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The Best Metal of 2014
4 Dec 2014 // 9:15 PM

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.

The Best Metal of 2012
6 Dec 2012 // 5:14 PM

There's no doubt 2012 has been another great year for metal, with releases from veteran road dogs and fresh young bands alike providing endless roaring highs and churning, filth-ridden lows.


Profunda Gravis Metalli
28 Jun 2012 // 6:20 PM

Underground metal is a strange beast. It often struggles to celebrate its successes lest it somehow betray its outsider status. Well, to hell with composure and coolness.

The Best Metal Albums of 2010
23 Dec 2010 // 4:00 PM

In the end, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making this the best year for new music the genre has seen in a very long time.


Dawnbringer: Into the Lair of the Sun God
31 Jul 2012 // 6:03 PM

Into the Lair of the Sun God represents everything that is glorious, vital and welcoming in traditional heavy metal. It also happens to be one of the best metal albums you'll likely hear in 2012.

Dawnbringer: Nucleus
8 Dec 2010 // 4:00 PM

Traditional heavy metal doesn't get much more satisfying than Dawnbringer's fourth album.

//Mixed media

Incubus Flies High and Left of the Flock at the Santa Barbara Bowl

// Notes from the Road

"Brandon Boyd’s wide-ranging metaphysical interests have long given Incubus a deeper thematic subtext than many of their alt-rock peers, so it’s no wonder the band is approaching their 25th anniversary next year.

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