Editorial

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Assault’s “Game Over”

November 16, 2017

Nuclear Assault put out their thrash/crossover classic Game Over in 1986. In 2017, we inducted it into our Hall of Fame; today, we rank each song from worst to best.

Prurient’s New Album is Too Long

November 6, 2017

Prurient will release Rainbow Mirror, a 3-hour long record. That record is too long.

Reconsidering Wrathchild America

November 2, 2017

It’s time to reconsider Wrathchild America , a truly unique band who flirted with thrash, trad metal, and more.

Retrospective: Confessor’s “Condemned” still completely unique a quarter-century later

October 26, 2017

Confessor released Condemned 26 years ago and confounded us all at the time. Today, we recognize it’s an unquestionable doom-metal classic.

Why You Should Give the New Trivium Album a Chance

October 20, 2017

If the glorious new track, “Betrayer” is any indication, Trivium’s new album should be a chance for metalheads to revisit Florida’s metal heroes.

Primitive Origins: Black Death’s “Black Death”

October 12, 2017

Checking back in with Black Death and their 1984 album, a very early documentation of an African-American metal band.

Reconsidering Warrior Soul

October 5, 2017

Radical politics and radical music: it’s time to reconsider Warrior Soul , a band who are way better than anyone remembers them being.

Five Times Udo Ruled: The Best of the ex-Accept Vocalist

September 28, 2017

Udo Dirkschneider is the man. Here are five times he ruled the hardest.

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

September 22, 2017

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom…

The Devaluation of Opinion in Metal

September 21, 2017

Neill Jameson considers the importance of aesthetic and appearance in black metal in response to a controversial piece of album artwork.

The Art of the Deals: On Promoters and Labels

September 18, 2017

Is there an offer that’s too good to be true from a record label in your otherwise empty inbox? Neill Jameson urges you to reconsider.

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.

Retrospective: Thirty Years of Big Black’s “Songs About Fucking”

September 11, 2017

Thirty years ago, Big Black released their final opus, Songs About Fucking. We revisit what exactly made that last album so important.

Primitive Origins: Aria’s “Megalomania”

September 7, 2017

For this round of Primitive Origins, we go back to Moscow in 1985 to revisit Aria ‘s “Megalomania” (or whatever it’s called).

Ten Songs Inspired by Stephen King

September 4, 2017

This coming Friday, a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic and massive horror novel ‘IT’ will be released in American cinemas. Will it be good? King does not have the best history with cinema. The beloved miniseries based upon the novel, starring Tim Curry as the shapeshifting clown monster Pennywise, does not hold up,…

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

10 Essential Trap Them Songs

August 28, 2017

In the wake of the announcement of Trap Them‘s final shows, we consider ten essential tracks from the metallic hardcore outfit.

Matt Harvey on Why You Can’t Censor NSBM or Those Who Distribute It

August 28, 2017

The Exhumed frontman addresses the recent Hells Headbangers controversy with a considered (if perhaps unpopular) response.

The Top 10 Metal Songs Never Performed Live

August 8, 2017

We look at some of the best metal songs of all time… that have never been performed live.

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017

Music journalism’s relationship to economic reality has always been shaky. Here are some ideas of where that relationship might need to go.

Chester Bennington Has Died. Don’t Be Dicks, Underground Metalheads

July 20, 2017

Mocking depression seems to still be fair game, even in today’s ultra-sensitive climate. Stop it. 

Why Do You Really Care About Not-So-Grim Kim?

July 14, 2017

Our Neill Jameson doesn’t care about Kim Kardashian’s Morbid Angel shirt, but he is concerned about the aggressively stupid reactions to it. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Lightning Round

July 3, 2017

Morgoth, Xysma, Destruction and more have their weakest work defended by our own Neill Jameson. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Confronting Mental Illness

May 19, 2017

It shouldn’t take a tragedy like Chris Cornell’s suicide to make us focus on depression and metal illness.

So, Your Record Got a Bad Review…

May 3, 2017

You put so much of yourself into the record that of course you’re crushed when someone dismisses it. It’s the most human reaction. If you had a new baby you couldn’t fathom someone typing on Facebook that “Eh, it doesn’t really do anything interesting and that goo goo ga ga junk is derivative of other, much cuter babies.”

Angry About Bandcamp’s ACLU Donation? Then Delete Your Band’s Account

February 2, 2017

Neill Jameson provides a protest idea to any musician wounded by Bandcamp’s plans to donate all of this Friday’s earnings to the ACLU. 

Foreclosure of a Dream: Abandoning the Cult of the Presidency

January 20, 2017

Extreme metal has the unique ability to smash our romantic illusions about life and the world. It’s time to apply that same cold stoicism to executive power, no matter who’s President.

When is a Band No Longer the Same Band?

December 28, 2016

If you know anything about Napalm Death you probably know this bit of trivia: the band contains no original members. While they are known for the revolutionary Scum album, not even their oldest current member played on it. So when it comes to people leaving, dying or being fired, when is a band no longer the same band?