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Tengger Cavalry: “Cian Bi” Album Review

The Mongolian metal of Tengger Calvary is something to behold, and nowhere is the magic of this hybrid more spectacular than on Cian Bi. Cian Bi marks the beautiful collision of traditional Mongolian instruments, throat singing, metal, and electronics that create a time warp tearing listeners into the future while anchoring them to the past with traditional themes that tie

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Anvil: “Pounding The Pavement” Album Review

Canadian metal masters Anvil return with their seventeenth album, Pounding the Pavement, and it certainly is pounding. These metal gods have been kicking ass since 1978 and are well respected by the likes of Metallica and the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. My personal love and admiration for Anvil started in the very late ’80s. They are a magnificent, hardworking, and

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Summoning: “With Doom We Come” Album Review

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien rejoice, for the patron saints of Middle Earth metal, Summoning, have released With Doom We Come, an eight-track, 65-minute opus that continues the band’s literary, black metal soundscapes. Those familiar with Summoning’s past efforts will immediately recognize the multi-layered keyboards and atmospheric style that have been present since day one. Once again, reverberating, synthesized drums and vocals lend a dream-like, ethereal

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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: “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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Anvil: “Pounding The Pavement” Album Review

Canadian metal masters Anvil return with their seventeenth album, Pounding the Pavement, and it certainly is pounding. These metal gods have been kicking ass since 1978

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Summoning: “With Doom We Come” Album Review

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien rejoice, for the patron saints of Middle Earth metal, Summoning, have released With Doom We Come, an eight-track, 65-minute opus that continues the band’s

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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