Best of 1999

The historical significance of 1999 will be remembered for a long time now. It was a cultural moment that far exceeded any other “decade closer” in the 20th century. Events like Y2K or The Matrix seemed to bring to fever pitch the technological explosion, and the subsequent mark it left…

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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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Port Noir – The New Routine

By the time a band reaches their third album, it is not unreasonable to have a certain set of expectations about what it will deliver. Sometimes, the band will stumble and fail to meet them. Others will rise to the challenge and comfortably surpass them. And a third group, to…

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The Anatomy Of – Valence

I’ll be honest with you: I don’t really vibe with instrumental progressive music all that much. Like all your average Internet Metal Nerds, I used to listen to my fair share of the stuff; there’s something in the emphasis on technicality that appeals to pasty kids looking for an escape,…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: It’s Time To Break ‘Free of Avidya’ With The Help of Ernia

Who doesn’t like to get angry? Fucking show them to me, so I can kick their teeth in; as the mighty Rage Against the Machine once said (paraphrasing a classic, anarchistic trope), “your anger is a gift”. This is something that Spain’s Ernia appear to understand very intimately; their upcoming, self titled album, is…

Parkway Drive – Reverence

The last couple of Parkway Drive records have seen the Byron Bay quintet branching out in several different directions. Although these experiments have been largely successful the band have found themselves lacking the coherence shown on their early releases, and it’s felt for a while that what they’ve been sorely…

Love Letter // Sepultura – Roots

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to catch Max and Igor Cavalera playing Sepultura’s iconic 1996 record Roots in full, as part of their twentieth anniversary “Return to Roots” world tour. The brothers were backed up by Max’s cohorts in Soulfly, Marc Rizzo and Tony Campos (now of Fear…