Thursday, December 5 2013
Bands across metal's subgenres reached their full potential, be they acts coming into their own, making crowd-pleasing comebacks, or even bowing out at the top of their game.
Sunday, December 16 2007
This is the best year for metal music we've seen in a very long time. Like other watershed years, such as 1983, 1984, and 1991, it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time, and 2007 was no exception, unleashing a wave of superb releases from January straight through November.
Thursday, December 23 2010
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.
Wednesday, May 22 2013
Shining have followed up its career-defining masterwork, Blackjazz, with the exuberant One One One, which takes its unparalleled sonic and places it within the framework of the pop album.
Thursday, January 26 2012
Live-Blackjazz is a breathtaking display of barely controlled chaos, and an awe-inspiring example of nonconformist and genuinely rebellious fusion.
Sunday, March 21 2010
The Swedish black metal band just keeps getting better and better.
Tuesday, February 2 2010
Not only is the Norwegian band's fifth album their most aggressive, but it's also their most focused effort to date.
Tuesday, March 27 2007
On its fourth album, Norway's Shining obliterates the line between rock, jazz and classical composition and, in the process, creates one of the most compelling albums of the year.