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In underground metal, ritualized hymns are brought to the boil in the catacombs of the psyche, pointing to the malevolence that awaits in the darkness of the cosmos, linking the baleful depths of the Earth directly with the ominousness of galaxies overhead.
03 Sep 2013
We're tackling death, doom, blackened thrash and black and sludge metal, here; the heavier end of the Japanese metal scene is our destination.
23 Jul 2013
Japan has a proud history of exporting some fantastically thunderous metal. This month's Ragnarök is a two-part exploration of the Japanese metal scene, covering its history and an in-depth look at five of the nation's very best metal bands.
22 Jul 2013
Many bands aim to evoke the feel of humanity's end, but few bring portentous visions of decay quite like experimental/avant-metal trio Locrian.
19 Jun 2013
Black metal's compass may be spinning in many different directions in 2013, but at its best, the genre remains neither safe nor accommodating.
16 May 2013
Without heavy metal I simply wouldn't be alive today. I lit the torch for my recovery, and while metal was not the sole source of illumination on the path, it stoked the flames when I couldn't see a positive outcome for all the gloom.
26 Mar 2013
New Zealand has some very pretty scenery, but don't let that fool you, the nation is replete with filth and squalor. In this month's Ragnarök we look at the best of that corruption, with New Zealand Metal 101.
22 Jan 2013
Since it launched in 2007, Bazillion Points has released seven of the best books about metal and punk, including the very best book about metal, yet.
26 Nov 2012
The intersection where experimental music and heavy metal meet is bursting with bands constructing and deconstructing mangled hybridizations. It's time to survey some of those magnificently malformed artists.
22 Oct 2012
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.
20 Sep 2012
Black metal is vicious and confrontational. But it has its bad side, too. Yet, there's a black metal act out there that provides all the necessary brutality, with none of the bigotry. It's revolutionary in both spirit and substance.
19 Jul 2012
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