At the Gates reveals At War With Reality cover art

August 21, 2014 –

Swedish death metal/metalcore hybrid At the Gates revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album At War With Reality and issued some details about the concept and purpose of the new work. The artwork, designed by Costin Chioreanu, reflects the topical direction of the new album toward “magical realism,” a literary genre that emphasizes the…

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Death Metal Angola in theaters this fall

Death Metal Angola tells the story of Angolan couple Sonia and Wilker who want to put on the first national rock festival in their country. They hope that this will unite a people broken by constant warfare, unrest, poverty an corruption. In the trailer, Death Metal Angola lets us hear some of the music from…

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5 metal bands that took their blasphemy seriously

Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation. — Mark 3:29 Many metal bands feature occultist or Satanic imagery and lyrics. However, some metal bands took…

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Downside of MP3s: no enjoyment of whole album

August 20, 2014 –

Who am I to criticize wide and frequent use of technology? It has brought great benefits and much landfill, as well as seeming to fill our time with activities that are both “work” and “fun” at the same moment. It has made life easier, and made the list of stuff to do longer. I suppose…

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Why listen to metal when all it gets you is funny looks

August 19, 2014 –

Every metal fan knows it: the look of incredulity on someone’s face when halfway through a conversation you mention that you listen to heavy metal. It’s a look that says, “Hmm… He seemed otherwise sane and cultured when we were just talking… Didn’t notice he had any problems understanding society’s unspoken rules on personal space…

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Sadistic Metal Reviews 08-18-14

August 18, 2014 –

What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? People engage in the pretense that they are gods who can determine what is true because they want it to be true, instead of what is obvious. They deny reality to make themselves seem important like the pointless egotists they are. Instead, we put the metal before our personal needs…

5 albums that sold out and damaged metal

When a band is accused of “selling out,” the first instinct most people have is to attack the definition of that phrase. In reality, “selling out” is easily delineated: changing your music/art/writing to reflect what the audience expects. In metal, selling out usually consists of making the music happier, simpler, less tormented and more pretentious….

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

August 16, 2014 –

Judas Priest contributed much to the science of metal riffing. Where Black Sabbath strung together power chords into long phrases, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden re-introduced lead picking to this role as well with guitars that harmonized each other; Iron Maiden focused more on melody, where Judas Priest narrowed its exploration to the use of…

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At the Gates finishes recording new album At War With Reality

August 14, 2014 –

Swedish melodic death metal band turned melodic speed metal band At the Gates finished recording its latest album At War With Reality and plans release on October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records. Vocalist Tomas Lindberg issued the following statement: We are very excited to finally have finished…

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Interview: Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone is Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Curator of the McClure Archives and University Museum, at the University of Central Missouri. She specializes in the study of gender and sexuality in music scenes, and also works as in textile curation and preventive conservation. Dr. Clifford-Napoleone also curates the largest collections of Middle Eastern…

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