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Viscera

Morbidity will not be stopped. Despite digging deep into death metal's well of odium with VALLENFYRE for three widely acclaimed albums, PARADISE LOST guitarist Greg Mackintosh still wanted to go deeper and darker. As showcased on 2019 debut "Abandon All Faith", STRIGOI take that crestfallen, crusty...

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The End, So Far

An enduring phenomenon like no other, SLIPKNOT can hardly avoid making albums that have maximum impact. The third album since publicly weathering the aftermath of losing bassist Paul Gray, "The End, So Far" is guaranteed to be hugely successful, irrespective of its contents. Therein lies the magic o...

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Morbidity Triumphant

In 1987 drummer and vocalist Chris Reifert, not long after his departure from DEATH, and guitarist Eric Cutler formed AUTOPSY, one of death metal's most revered bands. Their early impact helped define what death metal is; their influence upon key bands and hordes of fans is simply immeasurable, and...

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Cycle Of Contempt

With the possible exception of SLAYER, nobody in the '80s thrash scene ripped as hard or with as much psychotic aggression as Canada's RAZOR. Perennially underrated, their back catalogue is full of overlooked gems, with the seminal viciousness of 1985's "Evil Invaders", and 1990's unstoppable "Shotg...

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PATRIK JENSEN And WITCHERY Soldier Through Lineup Changes And Pandemic To Release 'Nightside'

By David E. Gehlke "I'm a bit tired at the moment," laughs veteran Swedish riff lord Patrik Jensen. Jensen just returned from Japan with AT THE GATES, where he was tapped at the last minute to replace Jonas Stålhammar, who recently got the ax from the long-running melodic death metal innovators. Whi...

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From DIO, COVERDALE To HUGHES, THE DEAD DAISIES' DOUG ALDRICH 'Has No Agenda' When Working With Legendary Vocalists

By David E. Gehlke The relaxed, easy-going disposition of Doug Aldrich over Zoom likely matches his approach while in the rehearsal room with the likes of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and now Glenn Hughes as part of THE DEAD DAISIES. (Aldrich joked that he's happy to be included in the Ritchie...

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Survive

Seven years might seem like a long time between albums, even for a veteran band like STRATOVARIUS, but the poor Finns had been bashing out albums at an impressive rate and touring relentlessly for 30 years when the sturdy but unremarkable "Eternal" came out in 2015. Second only to HELLOWEEN when it...

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There's Only Black

With the wild chemistry that once informed the original VENOM line-up long since throttled by time, fans of the black metal pioneers have had to come to terms with two bands for the price of one. VENOM INC. began as a spontaneous reunion of the line-up that made 1989's "Prime Evil", but has si...

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The Nine Choirs

This ongoing wave of new and seriously fucking great death metal bands is showing no signs of slowing. In particular, it seems increasingly probable that someone in Texas has a secret factory where bands as self-evidently monstrous as TRIBAL GAZE are being churned out by the score. Already the proud...

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Null

KEN MODE has been creating next level, forward thinking heavy music for more than 20 years now, an inventive blend of noise rock, metallic hardcore and sludge. The Canadian band isn't by any means a household name, but they've gained a relative amount of recognition, having won the Metal / Hard Musi...