Metal and Hardcore

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    July 28, 2014

    Heavy Metal Spin Class Is a Thing

    A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

    Death metal is such a vague term, even though it is in itself a sub genre of the greater umbrella of heavy metal music. But, when it comes to extreme metal, a death metal band can writing good songs is important. But more impressive is if a band can write a collection of good songs, thrown together ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson Is Wrong About Punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014
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    May 13, 2014

    What the Hell Is Babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Which Philosophies Do These Metal Genres Exemplify?

    Metal bands have a beautiful combination of ballsiness and self-importance to put themselves out there, and risk looking hilariously self-serious. Simply put, there's no scene that gels better with my high school philosophy class than metal. You'd always rather read Kant listening to Ulver over Mode ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe: "We'll Be Absolutely Done As a Band"

    Last week the rock world was shocked and excited to hear veteran rockers Mötley Crüe would be calling it quits following their upcoming (appropriately titled) Farewell Tour. Joined by Alice Cooper, this differs from most bands' perpetual goodbye offerings by including a Cessation of Touring Agreem ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    The 10 Best Folk Metal Bands

    A distinct subgenre of heavy metal called "folk metal" has developed over the past few decades. Spawning from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the mid '80s in Europe, the harmonies and melodies of power metal, were combined with traditional instrumental folk music to create a visceral, nature- ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    Inevitably, every "best of" list features some tiny--or not so tiny--bias from its compilers. Journalistic objectivity takes precedence, sure, but when even the definition of "metal" is subject to interpretation, there's no true one-size-fits-all best-of list. But that's often the best part of the e ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Six Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed to Like

    There's a lot of bad music out there, and at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu-metal is generally not much more than a relic of the '90s and early '00s that we're all still ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013
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    October 22, 2013

    Heavy Metal Yoga Is a Thing

    It's a Tuesday night and I am sitting on a yoga mat in the back of a former grocery store in Pittsburgh, spreading my legs as far as they can go. I reflexively turn to see how the woman next to me is managing her dragonfly pose when I realize I can barely see her. The room is lit only by two tin can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The 10 Worst Metal Bands of the '80s

    Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool. It means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time. But there's a disturbing trend happening right now in metal. It's not quite that some top acts are aping the decade's worst aspects, but they're definitely star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Grumpy Ole Glenn Danzig Is Angry About Everything

    Back in the late '80s, Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) had no idea his eponymously named band was going to be his most enduring musical project. Longevity was probably the furthest thing from his mind. "Rick [Rubin, founder of Def American] was looking for bands that were not the conventional r ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013
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    September 23, 2013

    Metallica - Apollo Theater - 9/21/13

    Better Than: Megadeth. It was anything but amateur night at the Apollo Theater Saturday night as Metallica, unarguably the world's preeminent metal band, raged through a two hour-plus private concert on the hallowed Harlem stage. About 1,500 SiriusXM listeners were the fortunate audience members, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    I Pissed Off Megadeth, My (Former) Favorite Band

    When I began interviewing bands eight years ago, my ultimate goal was to interview one person: Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, my favorite band since I was thirteen years old. Sitting in front of my parents' computer and ruining my ears through a pair of oversize headphones, I listened and loved Mustai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    The Sword's John Cronise: Metal Fans Deserve Better Than the New Black Sabbath Album

    By Darryl Smyers Formed in Austin nearly a decade ago, The Sword is one of the heaviest bands to emerge from that scene. Full of monstrous guitar riffs and typically bombastic sci-fi themes, the four Sword albums are intense, thought-provoking and filled with good humor. The band's most recent effo ... More >>

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    August 7, 2013
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    August 7, 2013
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    July 17, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    The Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All Time

    New York has a very rich history of strong contributions to heavy music. While the NYHC pioneers get worshipped (and justly so), New York often gets overlooked in discussions of other influential heavy music scenes. Our below choices for the Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All-Time will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    From Balloon Boy to Signing Boobs: Meet the World's Youngest Metal Band, the Heene Boyz

    Hey, remember the Balloon Boy from 2009? If you don't, that's okay! Wikipedia never forgets. Falcon Heene, the-little-boy-that-could-fly-OOPS-nevermind-he-was-in-the-garage-the-whole-time-and-his-dad-went-to-jail is now the lead singer of what is being (self-) proclaimed as "the world's youngest met ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Ten Metal Albums to Hear Before You Die

    Experts. The world is full of them, now more than ever. There are panels full of them on cable news every night. They're clogging up your Twitter timeline. You overhear them everyday on the train. Everyone everywhere is an authority on everything. Everyone's an expert. Like "hipster" or "passion," t ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Napalm Death's Barney Greenway on Thatcher, Nostalgia and the Pursuit of Happiness

    By Nathan Smith Most of the people who pass Mark "Barney" Greenway in the street every day almost certainly have no idea what the man does for a living. His sensible haircut, unassuming demeanor and soft-spoken Birmingham accent betray nothing of his status as one of the most ferocious and accompli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    The Best Bands Featuring the Album Art of John Dyer Baizley

