Gorement – The Ending Quest

by Brett Stevens
November 26, 2014 –
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Gorement could send a thank-you letter to Amorphis and the funeral doom movement for popularizing its riffs over the years, since despite a large amount of raw promise this release was never going anywhere. The Ending Quest is like a book of ideas, raw riffs of great potential floating in a background of poor ideas...Read more

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Cóndor announces new album Duin will be released January 27, 2015

by Brett Stevens
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South American death metal and progressive band Cóndor will release its second album, Duin, on January 27. This band takes an approach more like that of classical guitarists toward melding death metal with progressive rock, blues, folk and other influences: it mixes them in serially and adopts them within the style, rather than hybridizing the...Read more

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Heavy metal as an extension of the Romantic movement

by Brett Stevens
November 24, 2014 –
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Yesterday’s post on Romanticism reminded me of how long the Death Metal Underground has been making the comparison between Romanticism and heavy metal. The Heavy Metal FAQ has mentioned this association since its formulation in the early 1990s, but before that, it was written on the early versions of this website. We continue to write...Read more

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Metal as Romanticism

by Brett Stevens
November 23, 2014 –
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Romanticism defined resistance to social pressures in the post-Enlightenment world, but also caved to the pressure to accept the fundamental ideals of that earlier era. Where the Enlightenment placed emphasis on individual choice and emotion, so did the Romantics, although they tempered this with a strong attachment to ancient values and the ruined forms of...Read more

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Robert Walser Running With the Devil re-editioned

by Brett Stevens
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One of the first-wave works of heavy metal academia will see a new edition in the coming weeks as Robert Walser Running With the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music sees a re-issue with an expanded introduction by Harris M. Berger, co-editor of Metal Rules the Globe. While its research focus is...Read more

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Metal has nothing to fear from Tiny Doo arrest

by Cory Van der Pol
November 22, 2014 –
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A rapper in LA gets indicted on murder charges just for the cover of his rap album. That is what the headlines scream, and among the metal community and its media some are comparing this even to previous onslaughts of music-related censorship like the PMRC days. That is not the case. The metal media likes...Read more

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Isten zine compilation Isten Fanzine: Don’t Break the Ghost released December 12, 2014

by Brett Stevens
November 20, 2014 –
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Svart Records will release a compilation of Isten zine from 1984-2014 on December 12, 2014. Entitled Isten Fanzine: Don’t Break the Ghost, the anthology will be published in hardcover and contain 800 pages of all things published and unpublished by Isten during those years. Isten creator Mikko Mattila, who began the zine in his hometown...Read more

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Forward into the past

by Cory Van der Pol
November 19, 2014 –
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Revolver published its list of metal bands who define the future of metal, and naturally people are a bit taken aback. The dominant trend on the list: metal bands that look like 90s bands who play with more distortion. They come in several types: Marilyn Manson style hard rock goth, lite-jazz merged with Dream Theater...Read more

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Manilla Road – Out of the Abyss re-issued

by Cory Van der Pol
November 18, 2014 –
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Shadow Kingdom Records will reissue the seventh album from Wichita, Kansas, band Manilla Road, entitled Out of the Abyss on January 13, 2015. Originally release in 1988, this album shows the band in both fully-developed and archetypal form. Death metal fans coming late to this album may note how it is a prime example of...Read more

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Interview with techno-slam-deathcore band Cuff

by Brett Stevens
November 13, 2014 –
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The metal scene is not a static thing. It goes on, and you either participate or accept it as is. For this reason, many of us are looking into newer styles of metal. Cuff combine Cryptopsy-inspired deathcore with slam and a Voivod-inspired technological fascination. Comprised of only two guys, Bob Shaw (vocals) and Zach Smith...Read more

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