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by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1989, Control and Resistance was the second album from Texas-based Watchtower, one of the true underground legends of the progressive metal genre. The four years between this album and the band’s 1985 debut [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – Hailing from Palo Alto, CA, Epidemic was one of the lesser known bands to emerge from the legendary Bay Area thrash scene in the late ‘80s. Epidemic released three albums over the course of their career, two on the Metal Blade label. As influential as [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – When it comes to the thrash metal scenes in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the Bay Area and German scenes tend to garner the most attention, and that’s only appropriate given how influential both scenes were. What is too often overlooked – [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – When groundbreaking Chicago area thrash metal band Znowhite lost vocalist Debbie Gunn (she decided to join Sentinel Beast), guitarist Greg Fulton, bassist Scott Schafer and drummer John Slattery III decided to soldier on, bringing in a new vocalist and [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Maryland-based Ironchrist hit the scene in the late ‘80s just as the thrash metal movement was exploding across the country. The members of Ironchrist cut their musical teeth in local punk bands, and you hear a lot of punk and hardcore elements in their [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Formed in the early 1990s from the ashes of North Carolina-based progressive/thrash/doom metal innovators Confessor, Fly Machine was similar to Confessor in a lot of respects. Both bands embraced technicality and had an unusual approach to their music, pushing [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Confessor. Just saying the name in the company of knowledgeable metal fans is enough to cause heads to turn and previous conversations to cease. The North Carolina-based band is one of those rare bands (Manilla Road is another) who are both legendary and [...]