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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: AT THE GATES: AT WAR WITH REALITY

At The Gates released their last album, Slaughter of the Soul, way back on November 14th, 1995. That’s a long, long time ago, isn’t it? Hell, I didn’t even know that death metal existed back then. But it did. And at the time there weren’t as many sub-genres or styles around. To that...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SIXX A.M.: MODERN VINTAGE

“Do you wanna see the stars before they fall?” asks lead singer James Michael during the chorus of “Stars,” the opening song on SIXX A.M.’s new — and third — album, Modern Vintage. It’s an inspiring tune that really makes one want to stop and smell the roses, as they say. It also...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STARKILL’S FRONTMAN PARKER JAMESON

interview by Michael McCarthy Back in July of 2013, I gave a very positive review to the debut album by Starkill, Fires of Life, which was a perfect blend of the death and symphonic metal subgenres. Nightwish as performed by Dimmu Borgir, if you will. Well, those artists continue to be among the...
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KILLER METAL VIDEO: STARKILL: “BEFORE HOPE FADES”


"Before Hope Fades" is the second track to be unleashed from Starkill's upcoming album Virus of the Mind, which drops on October 14th and it's easily one of their best tracks to date, meshing everything from death metal vocals to clean vocals to orchestration to raw guitars to...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BUTCHER BABIES: UNCOVERED

Inspired by Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses, who each released collections of unexpected cover songs, Butcher Babies bring you Uncovered, a collection of killer — and brutal — cover tunes to hold fans over until their next album of original material. Each member of the band selected one tune for the EP, which...
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WHEN BLACK METAL CAME TO LOVE IS POP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOCTEM

interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: GOTTHARD: BANG!

Swiss band Gotthard have been around 20 years and their new album BANG! follows an impressive total of 14 albums (studio and live)… That’s a catalog as extensive as Motley Crue’s! And yet it’s the first Gotthard album I’ve ever heard, largely due to the fact that most of their material hasn’t been...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: MORGOTH: GOD IS EVIL

Morgoth’s “God Is Evil” 7″ and digital single is their first studio recording since 1996’s “Feel Sorry For The Fanatic” and, holy fuck, was it worth the wait. From the second the song opens, they unleash a cavalcade of spiky, blood-spilling riffs, brutal drums and scathing vocals. It’s a massive onslaught of evil,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: GODSMACK: 1000HP

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a fan of Godsmack. Back around the time of their debut album, I went to one of their shows because I was publishing a hair metal zine and their drummer was a guy who’d played in Lillian Axe. While I didn’t hate the show, to my...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NACHTMYSTIUM: THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND (NSFW)

At the time Century Media Records started promoting this new album by psychedelic black metallers Nachtmystium (meaning: Encompassing Darkness), word was that the band’s mastermind, Blake Judd, had decided to break up the band. According to Wiki, he made this decision prior to going away for drug rehabilitation, and they also quote him...
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