 AM

Wovenwar: Honor Is Dead

Wovenwar returns with an entertaining if safe sophomore effort. The group hasn't yet found its groove, but it's getting there—one radio-ready growl at a time.

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Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (Deluxe Edition)

Twenty-five years on, the populace gets a renewed look at Soundgarden’s contribution to the year punk broke with a fully loaded reissue of their career-changing Badmotorfinger.

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Tad: God’s Balls / Salt Lick / 8-Way Santa

Heavier than heavy, Tad is back with a trio of deluxe editions of their first three Sub Pop releases.

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15 Nov 2016 // 3:15 AM

Helmet: Dead to the World

Dead to the World finds Page Hamilton holding old Helmet and new Helmet together in perfect balance.

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Adding Spice Amid the Chaos, an Interview With Faith No More’s Billy Gould

Faith No More's producer, songwriter and bassist on the songwriting craft, the re-release of their first album, and the real reasons behind guitarist Jim Martin's departure.

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Faith No More: King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime (Reissue) / Album of the Year (Reissue)

These reissues cover the original end of the band. The overstuffed King for a Day and the (unfairly?) maligned Album of the Year make for interesting revisits with equally interesting bonus discs.

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Faith No More: We Care a Lot (Deluxe Band Edition)

Can a classic recording be imperfect? Can a work of art's reputation be bigger, better than the work itself? The newly-reissued Faith No More debut suggests that the answer is maybe.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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