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From shouting at the devil, to being soundly trampled by grunge, glam/hair/sleaze, metal was easy enough to appreciate, even at its worst. Simple but fiery rock 'n' roll songs, with big, dumb choruses, showy guitar solos and enough hairspray to choke an elephant may have gone out of fashion as the '...
November 29, 2023

SKILLET's JOHN COOPER Explains Why He Believes 'Queer Theory' Is 'Literally The End Of All Things'

During a recent appearance on the "Conversations That Matter" podcast, John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, weighed in on "queer theory", a field of study that challenges existing traditional ideas about identity, sexuality, and gender — particu...
November 25, 2023

SKILLET's JOHN COOPER Weighs In On The Epidemic Of 'Fatherlessness'

In a new interview with the "Christian Music Guys" podcast, John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has weighed in on the argument by some conservative politicians and media pundits that the epidemic of fatherlessness is a greater social problem in...
November 11, 2023

DIMMU BORGIR Shares Cover Of DEEP PURPLE's 'Perfect Strangers' From 'Inspiratio Profanus' Collection

Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have released their cover version of the DEEP PURPLE classic "Perfect Strangers". The song is taken from DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming collection of cover songs, "Inspiratio Profanus", which will be made available on December 8 via Nuclear Blast Records. DIMMU BORGIR...
November 9, 2023

SKILLET's JOHN COOPER: Why America Is On The Verge Of Destruction

 John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has weighed in on last month's Dove Awards controversy, concerning several Christian musicians who appeared dressed in drag. Former CAEDMON'S CALL singer-songwriter Derek Webb went to the October 17 Christia...
November 2, 2023

Original VENOM Guitarist JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN On 'Welcome To Hell' Album: 'That Was A Moment Captured In Time'

In an interview with Neuborn Open Air festival in Wörrstadt, Germany, original VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn reflected on the former band's early albums, particularly 1981's "Welcome To Hell", which had a low-budget raw production that many black metal bands took influenc...
October 31, 2023

DEATH ANGEL's WILL CARROLL On His Second COVID Bout: 'Nowhere Near As Intense As My First, But It Kicked My Ass'

DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll, who made headlines back in March 2020 when he came close to death after contracting COVID-19, recently battled the virus for the second time. He told Fast Eddie of Capital Chaos TV about his latest experience: "Obviously my second bout with COVID was nowhere near as...
October 28, 2023

DEE SNIDER Is Totally Fine With Israel Defense Forces Using 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has once again explained why he chooses to stand up to those who use his band's most famous song, "We're Not Gonna Take It", to promote conspiracy theories. Speaking to TMZ at the Los Angeles International Airport, earlier this week, Dee said (as transcribed by BLA...
October 21, 2023

DIMMU BORGIR Announces Covers Album 'Inspiratio Profanus'

After their last two successful albums "Abrahadabra" and "Eonian", Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR herald their 30-year legacy by releasing, together for the first time, a collection of their cover songs. The album "Inspiratio Profanus" is being announced with the arrival of the thunderous fi...
October 19, 2023

God Is Dead

It might not be the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, but convincing metal fans to embrace doo-wop was no mean achievement. Despite sounding like some dust-covered relic from the late '50s, TWIN TEMPLE made light work of qualifying for metalheads' affections with their first album "Twin Temple (...
October 10, 2023

LAST IN LINE Shares Music Video For 'Not Today Satan' From 'Jericho' Album

LAST IN LINE — the band featuring frontman Andrew Freeman, bassist Phil Soussan (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE),and original DIO members Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD) and Vinny Appice (ex-BLACK SABBATH) — has released the official music video for the song "Not Today Satan". The track is taken from LAST IN LINE'...
September 22, 2023

Under The Sign Of Rebellion

Barely a week goes by these days without a few brand new death metal bands emerging from the underground swamps. Never underestimate the staying power of true originals, however. Brazilian diehards REBAELLIUN formed 25 years ago and made some telling contributions to death metal's late-'90s resurgen...
September 20, 2023

VENOM INC. Recruits Former VENOM Guitarist MIKE HICKEY For U.S. Tour

Guitarist Mike Hickey, known for his work with VENOM, CARCASS, CATHEDRAL and CRONOS, will join VENOM INC. on the band's upcoming U.S. tour. The trek, with support from SATAN, RINGWORM and 72 LEGIONS, will kick off on September 27 in New York and conclude on October 15 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hicke...
September 7, 2023


It is always great to see killer new bands receive swift and decisive recognition, but even a band as singular as KVELERTAK must have spent some of the last decade under considerable pressure to deliver. The departure of talismanic frontman Erlend Hjelvik in 2018 could easily have foretold a slow de...
September 7, 2023

As Gomorrah Burns

35 years is a long time, even in death metal, and CRYPTOPSY have lived a few lives during that time. At first, with drummer Flo Mounier as their not-so-secret weapon, they appeared to be the last word in brutality. 1996's "None So Vile" is still a benchmark for nauseating heaviness, regardless of ho...
September 5, 2023