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Forgotten Classics: Big Dumb Face

Heavy metal and comedy can be a caustic combination. The frequently acerbic nature of either medium can, if not properly mixed and settled, create an overly acidic and tartly sardonic solution that is unfit for consumption.

Album Review: The Damned Things - "Ironiclast"

You got alternative rock in my metal! You got metal in my alternative rock! Thus was born “The Damned Things,” a supergroup formed of pieces from Anthrax, Every Time I Die, and Fall Out Boy. Their debut album “Ironiclast” is an attempt to bridge the gap between genres and pump out some classic-rock inspired throaty jams.

Valora Chapter 2 and More News Updates!

You remember Valora chapter 1? Well, Chapter 2 is fresh out this week!

Ruminations on Judas Priest's Retirement

It was announced on December 7th with little fanfare that Judas Priest, pillar of the heavy metal community, integral cog in its formation and champion of its mainstream breakthrough, will retire after the curtain drops on one final tour.

Album Review: As They Sleep - Dynasty

As They Sleep couldn’t be more different from their namesake. Anything but a languid trip through tranquil dreams, the band’s new album “Dynasty” is a nightmare landscape of all-out sonic assault.

A Night at the Opera (Not Featuring the Marx Brothers)

Sometimes in your life, you need to step outside the circle you've known and experience something completely out of character. Whether you enter a relationship with someone who's not good for you, blow a lot of money on an impromptu weekend road trip vacation, or finally leave Tattooine to join in the fight to topple a corrupt Empire, new experiences are good for the soul.

So it was that I found myself at the New York Metropolitan Opera's presentation of the Mussorgsky classic "Boris Godunov" for Halloween weekend.

Slayer Christmas Lights, System of a Down and More News Updates!

Okay, kicking off things off as we careen into the holiday season, check the video!

Selfish Needy Creatures' lead singer Vegas talks horror!

Born and bred from the untamed, wild regions of New York, metal up-and-comer Selfish Needy Creatures don't really care if you want to kiss them or kill them. Just so long as you listen. They'll be out again on the road in a few short weeks, but before that tour is scheduled to start, singer/lunatic Vegas Nacy took some time to talk horror movies with me. Take it away, Vegas!

Album Review: Triptykon - "Eparistera Daimones"

Metal forefather and steadfast veteran Tom Warrior—pardon me—Thomas G. Warrior has embarked on this new journey called Triptykon, shedding the mortal coil or Celtic Frost and venturing into new territory. At his side is a cadre of talented metal veterans, and together they released “Eparistera Daimones,” a compendium of pulsating, thundering metal.

Kerry King Talks Slayer Albums

Check out "The Vinyl Conflict"'s Kerry King dissecting the one-of-a-kind Slayer LP box set.

Kerry doesn't say much that's earth-shattering here, but there are a lot of interesting little parts as he talks about each album from the box set. For those not in the know, Slayer is releasing "The Vinyl Conflict," a box set of all ten of their Def/American recordings, all pressed to 180 gram vinyl. It's pre-selling on Slayer's website for about $150.

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