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TRIVIUM – “Deadmen and Dragons” Livestream Event (December 18th, 2021)

Nothing jump-starts the evolutionary process quite like pure, unabashed necessity, and it would be the understatement of the century to suggest that the events over the past 2 years have altered the way bands reach their audiences. Case and point, metal upstarts turned icons Trivium, whom managed to field a duo of highly impressive studio LPs in the midst of…

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A Year In Review: Our 2021 Favorite Progressive Rock Albums

While some are certainly dusting off prog-rock records from boxes stacked in their parents’ attics as though they were little more than antiques, there is something music fans know with certainty: progressive rock is alive and well. 2021 has proven yet again that there is freshness and modernity in the genre, and that this is anything but an old dog’s game. New names and faces surface alongside familiar favorites, including relative newcomers The Cyberiam proving their chops alongside Styx, both with artistic merit in equal measure. There has also been a brilliant showing from independent artists, news of their output…

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A Year In Review: Our 2021 Favorite Metal Albums

2021 was a year that weighed heavily on many shoulders, but metal delivered uplifting heaviness in return. As a new decade of music continues to unfurl, there has been a strong resurgence of classic heavy metal stylings as well as new releases from some of the genre’s titans. Newcomers have ambitiously faced the legacy of Iron Maiden and Flotsam and Jetsam while contending for recognition alongside those very same masters of the craft, while other legends yet have pulled themselves out of the shadows for fiery comebacks. Our end-of-year compilation weighs heavily towards the strong explosion of heavy metal and…

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A Year In Review: Our 2021 Favorite Metalcore Albums

Despite the obvious negative things about 2021, there’s no doubt that this year has been great for the metal world. Not only in metalcore, but across all the countless sub-genres, there have been some incredible releases. Whether it’s from a fresh act that’s come out of nowhere, or a group of veteran musicians reminding us who’s boss, the albums and EP’s being offered to metal lovers have been truly something. Now is it just us, or does it feel like the heavy bands have gotten, well, heavier? Did lockdowns and COVID piss people off? Absolutely. Did that translate into their…