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Khemmis – Hunted (20 Buck Spin)

“It sates itself on the life-blood of fated men, paints red the powers’ homes with crimson gore. Black become the sun’s beams in the summers that follow…” — Snorri Sturluson, Völuspá, The Poetic Edda, ca. 1220 If someone were to … Continue reading

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Bent, Melted & Rusted Metal: Anciients, 40 Watt Sun, The Well

Over a decade after metal’s resurgence, it seems to be stronger than ever, thanks to loyal followers of it’s many diverse mutations, resisting the patterns of other popular music to fall out of fashion. Sure, metal continues to ebb and … Continue reading

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The Birth Of Metal

Was heavy metal invented by a single band? Was it dreamed up by a journalist? Was it born on a particular album, perhaps premature and deformed, denied by its parents and returned to live in an orphanage until it was … Continue reading

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Christian Mistress – To Your Death (Relapse)

In 2012, Christian Mistress released their excellent first full-length album, Possession, which made my Lucky 13 for the year. They toured Europe, and then, they went home. No further promotion, no triumphant North American tour. Not a peep from the … Continue reading

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Geezerpalooza: Pentagram, Motörhead & Slayer

It’s been a productive few weeks for long-in-the-tooth metal bands. Iron Maiden, who has been a band for 40 years, released their 17th album last Friday to pretty feverish acclaim (see my review).  Motörhead, who also formed in 1975, has … Continue reading

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Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls (BMG)

Iron Maiden are such a force of nature that there are several compelling stories about the band, so many that no documentary can cover the whole story, thus the release of “The History Of Iron Maiden, Part 1: The Early … Continue reading

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Double Dose of Doom: Pallbearer & Cardinals Folly

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore, 2014) When I saw Pallbearer live after releasing their debut album Sorrow and Extinction (2012), it was clear that they take their doom seriously. With such somber subject matter, some might wonder how … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Psummer Rundown + Extra Blues, Prog & Metal

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise) After the first week, Mastodon entered the Billboard Album Chart at #6. That’s a pretty great placing for a metal album, even though some think it somehow means metal is in decline … Continue reading

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Castle – Under Siege (Prosthetic Records)

Castle – Under Siege (Prosthetic Records) Castle’s anticipated third album sounds deceptively simple at first listen. Some might embrace or dismiss it as old school/retro “vest metal,” but once you’re sucked in (and you will be if you have any … Continue reading

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Slough Feg – Digital Resistance (Metal Blade, 2014)

It’s been nearly four years since Slough Feg’s last release, Animal Spirits (2010, Profound Lore), but the band’s status has continued to grow, thanks to their reputation as incredible live performers, and a back catalog of eight albums that’s the … Continue reading

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