Articles tagged blood and thunder

Blood and Thunder: Sometimes Metal Smiles Instead of Frowns (and That’s Okay)

The new album by New Jersey glam metal outfit Trixter is a reminder that, for all of metal's self-seriousness and bleakness, it can be a tremendously fun genre when it remembers to smile.

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Blood and Thunder: Battles, Blades, Brotherhood

One of Canada's greatest metal bands of the past 25 years, 3 Inches of Blood, recently bid farewell over Facebook. Fortunately, the legacy they've left is a fine one.

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Blood and Thunder: Entering the Echo Chamber

In an age when writers regularly churn out "content" at dizzying speeds, truly great music makes a writer slow down and take time to reflect.

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Blood and Thunder: Nerds, Dudes, and Noogies

The energetic and convivial shows of Volbeat and Kamelot are reminders that for all the insularity present in extreme metal writing, there's true joy to be found in the popular stuff.

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Blood and Thunder: Turning Ashes to Gold

This week's best metal release finds some musical innovators from Brooklyn up to their philosophical shenanigans once again.

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Blood and Thunder: 70,000 Tons of Metal 2015 Recap and Blind Guardian’s Best in Two Decades

Sailing the seven seas is a lot more fun when you're on a cruise ship with 60 metal bands and a legion of eager metal fans. No, really.

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Out of Shadows, Shining Ever-Bright

After catching the reunited '80s-era, Ronnie James Dio-helmed Black Sabbath on tour in Canada, Begrand looks back on an oft-neglected period in the metal titans' career.

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6 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

Notes from Underground

Begrand hits the traveling metal show Sounds of the Underground for nine hours of mayhem, moshing, and merch. And though this town's put the kibosh on mosh, there's plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from Metallica wannabes to papier-mâché phalluses.

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14 Aug 2006 // 10:00 PM

Postmortem

Hallelujah, it's raining blood! The Unholy Alliance Tour, a veritable distillation of the current state of contemporary metal on wheels, descends upon Western Canada and finally ends Begrand's 22-year wait to witness Slayer in the flesh.

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12 Jul 2006 // 10:00 PM

Complex Simplicity

Voivod vocalist Denis 'Snake' Belanger speaks candidly about the new Canadian Prime Minister, today's subordinate youth, and the 'emotional dimension' involved in creating a new album built around the guitar tracks of his deceased friend and bandmate, Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour.

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The Great Beast Resurrected

The long, strange trip of seminal metal band Celtic Frost is unexpectedly outfitted with a new plot twist: a new record that redefines a career over 20 years after it began.

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16 Apr 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Time to Kill Is Now!

The least poetic of metal bands, Cannibal Corpse has gone to disturbing lengths to make gruesomeness its cold, calculated calling card.

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15 Mar 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Queen Isn’t Dead

Fearing an embarrassing failure on the scale of the Star Wars prequels, Begrand braves Queensryche's new sequel to its 20-year-old masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime.

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14 Feb 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Profits of Doom

A once-uncool and admittedly limiting metal subgenre is poised to become the Next Big Thing in loud music -- that is, if the metal community lets it guard down long enough to accept it.

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26 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

Sweet Relief

What if you could have the majestic intensity of metal music without the overblown male bravado? One Dutch band's frontwoman sheds some light on goth-tinged rock and single-handedly alters the dimensions of doom.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2005

From metalcore to hardcore, guttural growls to soaring falsettos, and unabashedly sludgetastic to downright operatic, the cream of this year's metal crop is as eclectic as it is provocative.

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27 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

Forever Undying

Metal's major players are getting more powerful as they get older. Their refusal to soften in accordance with their maturity proves but one thing: when it comes to metal, age ain't nothing but a number.

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13 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

Regeneration

At long last, indie kids and mainstream critics no longer have to listen to their metal music in clandestine shame. Metal's in the midst of an artistic renaissance, and, as Begrand explains, it's a headbanger's ball out there.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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