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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Metal Power Rankings: The emperor strikes back

Posted by on January 31, 2015

Welcome to Metal Power Rankings: Our weekly rankings take a number of factors into account: newsworthiness, record sales, internet buzz, word of mouth and overall importance in the genre. Ultimately, it’s subjective, but if a band generates enough buzz, they’ll wind up on the list. This week, Marilyn Manson, riding critical and commercial buzz, sits atop […]

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Headbangers Brawl: Do we care who else is in Megadeth?

Posted by on January 30, 2015

Headbangers’ Brawl is a weekly column where Metal Insider’s contributors take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry. By now everyone’s caught up to date regarding Megadeth’s recent shakeup in its lineup, all the while rumors continue to escalate that the beloved […]

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Amplified: Lamentations of the Ashen’s illvminations are profane, very sad

Posted by on January 30, 2015

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] Although Metal Insider HQ managed to go unburied in this week’s blizzard, some of you further into the deep, grim North weren’t so lucky. For those still shoveling themselves out, you’ll need some atmospheric, melancholy black […]

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Job For A Cowboy/Revocation video makes it onto Comedy Central @Midnight

Posted by on January 30, 2015

If you haven’t seen “Newborns,” or “Benjamin Butthole Surfers,” the video with Job For A Cowboy bassist Nick Schendzielos and Dave Davidson from Revocation, then consider yourself slightly lucky. It’s very disturbing and creepy. You should probably watch it anyway, as it’ll make you look at babies in a different light. Or at least the […]

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Pantera makes the NY Times… crossword puzzle

Posted by on January 30, 2015

As metal fans, we’re always somewhere between protective of our favorite bands and proud when they get well-deserved recognition. But when the New York Times crossword puzzle name-checks one of metal’s biggest bands in the paper of record, it’s hard not to get pretty excited about it. That’s what happened with today’s puzzle, where the clue to 51 Across […]

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Til Napalm Death Do Us Part

Posted by on January 30, 2015

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to impress your lady, you can have your candy, flowers and romantic candlelit dinner – take your lady to the Napalm Death/Voivod/Exhumed/Iron Reagan/Black Crown Initiate tour. Not romantic enough? OK, try proposing to her! That’s what some guy did in Miami. The guy got […]

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R.I. P former Metal Maniacs editor Katherine Ludwig

Posted by on January 30, 2015

Metal Insider is sad to hear about the passing of Katherine Ludwig, former editor of Metal Maniacs. She’d been suffering from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and a crowdfunding site had been set up to help her battle the disease. Earlier today, the following was posted on her Facebook page: Dear Friends of Katherine, we want to share that […]

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Melechesh are back, and they brought Max Cavalera with them

Posted by on January 30, 2015

If you’re a fan of black metal and middle eastern music, then you’re probably already down with Melechesh. They’re about to release their sixth full length, and first in five years, with Enki, which will be out in March in North American and February 27th in Europe. And this time, they’ve brought along guests. Max Cavalera […]

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Soilwork set to release first live DVD

Posted by on January 30, 2015

After 20 years of being a band, Soilwork are releasing their first ever live DVD this year. Entitled “Live In The Heart Of Helsinki,” the footage was recorded at a sold out Circus Club in Finland, and features appearances by Floor Jansen of Nightwish and Nathan J. Biggs of Sonic Syndicate. Vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid said this about […]

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Dissident Aggression: Taake – Stridens Hus

Posted by on January 30, 2015

In the early 1990’s, when the great second wave of black metal was reaching the first of many creative peaks, Norway seemed to spawn corpse paint clad outfits like rabbits giving birth.  While many of those acts faded away as quickly as they came, and others would reach their own personal zeniths before fading into […]

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