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by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Colorado thrash metallers Havok release their third album Unnatural Selection, paying homage to Slayer and at times Pantera on ten tracks of fury. David Sanchez spits venom like there’s no tomorrow, whilst he also lets rip on guitar along with lead axe man [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1990, God’s Gift was the second album from UK-based thrash metal band Toranaga. The two years since their Peaceville debut Bastard Ballads found the band signed to a major label (Chrysalis) and poised to take [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The ‘80s were just drawing to a close when Long Island-based power/thrashers Dead On unleashed their self-titled debut album. The thrash metal scene was in full sway at the time, and while Dead On brought plenty of speed to the table, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The Florida metal scene in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s is best known – and rightly so – for death metal bands like Obituary, Death and Cynic, but there were some noteworthy thrash bands operating at the time, one of which was [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – There are no certainties in life, and that axiom holds true in the macrocosm of metal music where bands rise and fall on a daily basis. But even in the face of such uncertainty, you can bet the last penny in your pocket that this won’t be the last [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Here’s one that sneaked by us last year, but is very much worth another look. The Great Bear is the third full-length release from Silencer, a Denver-based metal band that has been active since the late 1990s. Silencer is a tough [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Out of the “Big 4,” there’s only one band with a singer who can truly be defined as a “gifted vocalist.” There’s only one frontman out of the four who sings with melody, who owns a range akin to a Power Metal singer, and basically one [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – In 2008, Metal Mind Productions re-released Flotsam and Jetsam’s studio album Cuatro. This was the fourth album released by Flotsam and Jetsam and originally was released by MCA Records on Oct. 13, 1992. The re-release is re-mastered and features five [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Here’s another lost gem from the thrash metal vaults that has been brought back to life by Divebomb Records. Midas Touch was a thrash metal band from Sweden that was active in the second half of the 1980s. Despite the fact that their [...]
by Craig Newman – Columnist – Canada’s new metal band, Kobra and the Lotus strike metal venom with first International album. Canada music scene has given the world of rock bands such as Rush, Triumph, April Wine and Helix. Kobra and the Lotus was formed during 2008 with beautiful and [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – When you think of the heavy metal scene in Poland, chances are death metal titans Behemoth and Vader are the first bands that come to mind. It’s probably not the kind of scene you’d expect to find a heavy/thrash hybrid band, but [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Has it really been 20 years? By now, we all know the story of Dave Mustaine’s exile from Metallica. After four albums, Mustaine had established Megadeth among his peers as a premier speed-thrash-metal band, featuring high-caliber musicians, backed by [...]
by Cynthia Jo – Columnist – Houston natives and one of the pioneers of what was 80s power metal, Helstar are celebrating 30 years of power metal with their new CD/DVD release: 30 Years of Hel, a collection of 18 of their greatest songs, all live and fans will appreciate every beat. The [...]
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 – Crimes Against Humanity is the debut full-length release from Greensboro, NC thrash metal band Eugenic Death, who are one of a growing legion of new bands that are taking up the banner of old school, Bay Area style thrash in the new era. Slayer, [...]
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 – Senior Columnist – The fourth installment in Stormspell Records’ Red, White and Heavy “arcane collector series” of previously unreleased demo recordings comes from New York thrash metal band Cold Steel. The band issued a handful of demos prior to their 1992 [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Underneath the armor of crusty death metal clichés which have long lost their initial meaning and value, there is tearing emotion and true human sorrow seeping through conventions on Gojira’s new release. After 4 albums under its belt, the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Are we in the middle of a revival of the classic “power/thrash” sound? In the last couple of years we’ve seen killer albums from bands like Helstar and Vicious Rumors, the return of Sanctuary after a decades-long absence, a whole new breed of [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Reverence, metal’s latest band to emerge from the Motor City, Detroit that is, have released their debut album When Darkness Calls on Razor Ice Records. The group was founded in 2010 by Toyko Blade guitarist Bryan Holland and vocalist Todd Michael Hall, who [...]
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