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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2010

In 2010, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making it the best year for new music the genre saw in a very long time.

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Blood and Thunder: Rampaging Storms of Power

This week in metal features legendaries killing it on the live circuit and a surprising debut from the oft-forgotten world of speed metal.

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Blood and Thunder: Ready to Explode

An essential Judas Priest reissue reminds us that when it comes to metal, they really don't play it like they used to.

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Blood and Thunder: Power, Rage Unbound

This week in metal brought a much needed injection of creativity into black metal and the 30th anniversary of a classic yet underrated metal album.

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Blood and Thunder: Metal Is for the Children

Both the underrated '80s drama River's Edge and the recently released Metalhead reflect on the importance of metal to the existential struggles of adolescence.

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Blood and Thunder: Bringer of Impending Doom

While the Grammys may have gotten metal absolutely wrong again, a new album by the Swedish outfit Marduk and a noteworthy tenth anniversary remind us that not all is wrong with the metal world.

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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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Matthias Sturm: Blood and Thunder

Matthias Sturm's brand of folk makes for a pleasant enough listen in the moment, but beyond that it's forgettable.

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Born Again, Again

Critically panned 28 years ago, Black Sabbath's bizarre 11th album, Born Again, has gone on to earn a cult following of its own.

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To Hell and Back: An Interview With Andy Sneap of Hell

Obscure New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Hell has made the unlikeliest of comebacks thanks to its biggest fan, who just so happens to be one of the most famous metal producers in the world.

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Once More Unto the Breach: What Do People See in Sabaton?

Sabaton's strange combination of metal style (power), subject matter (depictions of real war events), image (everyone clad in snow camouflage), and stage presence (goofily jumping around like they're Kiss without make-up), was just too much to bear.

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Ruling the Ruins: Doro Pesch and Warlock Revisited

Warlock was never a musically innovative band, but thanks to legendary singer Doro Pesch, their impact on metal history is indelible.

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Something 2 Grind 2: An Interview with Graf Orlock

Constructed around loads of ingeniously-timed movie samples, Graf Orlock's music is some of the most fun grindcore you'll ever hear, psychotic and chaotic yet insidiously catchy, but the first impression is always unforgettable, thanks to their artwork.

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All or Nothing! Back to the '80s With Cauldron

Got a craving for some classic heavy metal? Canadian trio Cauldron evokes the classic sounds and aesthetic of the '80s better than anyone today.

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The Weight of Darkness: Inside Agalloch's Marrow of the Spirit

Agalloch has always created grand, sweeping sonic landscapes over the course of their career. Three members of the Portland, Oregon band take us deep inside their most ambitious album to date.

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Return of the Teutonic Terrors

German greats Accept have done the the unthinkable, successfully replacing one of the most inimitable frontmen in the metal world.

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Doggamn!

How do you follow up the best metal album of 2009? By putting out one of the best Americana albums of 2010, of course.

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Forever Meddling: An Interview with Blake Judd of Nachtmystium

The leader of Nachtmystium and Twilight finds himself at a creative peak with the release of two major new albums that give the finger to genre purists.

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Cathedral: Keep 'em Guessing

Instead of carrying on with the same old doom metal, Cathedral mastermind Lee Dorrian decided to pull out all the stops. The result is a lavish double album that will befuddle some and enthrall many.

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Ceasuri Rele: The "Dark Times" of Negură Bunget

After an acrimonious split, Romania's Negură Bunget has returned with a revamped line-up and a slew of new material, only to face questions about the band's credibility from fans and ex-members alike.

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Alice Cooper: Portrait of the Artist as a Burnt-Out Old Man

There was a time when Alice Cooper was critically savaged, virtually ignored by mainstream audiences, and declared passé by us kids. Fortunately, that time quickly passed.

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The Life Aquatic With Ihsahn

The former Emperor frontman feels liberated, having completed a superb new solo album while coming to terms with the ever-looming shadow of his old band.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2009

It seems every year I say it, but this year it's truer than ever: this was one hell of a year for metal. If you think the Mastodon record is good (which it is) just wait 'til you hear this list’s top three.

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Castle Walls of Blood and Bone: An Interview with Converge

With four landmark albums this decade alone, Converge has saved its best work for last. Vocalist Jacob Bannon talks with PopMatters about his music, his art, and his insanely talented band.

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Where Strides the Behemoth

Begrand talks with Darski of Behemoth, one of the most visually imposing and sonically punishing bands in all of metal, on the eve of the release of their new CD, Evangelion.

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Def and Twisted

A band of pretty youngsters from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and a homely bunch of New York club scene veterans. Rock on.

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Goatwhore: Crazed Endurance

One listen to Sammy Duet's masterful riffing is enough to send the most fussy metal aficionado into paroxysms of headbanging ecstasy.

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The Bleak, Beautiful Art of Amesoeurs

“I always felt close to Baudelaire's poetry,” says Neige, “at the same time extremely romantic, sour and decadent. A meeting between horror and sublime.”

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Brick Anchors in Wet Sand: Redefining Sludge with Kylesa

There’ve been heady times for this band that’s accustomed to scraping by as an underground fave, but Kylesa remain well-grounded and looking ahead to what’s next.

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Rise of the Jötunn: In Flames in the 1990s

Four early and crucial albums by Swedish metal greats In Flames get reissued as part of Nuclear Blast's "Reloaded" series. There's no better time than the present to see what all the fuss is about.

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Compelled to Slay

"It's definitely going to get a lot weirder." Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz talks about playing to a click track, the changing tastes of musicians, and staying relevant after 20 years.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2008

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.

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Tearing Down the Pillars

Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson talks about the influence of Voivod and Pink Floyd, creative deconstruction and reinvention, and achieving that "futuristic yet retro sound".

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Wetnurse: Not Just Weaned on Metal

Wetnurse's Curran Reynolds talks about growing up in the isolated Maine woods, recording with NYC mainstay Martin Bisi, and how his band expresses "love as well as angst".

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Workingman's Death

All That Remains' Phil Labonte talks about exercising restraint in creativity, recording the band's new album, 'Overcome', and not taking metal too seriously.

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Triumph Over Tragedy

Into Eternity's Tim Roth talks about the tragic year that informed his band's new album, life in the Candadian prairies, and what it means to be a "hybrid band".

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