Falls of Rauros – Patterns in Mythology

One of the most elusive skills, a skill in dire need in metal especially, is the ability to balance between tension and release. It is in short supply everywhere, to be sure, since nailing the very subtle moments that connect a high-energy riff, for example, and a moving, quieter segment…

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Hey! Listen to Winter Eternal!

Partly by design and partly because people have terrible memories for this kind of stuff, the ties between black metal and heavy metal have been obscured by time. Through thrash, the genre to which it owes its speed and abrasiveness, black metal inherited many of the qualities which made the…

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Release Day Roundup – 7/5/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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