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Dislike To False Metal

Heavy metal has always had a sense of humor, despite much evidence to the contrary. From BAD NEWS and SPINAL TAP to STEEL PANTHER and the UK's excellent EVIL SCARECROW, metalheads are generally happy to embrace some full-on piss-taking, and so the rise of NANOWAR OF STEEL has a certain inevitability...
March 10, 2023
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Remember… You Must Die!

There was a brief moment when SUICIDE SILENCE appeared to have pissed on their own fireworks. This story has a happy ending, of course: as hinted at loudly on 2020's "Become The Hunter", and confirmed beyond doubt and with white-hot venom here. But back in 2017, that now notorious self-titled album,...
March 8, 2023
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The Good Ship Lollipop

VENOMOUS CONCEPT were always a band designed to start riots, or a fistfight at the very least. The fiendish brainchild of multi-project polymath bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH) and former BRUTAL TRUTH frontman Kevin Sharp, it began as a chaotic and deranged to balls-out hardcore punk band and co...
February 22, 2023
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II

The first DEAD CROSS album was an absolute riot. With no lesser talent than Mike Patton slotting in to replace late, great, original frontman Gabe Serbian, alongside bassist Justin Pearson (RETOX / THE LOCUST),  guitarist Michael Crain (RETOX) and, most pertinently for metalheads, ex-SLAYER dru...
October 26, 2022
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Through Sheer Will And Black Magic

Newer bands linked to various strands of heavy metal — death, thrash, doom, etc. — have been visiting the early days of their scenes. When it's done right, as with Philadelphia's DAEVA, the results can be awe-inspiring. DAEVA's debut full-length album, "Through Sheer Will And Black Magic", is a mast...
October 10, 2022
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Shiki

A confounding, psychedelic one-off in a world that often seems full of dreary, grey sheep, SIGH are one of those bands that can always be relied upon to release music that sounds absolutely nothing like anything else you might have heard lately. It was always the way, at least since the Japanese ban...
August 23, 2022
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AARON LEWIS Claims He Knows 'What The F**k Is Going On', Rails Against 'Tyrannical People' In U.S. Government

STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis has once again railed against the government, saying that our representatives have failed to properly carry out the most basic and important tasks. The 50-year-old Lewis, an outspoken conservative rocker who reinvented himself as a solo country artist in the last decade,...
July 26, 2022
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Nightside

First emerging at a time when evil thrash metal was in short supply, WITCHERY were always an unforgettable blast of fresh / foul air. 25 years and a handful of great albums later, guitarists Jensen and Rickard Rimfält appear to have lost none of their enthusiasm for digging up the dead. The Swedes'...
July 20, 2022
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Pain Is Forever And This Is The End

Two-man bands have become so ubiquitous in heavy music over the last decade that it would be easy to forget how much MANTAR always stood out from the four-legged throng. The German duo's recorded works to date have been typified by an unparalleled, gung-ho approach, with a black metal and rock 'n' r...
July 14, 2022
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Firescorched

Progressive death metal is enjoying a particularly rich period in its history right now, with countless great new bands doing strange and wonderful things with brutal music. It is also an excellent time to give SADIST some long due recognition. Italy's masters of deeply weird extremity clearly take...
May 20, 2022
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Servants Of Violence

Death metal means many things to many people at this point, but the essence of the genre remains the same: righteous riffs and maximum brutality. "Servants of Violence" has a bountiful supply of both. Yet another exciting new prospect from the rapidly expanding UK death metal scene, CASKET FEEDER ar...
May 20, 2022
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PANTERA And Z2 COMICS Celebrate 30 Years Of 'Vulgar Display Of Power With' Official Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics reaches "a new level" in 2022 with the release of an ambitious graphic anthology paying tribute to one of the biggest bands in the history of heavy metal, whose innovative fusion of groove and hardcore served as one of the defining sounds of the 1990s: PANTERA. "We're really happy and exci...
February 24, 2022
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Pike Vs. The Automaton

It is a certified Heavy Metal Fact that Matt Pike is a badass. From inciting a doom metal revolution that resounds to this day with SLEEP or taking people's scalps off at a more destructive pace with HIGH ON FIRE, the Californian's mastery of The Riff and utmost dedication to rocking out harder than...
February 17, 2022
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Degenerations

Death metal has multiplied and evolved with ferocious force over the decades, and it continues to spew up new and determinedly brain-mangling strains. DISKORD have been an intermittent force for death metal weirdness for over 20 years, but their recorded output has never exhibited the slightest incl...
August 11, 2021
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Onward To Glory

If your day job tends to favor the more-is-more approach, days off are probably best spent taking it easy. Not that PSYCROPTIC frontman Jason Peppiatt has taken the foot of the accelerator for one second with DOMINATION CAMPAIGN, his new project and a(nother) collaboration with PSYCROPTIC guitarist...
July 6, 2021