Articles tagged metal

“We’re All Fans”: An Interview with Judas Priest’s Ian Hill

Over 45 years in music, 17 studio albums and 45 million records sold. Judas Priest's only constant member talks about the band's storied history, the evolution of heavy metal, and the 30th anniversary of their seminal classic Defenders of the Faith.

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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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27 May 2015 // 12:45 PM

Deep Purple: Long Beach 1971

From this rare live recording, listen to the MK II lineup of Deep Purple blaze and jam through 70 minutes of their now-classic tunes on Long Beach 1971.

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Blood and Thunder: We All Wanna Touch a Rainbow

Once upon a time, Ronnie James Dio rounded up a bevy of heavy metal legends to record a charity single. Yet no amount of superstar power could stop the song from falling by the wayside.

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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: Clutch Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em!

Mastodon may be American metal giants, but based on their Saskatchewan gig with Clutch, they could learn a thing or two from their cult favorite Maryland comrades.

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Blood and Thunder: Anathema Falls and Rises at Roadburn 2015

For a moment, Anathema looked like they would close out the 2015 Roadburn Festival on a completely flat note. Then they pulled off a comeback for the ages.

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Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith: Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Judas Priest's three-disc re-issue of their classic 1984 chart-topper shows that the years have been kind to both the album and the band.

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10 Times ‘Use Your Illusion I and II’ Predicted the Future of Guns N’ Roses

This early '90s juggernaut of a double album is a 150 minute long prophecy foretelling the end of the last great rock band.

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Evil Invaders: Pulses of Pleasure

This old school-style thrash metal album would be a lot of fun if the lead singer didn't punctuate his vocals with random, aggravating falsetto shrieks.

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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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25 Feb 2015 // 2:06 AM

Torche: Restarter

On Restarter, Torche delivers the smoothest sludge.

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24 Feb 2015 // 2:04 AM

Pelican: The Cliff EP

With this EP, Pelican don’t seem to understand that promised tension that never delivers can be as frustrating as tension that never finds release.

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10 Feb 2015 // 2:05 AM

Wolfheart: Winterborn

Winterborn isn't particularly original, but the songwriting is strong and the riffs are a nice combination of heavy and catchy.

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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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11 Dec 2014 // 8:16 AM

Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence

If you bemoan the fact that the metal genre is getting more and more unlistenable due to groups trying to push beyond music into something else entirely, then this will fit the bill.

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5 Dec 2014 // 2:15 AM

The Best Metal of 2014

Metal's shining moments in 2014 include a long-awaited reunion, a culmination of a nearly 20-year career, and a sophomore outing that rose to the occasion.

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5 Dec 2014 // 2:04 AM

ZOM: Flesh Assimilation

This is pretty damn indispensable listening, and somewhere down below the man with the horns and cape is grinning in wild approval.

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Vyc Vypyr: A Hero’s Grave Part One

Is this old school speed metal album entertaining and exciting? Oh hells yes!

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Dire Omen: Wrestling the Revelation of Futility

There’s much to like about this group’s sound, direction and weightiness, but the poor production really undercuts the meatiness of their material.

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Kiasmos: 26 May 2015 - Rough Trade NYC (Photos)

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"Kiasmos is the exciting, dark and trippy electronic project from Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen.

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