Mike Shinoda is a living exemplar of resilience. In the 3 years since Chester Bennington took his own life, Shinoda has sprung back up on his feet, first releasing the three-track Post Traumatic EP as a means to cope, following it up with the solo album of the same name later in 2018. He then…

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-(16)- has an esteemed reputation as one of the main progenitors of sludge metal back in the 1990s, and 27 years after their first album they’re still at it: Dream Squasher is the eighth full-length instalment in 16’s catalogue, the latest in the eternal effort to ensure sludge doesn’t burn out and become sonically irrelevant.…

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Neon Trees as far as albums go. Their last was Pop Psychology in 2014, which wielded the singles “Sleeping With A Friend”, “I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)”, “Voices In The Halls” and “First Things First”. The next year brought a nearly 2-month tour along…

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Ever since his departure from Accept, Udo Dirkschneider has been consistently delivering product with his band U.D.O (they went by the name Dirkschneider for a bit too). The last few years have been rather eventful; particularly with Udo’s official “closing” of his life chapter with Accept by embarking on a final tour featuring their tunes…

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You’ve all seen these lists before, so here’s mine. I’ll be going backwards in time doing these for right now and perhaps get around the 2000s after that, as little sense as that makes. Just figured I’d start here in the ‘90s, the last decade I could say I have a solid 10 choices as…

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As of late, a lot of great underrated metal has been springing up out of Italy. One such group by the name of Kalahari declare themselves progenitors of “The True Italian Metal”, a bold claim that can only be backed up with a relentless yet tasteful and distinct approach to pure sonic ferocity. As it…

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After 6 years, Mushroomhead is back on wax with their eighth album A Wonderful Life. Despite their last record The Righteous & The Butterfly’s success, three of their members headed for the exits in the years that followed, with vocalist Waylon Reavis’s reasons for doing so being the most damning of all. Nevertheless, the band…

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They’re back. After five years (not counting their EP The Duke or their 2018 cover album Legion: XX under their original name Burn The Priest) Lamb Of God have returned with their self-titled 10th LP. A lot of change and turmoil went into the making of it; the most pertinent piece being Art Cruz replacing…

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This is part three of a three-part series of reviews, or at least summaries of books that document the history of the music industry from the 1950s up to the present day; intended, as the books are to be educational, informative and laced with my personal take. Take it for what it’s worth and hopefully…

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California metalcore outfit The Ghost Inside are all about perseverance and overcoming. It’s not just empty lyrics- 5 years ago, a bus crash on tour that took the lives of both drivers didn’t just nearly derail the band, it almost killed them. Their return to the stage was dubbed “Rock’s Most Miraculous Comeback” by Kerrang!,…

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