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Author Archives: Brett Reistroffer

Metal Insider contributor Brett Reistroffer’s Top Ten debuts of 2016

Posted by on December 12, 2016

It’s December, which means that everyone’s starting to look back at the year that was, even though we’re not quite through it yet. Over the next several weeks, Metal Insider will be bringing you our picks for the best albums of the year, as well as those from some of the artists that made some […]

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Not so Metallica – A collection of non-metal Metallica covers

Posted by on November 18, 2016

As the heavy metal and hard rock institution that they are, Metallica’s catalog has long since become a go-to song book for newer bands in the genre to cover. The thrash veterans are no strangers themselves to covering others’ work, having done an album of it. But being as big as they are (and having […]

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Cancelling bigoted bands IS free speech

Posted by on November 16, 2016

When Portland deathgrind band Fornicator was dropped from an opening spot for Profanatica at the Highline in Seattle earlier this year as the result of objections from those in the local metal community, the immediate and predictable response was one of indignation and a self-righteous cry of violated first amendment rights. This came as a […]

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Heavy metal’s validity through appropriation

Posted by on October 25, 2016

Heavy metal is in fashion. In case you haven’t already noticed it in the streets, there’s plenty of coverage out there in the metal blogosphere. If you followed all those links then you’ll know the subject of heavy music aesthetics being co-opted by mainstream fashion is well established and I’m not interested in beating a […]

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Getting a Sense Of Modern Prog Metal with A Sense of Gravity

Posted by on October 24, 2016

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past handful of years, progressive metal has been having a bit of a modern Renaissance lately. The old guard of Dream Theater, Symphony X, and Queensryche are certainly still alive and well, but they have since left the spotlight to a new generation of heavy […]

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On H.P. Lovecraft’s unaddressed racism in heavy metal

Posted by on October 17, 2016

  You’re a diehard metalhead, so you know the themes; tentacles, Elder Gods, formless shadows, and cosmic madness from beyond reality. The literary imagery and subject matter of early twentieth century weird-fiction godfather H.P. Lovecraft have been co-opted by extreme metal bands since the genre was born. And not without good reason; the two are […]

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