Articles tagged heavy metal

18 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Bell Witch: Mirror Reaper

Bell Witch moves the listener with a deathly journey that is often poetic and at times philosophically rich.

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The Five Phases of Metallica: A Case Study in Catalog Organization

A layperson takes a stab at music sabermetrics by tracing Metallica's success and failures through these five phases.

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Distill the Swarm: The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017

Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new metal bands. 2017’s swarm has been distilled…

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Coma Cluster Void - “Mother, Dreamer” (video) (premiere)

Coma Cluster Void ushers in a new era of storytelling with a new album and this 360° Panorama video for "Mother, Dreamer.

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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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Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven

Wolves in the Throne Room return in blazing fashion with Thrice Woven, a work that defines the very substance of the black metal band.

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Squalus - ‘The Great Fish’ (album stream) (premiere) + Interview

Former members of Giant Squid issue Jaws-inspired debut. You're gonna need a bigger music player.

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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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11 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Neurosis: The Word As Law

Out of print since the 1990s, The Word As Law show the evolution of Neurosis from straightforward hardcore to a more thoughtful, but nonetheless aggressive, outfit.

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You Must Do What You Love to Survive: ‘Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East’

Rock in a Hard Place is a sober chronicling of music in some of the most conservative countries on the planet.

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Akercocke: Renaissance in Extremis

After a decade in waiting, progressive black/death metal connoisseur Akercocke, returns with an enticing album of brutal intentions and twisted machinations.

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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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23 Aug 2017 // 2:20 AM

Sannhet: So Numb

Without changing their identity, Sannhet travels deep within their core to further progress their unclassifiable sound on So Numb.

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Pyrrhon: What Passes for Survival

Technical death metal outfit Pyrrhon returns with their most captivating record in What Passes for Survival, establishing their position in the pantheon of the genre.

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10 Aug 2017 // 7:30 AM

Dead Cross: Dead Cross

Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo collaborate with Michael Crain and Justin Pearson of Retox in bringing a volatile, short-tempered work of hardcore punk savagery.

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Thin Lizzy / Philip Lynott Bio ‘Cowboy Song’ Is Like Reading the Best Liner Notes, Ever

Cowboy Song is not the first biography of Thin Lizzy and/or Lynott, but it is profoundly well-researched and may be the best.

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‘Full Throttle: Remastered’ Is Both Updated and Dated

Full Throttle: Remastered is a game made for people who don't mind pixel hunting -- like we used to play.

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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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4 May 2017 // 9:34 AM

Dweezil Zappa Extends Legacy of His Dad, Frank Zappa

Dweezil Zappa had no idea he’d grow up to be a guitarist and band leader. But his famous father, the late Frank Zappa, certainly

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The Old Dominion in Song: Lamb of God’s “Hourglass” and Virginia’s Brand of Violence

Bombardments, assaults, volley-fire, flank attacks -- this is the vocabulary of Virginia’s bellicose imagination. It's also an apt lexicon for describing Lamb of God’s catalog.

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