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.