Metal Power Rankings: …And cassette tapes for all

Posted by on April 24, 2015

This is a bit of a hard reset after last week’s all-Metalfest edition of the Metal Power Rankings (spoiler alert: you missed out if you weren’t there). And what a hard reset it is when this week’s top band released a cassette. What is this, the ’80s? We live in a crazy world where a […]

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Thy Art Is Murder almost had a really controversial album cover

Posted by on April 24, 2015

See that album artwork for Thy Art is Murder? The cover of the band’s third album, Holy War, is kind of menacing. Featuring a child with a hood on, it suggests perhaps a solemn face of an innocent child in a war-torn country. However, today the band revealed the censored album artwork for the album, […]

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Amplified: New England Metal & Hardcore Fest Roundup

Posted by on April 24, 2015

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email amplified@metalinsider.net We had a blast last week at New England Metal & Hardcore Fest last weekend, and one of the most exciting parts was opening up Amplified submissions on-site for bands to come by and tell […]

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Springfield, VA venue Empire to close

Posted by on April 24, 2015

Nestled in between Washington D.C. and Richmond, VA, Springfield, Virginia isn’t a particularly populous town. Yet for any touring band, booking agent or manager, it’s been a must-stop destination for the last 20 years, due to the Empire (Jaxx for many years before that). A big destination for metal and hardcore bands, it changed hands […]

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Indians, including metal singer, walk off set of Adam Sandler movie

Posted by on April 24, 2015

Every Summer, an Adam Sandler movie comes out, and pretty much every Summer, they inexplicably make money. What was funny 20 years ago (we’re looking at you, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore) is formulaic, generally devoid of laughs, and targeted to the lowest common denominator. Yet somehow, Sandler still has a pretty solid film career, […]

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Dissident Aggression: Tribulation – The Children of the Night

Posted by on April 24, 2015

Death metal has remained an extremely interesting genre to monitor over the last decade or so.  It would appear to the casual fan that the genre has been divided into two very large camps, each nestled at the far end of the spectrum.  There are the polished, neatly wrapped bands who meld death metal with […]

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Veil of Maya venture out on first headlining tour in support of new album

Posted by on April 24, 2015

Veil of Maya will be doing their very first headlining tour in support of Matriarch, and they’ll be bringing along Revocation, Oceano, Gift Giver, and Entheos along. So far this is a 20 date North American run with more dates to be announced. The tour, called the The Matriarch Tour, will be in support of Veil of Maya’s […]

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The new Kamelot video will cure your insomnia

Posted by on April 24, 2015

Do you like power metal? How about science fiction? You’ll really dig the video for Kamelot’s “Insomnia” then. In a clip that looks like its inspired by equal parts Blade Runner, The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the video for the melodic song looks like a trailer for a movie we’d see. Here’s […]

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Upon This Dawning say drummer quit by text message

Posted by on April 24, 2015

The Italian metal band Upon This Dawning will be missing the first few shows of the The IX Lives Tour with Ice Nine Kills because their drummer Chris Deets abruptly quit the band with a text message. In a statement from the band, posted to their Facebook page: “Yes, Chirs left the band a few weeks […]

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Lamb of God working on next album

Posted by on April 24, 2015

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but with one simple shot of an amp head, Lamb of God are getting a hell of a lot more than that. The band launched an Instagram account yesterday that included it’s only post, a shot of a Mesa Boogie Mark IV amp with […]

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