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Album Review: High On Fire, “Electric Messiah”

Matt Pike is keeping busy this year. Sleep released a phenomenal album, The Sciences, in April, and now High On Fire are releasing Electric Messiah. Pike is legendary in the doom/stoner metal world for good reason – his riffs are second only to Tony Iommi.  Yes, I said it.  Yes, I mean it. Pike is a God in the metal world, and

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Album Review: Metal Allegiance, “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty”

Supergroup albums are sometimes misleading. It seems there are one or two awesome songs on an album but the rest play-out as self-fulfilling and intended to fill out the rest of the track list. Well my friends, I’m happy to say Metal Allegiance is not that supergroup! Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty fucking crushes from beginning to end. The

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Skeletonwitch: “Devouring Radiant Light” Album Review

First off, I’ll admit that I am a huge fan of the Skeletonwitch with Chance Garnette fronting the band. He was a formidable frontman with epic vocal abilities that fit perfectly with their blackened thrash. Upon his exit, I was understandably concerned, and I thought that one of my favorite bands was going to have to throw in the towel.

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Devildriver: “Outlaws ‘Til The End Vol. 1″ Album Review

Despite several lineup changes over the years, Devildriver continue to lay down the bludgeoning, as witnessed on their last release, Trust No One. When they announced a cover album of all outlaw country, my first thought wasn’t positive. This combination just doesn’t seem to work in my mind. Pedal steel and blast beats?  Hmm … Well, I am happy to

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Marduk: “Viktoria” Album Review

In their neary 30 years of creating blistering black metal, Marduk remain at the forefront of the genre, as evidenced by Viktoria. Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson, the sole original member, has done well to keep the band true to the black metal movement, yet interesting enough to remain relevant, despite the trials and tribulations they’ve encountered. Viktoria opens with “Werewolf” amid

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Gruesome: “Twisted Prayers” Album Review

Death metal is an art form taken to extremes. It was never meant to be mainstream or radio-friendly.  Chuck Schuldiner, the mastermind behind Death, knew this, and he wrote songs with no regard for the mainstream.  He was a genius who left a legacy of impressive, important, albums for the world after his untimely death from cancer in 2001. Exhumed‘s

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Overkill: “Live in Overhausen” Album Review

New Jersey’s own thrash royalty, Overkill, have returned with another awesome live album, Live in Overhausen.  This one, however, is different from anything they’ve released in the past.  In celebration of 30 years since the release of Feel The Fire and 25 years since Horrorscope, they performed both albums, in their entirety live in Oberhausen – now dubbed OVERhausen – Germany

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Burn The Priest: “Legion: XX” Album Review

Lamb of God have pulled out all the stops on their blistering album saluting their biggest influences. They have assumed the identity of their original name, Burn The Priest, to hearken back to the days when these bands played a pivotal role in molding what has become one of biggest metal machines in the world. Legion: XX makes it clear

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Marduk: “Viktoria” Album Review

In their neary 30 years of creating blistering black metal, Marduk remain at the forefront of the genre, as evidenced by Viktoria. Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson,