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Concert Review - Avenged Sevenfold

The show began with a hanging. The crowd cheered.

We’ll get back to that in a minute. Roughly an hour before the body was hung from the rafters and following a solid, capable performance by veterans Sevendust, Three Days Grace took to the stage. Capturing the attention of the largely teen crowd, the band rode through a complete set of their (remarkably similar) singles, the highlight being 2006’s “Pain.”

Concert Review - Volbeat

Back in November of 2009, I saw an up and coming band called Volbeat open for the legends known as Metallica. At the time, I confessed ignorance to the band; I knew their name, and I knew they were Danish, and that was about it.

Album Review: Winterus - "In Carbon Mysticism"

Hailing from oft-overlooked Kalamazoo, Michigan, the band originally known as The Ancient changed their name to Winterus and released this new full-length studio album, “In Carbon Mysticism.”

The album is an intriguing exploration of some of the farther corners of common territory between black and death metal. While not exactly revolutionary on either count, Winterus manages to cover a curious bit of ground through a combination of intricate layering and deceptively simple progressions.

Album Review: As We Fight/The Psyke Project - "Ebola" Split EP

Oh, the split EP. Some of you, particularly the punk fans among you, will also recognize this gimmick as a “Versus” album, where two bands split the tracks and try to bring their best guns to bear. I’ve always tried to picture a split EP like some kind of heavy metal Sharks/Jets West Side Story knife fight, but…wait, what? More contemporary reference? What the hell do kids watch these days? Fine, I’ve always tried to picture it like a “Stomp the Yard” style showdown.

Album Review: Children of Bodom - "Relentless, Reckless Forever"

It actually takes several listenings of “Relentless, Reckless Forever” to appreciate everything that’s going on. That said, if the listener has the patience to get over the initial confusion of what he or she is hearing, the album’s petals will unfold into a blooming heavy metal flower.

The Return of the Kidneythieves Part 2: An Interview

In Part 1 of our conversation with Bruce Somers and Free Dominguez of the resurgent Kidneythieves, we spoke about places the band had been and what it took to get to this point. Now, the topic turns to where the band goes from here. With the "Invisible Plan" EP quickly coming together, we talk about the new music, the emotions of going out on the road, working with KMFDM, and naturally, the band's favorite horror films.
For Invisible Plan, what can you tell me about it? What’s the same, what’s new, what’s different?

Album Review: Turisas - "Stand Up and Fight"

If “Stand Up and Fight” can’t make you smile at least a little, you’re taking yourself way too seriously.

Turisas manages to triumph valiantly on this new album through a combination of gigantic attitude, sense of the moment, dramatic construction and no small amount of rock and roll sensibility.

Album Review: Orphaned Land - "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR"

Naturally, you as the reader clicked on this article to see what I thought about the Orphaned Land album “The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR.” You probably are curious if the music is crisp, if the riffs are edgy, if the Israeli metal band can keep pace with their counterparts in the rest of the world.

Heavy Metal News Updates!

Here's a brief smattering of things to catch you all up on!

--In response to a leak of their new album "Wasting Light," the Foo Fighters have decided to stream the entire new effort on their website. Dave Grohl was seen to say on Twitter: "Leak ? Rad. Was starting to think no one cared. Our version sounds better." "Wasting Light" officially drops April 12th.

Album Review: Blackguard - "Firefight"

In 2009, I remember telling people that the cover art for Blackguard's album "Profugus Mortis" was a near perfect representation of the music contained on the album; a flying canoe full of colonial-era drunkards being chased by an apparently clumsy demon. That picture of whimsy and imagination was curried from the cuts on "Profugus Mortis." If that was the case then, then the cover art for Blackguard's new album "Firefight," is equally representative of the music contained within. The dark, blasted, cratered landscape depicted is marked only with a single city on a rise.

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