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Author Archives: Joe Koza

Album Review: Mark Morton’s ‘Anesthetic’

Posted by on March 1, 2019

Lamb of God’s Mark Morton has been an inimitable force in the heavy music scene throughout the band’s career, from their humble beginnings under the moniker “Burn the Priest” through today, relentlessly touring across the globe and releasing hit records every few years. What many might not know, however, is that Morton’s sources for musical […]

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Album Review: Rotting Christ ‘The Heretics’

Posted by on February 15, 2019

Though musical evolution is often seen as a positive result of hard work and effort, pushing boundaries and taking risks in the underground metal scene can be a slippery slope. Remain within the confines of how you have defined yourself for too long and risk becoming predictable and stale. Take calculated risks in the pursuit […]

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Top Ten tours we’re looking forward to in 2019

Posted by on February 1, 2019

With 2019 just underway, it’s time to start preparing for the year’s most anticipated touring cycles. Here are ten North American treks we’re looking forward to see so far. 10) Children of Bodom (w/ Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart) Finland’s Children of Bodom will be hitting the road this March in support of their tenth studio album, Hexed, […]

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Album Review: Soilwork continues to push their boundaries with ‘Verkligheten’

Posted by on January 15, 2019

Soon after discovering In Flames during my descent into the bowels of the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene, I stumbled upon Soilwork’s Sworn to a Great Divide. I was quickly drawn to its aggressive and yet catchy structures to the point that my burnt-to-CD-from-iTunes copy remained a staple in my 1998 Honda CRV’s stereo system […]

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Metal Insider’s Top 10 exceptional albums turning ten in 2019

Posted by on January 9, 2019

As 2019 kicks off, here are ten full-length releases to revisit as they turn ten years old. It is difficult to believe some of these have already been out for a decade, but here we are. Lets get to it.   10) Baroness, The Blue Record  Named the 20th Greatest Metal Album in History by […]

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Metal Insider’s Joe Koza’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2018

Posted by on December 20, 2018

2018 has been a solid year for heavy music. Seasoned artists continued to hone their signature sounds and expand on what has shaped them thus far while newer acts have taken the opportunity to lay their foundations to build upon as they head into the new year. I narrowed 2018’s heavy output down to a […]

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Metal Insider’s Top Five Lamb of God moments

Posted by on October 19, 2018

Lamb of God has become one of the biggest names in metal since their initial inception in 1994. The band’s career has taken a variety of twists and turns, both positive and negative, all of which have somehow figuratively catapulted them towards increased recognition in modern metal. Here are five moments that have helped define […]

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