AT THE GATES At War With Reality: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on October 23, 2014

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Kids, this is how it’s done!  Any melodic death metal band that has come out in the last ten plus years should take notes on how this record was written and executed.   When most of us heard that At The Gates would finally be releasing the follow up to their 1995 benchmark album, Slaughter Of [...]

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Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 10/24/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 23, 2014

Heavy metal news for week ending 10/24/14 feat. HAMMERFALL, AMON AMARTH, HUNTRESS, SODOM, PHIL ANSELMO, RONNIE JAMES DIO, OBITUARY, CROWBAR and more.

NEWS HAMMERFALL Teams Up With NHL Hockey Team MINNESOTA WILD  The players of the NHL team MINNESOTA WILD began the 2014-15 season extremely well with two shut-outs against the Colorado Avalanche.  Additionally, the team is pleased to announce that for all their upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, they’ll be receiving a [...]

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Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground: 10/20/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 21, 2014

The hottest underground metal music for the week of 10/20/14 featuring PYRES, ORION, ZEX, HALAHKUK, CHAOS, TIMEWORN, DISCORD and TONIC BREED.

I.O.’s PICK OF THE WEEK PYRES Year of Sleep (Medusa Crush Recordings) This is the most intricately put together sludge metal I’ve heard. There’s a progressive feel to the guitars that takes the songs to the next level. Moody always but there are heavy passages that thrum along the nerves like in “Proximity Anxiety.”  The [...]

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This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases: 10/21/14

by Mike Lawrence on October 20, 2014

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  Amaranthe – Massive Addictive (Power Metal) Album available HERE       Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter (Alternative Metal) Album available HERE       Allen/Lande – The Great Divide (Root Metal) Amulet – The First (Root Metal) The Body / Sandworm – Split (Sludge Metal/Black Metal) Carnality – Dystopia (Death Metal) Cemetery [...]

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Interview: Mark Vollelunga of NOTHING MORE

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 20, 2014

An interview with Mark Vollelunga of NOTHING MORE on Sept 25, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena on tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, and HELLYEAH

I interviewed Mark “He Called Me Mam’n” Vollelunga, guitarist and back up vocalist for NOTHING MORE while they were in Baltimore. Seriously, he called me mam’n. They’re raising mannerly men in the Lone Star State. And yes, we were in a bathroom and no, I did not sit on the toilet. I.O.: Have you guys [...]

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The Top 8 New Metal Music Videos Of The Week: 10/17/14

by Mike Lawrence on October 17, 2014

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We’ve got another solid week of new metal videos and songs for you to check out.  There are some great new tracks from underground acts like Atriarch and Shadowsphere as well as some new music videos from heavyweights like Carcass and Goatwhore. Also, the new albums coming from the likes of Unearth, Obituary and Cavalera [...]

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Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 10/17/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 16, 2014

A summary of heavy metal news for week ending 10/17/14 including CANNIBAL CORPSE, BATTLECROSS, AT THE GATES,  GWAR, WATAIN, MASTODON, EXODUS and more.

METAL DESCENT’s WEEK IN REVIEW This had to be the BIGGEST, most #metal week of the entire year so far. So many new albums dropped that we couldn’t keep up with them. We’ve got Bill Board chartings, new music streaming, new release announcements, and show dates that you’ll want to mark on your calendar. In [...]

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SLIPKNOT .5: The Gray Chapter: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on October 15, 2014

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With the release of 2008′s All Hope Is Gone, many people began to talk about how much Corey Taylor’s other project, Stone Sour, had begun to permeate Slipknot’s sound. There was the ballad-like track, “Snuff”, and a lot more over produced clean vocals than fans had become accustomed to.  Some critics went as far as [...]

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Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground: 10/13/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 14, 2014

The best heavy metal underground music for week of 10/13/14 featuring HIDEOUS DIVINITY, TOOTHGRINDER, SAHHR, WOODSCREAM, ANNIHILATED, EMETH and more.

I.O.’S PICK OF THE WEEK HIDEOUS DIVINITY Cobra Verde (Unique Leader Records) The album cover art gives you a sneak peak at the technical brutality of the death metal within. The tracks have hypnotic guitar riffs. The harsh vocals have depth and range. In fact, I would hazard that this Italian outfit knows a thing [...]

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This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases: 10/14/14

by Mike Lawrence on October 13, 2014

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Lots of new stuff to talk about this week.  This and October 28th will be two of the biggest release days of the year.  We have a couple albums from Massachusetts metal acts The Acacia Strain and Revocation.  Exodus shows us that they can still kill it with their tenth studio album which sees the [...]

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