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Author Archives: Metal Insider

Headbangers Brawl: Yeah, the Grammys happened

Posted by on January 29, 2018

It’s the Monday after the Grammy awards, so it’s time for every armchair quarterback to sit back and analyze what’s known as Music’s Biggest Night. It’s like we have a sort of Stockholm Syndrome – we keep wanting the awards ceremony to do better, and of course it doesn’t. Of course, hard rock and metal […]

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Spotify playlist: Atala guitarist Kyle Stratton’s top 10 favorite sludge/doom tracks to drop acid to

Posted by on January 23, 2018

This Friday (26), California sludge/doom rockers Atala will drop their latest album, Labyrinth of Ashmedal on Salt of the Earth Records. To get people psyched, we asked guitarist Kyle Stratton to give us a list, perhaps of music that informed the making of the concept album. Instead, he provided the following, which might be even better:  […]

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Headbangers Brawl: On Slayer’s final world tour

Posted by on January 22, 2018

It’s hard to shock the jaded metal industry, but earlier today, Slayer, the heaviest of the Big Four bands, did just that by announcing via a 30 second video clip that they’d be touring the world one last time. While details are still somewhat scarce, this is coming directly from the band, not just swirling […]

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Metal by Numbers: the best selling metal and rock of 2017

Posted by on January 4, 2018

  It should surprise no one that streaming is surpassing sales as the medium of choice for people buying albums. Yet as evidenced by the list below, people are still buying music, too. Nielsen just released their year-end report that found that streaming grew 12.5% with album sales down about 19%. Vinyl sales still increased, […]

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Metal Insider’s 11 most shocking moments of 2017

Posted by on December 20, 2017

For a while now, we’ve been recapping the year in metal by looking at some of the most surprising, sad, ridiculous or generally WTF moments that have taken place over the prior 12 months. With things like Tim Lambesis’ and Randy Blythe’s brushes with the law, Baroness’ near-fatal bus crash and Lostprophets Ian Watkins being […]

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Interview: Jake Bowen talks solo material, next Periphery album, backing tracks

Posted by on November 13, 2017

WMSC/Montclair’s The Metal Teddy Bear Experience caught up with Periphery guitarist Jake Bowen on Thursday when they played a sold out show at New York City’s Playstation Theater. They spoke about his electronic music project with Misha Mansoor, the next Periphery album, Nolly Getgood’s participation with the band since he departed, and fast food. You […]

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Video premiere: Sharp Tongue are “DEILD” in

Posted by on November 10, 2017

If you’re a Bay Area metalcore fan, then you’ve undoubtedly heard of Sharp Tongue before. The Santa Rosa band have been around since they formed in high school in 2008, and their debut EP, Petrichor, dropped in September. The band’s early 2000’s metalcore influences shine through on “DEILD,” which we’re premiering the video for today. We […]

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Photos: A Perfect Circle, The Beta Machine bring atmosphere to Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center

Posted by on November 3, 2017

The last time A Perfect Circle released an album, Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, which opened in 2012, wasn’t even a concept. Yet with an album on the horizon (sometime in 2018), the band, fronted by the enigmatic Maynard James Keenan and the brainchild of guitarist Billy Howerdel, brought their powerful and atmospheric prog-leaning rock to a […]

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Photos: Dead Cross and Secret Chiefs 3 take Manhattan, Brooklyn

Posted by on September 20, 2017

What could be better for a Mike Patton fan than seeing Dead Cross, his latest project with members of Retox and drummer extraordinaire Dave Lombardo? How about having Secret Cheifs 3, featuring his Mr. Bungle bandmate Trey Spruance open? If you’re down with the above and lived in the New York area, you had two […]

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Interview: GWAR’s Blothar talks life after Oderus, Kathy Griffin, band’s musical shift

Posted by on September 15, 2017

When chatting with Blothar, lead singer of GWAR (who sometimes is called “Michael Bishop” for some reason) he begins by stating he’s just sitting around waiting for the apocalypse to come, as we were currently in between hurricanes hitting the states. While Florida got walloped by Irma in the days following, GWAR is still standing […]

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