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Author Archives: Chris Colgan

I got my start in the world of metal as a DJ on 89.5 WSOU-FM, the radio station of Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. I was known on the air as Chris the Mad Scientist during my time there. During and after college, I did internships and volunteer work with Roadrunner Records, The Syndicate, Century Media Records, and numerous other music industry companies. In early 2010, I started writing reviews and news articles on the world of heavy music for PopMatters, and later that year, was added to the roster for Metal Insider.

Interview: Delain’s Charlotte Wessels catches us up on band’s growth, progression

Posted by on May 17, 2017

We at Metal Insider have had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Delain vocalist Charlotte Wessels on a number of occasions, so it only seemed right to catch up with her again as Delain embarked on their first headlining tour of North America. We had a lot to catch up on, including Delain’s […]

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New & Noteworthy, December 16th – Grand Finale

Posted by on December 16, 2016

Well, friends, this is the end of an era. This will be the final New & Noteworthy of what has been an absolutely mind-blowing 2016. However, there is additional significance to today’s column, because this will be the final New & Noteworthy that I am writing for Metal Insider. More on that later. Because it […]

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New & Noteworthy, December 9th – Reveal

Posted by on December 9, 2016

The end of the year is nigh. Top 10 lists are being published – you can view mine here, and check out all of the lists published by Metal Insider here. As the lists appear, the last of 2016’s releases trickle in. If you’ve waited to make your own Top 10 list, give these a […]

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Metal Insider contributor Chris Colgan’s Top 10 of 2016

Posted by on December 7, 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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New & Noteworthy, December 2nd – Silence in the Snow

Posted by on December 2, 2016

The title of this week’s column is only meant to be slightly referential to the winter weather that draws ever closer to us here at Metal Insider HQ. In actuality, its real significance is as a metaphor to the release calendar, which is in its final winding down stages of the year. One of the […]

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New & Noteworthy, November 25th – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Posted by on November 25, 2016

Black Friday is a fairly tame release day under normal circumstances, but it also happens to be Record Store Day this year, meaning that there are tons of special releases that you will only find at your local music shops. Go here to check out the full list of Record Store Day releases, as well […]

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New & Noteworthy, November 18th – The End of the Line

Posted by on November 18, 2016

The insane year of music that is 2016 is drawing to a close, but we still have a fully-loaded autumn giving us wonderful albums. In fact, today yields the album that is essentially guaranteed to sell the most copies of any metal album released over the past two months, and possibly over the entire year. […]

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New & Noteworthy, November 11th – Become the Sky

Posted by on November 11, 2016

The new release list is a somewhat manageable size for the first time in over two months, signaling the winding down of what has been an incredible year for new music. This is also the second week in a row headlined by a stalwart of the Gothenburg music scene, which may be a first for […]

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New & Noteworthy, November 4th – Endtime Hearts

Posted by on November 4, 2016

Welcome to November, and don’t panic. The new release calendar is still going strong. In fact, the amount of new music that is still due to be released over the next six weeks is going to make formulating a Top 10 list for 2016 rather challenging. Nonetheless, we soldier on, with a number of high-profile […]

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New & Noteworthy, October 28th – Nightmare

Posted by on October 28, 2016

Let me start out this week by saying that very little surprises me in the world of new releases. The amount of advance research and preparation that goes into this column on a weekly basis is considerable, and because of it, I not only know what is coming out each week, but also what is […]

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