alternative metal

The Dark Beauty of Alice In Chains’ ‘Jar of Flies’

The Dark Beauty of Alice In Chains’ ‘Jar of Flies’

Unplanned and unprepared, when Alice in Chains recorded Jar of Flies‘ catchy songs on the fly, they created some of their career’s darkest yet warmest music of their career.

Tool Take Us on a Trip in Berlin

Tool Take Us on a Trip in Berlin

Tool’s Berlin performance drenched us in their esoteric lyrics, kept us spellbound under Keenan’s shamanistic delivery, and held us captive to enormous body horror imagery.

Coheed and Cambria’s ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3’ at 20

Coheed and Cambria’s ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3’ at 20

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 set the template for nerdy Coheed and Cambria’s future releases. It remains a fan favorite and one of their best.

Soundgarden’s ‘Ultramega OK’: Now With More Ultramega at 35

Soundgarden’s ‘Ultramega OK’: Now With More Ultramega at 35

The fundamental building blocks of Soundgarden and Nirvana’s sounds could be found in their debut LPs, which foreshadowed alternative rock’s commercial breakthrough.

Code Orange’s ‘The Above’ Is 2023’s Most Ambitious Hardcore Album

Code Orange’s ‘The Above’ Is 2023’s Most Ambitious Hardcore Album

On The Above, Code Orange merge hardcore, metal, and every rock and electronic genre they can think of to make 2023’s most ambitious heavy album.

The Menacing, Grimy Weirdness of Melvins’ ‘Houdini’ at 30

The Menacing, Grimy Weirdness of Melvins’ ‘Houdini’ at 30

Once Houdini dropped, all the agonizing over whether Melvins would debase themselves and compromise their sound petered out before we were halfway into “Hooch”.

Revisiting Melvins’ Mid-1990s Makes Claim for Their Sheer Excellence

Revisiting Melvins’ Mid-1990s Makes Claim for Their Sheer Excellence

At the Stake: Complete Atlantic Recordings 1993-1996 gathers the three album run Melvins delivered during their short stint on a major label.

‘Judgment Night’ Soundtrack Merged Rock and Hip-Hop 30 Years Ago

‘Judgment Night’ Soundtrack Merged Rock and Hip-Hop 30 Years Ago

The Judgment Night soundtrack blazed the path that led the evolution of rock and roll into nu-metal of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Hair Metal Is Back in Style Like It’s Going Out Of Style

Hair Metal Is Back in Style Like It’s Going Out Of Style

New albums by Extreme, Y&T and Filter show nothing falls out of fashion anymore. Hair metal is no longer a punchline but a cultural artifact to be appraised.

Ranking the Sum 41 Albums: From Pop-Punk to Thrash Metal

Ranking the Sum 41 Albums: From Pop-Punk to Thrash Metal

With eight records across a 27-year discography, each of Sum 41’s albums have ranged widely in style from pop-punk to thrash metal.

Living Colour’s ‘Vivid’ Turns 35: An Interview with Vernon Reid

Living Colour’s ‘Vivid’ Turns 35: An Interview with Vernon Reid

What better way to celebrate Living Colour’s landmark album Vivid on its 35th birthday than talking to the band’s guitarist and primary songwriter, Vernon Reid.

Tool’s Undertow, 1990s Culture Wars, and the Rehabilitation of Gen-X

Tool’s Undertow, 1990s Culture Wars, and the Rehabilitation of Gen-X

After Tool whapped us upside the head with Undertow, you knew you’d never listen to that hairband boom-bap with a straight face ever again.