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Review: Holy Grail—Season’s Bleedings EP

Review: Holy Grail—Season’s Bleedings EP

The metal Christmas thing has always felt a little forced. Sure, at heart the holiday is really just a mass of old pagan traditions shaped by the church and Coca-Cola into a family-friendly cheer-fest, but draping a bunch of holly garlands on some skulls and spikes rarely makes it much better. However, if there’s band […]

Review: Austrian Death Machine — Jingle All The Way

Review: Austrian Death Machine — Jingle All The Way

The latest release by Austrian Death Machine, the Schwarzenegger-themed death-metal side project of As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis, is their first festive release since 2008’s A Very Brutal Christmas EP, Jingle All the Way takes the joke one step further, with each of its three tracks taking on an aspect of Ahh-nold’s 1996 holiday […]

Review: Cynic — Carbon-Based Anatomy

Review: Cynic — Carbon-Based Anatomy

It’s respectable to try something new in an established field. To do otherwise is to defer to comfort, and there’s nothing bold about that. Which is why it’s impossible to hate Miami prog-death metallers Cynic. With both their vocoder-heavy 1993 debut Focus and their spacey 2008 comeback record Traced in Air, Cynic have stretched the […]

Live Report: Exhumed, With Goatwhore, Havok

Live Report: Exhumed, With Goatwhore, Havok

Chris Krovatin is the author of two young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You and Venomous. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as a good-natured pain in everyone’s collective ass. […]

Interview: Former Pantera and Down Bassist Rex Brown on His New Band, Kill Devil Hill, and Upcoming Book

Interview: Former Pantera and Down Bassist Rex Brown on His New Band, Kill Devil Hill, and Upcoming Book

Read what he has to say about collaborating with Vinnie Appice, and his relationship with Phil and Vinnie.

Review: Whitechapel – Recorrupted EP

Review: Whitechapel – Recorrupted EP

For many metalheads, the definition of “deathcore” seems allusive, save that it’s a form of death metal that has perhaps one too many breakdowns. Whitechapel are a shining example of the triviality of such subgenre definitions. On their Recorrupted EP, the Knoxville sextet (three guitarists, oy) blast through one original track, two remixes, an acoustic […]

Exclusive Interview: Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan Discusses the 10th Anniversary of ‘Iowa’

Exclusive Interview: Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan Discusses the 10th Anniversary of ‘Iowa’

About a month before the terrorist attacks of September 11, Slipknot released their sophomore effort, named simply after their homestate: Iowa. The album saw Des Moines’s nine-headed masked wrecking crew taking their crushing brand of strung-out hate metal to new levels of brutality and disillusionment, with songs like “Disasterpiece,” “Left Behind,” and “I Am Hated” […]

Final Six: The Six Hottest Chicks/Ugliest Dudes in Metal

Final Six: The Six Hottest Chicks/Ugliest Dudes in Metal

Chris “Fatneck McFlabbyass” Krovatin is the author of two young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You and Venomous. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a freelance writer for Revolver and generally comes off as a good-natured […]

Live Report: The Black Dahlia Murder With All Shall Perish, Cannabis Corpse

Live Report: The Black Dahlia Murder With All Shall Perish, Cannabis Corpse

Chris Krovatin is the author of two young adult novels, Heavy Metal & You and Venomous. He is currently working on multiple new writing projects, as well as new material with his local New York metal band Flaming Tusk. He is a contributing writer for Revolver and generally comes off as a good-natured pain in everyone’s collective ass. […]

Interview: Cartoonist Chuck BB Discusses ‘Black Metal Vol. 2′

Interview: Cartoonist Chuck BB Discusses ‘Black Metal Vol. 2′

It’s rare that an artist, much less a cartoonist, can pay homage to extreme metal without the feeling that he or she is laughing at it behind his or her back. Fortunately, with Black Metal, artist Chuck BB and writer Rick Spears have created an awesome tribute to their favorite genre of music that cackles […]