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Review: Toby Keith Speeds Through the Middle of the Road on ’35 mph Town’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: October 09, 2015Label: Show Dog / UniversalToby Keith is America’s embarrassing brother-in-law, forever spouting jingoistic rhetoric learned at the…
Kim Kelly / October 13, 2015

SPIN Metal Report: Spectral Wound’s Black Metal Sleeper Hit, Lluvia’s Poetic Simplicity

The warmer months of 2015 were a metalhead’s dream, whether their chosen poison lies festering underground or comes plastered across billboards and magazine covers. The…
Kim Kelly / October 2, 2015

Review: Kylesa Perfect Their Psychedelic Space-Metal on ‘Exhausting Fire’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: October 02, 2015Label: Season of MistMy first exposure to Kylesa came secondhand. I kept seeing their blocky, rough-hewn logo…
Kim Kelly / September 30, 2015

Review: Without Their Late Guitarist, Slayer Are Closer to Shameless Than ‘Repentless’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: September 11, 2015Label: Nuclear BlastGiven Slayer’s legendary status, a smidgen of deference was to be expected upon the arrival…
Kim Kelly / September 14, 2015

SPIN Metal Report: The Body and Thou Team Up Viciously, Black Cilice Ooze to the Forefront

Last year was a strong one for metal — extreme and otherwise — but the world keeps turning, bands keep writing, and the rent is…
Kim Kelly / February 11, 2015

Hell? Yes! Midnight’s ‘No Mercy for Mayhem’ Is Majestically Satanic

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: August 19, 2014Label: Hells HeadbangersMidnight is one of the best metal bands going, period. Whether you're a sucker for…
Kim Kelly / August 26, 2014

Death Metal Darklords Drowned Return With ‘Idola Specus’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 29, 2014Label: Sepulchral VoiceThe first few murky, ominous moments of "Die niederen Weihen" set the tone for the…
Kim Kelly / July 25, 2014

Nashville’s Bleed the Pigs Grind Against the Grain

Kayla Philips has a lot on her mind. Last October, the Nashville transplant hit upon the perfect outlet when she and guitarist David Hobbs were…
Kim Kelly / June 17, 2014

Death Becomes Tombs on ‘Savage Gold,’ A Lean Grind of Dark Metal

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 10, 2014Label: RelapseIn writing, as with all art forms, it's important to know when to kill your darlings,…
Kim Kelly / June 9, 2014

Supergroup Serpentine Path Drops Gale-Force Crusher ‘Emanations’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 27, 2014Label: Relapse RecordsFor anyone who's ever wondered what a super-group featuring members of Electric Wizard, Winter, Unearthly…
Kim Kelly / May 22, 2014

Agalloch’s Blackened Folk Metal Soothes the Soul on ‘The Serpent & the Sphere’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 13, 2014Label: Profound LoreAgalloch are one of the best bands in modern metal. This isn't a question; it's…
Kim Kelly / May 14, 2014

Pilgrim Worship All That is Dark, Evil, Nerdy on ‘II: Void Worship’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: April 01, 2014Label: Metal BladePilgrim's only been on the doom metal scene for four years, but their music already…
Kim Kelly / March 28, 2014

Polish Metal Gods Behemoth Come Back Haunted on Sinister, Thrilling Apex ‘The Satanist’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: February 04, 2014Label: Metal BladeThe return of Polish metal lifers Behemoth is nothing short of miraculous when you consider…
Kim Kelly / February 6, 2014