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When it comes to 21st century progressive power metal, MANTICORA have already made a vast and lasting contribution. The Danish quartet have been a prolific and consistent presence since the late '90s, and despite remaining a largely underground concern, they have the reputation and charisma of a muc...
January 23, 2024

METALLICA Among Investors In $13.7 Million Funding Round For Artist-To-Fan Platform MEDALLION

Medallion, a direct artist-to-fan platform that enables white-label fan experiences and digitally native commerce for artists, has closed $13.7 million of Series A funding. The round was co-led by Dragonfly and Lightspeed Faction, alongside technology investors such as Coinbase Ventures, Infinite Ca...
December 21, 2023

God Is Violence

Heavy music and religion have never been the easiest bedfellows, but CANCER CHRIST have the fervent belief of champions. "God Is Violence" is a manifesto, drawn up on behalf of the band's steadily expanding church of disciples, performed with slightly unnerving, evangelical zeal. Expect boisterous c...
December 18, 2023

Position | Momentum

If 2020's "The Eye Is The First Circle" was a concise act of scabby-lipped catharsis, "Position | Momentum" is what happens when the waves of vitriol never stop. CALLIGRAM continue to make some of the most vicious, black metal-adjacent music around, and when "Sul Dolore" erupts, it's instantly appar...
July 14, 2023


When WILL HAVEN released their debut album "El Diablo" back in 1997, it felt like the start of a brutal revolution. Ostensibly purveyors of sludge metal, via noise rock, the Sacramento crew had a unique sound from the start. Nobody lurched, slammed and eviscerated with quite the same bug-eyed zeal,...
July 5, 2023

The Passion Of Dionysus

For more than 40 years, VIRGIN STEELE have been the great oddballs of traditional heavy metal. The New Yorkers' early albums are rightly cherished as classic snapshots of power metal's gestation, while the full-blown symphonic splendor of '90s concept sprawls "The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell" and "T...
June 28, 2023

IHSAHN Announces 'Fascination Street Sessions' EP

Norwegian progressive metal pioneer Ihsahn (EMPEROR) will release a new EP, "Fascination Street Sessions", on March 24 via Candlelight Records. The first single from the effort, "Contorted Monuments", can be streamed below. Known as a constantly evolving artist who loves to transcend boundaries, Ihs...
January 20, 2023

ANTHRAX Cancels BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR Appearance Due To 'Logistical Issues'

ANTHRAX has canceled its appearance at next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival due to "logistical issues beyond [the band's] control". The thrash metal veterans were scheduled to perform on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on August 12, 2023. ANTHRAX has been replaced on the Bloodstock Open Air bill...
December 8, 2022

CELTIC FROST: 'Danse Macabre' Box Set Of 1984 -1987 Recordings Due In October

Over the course of little more than three years between 1984 and 1987, CELTIC FROST established themselves as one of the most important bands in extreme and experimental music of that era. Due on October 28 in Europe and November 25 in the U.S., "Danse Macabre" brings together the band's recordings...
September 8, 2022

Ash In The Realms Of Stone Icons

The lines between metal subgenres are blurred with such persistent frequency these days that it often seems unfair to saddle a new band with any kind of definitive description. So let's just say that TÓMARÚM are extreme, progressive and wonderfully, indulgently epic. "Ash in the Realms of Stone Icon...
May 7, 2022

OPETH Drops Previously Unreleased Song 'Width Of A Circle', Announces 'In Cauda Venenum (Extended Edition)'

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will release "In Cauda Venenum (Extended Edition)" on May 13 via Atomic Fire Records. This release, available on digipak, contains the English and Swedish versions of OPETH's latest album, "In Cauda Venenum", with new illustrations by internationally renowned Trav...
March 28, 2022

GRAHAM BONNET BAND To Release 'Day Out In Nowhere' Album In May

GRAHAM BONNET BAND will release a new studio album, "Day Out In Nowhere", on May 13 via Frontiers Music Srl. The official music video for the LP's first single, "Imposter", can be seen below. Graham is joined by longtime bandmates Beth-Ami Heavenstone (bass) and Conrado Pesinato (guitar) on this new...
March 8, 2022

DEEP PURPLE Condemns Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine: 'Our Friends Are Being Killed To Satisfy' PUTIN's 'Psychopathic Ambitions'

DEEP PURPLE has taken to social media to show its support for the people of Ukraine. The British hard rock legends also confirmed the cancelation of their previously announced shows in Moscow and Kyiv. PURPLE was scheduled to play Palace Of Sports in Kyiv on May 31, and Megasport Sports Palace in Mo...
March 7, 2022


Aftershock festival will return to Discovery Park in Sacramento, California on October 6-9, 2022 bigger than ever, expanding to four full days (after a half fourth day in 2021),adding a fourth music stage and featuring over 90 bands. The latest edition aims to top 2021's record-setting, sold-out at...
February 23, 2022

Zeal & Ardor

Regularly tipped as heavy music's next big thing, ZEAL & ARDOR mastermind Manuel Gagneux may be beginning to wonder what more he has to do to bewitch bigger audiences. After two widely acclaimed albums, his band are still being touted as the next big thing, and even if you came to this new recor...
February 10, 2022