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Rock Rewind: Extreme “More Than Words”

Occasionally (and ironically), a band’s best-known song turns out to be the song that was the greatest departure from that band’s style. “More Than Words,” the acoustic ballad by funk-metal band Extreme, is a perfect example. Extreme first emerged as a “supergroup” in 1985, with all four members coming together out of previous bands playing in Boston’s rock scene. As they built a solid local following, they eventually landed a […]


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Rock Rewind: Linkin Park “Numb”

Sometimes a band becomes legendary because of a song that stands out among the others (like Foreigner, in last week’s Rewind). Other times, the band becomes legendary because of its sound.  When Linkin Park emerged on the scene with Hybrid Theory in 2000, their combining of alternative, metal and rap elements into an angsty wall of sound captivated listeners, each single seeming to perform better than the last, and making […]


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Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie Found Dead in Home

Dave Brockie, who led satirical gore-metal band Gwar under the stage name “Oderus Urungus,” was found dead in his Virginia home on Sunday. He was 50 years old. According to Richmond, Virginia-based publication Style Weekly, who first broke the news, Brockie was discovered by his roommate on Sunday afternoon, who called the police.  He was dead by the time they arrived. Authorities are waiting on an autopsy to determine cause […]


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Queens Of the Stone Age “…Like Clockwork” –Album Review

Matador (2013)

Make no mistake about it: frontman Josh Homme wants to unnerve you. If we could describe the vibe on the latest release by Queens Of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork, in a single word, I think “unnerving” would be a good word choice. It starts with the album cover (‘nuff said), and intensifies with the leadoff track “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”, opening with the sound of shattering glass and following […]


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Alice In Chains “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” –Album Review

Capitol (2013)

Let’s start with an honest admission: Alice In Chains will never be quite the same band after the tragic death of frontman Layne Staley in 2002. And it wouldn’t feel right if they tried to be. Staley wasn’t just the voice of Alice In Chains; in many ways he was the heart, as well. But that doesn’t mean this metal-tinged grunge band (or grunge-tinged metal band, depending on how you […]


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Slash, Myles Kennedy On Tour In South America: Watch

Since releasing Apocalyptic Love earlier this year, Slash hasn’t been letting the grass grow under his feet. He, along with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, has spent the better part of the year touring in support of the album. The record itself has done well, peaking at Number 4 on the Billboard 200, and at Number 1 on the Hard Rock charts. If you haven’t been able to catch the […]


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Metal Bands Take to the High Seas with Three Upcoming Themed Cruises

Hey, metalheads – how about a show on a boat? In recent years, musically-themed cruises have been hugely successful for acts from all genres, including Kid Rock, the Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block, 311, Weezer, and Sister Hazel, among many others. As a result, the popularity of cruises among music fans of all shapes, sizes and styles has led to a handful of new metal-themed cruises, all wanting to […]


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Linkin Park Blend Old with New Effectively on ‘Living Things’

Warner Brothers (2012)

Linkin Park aren’t content to release the same album over and over – they’ve proven that for years. Today, the onetime nu-metal band released Living Things, their first since 2010’s challenging A Thousand Suns. Their fifth studio album (and third co-produced by MC Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin), it features a collection of songs that channel their past while charging forward, blending styles and structures every bit as efficiently as […]


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Going to Warped Tour This Summer? Don’t Miss These Bands.

The 2012 edition of the Vans Warped Tour kicked off this week, and we wanted to put together a list of acts you should check out if you’re planning to go. There are a ton of bands on the tour, playing from 10 in the morning until around 8 at night, and the set times change daily. Use this quick list as your guide to some of the most can’t-miss […]


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Miss May I Charge Forward with ‘At Heart’

Rise Records (2012)

At Heart, Miss May I’s newly-released third album, is perfectly timed, considering their involvement in this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Crisply-produced and deliberately composed, the album showcases the metal genre’s new school of noteworthy young bands, obsessed over by teenagers nationwide. Their second album with clean vocalist/bassist Ryan Neff, At Heart is a high-energy but ultimately run-of-the-mill collection of aggressive, hard-charging pit-ready metal, rife with as many breakdowns as you’d […]


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‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ Documentary Film To Air on Showtime July 13

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, a feature length documentary film co-produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, will premiere on Showtime on July 13. The film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD back in November, but if you haven’t picked it up, you’ll have a chance to catch it when it airs next month. It’s the first film released by Jack Osbourne’s production company, Jacko Productions. Being made by his son, the film […]


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The Melvins Get Weird Again with ‘Freak Puke’

Ipecac Recordings, 2012

Freak Puke, the Melvins’ eighteenth studio album, is very appropriately titled. Their sludgy doom-metal inspired Kurt Cobain to make music in the late 1980s, and little has changed in the thirty years they’ve been a band. Freak Puke may have been recorded by “Melvins Lite” – a stripped-down version of the band’s lineup featuring guitarist/vocalist Buzz Osborne, drummer Dale Crover (a onetime Nirvana kit-man) and Trevor Dunn (of the Mike […]


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Marilyn Manson “Born Villain” –Album Review

Hell, Etc. (2012)

Talk about conquering your inner demons. Born Villain, the first new record from Marilyn Manson since 2008, is surprisingly solid, and tailor-made to shock those who turned their backs on Manson after his last two underwhelming albums. More than anything, Born Villain is Manson re-visiting what put him on the map. It’s a throwback to yesteryear, nearly two decades after he turned the world upside-down with his bondage suits, black […]


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Slipknot To Host “Knotfest” in Iowa, Wisconsin

Iowa-based metal icons Slipknot have announced their first curated festival, Knotfest. Scheduled for successive dates on August 17th and 18th in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin (on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota), the all-day festival features headlining performances from the band, as well as a formidable list of support acts. All of the following will be taking part in the fun: Deftones Lamb of God Dethklok Serj Tankian […]