The Top 8 New Metal Music Videos Of The Week: 11/28/14

by Mike Lawrence on November 28, 2014

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Why does practically everything have to be deathcore or djent these days?  We don’t have anything against either of them but things certainly are becoming over-saturated.  Our inbox was full of new songs and videos this week and at least 75% of them were from one of those two subgenres.  You can only take so [...]

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Concert Review: RIVERS OF NIHIL and BLACK CROWN INITIATE

by I.O. Kirkwood on November 27, 2014

Review of the Reading Rainbow Tour at the Champ with RIVERS OF NIHIL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE, GROSS EX MACHINA, KNIGHT, AWAKEN THE HIVE and more.

I traveled all the way to Lemoyne, PA to see this show at The Champ. The club is hidden away behind what looks like an automobile body shop and you have to pass beneath a couple of train track bridges. I was driving around like a stupid tourist for about half an hour trying to [...]

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Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 11/28/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on November 27, 2014

Top heavy metal news the week of 11/28/14 including MEGADETH; reviews of DECAPITATED's, CLOUDKICKER's, and ELUVEITIE's most recent releases; and more.

MEGADETH Loses Drummer AND Guitarist WTF? First Shawn Drover (drummer) quits MEGADETH to “pursue [his] own musical interests” and the very next day Chris Broderick (lead/rhythm guitarist) quits “due to artistic and musical differences…to pursue [his] own musical direction.” Coincidence? Probably not. Drover was instrumental in Broderick’s selection as the replacement for his brother, Greg [...]

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If you are like me and grew up during the potent New York hardcore and crossover thrash scene of the late 80′s and early 90′s and you are looking for a newer era band that gets what that music was all about, look no further than Japan’s Rise Of The Northstar.  Their debut album, Welcame, [...]

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This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases: 11/25/14

by Mike Lawrence on November 25, 2014

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This is probably the last big release week of the year, so enjoy as much of this great metal as you possibly can.  There is new stuff from Celtic metal veterans Primordial and a new live album from Within Temptation.  Make sure to check out the major label debut from Swedish death thrashers, Cripper, and [...]

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Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground: 11/24/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on November 25, 2014

The best underground heavy metal week of 11/24/14 featuring ATRIARCH, COLD SNAP, DISSENTIENCE, EINHERJER and MALPHAS.

I.O.’s PICK OF THE WEEK ATRIARCH An Undending Pathway (Relapse Records) Imagine post-punk fused with sludge metal wrapped up tight in a psychedelic blackened bow and you’ve got ATRIARCH. Spooky, creepy, and decadently filthy, An Undending Pathway is a sonic trip into some twisted corners of the soul. Our aim is to tear a hole [...]

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Andy Thomas of BLACK CROWN INITIATE: Interview

by I.O. Kirkwood on November 22, 2014

Interview with Andy Thomas of BLACK CROWN INITIATE as he discusses the chickens vs eggs, clean vocals, and how women trump zombies and skeletons.

BLACK CROWN INITIATE’s most recent release The Wreckage of Stars has taken over my stereo with its sweeping, technical melodic death metal. I didn’t know which chocolate I’d get from the BCI box, but I was lucky enough to score Andy Thomas, lead guitarist and clean vocalist for the band, when I went to see them [...]

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SKÀLMÖLD Með vættum: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on November 21, 2014

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Goddamn it!  Everyone was right.  Taking Latin as my language requirement in high school was the total wrong decision.  They all told me it was a dead language and asked what the point was.  My thought was that it’s the root of all languages and it would help me understand other ones.  Well, I was [...]

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The Top 8 New Metal Music Videos Of The Week: 11/21/14

by Mike Lawrence on November 21, 2014

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There are new songs from Faith No More and Napalm Death this week. ‘Nuff Said.   As awesome as that is, there are also six other amazing new tracks and videos to check out this week. 8.  Artist: Obituary  Song: “Bloodsoaked”  Album: Inked In Blood (2014)  Genre: Death Metal/Death Thrash Album available HERE “Bloodsoaked”is  a bonus [...]

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Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 11/21/14

by Mike Lawrence on November 20, 2014

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ARCH ENEMY Parts Ways With Guitarist, Nick Cordle And Welcomes Jeff Loomis To The Lineup In the out of left field category of news comes this tidbit from Arch Enemy.  They have parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle in the midst of their North American tour.  This is crazy because we just saw Cordle with [...]

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