Plotkin Calls His Metal Back

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Righteous Pigs, Hellwitch, Excel, Casbah, Sadus, Wehrmacht, Attitude Adjustment...thanks to my friend the always-inspirational James Plotkin (Old Lady Drivers, Scorn, Khanate) for sending over...

Early Thrash Pics in GQ Germany

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Judging by the the Deutsche edition of GQ, the pinnacle of men's style in Germany seems to be sweaty, sneering thrashers drooling beer from...

28 Blast Beats Later

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Hard Attack listener Sage wrote me to request Goatwhore, and passed along a Flickr link to her hell-possessed eyeball. She's obviously infected with the...

Leviathan: Chris Barnes Before the Cough Drops

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Amazing revelation time—I wanted to post this great 1987 deathly thrash demo by Leviathan, but the sparse packaging offered no details about the band....

Forced Entry: Seattle’s Best Thrash

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The Pacific Northwest isn't known for being peppy, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that Seattle's best-known thrash metal export Forced Entry are the most...

Gratuitous Lordi Photo-Op

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Eurovision winners/future Ozzfest heatstroke victims Lordi signing Pedon Meteli -- the Finnish version of Sound of the Beast -- as a gift for translator...

Mustaine: "My Eyes Are Watering"

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Funny footage here from French TV of Dave Mustaine struggling to play "Hangar 18," Guitar Hero II version, for the first time. "You are too...

Vultures Interfere with Corpse Pit

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From the new Six Feet Under CD Reuters: 'Body farm' on hold due to vultures A TEXAS university's plans for a site to study decomposing human...

Sacrilege: Before Commercialism

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"You can copy this tape and its cover all you want and spread it around -- thanks, Strephon Taylor." Okay! That's the handwritten message on...

Chainsaw: The Dawn of German Speed Metal

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The first of at least six CHAINSAWs in the metal toolshed, this lot of German headbangers released two 4-song demo tapes in 1985 --...

Swiss Misters

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In the name of sloppy, ruinous cavorting, I left my camera at home and went out to see Celtic Frost last night opening for...

Dream Death: Never Thought Life Could Be So Damn Evil

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In the annals of forgotten, unappreciated, worthy pioneers, Pittsburgh sludge lords Dream Death loom large. I took some heat after Sound of the Beast...

From the Rat’s Mouth: Overkill/Thrash History DVD

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Original Overkill drummer/mastermind Rat Skates has produced a great DVD memoir, Born in the Basement, that pretty much sums up the completely nuts energy...

Goatlord: What Happens in Vegas…

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Before the odd ultra-sludgy LP with the electronic drums and long before Darkthrone paid tribute with its Goatlord CD, Goatlord were dirgy and shoddy...

Victory for Fallen Wiccan Soldiers

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This Memorial Day will be a good one for the families of 11 deceased Wiccan soldiers. After a long and embarrassing fight, the US...

Legal Threats Against MetalTabs.com

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Sucky news for the advancement of metal guitar playing -- the user-generated vault of wisdom MetalTabs.com has taken down all of its tabs in...

Deathly Blast

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Appearing at the Milwaukee Metalfest in 1990, Obituary nearly obliterated half the death metal fans in the world with some jerry-rigged stage pyro. The...

Samhain: Speedy Delivery from Denmark

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Samhain were the dark children of Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost, Master, and the entire experience of the demo-trading universe. The band was comprised of...

Oink-less Pork on Your Plate?

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Welcome to the science fiction world of future sausage...the amusing illustration above comes from a story I just wrote for Popular Mechanics about lab-grown...

1ST LISTEN: Shining, V: Halmstad (8/10)

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The litany of abusive, nasty Swedish black metal continues. In the two years since the near-masterpiece IV: The Eerie Cold, Shining has provoked the...