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MetalMatters: The Best New Heavy Metal Albums of September 2020

Oceans of Slumber thrive with their progressive doom, grind legends Napalm Death make an explosive return, and Anna von Hausswolff's ambient record are just some of September's highlights.

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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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Jesu: Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came

Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came, is the poppiest, most beautiful, and, arguably, most satisfying collection from Jesu in recent memory.

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Splitsville: What Makes a Truly Great Metal Split?

The domain of the heavy metal full-length is a thunderously powerful realm, but so too is the sphere of its more compendious cousin, the split release. This month's Ragnarök investigates five recent releases, exploring the whys and wherefores of what makes a truly great metal split.

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20 of the Most Influential Artists in Underground Metal Today

PopMatters celebrates the polymaths who have devoted their life's work to a multitude of artistic endeavours and in turn, emphatically etched their own legend in the annuals of underground metal. This is a list of the genre's most influential bands/artists in existence today. Kneel in reverence; the Gods are amongst us...

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Napalm Death: Utilitarian

Napalm Death has released many classic albums over its long career, and Utilitarian is easily on par with its very strongest work.

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Final: Reading All the Right Signals Wrong

Final is the yin to Justin K. Broadrick's yang. The latest under this name doesn't disappoint, but it slightly underwhelms.

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Napalm Death: The Code Is Red... Long Live the Code

The grindcore legends have returned with their most inspired album in years.

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