December 14, 2012

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Gojira (Bayonne, France)                       Something massive is rising from the water.  The closer it gets, the louder it is.  Growling, stomping, quaking the ground under your feet.  And just before the sun rises, it hits the shore.  As it walks towards you it forms an eclipse from […]

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August 23, 2012

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Refused (Umeå, Sweden) This is a band that should be well known, but are not.  Most of the time when you ask people who Refused are, they have no idea.  This band with one album in particular, changed part of the faces of Hardcore/Punk and Metal, as they gained in popularity on both sides. In 1991, Refused was formed […]

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August 21, 2012

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Tragedy (Memphis, Tennessee) If you know the band His Hero Is Gone, then you might know who Tragedy are.  Within the last half of the 90’s His Hero Is Gone ruled a section of the punk/hardcore scene but unless you payed close attention, you wouldn’t know.  They weren’t interested in any sort of popularity.  If you […]

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System of a Down

August 19, 2012

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System of a Down (Glendale, California)  A huge mixture of styles with heavy use of vocal harmonies and being silly as all hell at times, this band is one of the most unique acts around.  Lyrical content mostly hits on politics, sex, drugs, and war.  They’ve been known for having a Frank Zappa-esque attitude/demeanor.  And they […]

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August 18, 2012

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Ministry (Chicago, Illinois)                 Before Nine Inch Nails there was someone else using electronics for metallic purposes, and Ministry perfected that art over many releases.  You’ll find their influence in many a place from their riffs to the usage of samples and electronic accompaniment, such as Fear Factory or Rammstein. […]

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Strapping Young Lad

July 17, 2012

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Strapping Young Lad (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)                  I don’t give a fuck!  That’s what Strapping Young Lad has to say.  Their way, is their way, and that wouldn’t change for nothing or no-one.  So heavy and in-your-face an anvil to the dome would feel like a pillow […]

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June 29, 2012

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Deftones (Sacramento, California)                  The Deftones are innovators of their craft.  From the beginning they created an  atmosphere of raw energy with an addicting combination of metal, hip hip, and rock.  As they’ve changed over the years, they’re always trying something new and stepping outside the lines to build […]

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June 12, 2012

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Primus (San Francisco, California)              Wild & Crazy, Weird & Wacky, you will not find a band like this.  One-of-a-kind says it all.  They are extreme in any realm you put them in, so here is where they belong.  Either you love ’em, or you hate ’em.  No matter your […]

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June 5, 2012

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Nothingface (Washington D.C.)              An instance where a band gets together and the pieces fit just so, to create something a little different, a little out of the ordinary, but still familiar and palatable.  Pummeling screams and many strange and creative melodic lines over riffs that were innovative and sometimes […]

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Melvins, The

May 3, 2012

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The Melvins (Montesano, Washington)   Who doesn’t like The Melvins?  I’m serious, who doesn’t like The Melvins?!  IT’S THE MELVINS!  Shall I say more?  Yeah probably.  These guys are hard to categorize.  More than most.  They are metal, but with their strange sense of humor, experimenting, and different mix of styles they are quite unique. […]

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May 3, 2012

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Converge (Salem, Massachusetts)                     Take math infused poly-rhythmic experimental metal and mix that in with the intensity of hardcore punk, then put what sounds like a dying panther on the mic (sometimes you get surprisingly good melodic singing too) and you have Converge.  It is true that some […]

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May 2, 2012

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Gizmachi (Newburgh, New York)                      Take a bit of Meshuggah and inject that into the veins of metalcore, and you have Gizmachi.  A talented band from New York that has kind of a cult following if you will.  Whenever they release the new album that has […]

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