First issue of Metal Music Studies made available free online

by Brett Stevens
October 1, 2014 –
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The first issue of Metal Music Studies, which chronicles academic exploration of heavy metal in conjunction with the International Society for Metal Music Studies, awaits your download because the publisher had made it available free online (combi-PDF 7mb). While many metalheads remain skeptical of academic study of society, the prospect of having orderly study applied...Read more

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Zloslut to unleash U Transu Sa Nepoznatim Siluetama in spring 2015

by Brett Stevens
September 28, 2014 –
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Serbian black metal band Zloslut will unleash its second album U Transu Sa Nepoznatim Siluetama in spring 2015 on Dark Chants Productions. To prepare audiences for the new work, Zloslut have released a sample track “Ukleta” (below). We first reviewed Zloslut Zloslutni Horizont – Donosilac Prokletstva, Ocaja I Smrti, which combines black and death metal...Read more

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Tribe & Rite: A Heavy Metal Student Conference issues call for papers

by Brett Stevens
September 23, 2014 –
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The University of Victoria English Department and the Heavy Metal department at the University of Victoria invite paper submissions for their upcoming conference, Tribe & Rite: A Heavy Metal Student Conference. The conference will be held at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada on November 8-9, 2014. According to the organizers, “Metal...Read more

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Soulburn to release The Suffocating Darkness

by Brett Stevens
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Including former Asphyx drummer Bob Bagchus and original Asphyx guitarist Eric Daniels, Soulburn — known to many as the “off-brand” version of Asphyx during personnel shakeups — returns with a 2014 album entitled The Suffocating Darkness to be released via Century Media on November 17th in Europe and November 18th in North America. As Asphyx...Read more

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At the Gates releases title track from At War With Reality

by Brett Stevens

First observation from the newest At the Gates track is encouraging. This is clearly better than the sing-song candy-pop that blighted Slaughter of the Soul and ventures tentatively into the land of darker melodies and stark contrasts that defines the death metal approach to mood. Approximating the descending chord progressions from Terminal Spirit Disease, “At...Read more

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Varathron to unleash Untrodden Corridors of Hades

by Brett Stevens
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Greek black metal founders Varathron return with a new album that takes the band in a modernized melodic metal direction but does so without losing the unique balance of heavy metal hooks and dark atmosphere that defined the debut, His Majesty at the Swamp. Untrodden Corridors of Hades, which will see release via Agonia Records...Read more

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Why Thurston Moore is right about black metal

by Brett Stevens
September 18, 2014 –
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Most people believe that “trolling” happens on the internet and that trolls are a group like organized crime. Instead trolling is a method and trolls are any who troll, such as when Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore trolled black metal fans recently. Having been around media and rock fans alike — two groups heavily invested...Read more

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Sadistic Metal Reviews 09-18-14

by Staff
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What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? When Hessians decide they are sick of every random person tagging along for the glory of metal while making the same dreck that big media pushes on us through the pop industry. Make art, make it violent and aggressive, be truthful… or go home as we enjoy your delicious tears....Read more

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Satanist group allows Florida children to explore alternative religion

by Brett Stevens
September 17, 2014 –
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Religion and its opposition exist in uneasy tension in our democracy. Some years ago, it was decided that instead of making religion mandatory in schools, government should allow religious organizations to submit materials for use by students. Recently, someone called their bluff. In particular, The Satanic Temple wants to supply religious pamphlets about Satanism to...Read more

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International Journal of Community Music releases its heavy metal special

by Brett Stevens
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Image from The Musical Autist. The International Journal of Community Music recently released its June 2014 issue which focuses on heavy metal through writings by the heavy metal studies academic community which explore heavy metal and its social effects in many different forms. Centered around the concept of “community music,” the journal investigates interactions between...Read more

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