Progressive metal has evolved from its '70s/'80s rock roots to a wide-ranging and established genre. It has also infiltrated other genres, with many bands in death, black, folk and other styles incorporating elements of progressive metal. Veterans like Dream Theater and Fates Warning set the bar high, with modern bands such as Between The Buried And Me carrying the mantle for the younger generation. We've put together a list of progressive metal albums that give a good overview for those exploring the genre. It is not meant to be a comprehensive and all-inclusive list, just a starting point to delve into the genre.
Monday, December 30, 2013
In addition to albums, we also review heavy metal DVDs. There were a lot of good ones released in 2013. Some excellent ones that just missed making our list include Dio - Finding The Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986 and Devin Townsend - The Retinal Circus. Here are our choices for the five best metal DVDs of 2013.
"The linguistics of Death Metal, and how to translate common English phrases into the Dark Lord's Tongue
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Over the past several years numerous studies have shown that on average file-sharers spend more money on legal purchases, including concert tickets and merchandise.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Iron Maiden hired a BitTorrent analytics company called Musicmetric to determine where piracy of their music was highest, then scheduled tours of those countries. They made millions touring Central and South America. Iron Maiden LLP has outperformed the UK music sector as a whole and was named one of the "1000 Companies That Inspire Britain" by the London Stock Exchange.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
It is common to hear metal fans and musicians talk about the "metal community". This concept, which is widely used when referencing metal music, encompasses multiple levels of complexity that are seldom addressed in academic endeavors. When examined in detail, it raises more questions than answers.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Dave Mustaine has had a relatively good year in terms of no bad PR. Looking back at our coverage of his lunacy, the only truly mind-boggling thing that he said this year was that he did not believe in evolution. Of course, there was that whole time last year when he said he wanted to
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Having one top 5 album in a year is quite an accomplishment. Five Finger Death Punch have had two in 2013: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell volumes 1 and 2. Drummer Jeremy Spencer fills us in on the selection process of the songs for the two albums, his favorite collaboration onVolume 1, their current European tour with Avenged Sevenfold, putting together a setlist, dealing with their increasing popularity and other topics.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson lived the metal lifestyle and came through intact. He tells his story in My Life With Deth. The autobiography chronicles everything from his youth in Minnesota through the current day. Megadeth's beginnings and rise are covered, as is Ellefson's struggle with substance abuse and journey to sobriety. His faith is a strong component of his life and the book. I spoke with Ellefson about the process, how things have been since he rejoined Megadeth a few years ago, the reaction to band's latest album Super Collider and other topics.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
When it comes to metal and hard rock books, there are a handful of authors that seem to write the vast majority of them. Joel McIver is one of those prolific writers, and has written some notable books over the years about artists including Metallica, Slayer, Machine Head, Randy Rhoads, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and many others. His latest collaboration is with Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson on My Life With Deth. He also worked with Max Cavalera (Soulfly, ex-Sepultura) on My Bloody Roots, which will be published in early 2014. McIver fills us in on those two projects, several others he's currently working on, the future of print magazines, his favorite albums of 2013 and other topics.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The internet might just explode due to this story. Last week, we posted that video of Justin Bieber humming the solo to Metallica's "Fade To Black" and there was mass amounts of butthurt. Metallica themselves were interviewed recently, and I guess the story got back to the interviewer, because they asked Metallica about Bieber, and shocker… James Hetfield says: ...
Heavy metal’s favorite holiday is tomorrow. Whether you’re putting together the soundtrack for a crazy party or just trying to get some songs together to make it through the day at work, it’s time to finalize your Halloween playlist. Of course you HAVE to have the Misfits on there, which is why we gave them
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
There’s only a few more days ‘til Halloween, and, for many metalheads, this is the time of year when custom horror movie marathons are assembled. Everybody watches the classics like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th, but it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few obscure movies, too. Don’t be surprised,
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Pantera's career is chronicled in Neil Daniels' latest book Reinventing Metal: The True Story of Pantera and the Tragically Short Life of Dimebag Darrell. Daniels spoke with several former band members along with those close to the group for a thorough look at both their musical endeavors and personal relationships. The band's compelling and tragic story is told very well by Daniels.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Trivium's latest album is Vengeance Falls, which was produced by Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman. Before a recent concert in New York, I sat down with guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto for a conversation about the new album, working with Draiman, the current state of the music industry, upcoming tour plans and other subjects.
Metal and horror go together like chocolate and peanut butter. They both represent the alluring countercultures of their entertainment niches, and, for whatever reason, there are those of us who need to dabble in forbidden delights that some people avoid or never even discover. When it comes to horror movies, a well-placed metal song may .
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
When the idea of a metal scene is brought up, we hardly think of countries that don't receive big tours or aren't brought up in conversations in general. Filmographer Leslie Bornstein isn't one of those people and looked into the idea of the metal scene in Mozambique; the results, named Terra Pesada, are amazing. Bornstein
Monday, October 14, 2013
Ereb Altor are the Swedish band made up of members of Isole. The Bathory-influenced group's latest album is Fire Meets Ice.We caught up with the band's vocalist/guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Mats, who tells us about the new album, the response to it so far, upcoming tour plans and other subjects.
Metal Music Studies is explicitly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary: embracing both musicological research and music theory about metal music, and social scientific and humanistic research about metal music as a genre. We are interested in original papers on metal music. We aim to receive contributions from researchers and theorists aligned with the subject field of metal music studies, but also researchers and theorists from other disciplines who feel that their interest in a form of popular music marginalizes them from the core debates in their discipline.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Motörhead icon Lemmy has been typically nonchalant about his recent health issues, insisting that we’ve all been worrying about nothing.