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Review: Author & Punisher – Melk En Honing

Review: Author & Punisher – Melk En Honing

One-man industrial band Author & Punisher is the work of Tristan Shone, an innovative mechanical engineer who dons his own custom-built aluminum-and-steel sound- generating machines to create a fascinating experience like no other. On ‘Melk En Honing’— Dutch for “Milk and Honey”—Shone saws off a series of heaving, mechanized drones with names like “The Barge,” […]

Review: Gorgoroth – Instinctus Bestialis

Review: Gorgoroth – Instinctus Bestialis

Returning with their first album of new material in six years, Gorgoroth mastermind Infernus and his devil-worshipping crew deliver a set of black metal bangers that would do Lucifer proud. Infernus seems to want his horned benefactor to know it, too, chanting Satan’s name repeat- edly in opener “Radix Malorum.” ‘Instinctus Bestialis’ also marks the […]

Review: Fight Amp – Constantly Off

Review: Fight Amp – Constantly Off

Philly noise-rock trio Fight Amp have stocked up on all the finest Amphetamine Reptile titles—The Melvins, Unsane, Jesus Lizard, etc.—and studied them thoroughly. No maniacal drum nuance, deep bass crevasse or thunderously detuned riff escapes inspection. Thus empowered, vocalist-guitarist Mike McGinnis and his shock troops proceed to crank out delirious sludge-punk anthems with titles like […]

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 […]