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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/1/2014)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:48

This week we give our opinions on more than 20 new metal albums, ranging from newcomers to veterans. In addition to the collection of short reviews from Alesana, Austrian Death Machine, Bigelf, Buioingola, Cauldron Black Ram, Cemetery Fog, Circle, Dire Wolves, Epistasis, Gravehill, Human Cull, Lost Society, Mass Infection, Neige et Noirceur, Nux Vomica, Pilgrim, Pleibian Grandstand, Pyrrhon, Sargeist and Shear,  there a bunch of full album reviews as well.

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Halestorm Interview

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:44

The Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life was just released. It includes artists like Metallica, Anthrax, Rob Halford and many others covering songs from various eras of Ronnie's career including Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio. Halestorm covered "Straight Through The Heart," and I spoke with vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale about their participation in the album and performance at the recent Ronnie James Dio awards, upcoming tour plans, progress on a new album, her new apparel/accessory line and other subjects.

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 1, 2014

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 23:30

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

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March 2014 Best Heavy Metal Albums

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:43

The first couple months of 2014 were pretty mediocre, but in March the quality of new metal releases increased substantially. There were several excellent albums released, topped by Morbus Chron. Check out our list of March's best new metal albums, and let us know what your choice was for the top slot.

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Sonata Arctica Tour Dates

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 18:15

The Finnish band Sonata Arctica are celebrating a new album and their 15th year as a band with a North American headlining tour. The trek in support of Pariah's Child kicks off Sept. 3 in Teaneck, NJ will supporting bands Delain and Xandria.

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5 Questions With Enthrallment

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:08

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. The Bulgarian band Enthrallment recently released their latest album The Voice Of Human Perversity. Vocalist Plamen Bakardzhiev introduces us to his band.

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From The Lyons Den: 50 Shades Of Black

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:13

Todd Lyons has been involved in the music industry for a while, in several different capacities. Back in the day he wrote for Creem Magazine, and he's also worked in A&R and as a composer and engineer.  His tracks have been used on television shows, commercials and movies. And of course he has written for About.com Heavy Metal for the past few years. Once a month we let Lyons roar, giving him a platform to speak his piece on a music related issue. This month, Todd shines the spotlight on the genre of black metal.

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Retro Recommendation: Tormentor - Anno Domini

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:56

Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past.  On the last Friday of each month, Dan brings in a guest musician or writer to help with the recommendation.  This week, writer Kim Kelly selected the Hungarian black metal band Tormentor.  They are certainly obscure, but were influential in the underground.  Their 1988 demo Anno Domini is this week's Retro Recommendation.

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Best Death Metal Album Covers

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:03

Perhaps nowhere is a striking cover image more important than in death metal. Countless metal musicians say that what drew them to death metal - or what initially repelled them but piqued their curiosity - was the cover art for bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. Death metal bands are still trying to one-up each other with explicit and grisly images from slaughterhouses or crime scenes. Check out Justin M. Norton's gallery of the goriest and most memorable death metal album covers. Warning, this one is not for the faint of heart!

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 3/25/2014)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:49

Every week we bring you a whole slew of short reviews of the latest metal releases, collected in one convenient article. This week we cover albums from Ageless Oblivion, Ancient Ascendent, Assassins, Barren Harvest, Coltsblood, Darkentries, Die Choking, Falls Of Rauros, Frozen Dawn, Geryon, Noble Beast, Panopticon, Rauhnacht, Restless Oblivion, Shores Of Null, Thou and Trigger Point.

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: March 25, 2014

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 23:15

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

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R.I.P. Gwar's Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:06

The metal world is mourning the loss of Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, known as Oderus Urungus.

According to the Richmond, Virginia police department, Brockie's body was discovered at his home on Sunday, March 23. He was 50 years old. His manager, Jack Flanagan, has issued the following statement:

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Ringworm Interview

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:51

Ringworm recently released their latest album Hammer Of The Witch. I caught up with guitarist Matt Sorg and vocalist James "Human Furnace" Bulloch for a wide-ranging interview touching on everything from the new album to recording with producer Ben Schigel to their new record label to Human Furnace's tattoo business.

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Paganfest America V Tour Dates With Korpiklaani, Turisas + More

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 18:11

The lineup has been set for the annual Paganfest America tour. The fifth installment of the trek will feature co-headliners Korpiklaani and Turisas. Other bands on the bill include Chthonic, Varg and Winterhymn.

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5 Questions With Dinner Music For The Gods

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 18:50

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up and coming band. The instrumental group Dinner Music For The Gods hail from Las Vegas, and their new album is Beautiful and Treacherous. Drummer Matt Muntean introduces us to his band.

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The Unsigned Underground: March 2014

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:45

At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation.  Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.

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Retro Recommendation: Dokken - Breaking The Chains

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 18:03

Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems ...

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Gus G Interview

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:18

Gus G has just released his first solo album I Am The Fire. The guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind recruited a star-studded cast of musicians to guest on the record. I spoke with Gus about the album, tour plans, the future of Firewind, how he has been received by Ozzy's fans, his recent participation in the Randy Rhoads Remembered event and other topics.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (Week of 3/18/2014)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 03:26

Another week, another couple dozen new album reviews. Read our takes on the latest from Alterbeast, Bl'ast, D-A-D, Dodsferd, Hark, I Exist, Iron Savior, Lorna Shore, Menace, Mother, Nocturnal Breed, Order Of Isaz, The Prestige, Riotgod, Savage Messiah, The Socks and Stormwarrior and Years Since The Storm.

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Don Jamieson Interview

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 18:17

Comedian and co-host of That Metal Show, Don Jamieson, has just released his second comedy album Hell Bent For Laughter. We spoke about the new album, taping That Metal Show weekly for the first time this season, his highlights from the season so far, and put him on the hot seat for a session of the show's segment  "put it on the table."

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