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WHEN BLACK METAL CAME TO LOVE IS POP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOCTEM

interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: MORGOTH: GOD IS EVIL

Morgoth’s “God Is Evil” 7″ and digital single is their first studio recording since 1996’s “Feel Sorry For The Fanatic” and, holy fuck, was it worth the wait. From the second the song opens, they unleash a cavalcade of spiky, blood-spilling riffs, brutal drums and scathing vocals. It’s a massive onslaught of evil,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NOVEMBERS DOOM: BLED WHITE

#9. Not many bands reach that number of albums. Even the best bands seem to break up or otherwise call it quits after number five or six. Not so with Chicago’s Novembers Doom, however. They’re a wicked beast that refuses to die, thrashing away at anything that gets in their way, thus painting...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: TRAP THEM: BLISSFUCKER

“They wanted to make to make it ugly and bitter,” states the press release that arrived at our office (read: E-mail) with this one. And I’ll come right out and say it: they did exactly what they set out to do. Trap Them’s backstory: Ryan McKenney (former vocalist of Backstabbers Incorporated) and Brian...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: ARCH ENEMY: WAR ETERNAL

War Eternal is the first album by death metal legends Arch Enemy to feature new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of the Canadian band The Agonist.  Angela Gossow, who joined the band in 2000, has stepped down from the spotlight in order to focus on being the band’s manager.  Meanwhile, Chris Amott has...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: VALLENFYRE: SPLINTERS

Unholy fucking shit, does this one rule. And I do mean rule. As in, it’s easily the year’s best metal release thus far and I doubt there will be anything as earth-shattering throughout the rest of the year. A bit pre-mature to be making such a statement? Sure. But give this one a...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: INSOMNIUM: SHADOWS OF THE DYING SUN

There are an awful lot of bands calling themselves “melodic death metal” these days, but in most cases the vocals are still raw and growled throughout their albums, only the guitars having a more melodic vibe than you’d get with your standard death metal. Not the case with Insomnium, however. On the contrary,...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: ARCH EMEMY: WAR ETERNAL


Arch Enemy are back! Not that they've been completely gone, given that they just released the re-issue of Black Earth with lots of bonus tracks last year, but, still, their last studio album, Khaos Legions, was released back in 2011, so it's understandable that their fans -- like...
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#albumoftheday VAMPIRE: VAMPIRE

This self-titled debut from Sweden’s Vampire was released on March 3rd in Europe and will be released here in North America on March 18th. And, boy, is it one to get excited about. I don’t think I’ve found a death metal debut this invigorating and engaging since Skeletonwitch first hit the scene and...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: I AM HERESY: THY WILL

With a name like I Am Heresy, I should think you know what you’re in for here. And that’s a brutal beating over the head by some pummeling like hell drums, scorching guitars (of which they have THREE players), à toute vitesse bass and rage-fueled vocals, complete with some rather unorthodox lyrics. Like...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: CALIBAN: GHOST EMPIRE

“This is it, my apocalypse,” scream-sings Caliban frontman Andreas Dörner during “Wolves and Rats,” just one of the veteran metal band’s killer — and brutal — new songs. It’s hard to believe, but the German metal outfit has been around for over sixteen years now. I kid you not. They were formed in...
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