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Blast Rites: November 2020’s Hottest Metal

Welcome to the first edition of Blast rites! Every month, we’ll find the shreddest, the grimmest, the doomiest, the thrashiest, the most wacked out, the…
Andy O'Connor / November 17, 2020

Remembering Power Trip’s Riley Gale: The Pride of Texas Metal

Yesterday, metal lost one of its realest: Riley Gale, singer for Dallas thrash kings Power Trip, who died at age 34. As someone who followed…
Andy O'Connor / August 26, 2020

Review: Psalm Zero Put the Power in Corruption and Lies on ‘Stranger to Violence’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 15, 2016Label: Profound LorePsalm Zero was a departure for both of the New York industrial-metal group's main members:…
Andy O'Connor / July 22, 2016

Review: Deftones Listen to Iron Maiden, Baby on ‘Gore’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: April 08, 2016Label: RepriseIf the Deftones felt out of place when White Pony came out, before most of their…
Andy O'Connor / April 8, 2016

Review: Cobalt Return With Two Thunderous Discs and a New Screamer on ‘Slow Forever’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: March 25, 2016Label: Profound LoreCobalt revolutionized American black metal with 2009's Gin, as one of the few bands to…
Andy O'Connor / March 29, 2016

Deafheaven Are 2015’s Band of the Year

I really wish Deafheaven would have destroyed the Beverly. It would've been a defeat for the development that's sucking the life out of music locales…
Andy O'Connor / December 21, 2015

Review: Horrendous Become the Springsteen of Death Metal on ‘Anareta’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: October 30, 2015Label: Dark DescentDeath metal aspires toward and excels at the grotesque: breakneck speeds, unwieldy chord progressions, obsessions…
Andy O'Connor / October 27, 2015

Review: Deafheaven Turn Black Metal All Different Colors on ‘New Bermuda’

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: October 02, 2015Label: ANTI-Deafheaven have been the subject of many bold proclamations, to the point where merely having any…
Andy O'Connor / September 29, 2015