Thoughtcrimes – Tap Night

It’s probably fair to say that many of us don’t fully want to admit to ourselves that there probably won’t be another Dillinger Escape Plan album.  But, as time stretches away from those final shows at the end of 2017, various members of the band are wheeling out their post-Dillinger…

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Heavy Rewind – 1987: The Year in Metal

Every once in a great while we have calendar years that see iconic releases across a range of styles. It is rare that we see this happen in just one particular style. 1987 was one such year, though, as the entire spectrum of heaviness saw iconic records drop like so many tears from the eyes of mainstream pop music stars that these albums would devour. At the time, it didn’t seem like this was any different of a year for music until fans started to take a look at their growing record collections and what would spin out from the influence of so many landmark albums.

Dead Cross – Dead Cross

Over a decade since the last Fantômas record’s release, drum kit demolisher Dave Lombardo and anomaly of human nature Mike Patton reunite for Dead Cross, a project that brings in Retox’s Mike Crain on guitar and Justin Pearson on bass. Dead Cross originally did not feature Patton on vocals, originally…

Reign in Blood: The Taxonomy of Thrash Metal

Welcome back to our Taxonomy series, where we break down umbrella genres like progressive metal, post rock and doom metal and outline all of the progressions and subgenres that have matriculated over the past few decades. The dissection of thrash metal you’ll find below contains a detailed dissection of the most crucial genre in extreme metal style. Thrash led to incredible innovations over the years, and in turn, a multiplicity of styles has made its way back into the genre’s core traits to form some of the most forward thinking metal coming out today. Seriously, many of the bands mentioned below have released records less than a year ago, and in some cases, less than a month. There’s a ton of ground to cover here, so without further ado, let’s riff on some of the best thrash you can use to mosh in your bedroom.

The Jazz Club Vol. 5 – Gateway Drugs: Jazz Albums for Metalheads

After we provided a general introduction for the genre in our last Jazz Club, Jimmy and I tossed around the idea of writing an adjacent piece catered specifically to metal fans. As with any genre, it’s easier to crack into the overall style with a handful of bands or albums that incorporate elements from genres that the listener is already familiar with. There are some pretty strong links between jazz and metal, which made it easy to select a well-rounded list of albums to recommend for metal fans who want their jazz to have an added edge. Some of these releases lean more towards one genre than the other, but they’re all excellent in their own right and provide a solid, metallic gateway into jazz.

Havok – Unnatural Selection

Havok Unnatural Selection 01. I Am The State 02. Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death 03. It Is True 04. Under the Gun 05. Waste of Life 06. Untitled 07. Chasing the Edge 08. Worse Than War 09. Children of the Grave 10. Unnatural Selection [06/25/13] [Candlelight Records] Colorado…

T.R.A.M. – Lingua Franca

T.R.A.M Lingua Franca 1. Seven Ways Till Sunday 2. Consider Yourself Judged 3. Endeavor 4. HAAS Kicker 5. Hollywood Swinging 6. Inverted Ballad [02/28/12] [Sumerian Records] The cover art of an album is a lost art. When put in the right hands, the cover art can compliment the album to…