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MARDUK Guitarist Blasts Former Bassist Over 'Deplorable Behavior' At U.K. Festival

MARDUK's founding guitarist Morgan Håkansson has distanced his band from the actions of former bassist Joel Lindholm, who appeared to make a Nazi salute onstage during a performance last week. Lindholm's gesture was captured in a fan-filmed video during MARDUK's May 14 performance in London as part...
May 19, 2023

The Burden Ov Faith

Much to the surprise (or disingenuous delight) of many metal media folk who roundly dismissed the genre 20 years ago, deathcore is firmly in the heavy spotlight right now. Perhaps even more pervasive is the dark, gothic allure of symphonic deathcore, wherein the beatdowns and blastbeats from that or...
March 21, 2023


PANTERA, DISTURBED, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, ARCHITECTS, BEHEMOTH, KREATOR and MESHUGGAH are among the 103 artists who have been added to the 26th edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 15-18, 2023 in Dessel, Belgium. For the 26th time, the Stenehei festival venue in Dessel wil...
November 24, 2022


Lead vocalist Gord Kirchin of the Canadian cult metal band PILEDRIVER has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 60 years old. Gord's passing was confirmed by his sister Tina, who took to her social media to write: "Before I got to the hospital he played 2 songs for me on Sirius XM, Home Sweet...
September 22, 2022


The rise to prominence of bands like HEILUNG and WARDRUNA has been one of the more intriguing phenomena in recent underground history. Only tangentially linked to regular notions of heaviness, but palpably rooted in the same liberated ethos as the wildest post- and progressive metal, these new forms...
August 18, 2022

III: Chaotic Lethal

Cast your mind back 15 years or so. DEMIRICOUS were hotly tipped as some kind of next big thing, at least in extreme metal circles. The Indianapolis quartet released two certifiably ripping albums — "One (Hellbound)" (2006) and "Two (Poverty)" (2007) — and sounded very much like the future of barbar...
May 12, 2022

STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH/Ex-ANTHRAX Bassist DANNY LILKER Speaks Out Against 'Cancel Culture'

Former ANTHRAX bassist Dan Lilker, who was also one-quarter of the mid-'80s side project STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH, spoke to Pierre Gutiérrez of Rock Talks about the rise of political correctness in the social media era. Asked for his opinion of the current state of "censorship," including the cancel c...
September 7, 2021

The Doorway

The restorative powers of extreme music are hardly in dispute at this point. Irrespective of reasons why, listening to truly horrible, grim and violent music is fundamental to our overall sense of well-being. And sometimes, only the absolute most extreme thing will do. Whether it's metal classics li...
August 4, 2021

METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS And NINE INCH NAILS Among 350 Artists Who Will Perform At 2022 Edition Of France's HELLFEST

METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NINE INCH NAILS will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place over two weekends, June 17-19, 2022 and June 23-26, 2022, in Clisson, France. No less than 350 artists will perform on six stages, with...
June 17, 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

The Dead Are Screaming

As desensitized as we are in these turbulent times, extreme metal can still make you spit your breakfast across the room in sheer terror and delight. Australian infidels WEREWOLVES are making no effort to push music into fresh territory here: "The Dead Are Screaming" is all about the warped thrill o...
April 20, 2020

IV: Come The Dark

It was immediately apparent that DEATH WOLF was much more than just another self-indulgent side project. Formed by MARDUK founder, guitarist and creative driving force Morgan Håkansson, seemingly as an infernal repository for ideas deemed too straightforward, rock-influenced or gothic for the blacke...
December 30, 2019

MARDUK Bassist MAGNUS 'DEVO' ANDERSSON Quits Band To Focus On Studio Work

Bassist Magnus "Devo" Andersson has announced his departure from the Swedish black metal band MARDUK. Andersson, who initially joined MARDUK in 1992 as the group's guitarist, made his exit official in a Facebook post earlier today (Sunday, December 29). He wrote: "After a total of 17 years in MARDUK...
December 29, 2019

MARDUK Guitarist: 'I Will Never Let Anybody Tell Me What To Do'

Jerry of Rauta conducted an interview with guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson of Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK after the band's May 18 performance at this year's Steelfest in Hyvinkää, Finland. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On...
July 14, 2019

DARK FUNERAL Guitarist: 'I'm Trying To Do Things Bigger, Better, More Epic, More Evil'

Over 25 years as a band has done little to quell DARK FUNERAL guitarist and founding member Lord Ahriman's desire to create some of the most extreme black metal possible. Known for its unrelenting style of black metal that is largely predicated on blast beats and warp-speed tremolo picking, DARK FUN...
June 23, 2019