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The Quirky Circumstances Surrounding Southeast Asian Grindcore

When Wormrot was signed to Earache Records in 2010, they surprised the hell out of most people in the extreme metal world. How many have actually heard of Southeast Asian grindcore before then? What unique conditions helped to spawn this small regional scene?

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Flyleaf: New Horizons

For the pop fans out there, New Horizons will probably sound pleasing enough to warrant some CD shelf space right next to Avril Lavigne.

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Confessions of a Workaholic: An Interview with Mike Portnoy

More than a year after leaving Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy has moved ahead with his music career and not looked back. The prolific drummer talks about his latest supergroup, PSMS, the hardest part about singing and drumming simultaneously, and how he misses Starbucks whenever touring overseas.

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Kamelot: Silverthorn

Despite being a fresh face to hardcore Kamelot fans, Tommy Karevik will probably win over most of them with his faithful rendition of Roy Khan’s trademark vocals.

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Steamhammer/SPV

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Master: The New Elite

Regardless of the on-and-off nature of Master’s existence, Speckmann has been keeping his band’s underground spirit alive and continues to cement Master as an inimitable icon in the death metal underground.

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Pulverised

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Why Deathspell Omega's Trilogy Has Changed the Face of Black Metal

The concept of a “trilogy” is such an overdone thing. Be it film trilogies, album trilogies, book trilogies, video game trilogies… we have all seen trilogies in various forms of entertainment media to the point of it becoming banal. At the end of the Deathspell Omega experience however, do not be alarmed if you wake up to find yourself in Silent Hill.

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Korn: The Path of Totality

Kudos to Korn for disappointing me; I am actually glad that my initial expectations were, unexpectedly, not met.

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Nominon: Monumentomb

If you are actually starting to think that the current Roadrunner roster is as metal as anything in the genre can possibly get, you are in severe need of a memory jolt.

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Children of Bodom: Relentless, Reckless Forever

While Children of Bodom’s iconic mascot might be suffering from a case of AWOL/schizophrenia, the band themselves have come back stronger than ever.

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Universal Music

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As I Lay Dying: Decas

Alas, this is an EP made to commemorate the San Diego metalcore titans’ 10th anniversary after all, so they have the perfect excuse to come out with a record made up of mostly bonus materials that would make a diehard fan happy but a casual listener shake his/her head in dismay.

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Anaal Nathrakh: Passion

Anaal Nathrakh is everything the main bulk of today’s extreme and experimental bands can never be. Not only are they superbly short on manpower, they redefine what it means to be ‘extreme’ or ‘experimental’.

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Whitechapel: Recorrupted

If Whitechapel had been aiming for something along the lines of a “brutal start” and a “contrastingly peaceful finish”, they are forgetting that their greatest appeal lies in being a death-core band, not a progressive-tech death metal band or something else along those lines.

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Victory Records

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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.

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Noctem: Oblivion

Listening to this album is like witnessing Behemoth and Melechesh jamming and recording demos in a studio together, with Dimmu Borgir peeking in occasionally, trying to inject some epic orchestral sounds here and there.

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Evanescence: Evanescence

It’s a pity Evanescence is still going to be remembered as the band that shot to fame with the Daredevil movie, and it’s an even greater pity that the chorus in “Bring Me to Life” is still the catchiest the group has come up with to date.

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Wind-Up/EMI

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George Lynch: Kill All Control

This is more a backtracking journey through George’s early days or, dare I even say, exactly similar to what the guy wants to do with the newly reformed Lynch Mob.

Dane Prokofiev
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Malakyte: S2076

There’s nothing fresh here, if you’re looking for spanking new ear candy like modern metal.

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Blood Harvest


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