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Review: Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Review: Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Most bands wilt long before they near the 30-year mark. Not so for British doom overlords Paradise Lost. Their fourteenth album, ‘The Plague Within,’ sees multifaceted vocalist Nick Holmes and his crew solidifying their already sterling reputation for thunderous and memorable gothic metal. Produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano—who recorded Ghost’s first one and Cathedral’s last […]

Interview: Nightwish’s Floor Jansen Talks Joining Band

Interview: Nightwish’s Floor Jansen Talks Joining Band

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Review: Liturgy – The Ark Work

Review: Liturgy – The Ark Work

With 2011’s ‘Aesthetica’—and vocalist-guitarist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s accompanying manifesto—Brooklyn black metal experimentalists Liturgy instantly became the most polarizing band in the genre. While the kvlt diehards dismissed Liturgy as pretentious poseurs, the indie crowd embraced them as artistic whiz kids. ‘The Ark Work’ will do absolutely nothing to change the situation. It’s considerably more difficult to […]

Interview: Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Talks New Album, Sobriety, and Working with In This Moment

Interview: Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Talks New Album, Sobriety, and Working with In This Moment

  The Papa Roach tour bus has just rolled into San Antonio, where the band will play a festival at the Sunken Gardens Amphitheater alongside the likes of Buckcherry, Saliva, and Alter Bridge. Head Roach Jacoby Shaddix and his bandmates—guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance, and drummer Tony Palmero—will be debuting material from their forthcoming […]

Review: Lord Dying — Poisoned Altars

Review: Lord Dying — Poisoned Altars

Fusing Crowbar’s booming guitar tone and gruff vocal delivery with High on Fire’s relentless chug and the occasional Pantera groove, Oregon brain-blasters Lord Dying deliver a severe riff thunderstorm on their second album, the follow-up to 2013’s heralded ‘Summon the Faithless.’ Led by vocalist-guitarist Erik Olson, who saws off head-caving licks like a younger, more […]

Vocalist Kristen May Responds to Criticism That She’s “Not Christian Enough” for Flyleaf

Vocalist Kristen May Responds to Criticism That She’s “Not Christian Enough” for Flyleaf

Are yoga and meditation a threat to Christianity?

Review: At the Gates — At War with Reality

Review: At the Gates — At War with Reality

Nearly 20 years after the release of their melodic death-metal masterpiece, ‘Slaughter of the Soul,’ At the Gates delivered the rip-roaring comeback album they swore they’d never make. Exploding with razor-sharp riffage courtesy of the ever-prolific Björler twins (bassist Jonas is also in The Haunted; guitarist Anders used to be) and featuring an ambitious, multilayered […]

Review: Iron Reagan — The Tyranny of Will

Review: Iron Reagan — The Tyranny of Will

In just two years of existence, Richmond crossover punks Iron Reagan have cranked out two EPs and two albums for a grand total of over 60 songs. Granted, most of them are only about a minute long, but still, we’d be hard-pressed to name another band so prolific. Given that vocalist Tony Foresta and guitarist […]

Interview: Slash Talks Slasher Films and His Next Horror Movie

Interview: Slash Talks Slasher Films and His Next Horror Movie

Slash is a busy guy. Not only does he have a new album featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, ‘World on Fire,’ coming out September 15, but the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist also runs his own film production company, Slasher Films. We recently caught up with the top hatted one to see what horrors […]

Interview: Converge’s Jake Bannon on Legendary ‘Jane Doe’ Album Artwork

Interview: Converge’s Jake Bannon on Legendary ‘Jane Doe’ Album Artwork

It seems like you can’t go to a metal, hardcore, or metalcore show these days without spilling your drink on her. Her hooded eyelids and high cheekbones are emblazoned on T-shirts, hoodies, and patches from Seattle to Oslo. She haunts bars, record stores, skate shops, and shopping malls. She is no one in particular, and […]