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The Best Progressive Rock of 2014
26 Dec 2014 // 4:18 AM

From idiosyncratic tales of dastardly aliens to concept albums about a mysterious demon, prog maintained its reputation for eclecticism in 2014.

The Best Metal of 2014
4 Dec 2014 // 8:15 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.


Benighted by Beauty: The Legacy of Opeth's 'Still Life'
11 Jun 2014 // 8:30 PM

Still Life's narrative borders on Shakespearean levels of romantic tragedy and social commentary, making it the most poetic and philosophical in Opeth’s catalogue.

The Best Metal Albums of 2008
9 Dec 2008 // 2:00 PM

It was a stellar year for metal, and an eclectic year, too: Norwegian prog-metal, goth-infused death metal, Swedish thrash, black metal, and stoner rock all make the list.


Opeth: Pale Communion
27 Aug 2014 // 8:06 PM

Pale Communion is both the culmination of Opeth's journey toward classic progressive rock and its best work since Ghost Reveries.

Opeth + Katatonia: 2011 October 16 - Portland
10 Nov 2011 // 3:00 PM

A surprisingly short concert for a band like Opeth, this Portland show was nonetheless a strong demonstration of how Opeth came to make an album like Heritage. This, foiled with the brutal heaviness of Katatonia, made for one fine evening of Swedish music.


Blood and Thunder: We All Wanna Touch a Rainbow
21 May 2015 // 4:00 AM

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.

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Opeth
13 Dec 2011 // 7:00 AM

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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