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Retro Recommendation: Confessor - Condemned

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 18:20

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.  Confessor was a fairly obscure doom metal band from the early '90s who were dormant for many years, but have reunited and are making music again.  Their 1991 debut Condemned is this week's Retro Recommendation.

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Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1988

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:26

1988 was another rock solid year for heavy metal. This year's list saw only two bands making it for the first time: Queensryche and Danzig. The rest all made it in a previous year or years, and it's no surprise to see groups like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer on the list. Here are our choices for the best metal albums of 1988.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (Week of 2/25/2014)

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:39

February is the shortest month of the year, but there's no shortage of new metal album reviews. This week we examine more than 20 of the latest releases, including ...

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Avichi Interview

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 15:42

Andrew Markuszewski, known as Aamonael, is the mastermind behind Avichi. After having someone else play drums on their first two releases, he mastered them enough to play all instruments on Catharsis Absolute. In a wide ranging interview, Aamonael fills us in on the Avichi album, the upcoming release from his other band Lord Mantis, the apparent demise of one of his former bands Nachtmystium and other topics.

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: February 25, 2014

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:12

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.

February 25, 2014
Agael - Trost (Naturmacht)
Atacama Death Experience - Wasted Time And Broken Bones (Cimmerian Shade)
Aypheros - Ascendet Novissima Tua (PRC)
Chthonic - Ián-Bú DVD (Eagle)
Devil's Heaven - Heaven On Earth (Helldiver)
Doom's Day - The Devil's Eyes (PRC)
Esoteric Youth/Caïna - Split (Swarm Of Nails)
Folge Dem Wind - To Summon Twilight (Code 666)
Hopeless Youth - Disgust (Candlelight)
Horizon Ablaze - Dødsverk (Code 666)
House Of Lords - Precious Metal (Frontiers)
Jagged Vision - Harvest Earth (Retro Futurist)
Jesters of Destiny - Fun at the Funeral Re-Release (Ektro)
Lenore S. Fingers - Inner Tales (My Kingdom)
Lethal Dosage - Consume (Battleground)
Metalocalpyse - the Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera Soundtrack (BS)
Morfin - Inoculation (FDA Rekotz)
Omnium Gatherum - The Redshift Re-Release (Candlelight)
Pantera - Far Beyond Driven 20th Anniversary Edition (Rhino)
Sado Sathanas - Homos Harmartia (Naturmacht)
Shattered Hope - Waters Of Lethe (Solitude)
Stamina - Perseverance (My Kingdom)
Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Frontiers)
W.E.T.- One Live In Stockholm CD/DVD (Frontiers)
Will Of The Ancients - To Our Glorious Dead (PRC)
The Wounded Kings - Consolamentum (Candlelight)

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Cynic Interview

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:20

Cynic's latest album Kindly Bent To Free Us is a change of pace for the band. The progressive elements remain, but the extreme elements have been eliminated. It's more of a rock album that a metal one. Vocalist/guitarist Paul Masvidal discusses the new album, what inspired the album title, the cover art, upcoming tour plans, his other musical ventures and other topics.

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Slayer Tour Dates

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 18:50

Slayer will take a break from writing and recording their next album to hit the road in May 9 for a handful of shows with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus. Guitarist Gary Holt will do double duty for Slayer and Exodus.

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5 Questions With TrenchRot

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:14

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Trenchrot are a death metal group from Philadelphia whose debut album is Necronomic Warfare. Guitarist Brooks Wilson introduces us to Trenchrot.

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The Unsigned Underground: February 2014's Best Unsigned Metal Bands

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 00:47

At About.com Heavy Metal, we are big supporters of unsigned bands. Every successful band was unsigned at some point, and some of the artists you see here may be ...

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Retro Recommendation: Paradise Lost - Lost Paradise

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:23

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.  Paradise Lost were one of the pioneers of doom/death metal, along with My Dying Bride and Anathema.  After several demos in the late '80s, the band's debut full-length helped pave the way for that genre, and they also influenced countless gothic bands.  1990's Lost Paradise is this week's Retro Recommendation.

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Scott Ian Interview

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:55

Anthrax's Scott Ian is a busy guy. He's embarking on a nationwide Speaking Words tour, telling stories and answering questions from fans. He and Anthrax are also in the midst of working on a new album, and he's writing his autobiography. I spoke with Ian about the progress of the album and book, his thoughts on the tour, his take on Motley Crue's retirement and farewell tours and other subjects.

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Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1987

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:12

After arguably one of the best years ever in metal, 1987 had an uphill battle to match some of the legendary albums released in 1986.  And although the depth of all-time classics isn't there,  many quality albums were released in '87.  There's a lot of variety on our list, ranging from Anthrax's thrash metal to Helloween's power metal to the more extreme sounds of Celtic Frost, King Diamond and Napalm Death.  Here are our choices for the best metal albums released in 1987.

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I Killed The Prom Queen Interview

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 16:46

A lot has happened since I Killed The Prom Queen's last studio album in 2006. They split up and reunited, and their current lineup includes several new members. Beloved is the Australian band's return to the scene. I spoke with guitarist Kevin Cameron about the reunion, the new album, tour plans, his favorite Australian bands of all time and other subjects.

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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (Week of 2/18/2014)

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 01:10

More than 20 new reviews are included in this week's collection of short reviews. Check out our takes on releases from Aborted Fetus, Artificial Brain, Ass To Mouth, Bodyfarm, ...

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New Heavy Metal Album Releases: February 18, 2014

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 02:29

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.

February 18, 2014
Aborted Fetus - Private Judgment Day...

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Slough Feg Interview

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 23:50

Underground favorites Slough Feg are back with a new album Digital Resistance. It's their first new release for Metal Blade Records. Frontman Mike Scalzi talks about the new album, whether being on a bigger label increases his expectations, tour plans, his day job as a philosophy professor and other subjects.

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Volbeat and Trivium Tour Dates

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:11

Volbeat returns to North America in April for a coast to coast tour of the U.S The run begins at The Fillmore in Denver, CO, and will featuring opening bands Trivium and Digital Summer. Volbeat's most recent album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies has sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S., and it has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, as well as in Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland.

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5 Questions With The Unguided

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 18:45

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. The Unguided hail from Sweden, and their second album is Fragile Immortality. Vocalist Rich Sjunnesson introduces us to his band.

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Best Hair Metal Ballads

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 02:11

Heavy metal isn't the most romantic of genres.  There's a lot of brutality, violence, death and destruction in the music.  However, on this Valentine's Day, we feature the softer side of metal, namely hair bands.  And nearly every hair metal band in the '80s and early '90s had at least one power ballad when fans at concerts would fire up their lighters (that was before cell phones, kids).  So break out the acid-washed jeans and the hairspray and enjoy a guilty Valentine's Day pleasure of  some of the best hair metal ballads.

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Retro Recommendation: Possessed - Beyond The Gates

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:43

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.  Possessed didn't have a long career or release many albums, but their influence is indisputable.  Their 1984 demo Death Metal created the name of a genre, and their full-length debut Seven Churches paved the way for countless death metal bands.  Possessed's second and final album, 1986's Beyond The Gates, didn't receive that acclaim, and that overlooked release is this week's Retro Recommendation.

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