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Cave In: Heavy Pendulum review – an unapologetically fierce beast
With gargantuan riffs and amps turned up to 11, pure metal is tempered with the grace and complexity that have become the band’s trademark

Stevie Chick

20, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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40 years of the Wire magazine: ‘Music deserves intelligent treatment. If that’s elitist, so be it’
From free jazz to doomy drones, outsider artists have always found a home in the Wire. Its creators reflect on upending the orthodoxy, coining genres – and their hatred of big-name rivals

Daniel Dylan Wray

16, May, 2022 @10:27 AM

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Black Dahlia Murder singer Trevor Strnad dies aged 41
The lead vocalist and co-founder of the US band described metal as a ‘healthy outlet for negative energy’

Laura Snapes

12, May, 2022 @9:57 AM

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Tool review – master musicianship and mesmerising prog-metal
For their first non-festival gig in the UK in nearly 15 years, the LA quartet’s opuses generate a frenzy – and drummer Danny Carey shows he is one of the greats

Chris Lord

03, May, 2022 @10:33 AM

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Rammstein: Zeit review – ridiculous, but no risk of boredom
The Gothic, operatic metallers deliver hook after hook on an album so streamlined and efficient you can almost hear the pyro cues

Michael Hann

29, Apr, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Ghost review – rock’n’roll pyro pantomime is hellishly good fun
Tobias Forge’s band of ghouls just reached No 2 in the UK charts, and their symphonic metal – complete with bat wings, confetti and flamethrowers – has universal appeal

Chris Lord

11, Apr, 2022 @12:46 PM

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Iron Maiden’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
As The Number of the Beast turns 40 – and is set to crash back into the charts – we appraise the best of the band who brought epic, bloody storytelling to heavy metal

Alexis Petridis

25, Mar, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Northlane’s most hair-raising gig: ‘I got sucked down into the space behind the stage’
The Sydney metalcore band’s drummer, Nic Pettersen, was a victim of gravity when he disappeared mid-gig in New Zealand

Nic Pettersen as told to Andrew Stafford

21, Mar, 2022 @4:30 PM

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The Guide #24: how metal bands dared to go soft
In this week’s newsletter: it’s a music genre that used to be all about doom and thrash – but in 2022 you’re lucky if there’s even a riff in the mix

Gwilym Mumford

04, Mar, 2022 @11:50 AM

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‘Subtlety is the hardest part’: cult metal band Blood Incantation trade extremes for ambience
The cosmic-minded Denver band broke out with two albums of frenetic riffs and blast beats. Are they risking it all by embracing their inner Zen?

Rosie Solomon

02, Mar, 2022 @8:25 AM

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‘Hard-partying bands are the outliers now’: how rock’n’roll broke up with booze and drugs
Musicians and their crew used to be notorious for their booze and drug consumption on tour. Now, however – partly thanks to the pandemic – there’s support for those who would rather try to stay sober

Hannah May Kilroy

25, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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The Decline of Western Civilization: one of the great music documentaries
Penelope Spheeris’s trilogy about LA’s punk and hair metal scenes is both hopeful and bleak, with revealing interviews with future stars

Nathan Jolly

22, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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