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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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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NOVEMBERS DOOM: BLED WHITE

#9. Not many bands reach that number of albums. Even the best bands seem to break up or otherwise call it quits after number five or six. Not so with Chicago’s Novembers Doom, however. They’re a wicked beast that refuses to die, thrashing away at anything that gets in their way, thus painting...
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  • ZiKi: TINY HEAVEN
    ZiKi: TINY HEAVEN Release Date:  n/a Label:  n/a Well, I have to come right and admit that I don't know anything about this Chinese artist except that she's female. There's no Wiki or Genasia page for ZiKi. And it's not available on Yes Asia. I don't even know whether it's Cantopop or M-Pop. But, I […]
  • moumoon: BF
    moumoon: BF Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Avex Music Creative Inc. "Dear my best friend, with lots of love," moumoon's Yuka sings during their new single "BF," which does *not* stand for boy friend. Instead, it stands for "Best Friend." "Dear my best friend, with lots of love," moumoon's Yuka sings during their new single "BF," […]
  • T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION
    T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION Release Date:  10/7/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." The remix was done by Chuckie and I'm really not impressed, largely because he used very […]
  • FLiP: GIRL
    FLiP: GIRL Release Date:  10/1/14 Label:  Universal As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop. As you may recall, FLiP […]
  • ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM)
    ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM) Release Date:  10/13 (album) and 9/10/14 (single) Label:  EEG Emperor Entertainment Group If you like Chinese pop, you must get to know Angela Hui, one of Canto-pop's brightest new stars. Angela Hui wowed critics and audiences alike when she performed at Emperor Entertainment Group's singing contest in […]