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Author Archives: Bram Teitelman

Album Review: Municipal Waste’s ‘Slime and Punishment’ is a mixed bag

Posted by on June 22, 2017

Growing up in the 1980’s and being an extreme metal fan meant that you were generally into thrash.  Maybe some power metal thrown in here and there and maybe every once and a while you were guilty of turning on MTV (back when they aired actual music instead of shows about teen pregnancy and “true […]

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Spotify playlist: Vespera frontman Jonathan Wolfe’s artists that influenced him

Posted by on June 22, 2017

Seattle based rock band Vespera are currently working on their full-length debut album, The Thoughts That Plague You, that will be out later this year. You can get a taste of the Taylor Larson-produced (Periphery, Darkest Hour) album via the video from “Bloom” that was released last month. You can also get a taste of what […]

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Today in crowdfunding: Jeff Simmermon launches campaign to release pink vinyl

Posted by on June 22, 2017

A few weeks back, we ran an excerpt from New York comedian Jeff Simmermon’s album debut where he spoke about booking the family black metal band Vomit Fist. The CD  is selling pretty well, in fact, it’s the #1 standup album in the country right now. However, it’s not out on vinyl, and Simmermon would […]

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‘The Ten Year War’ is the ultimate Ozzy-era Black Sabbath collection

Posted by on June 22, 2017

Earlier this week, we were treated to a cryptic announcement from Black Sabbath promising something called The Ten Year War coming in September. Some uber-fans surmised that might be a reissue of a promotional book with the same name from their 1978 Never Say Die album. It turns out that those people were right, but it’s a […]

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Mastodon have some fun with tour sponsor PBR

Posted by on June 22, 2017

As heavy and serious as Mastodon’s music can be, when they’re not tackling themes of mortality and survival, they’ve proven to have great senses of humor outside of their music. Be it the “Show Yourself” video or Brent Hinds shilling for his favorite bar, the Atlanta quartet are funny dudes. And with their current (and […]

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Today in ‘duh’: Gene Simmons abandons devil horns trademark attempt

Posted by on June 22, 2017

It’s not a stretch to say that a guy that dressed like a demon and breathed fire for the first decade of his musical career (and for the past 20) might be a bit of an attention whore. KISS bassist and cofounder Gene Simmons has, in recent years, had his own reality show and declared […]

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Video premiere: Insatia have a Memory of a Sapphire (and help from Chris Amott)

Posted by on June 21, 2017

What is it with Canadian/American female-fronted power metal bands? Kobra and the Lotus have quickly become standard bearers, and with fellow Canadian-Americans Insatia’s sophomore album, Phoenix Aflame, coming out this Friday, we’re premiering the band’s first single, “Memory of a Sapphire.” The band have a secret weapon on the single – former Arch Enemy guitarist Chris Amott, […]

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Let’s argue about ‘Rolling Stone’s Top 100 metal albums ever

Posted by on June 21, 2017

It’s not an enviable position to come up with a list of the 100 top metal albums of all time. There are so many different genres to consider. Bands that were considered “metal” back in the day sometimes barely qualify as rock these days. And the genre is 47 years old. However, Rolling Stone has made […]

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Why bother talking when you can use Pantera emojis?

Posted by on June 21, 2017

It’s been 16 years since Pantera went on hiatus and 14 since they broke up for good, but their legacy remains. They’re still one of the more influential metal bands of the last quarter century, and their three surviving members are all keeping busy. It turns out that they’ve also gotten into the emoji business […]

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What are Black Sabbath doing?

Posted by on June 20, 2017

We know that Black Sabbath have played their last show ever, right? That’s what their Birmingham show, only a little more than four months ago, was billed as. But the band have something up their sleeves, and we’ll find out exactly what that is on Thursday. A 19-second clip, called Ten Year War, popped up on […]

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