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Grizzly Horse - Terror Slave - Cover

Grizzly Horse: “Terror Slave” Album Review

Grind is one of my guilty pleasures.  I have been a fan from the early days of Napalm Death, and more recently, Nails have become one of my favorites. What’s not to like? The energy and angst contained in short bursts allows you to release all of the aforementioned without taking it out physically on those around you, unless you

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Demifiend: “Shield Your Eyes In Horror” Album Review

While North Dakota is known for a lot of things, like cold weather and wood chippers, black metal isn’t high on the list.  There are a few bands out there aiming to change that, and Fargo’s Demifiend are in the top echelon of them.  Donning corpse paint and boasting the stage names Agony, Vothraad and Sorrow, this three-piece take the

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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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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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Machine Head: “Catharsis” Album Review

Say you’re having a dream, and Machine Head’s bus crashes into Limp Bizkit’s in the middle of the ’90s. It results in an awful blend of generic rap metal that has no soul. Well, I’m afraid that dream has come true with Catharsis, Machine Head’s new album. Although the entire album isn’t “rap metal,” the material that is along with

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Broken Hope - Mutilated and Assimilated

Broken Hope: “Mutilated And Assimilated” Album Review

Chicago, Illinois’ Broken Hope have a long history of creating gore-ridden, ridiculously heavy death metal.  While Jeremy Wagner is the band’s only original member, he has succeeded in assembling a line-up sure to have fans, both old and new, dancing in the graveyard.  Wagner recently purchased the guitar collection from the late Jeff Hanneman‘s estate and used these to record this

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Warbringer: “Woe To The Vanquished” Album Review

Warbringer have been one of the leaders in the “re-thrash” revolution since there signing in 2004. They have released three albums in that time span, and all three have similar qualities. My biggest complaint with them is that the band have always played it fairly safe and haven’t danced outside the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed parts of each album,

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Marduk - Victoria - Cover

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,