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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 […]

Review: Belphegor — Conjuring The Dead

Review: Belphegor — Conjuring The Dead

Furious. Relentless. Punishing. These are the adjectives that come to mind as Belphegor’s 10th album blasts through the speakers. It’s the band’s first since vocalist-guitarist Helmuth contracted a typhus infection that almost killed him in 2011. To say that he and his Austrian black-death crew are back with a vengeance is an understatement at best, […]

Interview: Director Kat Candler on Her Sundance-Selected Short Film, Black Metal

Interview: Director Kat Candler on Her Sundance-Selected Short Film, Black Metal

Interview by J. Bennett The 2013 edition of the annual Sundance Film Festival, which is going down in Park City, Utah, starting on Thursday, will be extra grim and frostbitten this year with the inclusion of Black Metal, a 9-minute short directed by University of Texas film lecturer Kat Candler. The flick features music from […]

Review: The Melvins – Freak Puke

Review: The Melvins – Freak Puke

Leave it to the Melvins to rearrange their lineup again—temporarily, this time—for the sake of weirdness. On Freak Puke, vocalist-guitarist King Buzzo and drummer Dale Crover team up with Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn for what’s being dubbed “Melvins Lite.” They might be one drummer short of a full Melvins deck, but the resulting hand […]

Review: Royal Thunder – CVI

Review: Royal Thunder – CVI

With their debut full-length, Atlanta rock quadrangle Royal Thunder deliver on the unlikely promise offered by their self-titled 2010 EP: deep Sabbathian grooves with a distinct Southern twang fronted by a female vocalist-bassist with a killer banshee wail. On CVI, frontwoman Mlny Parsonz leads her bandmates through a thick rock hurricane that spins soaring melodies […]

Photos: The Darkness, Live in Los Angeles

Photos: The Darkness, Live in Los Angeles

“Gimme a D! Gimme an ’Arkness’!”  That’s how frontman Justin Hawkins greeted the packed-to-the-tits, way-beyond-sold-out crowd on Sunday night, February 19,at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Revolver was in the front row for the Darkness’ first Hollywood appearance in eight years. Faces were ruled, asses were kicked, and names were taken. Here’s the […]