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MetalMatters: January 2020 - One Year Anniversary

The new year, and the new decade, kick things off in the most promising way possible as a combination of newcomers and established acts produce amazing works across death, black, metalcore, power and thrash metal.

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'Infest the Rats' Nest' Sees King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Embrace Their Inner Thrash

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard go full metal to craft a brutal warning against ecological destruction on their 15th studio album, Infest the Rats' Nest.

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Black 'n' Roll Purveyors, Thonian Horde Meditate on These Troubled Times with "The Narcissist" (premiere)

A doomy concoction with black and thrash metal undercurrents, Thonian Horde throws extreme metal some groove on this blast from the upcoming LP, Downfall.

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The Valley of the Shadow of Megadeth

Reissues of The World Needs a Hero and The System Has Failed remind us that Megadeth has been coming back for years.

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On the 30th Anniversary of Anthrax's 'State of Euphoria'

With State of Euphoria, Anthrax tempered some of the excessive '80s metal tendencies of their vocal, lead guitar, and song arrangements, reaching back toward something more viscerally punk as the '80s ended.

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A Hardwired Triumph for Metallica

Metallica has perfected the arena rock experience, creating as immersive and inclusive an atmosphere as possible by performing "in the round".

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'The Wake' Proves Voivod Can Still Pack an Animalistic Intellectual Punch

Voivod may be veterans at this point, but with The Wake, they're still providing one-of-a-kind genre-shifting vivaciousness.

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Jody Seabody & The Whirls Say It's "All Gone White" (premiere)

Jody Seabody & The Whirls mix and match musical genres with an eclectic elegance and seamless confidence on "All Gone White".

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How the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Changed Rock Music Forever

Winds of Time is a three-CD collection of songs by bands that barely anyone outside the UK have even heard of. It's also the Rosetta Stone of thrash metal.

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Nevermore's 'The Complete Collection' Does a Superb Job in Capturing the Metal Band's Career

Nevermore's The Complete Collection does an excellent job of gathering what we do have from a band that had much more to give.

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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

There's common ground between all 20 metal albums despite musical differences: the ability to provide a cathartic release for the creator and the consumer alike, right when we need it most.

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The Five Phases of Metallica: A Case Study in Catalog Organization

A layperson takes a stab at music sabermetrics by tracing Metallica's success and failures through these five phases.

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GWAR: The Blood of Gods

Is there a place for GWAR in the musical landscape of 2017?

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Anthrax: For All Kings (7-Inch Box Set)

A set like this is less about the music and more about having something that says, "I am a fan, and this is the proof".

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High on Fire: Luminiferous

Thunderous riffs and relentless rhythms aside, Luminiferous is truly shaped by the vastly improved vocal melodies.

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Possession (Belgium): His Best Deceit

Possession’s demonic urge to summon the masters of the archaic arts on His Best Deceit, yet instil the enthusiastic energy a demo should hold, is striking in its execution.

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Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction: 20th Anniversary Edition

Every Megadeth release has its fervent fans and equally fervent detractors. For all the success and acclaim the band's 1992 album, Countdown to Extinction, has accumulated over the years, it's still a polarizing release for many a metal fan.

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Kreator: Phantom Antichrist

45 minutes of Teutonic circle-pit slammers, dissonant '80s solos and shout-along tales of apocalyptic destruction.

Craig Hayes
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Soulfly: Enslaved

On their eighth album, Soulfly strikes back at critics, proving why change is both overrated and unnecessary for them.

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Megadeth: Th1rt3en

They may not be making headlines with their albums, but Megadeth is still one of the best thrash bands around, and this new album only adds to that reputation.

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Revocation: Chaos of Forms

Should this consistent improvement in Revocation’s musical quality keep up for all future albums, they will definitely be one of the most talented bands the Western extreme metal community has ever seen in ages.

Dane Prokofiev
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Anthrax: Worship Music

The return of the singer that made them great has revitalized these thrash veterans, putting them back on track to lasting greatness.

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The Showdown: Blood in the Gears

Now that they've found their sound, the Tennessee group intensifies their Southern metal and thrash fusion to create their strongest album yet.

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Wretched: Beyond the Gate

Continuing the growth of the American melodic death metal scene, this young North Carolina quintet succeeds through experimentation and innovation.

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Bonded by Blood: Exiled to Earth

Young thrashers justify the hype of their debut by following it up with a concept album that positively slays.

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Armored Saint: La Raza

Veteran thrashers return after an eight-year hiatus with an album that will surprise fans at first, but will grow into a sure classic over time.

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Woe of Tyrants: Threnody

Ohio-based quintet Woe of Tyrants craft a magnificent album with a unique genre-fusing sound, proving that they have staying power beyond many of their peers.

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Living Sacrifice: The Infinite Order

After a three-year hiatus, Christian metal elders Living Sacrifice return in excellent form on The Infinite Order, their seventh studio album.

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Should John Bush Return to Anthrax?

The band's longtime vocalist has hinted at a possible reunion. Will this lead to a new era of success for Anthrax, or will the confusion and uncertainty of the past seven years continue?

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Taking Dawn: Time to Burn

This Las Vegas quartet has the potential to reinvigorate the world of hair metal with their fresh, fast debut.

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