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Toothgrinder: “Phantom Amour” Album Review

Toothgrinder’s latest release, Phantom Amour, is a lesson in change and musical intricacies. It is unique, but certainly not raucous nor abrasive to the ears. They have veered away slightly but not unpleasantly since 2016’s Nocturnal Masquerade. Combining elements of progressive and power metal and classic metalcore, it is also spiced with some blues and a pinch of jazz. The

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Electric Wizard: “Wizard Bloody Wizard” Album Review

Is it just me or do you pretty much know in a split second what a band with Wizard in their name are going to sound like? I have to be honest, Electric Wizard … you ain’t Black Sabbath. Even with your album’s title of Wizard Bloody Wizard, a play on Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, it just ain’t cliking with

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Sea Legs: Vorph From Samael Sounds Off On 70,000 Tons

In early February, 3,000 metalheads (include photographer Jason Carlson and me) and 60 bands will board the Independence of the Seas for an epic journey from St. Augustine, Florida, to Grand Turk in the Bahamas. To say we are excited about the 120 performances that will take place on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise is an understatement. In fact,

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Integrity

Integrity: “Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume” Album Review

Integrity are the ugly stepchildren of the hardcore genre, if there can be such a thing!  Dwid Hellion is a monster at songwriting and his ability to evolve his band is ever-improving. His fierce, demon-like vocals seem to get more angry with every releases, and Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume is no exception. It seems Hellion has found a

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Dying Fetus: “Wrong One To Fuck With” Album Review

Delivering one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2017, Dying Fetus don’t disappoint with Wrong One To Fuck With. For starters, it’s an absolutely killer title for an album! It’s easy to see and hear why Dying Fetus are one of the best death metal bands in ‘Murica. This album is an absolute scrotum-ripper! Wrong One To Fuck With

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Rammstein: “Rammstein: Paris” DVD Review

OK, I have to be totally honest upfront. King Rhino is a huge Rammstein fan. I mean ridiculously huge. I have seen them numerous times, own every album and DVD, and they’ve been on my iPod in constant rotation for years. So, was I excited when the news and teaser trailers for their new concert DVD/Blu-Ray, Rammstein: Paris, was announced?

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Hate: “Tremendum” Album Review

Blackened death metal stalwarts Hate are raising the bar with their new release, Tremendum. The album takes their vicious mixture of styles to a level they have never been able to reach before. In fact, I honestly think that this may be their best release ever! Although frontman Adam Buszko (ATF Sinner) is the only original member of the band,

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Life of Agony

Life Of Agony: “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” Album Review

New York’s Life of Agony are poised to release their first album of all new material in 12 years this week. Entitled A Place Where There’s No More Pain, they have laid out all their proverbial cards with this release, and in my opinion, they have surpassed all expectations. If you are expecting a return to the punk-laced River Runs

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Don Tardy Talks Obituary, New Album And Kitties In New Interview

Obituary. They are to death metal what Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are to rap. OG. Original motherfucking gangsters. Obituary are a “ground zero” band for the sound that is Florida death metal. No one quite knows why Florida became the birthplace of of the genre. It might explain why tens of thousands of old people head there to live out their

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Royal Thunder: “Wick” Album Review

It’s been seven years since Mlny Parsonz‘s haunting vocals emerged above the pitter patter of rain and introduced the world to Royal Thunder on the opening track of their eponymous EP. It’s been seven years that have seen a thunderous full-length debut, CVI:A, and a more introspective, subtler sophomore release, Crooked Doors. It’s been seven years, and now, with the

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Hate: “Tremendum” Album Review

Blackened death metal stalwarts Hate are raising the bar with their new release, Tremendum. The album takes their vicious mixture of styles to a level

Royal Thunder - Wick Promo

Royal Thunder: “Wick” Album Review

It’s been seven years since Mlny Parsonz‘s haunting vocals emerged above the pitter patter of rain and introduced the world to Royal Thunder on the