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MetalMatters: March 2019 – Beware the Ides of Metal

From Drastus' monumental second LP to Mystifier's righteous comeback, to Venom Prison's evolution towards death metal infamy, and enthralling debut full-lengths from Devil Master, VLTIMAS, Heaume Mortal, and more, March's MetalMatters highlights a bounty of subversive brilliance.

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MetalMatters: February 2019 – #Metalmindfulness

Welcome to PopMatters' monthly metal feature, MetalMatters. Each month we listen to a number of exciting releases across metal's many subgenre's to distill the swarm down to what we deem worthy of your precious time.

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MetalMatters: January 2019 – Within Winter's Clench

Welcome to PopMatters' new monthly metal feature, MetalMatters. Each month we'll take a look at a number of exciting releases across metal's many sub-genres to distill the swarm down to what we deem worthy of your precious time.

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The Best Metal of 2018

Amidst all the global socio-political unrest and the personal trials of 2018, metal has had a noticeably strong and positive year.

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High on Fire's 'Electric Messiah' Is Home to Some of the Metal Band's Fastest Songs

Now that the classic Motörhead line-up is hellraising on another astral plane, the Iron Fist has been passed to High on Fire.

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Are Vein Hardcore's Next Big Thing?

Vein's feverish spirit on record is, without question, their unique selling point.

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Khemmis Joins the Heavy Metal Elite with 'Desolation'

Confidence oozes from Khemmis' Desolation . It's a six-song, 41-minute battle cry of triumph—and that's exactly what you want from doom-brandishing heavy metal.

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Pepper Keenan Returns to Corrosion of Conformity for 'No Cross No Crown'

Corrosion of Conformity have written a new record that harks back to their golden Deliverance and Wiseblood days, with the added doom-laden lurches of Keenan's last LP with the band, 2005's In the Arms of God.

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Watain: Trident Wolf Eclipse (album review)

Trident Wolf Eclipse is a traditionalist album for Watain; they have focused on straight-for-the-throat Swedish black metal without any stylistic detours.

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Freedom As the World Falls: An Interview with ROPE SECT

PopMatters delves into the psyche of one of underground music's most fascinating new bands—ROPE SECT.

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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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Distill the Swarm: The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017

Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new metal bands. 2017's swarm has been distilled…

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From Recession to Progression: An Interview with Process of Guilt

Process of Guilt's dogged DIY survival during harsh economic times in a country not particularly well-known on a global level for its metal is proof that if you continue to stubbornly follow your passion good things can happen.

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Grave Pleasures: Motherblood

Motherblood is loaded with apocalyptic imagery amidst dark-hearted romanticism.

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Gojira Is a Sight to Behold

After a performance like this, it’s hard not to be consumed by hyperbole and declare Gojira the best live metal act on the planet right now.

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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: The Night Creeper

Because of a lack of movement and variation from track to track, The Night Crawler sounds terminally one dimensional.

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Earth: Primitive and Deadly

Primitive and Deadly may be the dawning of another new era for the Seattle legends.

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Mastodon: Once More 'Round the Sun

Mastodon's Once More 'Round the Sun condenses the prog of Crack the Skye into the structures and trademarks of hard rock.

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Killer Be Killed: Killer Be Killed

Killer Be Killed neuters the creativity/ability each member possesses and instead favours a dumbed-down, sum-of-its-parts approach to appeal to a wider metal audience.

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Triptykon: Melana Chasmata

Besides the spectrum of otherwordly darkness and light that permeates Melana Chasmata, it is completely human. And with that comes the burden of imperfections that hunger to offset the moments of true greatness.

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Mixtarum Metallum IX: The Ides of March and the Death of April’s Fools

Mixtarum Metallum IX is consumed by ten deadly albums chained, or loosely chained, to metal’s monolith.

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Floor: Oblation

On Oblation, Floor stick within the confines of the sound they created well over a decade ago.

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Cult Leader: Nothing For Us Here

Borne of hard times, Nothing For Us Here, Cult Leader's debut EP for Deathwish, doesn’t lose a drop of the nihilism that made Gaza's music so overwhelming and startlingly ferocious.


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