Metal 2011: 18 Best Albums
Despite his rugged exterior and his seemingly permanent emotionally vacant demeanour, with Path of Totality, it was evident that the founder Mike Hill not only wears his heart on his sleeve, but also his inner turmoil. The third album from the Brooklyn trio is their best, filled with their signature sound consisting of a unique blend of blackened metal, '80s noise rock and sheer emotion that only comes with the weariness that only age can bring, but was met this year with an infectious vigour. One could chalk it up to stellar production and incredible drummer Andrew Hernandez, and Hill's first (and successful) attempt on clean singing on "Silent World." The title track, with its incredible, heavy riffs, makes you realize that you don't need frills to get your point across. Outside of the dark lyrics, and there is a heavy simplicity that hunkers down and urges the listener to temporarily enjoy the dark elements in life, but slowly gives you a way out.
NewsJun 24, 2015
Arcturus Experiment with Alien Influences and a Gong on 'Arcturian'
"It would probably anal probe it and use it as a hat because they can do that in this alien dimension" — this is what Arcturus vocalis...
FeaturesJun 22, 2015
Anaal Nathrakhon Exclaim! TV Aggressive Tendencies
Producing extreme metal music is seemingly an effortless process for British duo Anaal Nathrakh. With eight full-lengths and one EP under th...
FeaturesJun 22, 2015
Faith No MoreReturn of the King
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NewsJun 12, 2015
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NewsJun 05, 2015
Five Noteworthy Facts You May Not Know About Faith No More
Few aggressive bands have wielded the kind of enduring influence and power that Faith No More have managed over their 30-plus-year career. T...
NewsJun 04, 2015
Castrator Strengthen Friendship Bonds with Revenge Fantasies
With a name like Castrator and song titles that include "Honor Killing" and "The Emasculator," the five-piece death metal act are forthright...
FeaturesMay 22, 2015
How I PlayDine Alone Records' Joel Carriere
It all started in a mall. Joel Carriere was working at Sam the Record Man in St. Catharines, ON. Still in his early 20s, the local show prom...
FeaturesMay 20, 2015
Misery Indexon Exclaim! TV Aggressive Tendencies
Baltimore's grindcore/death metal group Misery Index finally crushed Toronto during their short "Part 1" North American tour, in support of ...