I Hope They’re Dead Now

Most of the heavy music I listen to is escapist, which goes back to my days as an ostracized and traumatized teenager. I’d go home, turn on some Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Priest, anything to drown out all the bad things that happened that day. And bad things happened a lot, every single day during those […]

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Antichristian Phenomenon

As I mentioned in my introduction, I only saw one concert in 2020: Canadian grindcore heroes Wake back in January. Everyone else was in the same boat; we all had plans to see so many bands play, but all plans and hopes were dashed to the point now where we don’t even know if there’ll […]

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¡Grita Para Mi, Mexico!

There are almost as many Iron Maiden live albums as there are studio albums, which might seem like overkill, but it’s a testament to how much the band cares for their fans. If you see a Maiden show, the chances are very good you will eventually get a live album, DVD, or both as a […]

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Satan’s Coming ‘Round the Bend

Tribute albums are so overdone that it takes an extremely special one to command my attention, let alone buy. Especially a tribute to Black Sabbath. The Nativity in Black tribute albums in the 1990s really kicked the metal tribute album fad into high gear, and anyone attempting to pull off a similar tribute album now […]

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“They Gotta Catch Me if They Want Me to Hang”: Back in Black Turns 40

“I’m a rolling thunder, pouring rain / I’m coming on like a hurricane / My lightning’s flashing across the sky / You’re only young, but you’re gonna die…” It’s fitting that AC/DC’s magnum opus begins with an apocalyptic line that echoes the self-mythologizing blues lyrics of Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. After all, the Australian […]

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50 Years of Heavy Metal

The sound of a torrential downpour. The slow tolling of a church bell. The unsettling, three-note tritone riff sequence that embodied the mythical diabolus in musica: G, G, C#. “What is this that stands before me? Figure in black which points at me. Turn ’round quick and start to run. Find out I’m the chosen […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #3

3. Opeth, In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast) When Opeth decided to eschew the extreme metal element of their sound after 2008’s Watershed in favor of a more progressive rock-oriented approach, it angered a lot of their obsessive fans. Ten years and four albums later, those fans are still whining that Mikael Åkerfeldt doesn’t growl his […]

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