    Tonight Norwegian power rock band Kvelertak play Webster Hall along with Georgia stoner hardcore metallers Black Tusk. (Canadian punks Cancer Bats open, as well.) Besides loudness and shouted vocals (in very different languages), what do Kvelertak and Black Tusk have in common? That would be the a ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

    Excerpted from the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, published by It Books and available May 14 New York is a music mecca—the Brill Building, Broadway, street performers, subway buskers, the Metropolitan opera—but it's not known for its abundance of successful ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Escape - Saint Vitus - 4/29/13

    Better Than: A Cuban cigar. On Saturday night, Cuban metal band Escape played their first NYC gig at Tobacco Road in Manhattan; last night, they played Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. In so doing, they made history. They are the first metal band from Cuba to perform in the United States. And it took the h ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Death-Metal Band The Faceless Draw Criticism for Becoming Less Death-Metal

    By Jason Roche When music from Los Angeles metal group The Faceless' newest album, Autotheism, began to leak out into the blogosphere last summer, fans were divided, and so were critics. "A botched experiment of sorts," opined; "razor sharp," countered The group's prev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    From Hesher to Hardcore: Lewis Dimmick on His New Book This Music

    In the early 80's, the phenomenon known as Hardcore Punk whipped through the U.S. like the pissed off, privileged child that it was. By the mid '80s though, most of the bands who coined the sound and term were either donning black and weeping or doing bad AC/DC impressions. There were also those who ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013
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    March 4, 2013

    The Best Metal Concerts in New York This Month

    These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Best Metal Concerts in NYC This Month

    These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012

  • Music

    January 23, 2013
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    December 17, 2012

    Dethklok - Roseland Ballroom - 11/14/12

    Better Than: Almost everything. Dude. On Friday night, Dethklok played the Roseland Ballroom, and our brains are still recovering from the awesomeness. Here are the ten best things that happened. See Also: - Exclusive Interview: Dethklok's Skwisgaar Skwigelf Makes Fake Boobs Explode - The Ten Best ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012
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    November 6, 2012

    "You Don't Need A College Degree To Rock" and Other Words of Wisdom From Teenage Thrash Band ShitKill

    There are two things you should know about NYC thrash band ShitKill. The first is that they're some of the most promising young metal musicians we've seen in a long time. The second is that, when we say young, we mean barely old enough to vote: none of them are over 18-years-old. See Also: - Live: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

    By Jason Roche Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Prong - The Star of Palm Beach @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise - 10/19/2012

    Better Than: Watching Titanic while "I'm sailing away / Set an open course for the virgin seas..." (sung by South Park's Cartman, of course) runs through your head. Setting sail for a metal show on the not-so-open seas, concessions must be made. Booze du nuit: Seven (Seagram's) and Seven's (7-up), ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    GWAR Won't Be Happy Until They Take Down "God Himself"

    They don't come much more politically incorrect than GWAR. Despite two Grammy nods (their Phallus in Wonderland video losing to Annie Lennox in one instance), they're not exactly mainstream. Frontman Oderus Urungus, head of the Virginia-bred metal/satire/performance art band since their mid-80s ince ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    The Very Busy Phil Anselmo Talks Beatles And Blues Before Show At Best Buy Theater

    The metal lineup thundering into the Best Buy Theater tonight should be called the Housecore Records Tour: ex-Pantera frontman and Housecore Records founder Phil Anselmo has produced or is performing in all but one of the four bands on the bill. Both the openers, Haarp and WARBEAST--from Louisiana ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012
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    June 20, 2012

    Metallica Hits the Lights

    Looking back on its legacy at Orion Music + More

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Lasers, Inquisition, And A Cameo By The Wanted: The 10 Most Metal Moments Of Saint Vitus's One-Year Anniversary Week

    On April 12, St. Vitus—the metal outpost in Greenpoint—turned one year old, but the birthday celebration went down between April 23 and April 28. Bands, cartoons, go-go girls, celebrities, sacrilege, and a metal magician were in attendance. "It was chaos," says bartender and co-owner Ju ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Oddsmaking: Will The Grammys Declare Sum 41 To Be More Metal Than Megadeth And Mastodon?

    The 54th Grammy Awards mark the combination of the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance awards into the single category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, which is why Mastodon and Sum 41 are up for the same award. Historically, the metal category has been one of the most confounding ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012
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    January 30, 2012

    Live: Megadeth Keep It Muted At The Theater At Madison Square Garden

    Gigantour: Megadeth, Motörhead, Lacuna Coil, Volbeat The Theater At Madison Square Garden Saturday, January 28 Better than: The World Needs a Hero in its entirety tour. Dave Mustaine has spent the better part of this young decade on a mission to restore his image. He's put out a bestselling auto ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Live: Lamb Of God Build Their Wall Of Death At Irving Plaza

    Lamb Of God Irving Plaza Tuesday, January 24 Better than: Pretty much everyone on Ozzfest 2003. Rap metal entered its death throes in the early 2000s, allowing harder bands that had actually competent musicians and aggression directed at someone other than their parents to come back into vogue. ... More >>

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