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While The Gods Are Sleeping

It takes a talent of considerable size to truly harness and express the pure essence of any of heavy metal's many subgenres. Having the ability to conquer more than one of them is, with all due respect, taking the piss. Arguably best known as guitarist and creative mastermind behind melodic death me...
May 4, 2022

SATAN's STEVE RAMSEY: 'We're Lucky To Be Able To Come Back And Fulfill All The Dreams We Had As Kids'

By David E. Gehlke The most formidable New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Band not named IRON MAIDEN or SAXON, Newcastle, England's SATAN, has made up for lost time since their 2011 reformation. Their 1983 "Court In The Act" debut was an instant classic, but the band split for a variety of reasons — ma...
April 19, 2022

Dread Reaver

Banished from the frostbitten IMMORTAL nest, Abbath (the man) and ABBATH (the band) have made light work of establishing themselves as a fiercely independent creative force in extreme metal. Although not quite as brashly definitive as the illustrious classics that made the Norwegian so notorious, bo...
March 22, 2022

METALLICA Played Its First Concert Exactly 40 Years Ago

Earlier today (Monday, March 14),METALLICA celebrated the 40th anniversary of the band's first-ever concert by sharing an early flyer promoting the gig. METALLICA also included the setlist for the show, which took place at Radio City in Anaheim, California. The group played mostly covers, charged $...
March 14, 2022

Decapitate The Aging World

As any dedicated observer of the underground will tell you, there is never a shortage of new black and death metal music being made. If it's quantity you want, the underground will provide, and often with some quality thrown in too. But it remains a daunting challenge to sift the very finest, black-...
January 13, 2022

COREY TAYLOR Says He Was 'Shocked' The First Time He Heard METALLICA's 'Black Album'

Celebrating his contribution to "The Metallica Blacklist", Corey Taylor sat down for a four-part conversation with's Ryan J. Downey. In the fourth and final part of the chat, the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman talks about his cover of "Holier Than Thou" and the enduring impact of META...
September 16, 2021

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Announces 'New Wave Of British Heavy Metal' Special On SiriusXM's 'Mandatory Metallica'

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has put together a special on the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal for Mandatory Metallica, a new limited-engagement SiriusXM radio channel with music and content curated by the band. Launched a little over two weeks ago, this new artist-branded channel coincides with th...
September 16, 2021

Fully Vaccinated Former METALLICA Bassist RON MCGOVNEY On His COVID-19 Battle: 'It Felt Like The Flu To Me'

Former METALLICA bassist Ron McGovney, who is fully vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. McGovney revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a tweet earlier today (Wednesday, September 15). He wrote: "This is day 3 of my COVID-19 journey. I feel much bet...
September 15, 2021

COREY TAYLOR: METALLICA's Enter Sandman' Was 'Our Generation's 'Stairway To Heaven''

Celebrating his contribution to "The Metallica Blacklist", Corey Taylor sat down for a four-part conversation with's Ryan J. Downey. In part two of the chat, the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman talks about his love of 1980s televisions shows "Headbangers Ball" and "The Young Ones"; gre...
September 12, 2021


American grindcore icons TERRORIZER have signed a worldwide deal with Earache Records. Before drummer Pete Sandoval recorded MORBID ANGEL's first album, 1989's "Altars Of Madness", he performed on two demos and a split album with his original band TERRORIZER. Today, the group's 1989 full-length debu...
August 9, 2021

Forked Tongues

London's CRAVEN IDOL has been sharpening its blade for over 15 years, starting off as a duo that unleashed a couple of well-received demos prior to an EP and a couple of full-length albums. The unit has been far from prolific, clearly focusing upon quality rather than quantity. Making progress in re...
July 19, 2021

You Will Be The Death Of Me

Seldom has a name change made such a difference. Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) re-emerged from a five-year hiatus to unveil THE DEVIL YOU KNOW's 2014 debut album "The Beauty of Destruction", and sensible folk rejoiced, not least because one of the few truly great voices of metal's post-millenn...
June 22, 2021

Eight Headed Serpent

IMPALED NAZARENE isn't a common name in the sphere of mainstream heavy metal music, not by a long shot. But with that said, they're much more than a footnote in guitar virtuoso Alexi Laiho's history. (CHILDREN OF BODOM's recently deceased frontman wielded the six-string axe for IMPALED NAZARENE betw...
May 24, 2021


When extreme metal takes us, the listener, on a trip through a sustained, suffocating whirlwind of existential torment and pitch-black fury, well, it's probably not going to be for everyone. But for those that have surrendered to the extraordinary and unique noise that ALTARAGE have been making sinc...
April 22, 2021

ANTHRAX's CHARLIE BENANTE Breaks Down 'Gung-Ho' Song For MODERN DRUMMER Magazine (Video)

In the nine-minute video below, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante breaks down the song "Gung-Ho" from the band's classic second studio album, 1985's "Spreading The Disease". The clip was originally produced for Modern Drummer magazine. Produced by ANTHRAX with Carl Canedy, the 44-minute "Spreading The...
March 12, 2021