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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Austin Carlile leaves Of Mice & Men

Posted by on December 31, 2016

If this year was a roller coaster for Of Mice & Men, they’re ending 2016 on a big drop. Vocalist Austin Carlile released a statement on his social media that he will be leaving the band due to his health. Carlile has Marfan Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder, and it’s gotten progressively worse over […]

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Metal Insider’s 10 most shocking moments of 2016

Posted by on December 30, 2016

Well, it’s been a year, 2016 has. A year where a gorilla getting shot was one of the least shitty things that happened, 2016 opened with the metal community still in shock over the passing of Lemmy and closed with the death of Princess Leia and her mom a day later, meaning all bets are […]

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Listen to a snippet of a new Body Count song, “No Lives Matter”

Posted by on December 29, 2016

  Ice-T is now not only an elder statesman of rap, but also an elder statesman of hardcore. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the first Body Count album, which is kind of insane. Not that they’re resting on their laurels, though. After Body Count put out their first album in eight years, Manslaughter, […]

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“Ronnie James Dio” to tour in 2017

Posted by on December 29, 2016

For those that love science fiction classics like The Terminator, Star Wars, Blade Runner and The Matrix, you would never imagine that these films would become part of our reality. However, hologram-like appearances left the big screen and came into our waking lives around 2012 at Coachella, with 2 Pac. Rolling Stone reported it was expensively created at […]

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Vektor guitarist, bassist, drummer leave band

Posted by on December 29, 2016

  One of 2016’s most acclaimed albums was Vektor’s Terminal Redux, the third album from the Philadelphia band. And while singer/guitarist David DiSanto formed the band back in 2002, the majority of their growth has come since 2009, when their first album Black Future was released. They’d had the same lineup through Terminal Redux, their breakthrough […]

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Metal Insider’s top 5: ‘Star Wars’ metal crossovers

Posted by on December 28, 2016

The world, nay, the galaxy, is mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher. As Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, she was many a female’s role model and many a man’s first crush. And apart from those films, she went on to star in others and become a sought-after script doctor and screenplay writer in her […]

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Jersey hardcore band plays a set at a Cluck-U chicken joint

Posted by on December 28, 2016

Well, now we’ve seen it all. Toms River, NJ is one of the most sprawling suburban towns in New Jersey, and you’d think they might have a music venue there, right? Wrong! Aside from Game Changer World in Howell, about half an hour away, you have to head north to New Brunswick to play a […]

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Steve ‘n’ Seagulls have low Self Esteem

Posted by on December 28, 2016

Finnish band Steve ‘N’ Seagulls are full of surprises. First of all, that the bluegrass-like band are from Finland, and not somewhere down south. Then there’s the fact that they’re good enough to transcend YouTube viral video star status, inking a deal with Spinefarm Records. And also, that the well hasn’t run dry yet. The […]

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Alex Skolnick’s holiday miracle

Posted by on December 27, 2016

  Self-storage units have grown in popularity over the years. Many trust strangers to keep their sacred belongings behind a locked door. There are 2.35 billion square feet of self-storage units in the United States alone, and while we live our hectic lives, items continue to populate as space diminishes, convincing many to throw sentimental […]

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Exclusive: Zeal & Ardor talks ‘Devil Is Fine’ video, favorite music of 2016

Posted by on December 27, 2016

Recently, Zeal & Ardor, my pick for best metal album of the year, released a video for his single “Devil Is Fine,” directed by award winning Swiss filmmaker Samuel Morris.  It is a deeply hued and daringly colorful video that, while very little actually happens, if brimming with tension, anger, and evil.   The video […]

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