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Anthrax, Mayhem, Khemmis, Richard Christy & more reflect on Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ at 25

Posted by on February 24, 2017

On February 25th, 1992, Pantera released their fifth album, Vulgar Display of Power. From it’s album cover of an unfortunate dude getting clocked in the face to the eleven tracks on the album, it was instantly an iconic album. In addition to arguably being the high point of the band’s career, it was influential to countless metal […]

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Las Vegas quietly becoming a metal destination

Posted by on February 20, 2017

  When you think of music in Las Vegas, you probably associate it with Elvis, or perhaps if you want to get more current, perhaps The Killers. However, it’s slowly becoming a destination for bands. Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, KISS and Scorpions have done residencies there, among other heavier acts, and festivals, including Psycho […]

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Video premiere: Blessing A Curse shed blood in NSFW “Your Disguise”

Posted by on February 14, 2017

When the first image you see in the video for Blessing A Curse’s “Your Disguise” is two women menacingly walking with a power drill and a baseball bat, you know things aren’t going to end well for someone. The video from the Orlando quintet doesn’t disappoint, and as a band plays in a warehouse, the […]

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About last night… The Grammys disappoint metal again

Posted by on February 13, 2017

We’ll start off by saying this – we know, the Grammys don’t care much about metal. Music’s Biggest Night (or so they call it) has paid lip service to metal since 1989, the first year they gave an award to heavy stuff. After making their network debut with a blistering version of “One,” Metallica promptly […]

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Headbangers Brawl: About that Lady Gaga/Metallica collaboration…

Posted by on February 8, 2017

  When it was discovered earlier this week that Metallica would be joined by Lady Gaga during their Grammy performance this Sunday, it led to some consternation from at least one of our contributors. Zenae Zukowski said she was pissed off about it on Facebook. After a little back and forth, we figured we’d put […]

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Spotify playlist: Vangough’s Clay Withrow shares driving playlist

Posted by on February 7, 2017

  On March 17th, prog metal trio will be releasing their latest album, Warpaint. The seven track album is a year in the making, and the band have toured the country opening for the likes of Fates Warning and Pain of Salvation. All that time on the road means that the band listen to a lot of music, and […]

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Interview: Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes on ‘Torment,’ touring, Suicide Silence backlash

Posted by on February 6, 2017

One look at Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes and its apparent this man is not spending 40 hours a week in a cubicle. Sporting dreadlocks well past his knees with earlobes stretched, his exterior reflects a soul that seeks to explore and interpret the extremes and shadows lurking throughout the human experience. A devout fan […]

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Photos: August Burns Red celebrates 10 years of Messengers with Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake, ’68

Posted by on January 17, 2017

August Burns Red headlined the Messengers 10 Year Anniversary tour, celebrating a decade since the critically acclaimed release. They were supported by Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake, and ‘68. Metal Insider contributing photographer Annamarie Nyirady attended the January 5, 2017 date at the Fillmore Silver Spring, and documented all four bands that played. The […]

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Contest: Win a limited edition Tarja Turunen box set!

Posted by on January 13, 2017

Last year, former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen released her fourth solo album, The Shadow Self. Already acclaimed for her powerful, emotive and sometimes operatic voice, she’s now closing in on ten years of being a solo artist. We dug around the Metal Insider prize closet, and found a limited edition box set of 2013’s Colours in the […]

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Metal by Numbers: The best-selling rock and metal in 2016

Posted by on January 5, 2017

Mid-last year, we broke down what the biggest-selling albums of 2016 were through the first four months of the year. A lot more records came out since then, and with the year over, we’ve taken a look at what the biggest-selling metal and hard rock records in 2016 were. Notice we didn’t say “of” 2016, […]

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