CANTO: Napalm Death, Lordi, Suicide Silence, and More

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Another clean sweep!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Nightwish, Possessed, Black Star Riders, and More

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Very happy tomorrow is Friday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Arrival of Autumn live at Aura, 12.5.2019

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Band: Arrival of Autumn

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Aura, Portland, Maine

Date: December 5, 2019

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Northern Chaos Gods: Some thoughts on Immortal’s long-awaited return

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DISCLAIMER: I’m not really sure this counts as a “review”; I’ve only had Northern Chaos Gods since Friday, which isn’t nearly enough time to fully assess it. Rather, let’s just call this a “brain-dump” — a summation of some things I’ve been pondering about both the album itself and what it means more broadly: for Immortal and beyond. So, here you go.
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Throwback Thursday: In Flames’ “Clayman” turns 18

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Though they’re little more than a punchline these days, it’s hard to overstate just how important In Flames were in my journey into metal fandom. As I began my crossover from nu-metal kid into “the real shit” — sometime around eighth grade — the Swedes were one of the first contemporary bands to really hook me. At their peak, they hit every note I wanted to hear: the sense of melody I’d come to appreciate from classic artists like Maiden and Priest; a heaviness that, unlike nu-metal, didn’t feel clownish; and most importantly, an almost unfairly catchy presentation of both those component parts.

And it’s thanks to that last point in particular that Clayman was the first In Flames album to hook me in. So in honor of its 18th birthday this past Tuesday, let’s take a look back at it.

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