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Author Archives: Alexander Stafford

Recap: Riot Fest delivers once again

Posted by on September 20, 2017

As Riot Fest wraps up for another year, the Chicago based festival once again provided one of the strongest and most diverse festivals around. With headliners like Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Jawbreaker, Prophets of Rage, Gogol Bordello, A Day To Remember, At The Drive In, and Bad Brains, Riot Fest had […]

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Are The Black Dahlia Murder about to have one of the biggest metal albums of the year?

Posted by on August 29, 2017

The Black Dahlia Murder just wrapped up their headlining slot on this year’s Summer Slaughter tour. BDM celebrated the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough album, Nocturnal, by playing it in it’s entirety. This last Tuesday, BDM announced their new album, Nightbringers, and released the music video for the title track. Upon release, the first single was […]

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Neurosis and Converge Kick Off The Heaviest Tour of The Year

Posted by on August 1, 2017

Friday night Neurosis and Converge performed in Chicago for a sold out show at Tahlia Hall. Amenra opened the show with a dark and intense performance. And while Converge and Neurosis are arguably two of the heaviest bands of all time, their sound is drastically different. Regardless, the tour made total sense and was a […]

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Photos/Review: Hellfest 2017 was One Hell of a Ride

Posted by on June 26, 2017

As promised, Hellfest 2017 was “One Hell of a Ride” For three day; over 120 bands took over the small town of Clisson, France.  Proving that Hellfest is quite possibly the greatest metal festival around today, dare I even say Ever! “Are you ready for some awkward Canadian prog metal?!?!” –Devin Townsend The opening day […]

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Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg swears he didn’t throw a skinned duck on the ice at a hockey game

Posted by on May 17, 2017

Slipknot drummer and Nashville Predators fanatic, Jay Weinberg, has been in high spirits as his favorite NHL team has been kicking ass so far in the playoffs. (Predators currently leading 2-1 series against the Anaheim Ducks) However, despite the article and photo posted by tenessean.com about a recent incident where a skinned duck was thrown […]

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Spending 4/20 with Sleep

Posted by on April 23, 2017

Al Cisneros, Matt Pike, & Jason Roeder, rolled into Madison WI this past April 20th to celebrate the holidays at the sold out Majestic Theater. It was an amazing show… at least what I remember about it. *cough cough* With support from ambient instrumentalist, Mono, this was Sleep’s first performance in Wisconsin in over two […]

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First wave of Riot Fest bands include plenty of metal, Jawbreaker reunion

Posted by on April 19, 2017

The first wave of Riot Fest’s 2017 lineup has been announced. While the Festival is sitting out Denver this year, it will be returning to Douglas Park, Il from September 15-17. And while there will be a second wave of announced bands coming soon, the initial lineup includes quite a few more heavier bands than […]

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Record Store Day 2017 Metal and Hard Rock Preview

Posted by on April 19, 2017

The tenth annual Record Store Day is fast approaching! This Saturday, record stores nationwide will be releasing some great new records to add to your vastly growing music collection. It’s a long list of new limited edition releases, but let’s check out what they have to offer for Heavy Metal & Hard Rock. New to […]

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High Elevation Rock Festival returning in September

Posted by on April 18, 2017

The High Elevation Rock Festival will be returning to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Denver Colorado in September 2017. After a successful 2016 show, the festival will return and expand to two days on Friday, September 22 and Saturday September 23 and feature over twenty bands. The two day line-up includes: Korn Five Finger Death Punch […]

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How metal is the new ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ trailer?

Posted by on April 11, 2017

Yesterday, the first trailer for Thor:Ragarok was released.  Lets  examine a couple major metal key points in this forthcoming action packed flick. The legends of Asgard, Thor, and other viking tales have long been inspiration for endless rock & roll and heavy metal songs, albums and album covers. However this trailer is soundtracked by Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant […]

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