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Powerviolence: An Extremely Angry 200+ Song Playlist

Metal and hardcore spent the 1990s bouncing around between glory days and rock bottom. Miles apart from high-maintenance death metal gods and pop punk pariahs, the resolutely distrustful and scornful DIY movement called powerviolence remains a relic and a curiosity of that decade...

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Mellotrons in Metal: 7 Great Songs Featuring the Strange Organ

Recently, my wife directed MELLODRAMA: The Mellotron Story, a documentary about a California inventor who unveiled an organ in 1956 that could replay the sounds of other instruments using magnetic tape...

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South Korean Heavy Metal: 10 Bands You Should Check Out

Beyond the goofy glitz of "Gangnam Style," mountains of scorching spicy kimchee, and futuristic video game culture, South Korea has offered an unsung chain of hammering and haunting metal bands for over 25 years...

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Best Debut Metal Albums of 2012

I've never understood why people spend so much time at the end of each year debating the merits of music released by the best-known names in metal...

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Metallica, Slayer, Ratt, Possessed, and the Massive Influence of the ‘Metal Massacre’ Compilation Series

Among the many mighty metal milestones of 2012, the 30th birthday of Metal Blade Records stands as an amazing testament to the strength of metal devotion. Label founder Brian Slagel became a businessman almost by accident.

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7 African Metal Bands to Check Out

When I wrote Sound of the Beast almost ten years ago, I described the evolution of heavy metal as a kind of global game of catch. A heavy iron ball was forged in Birmingham, England, around 1970, thrown to the United States, passed back to Britain for the NWOBHM, and then back to the U...

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Non-Metal Bands at Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival: A Headbanger’s Guide

Metallica stood on stages in 2011 alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. In 2012, they are asking more of their loyal fans. Their inaugural Orion Music + More festival in Atlantic City on June 23 and June 24 will present a slew of metal's latest attractions, including Ghost, Charred Walls of the Damned, Landmine Marathon, and Baroness...

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