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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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Ghost's 'Prequelle' Subverts Metal Clichés and It Has a Strong Sense of History

Underneath the catchy melodies and snazzy artwork, Ghost have created one of the cleverest heavy metal records in recent memory.

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Blood and Thunder: Battles, Blades, Brotherhood

One of Canada's greatest metal bands of the past 25 years, 3 Inches of Blood, recently bid farewell over Facebook. Fortunately, the legacy they've left is a fine one.

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10 Oscar Winners (and the Films They Should Have Won For)

Sometimes, the Academy Awards a consolation prize of sorts for getting it wrong in a previous year. Here are 10 examples of this phenomenon.

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Seahaven: Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only

Reverie and its new sound may throw some old fans, but that’s a good thing.

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'Haunter' Delivers for Ghost Story Inversion

While many horror films are carried by deftly composed cinematography, Haunter benefits from a thoughtful script, with complicated turns that keep the audience guessing.

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Ghost Avenue: Ghost Avenue

Ghost Avenue lovingly and accurately recreates the sound of '80s hair metal, without any irony. I found that confusing.

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'Ghost Story': Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.

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Radical Face: Ghost

Ben Cooper, ex of Electric President, warms up his old band's glitch-acoustic style, adds a raucous clatter of drums and makes maybe the best summer pop song of the year in "Welcome Home."

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Ghost Stories: Masaki Batoh on Life, Death, and Stormy Nights

Japanese psych-folk master Masaki Batoh of Ghost talks life, death, improvisation and plasma balls ... and why he and his band won't be touring the US any time soon.

Jennifer Kelly

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