Metal

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'It was tribal and sexual': Alice Cooper on the debauchery of Detroit rock
When the shock-rocker returned to the place of his birth in the 60s, he found a raw paradise of unsegregated rock’n’roll. As Cooper releases an album celebrating the city, he and his peers relive one of the US’s greatest music scenes

Michael Hann

26, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Julien Baker’s teenage obsessions: ‘I had Leonardo DiCaprio’s hair. I was a mess’
As she releases her third album, the US indie rocker reminisces about waffles, hardcore Christian punk and her terrible skateboarding

As told to Dave Simpson

25, Feb, 2021 @3:13 PM

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'The drum needed a blood sacrifice': the rise of dark Nordic folk
Heilung jam with Siberian shamans and play with human bones, while Wardruna record songs submerged in rivers and on burial mounds. Now this vibrant undergound music scene is finding a wider audience

Dannii Leivers

16, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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No drone unturned: tracing the sound that unites ancient and modern
From primitive instruments and sacred chants to today’s minimalist electronica and metal, drone music has a long and mystical history. A new book investigates

Harry Sword

10, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Marilyn Manson removed from US TV shows following abuse allegations
Musician’s appearances on American Gods and Creepshow will not air following allegations by five women, which Manson denies

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Feb, 2021 @1:21 PM

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Metallica: the night the masters of metal gave me hope for the future
Continuing our series on the artists who had a formative influence on our music writers, Matt Mills recalls how a cataclysmic set at his first ever festival helped him overcome his deepest anxieties

Matt Mills

02, Feb, 2021 @9:36 AM

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Evan Rachel Wood and four other women accuse Marilyn Manson of abuse
Manson describes allegations as ‘horrible distortions of reality’ after record label drops him from their roster

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Feb, 2021 @5:06 PM

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System of a lockdown: the web series keeping the spirit of metal alive
In Two Minutes to Late Night, a corpse-painted comedian and his musical guests cover metal classics. The result has been an unlikely Covid-era hit

Skot Thayer

22, Jan, 2021 @1:00 PM

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AC/DC, Avalanches, and Pnau collab with Ladyhawke again: new Australian music for January
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

05, Jan, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Alexi Laiho brought light to the dark of death metal
The Children of Bodom frontman, who has died aged 41, used virtuosity, neoclassical melody and flashy rock star charisma to invigorate and popularise extreme music

Matt Mills

05, Jan, 2021 @10:09 AM

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Alexi Laiho, frontman of metal band Children of Bodom, dies aged 41
Guitarist and singer had ‘suffered from long-term health issues during his last years’, according to press statement

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Jan, 2021 @12:49 PM

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Irish drill, jazz violin and supermarket musicals: 30 new artists for 2021
From the ferocious hardcore punk of Nicolas Cage Fighter to the ultra-meditative ambient of KMRU, discover new music from right across the pop spectrum

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

01, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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