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metal issue 2012
Rex Brown delivers the word on Pantera
“No holds barred” and “warts and all” are typical qualifiers when it comes to rock-and-roll memoirs, but rarely do they fulfill the promise.
| March 22, 2013
Quicksand rises from the '90s
There are two ways to go about being a post-hardcore band from the '90s.
| January 04, 2013
Phil Anselmo pulls no punches on Pantera, American Idol, and the reputation of metal
Who better than Philip Hansen Anselmo to discuss the current state of metal?
Cowboy from hell
| August 03, 2012
Rule return to their heavy-metal roots
It's a Wednesday afternoon in Boston, and what feels like the most brutal thunderstorm of the summer is rolling into town.
| August 03, 2012
Pantera | Vulgar Display Of Power [20th Anniversary Reissue]
By 1992, metal fans were in desperate need of fresh bombast. Metallica had gone mainstream with radio-friendly singles like "Nothing Else Matters," Rob Halford left Judas Priest the year prior, and Iron Maiden had long ago stopped delivering vital mater
| May 11, 2012
A Rush and a push
When a thousand people turned out at the Skowhegan Fair last weekend to watch Sinfist, Loki, Salvo, and Colon Blow battle it out for $1000 and a fair bit of bragging rights (Sinfist won), it was a sweet night to savor for Chris Rush.
Carrying the metal torch at MainesXtremeRadio.com
| August 26, 2011
DevilDriver | Beast
Would it be blasphemous to compare DevilDriver with the almighty Pantera? Sure, perhaps. But the only reference for the bludgeoning brutality of Beast is the latter days of the Texas-based metal militants and their pushing of the envelope into breakneck
| March 11, 2011
DOM-ination? Astralwerks' vulgar display of power
DOM's sound is so next-wave post-everything, the darling Worcester buzz band have now taken to wearing blurred-out t-shirts in their press photos. But uhh, so...
| February 01, 2011
Vampire Weekend | Contra
There are a few words I did not expect to use in describing Vampire Weekend's second album. Paul-Simony-er is one of them.
| January 08, 2010
Review: Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
When evaluating a new Guitar Hero — or any music-related game — it helps to picture a Venh Diagram consisting of three circles: "Good Songs," "Challenging Songs," and "Songs that are fun to play on plastic instruments."
Guitar Hero does its greatest hits
| July 17, 2009
Can’t we be Civil?
What’s that you say? Never heard of them?
Outside of Portland, a Battle Within rages
| February 13, 2008
Portland scene report: February 8, 2008
Anybody catch their January 25 appearance at the Battle of the Bands?
Sibilance starts now
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| February 06, 2008
Repackaging music in box-set format and in newer, more-deluxe versions is a marketing ploy that’s been around at least since the dawn of the CD age.
The ongoing survival of the box set
| December 11, 2007
Triumph of the will
Just a few years ago, they were known as Kobalt, and things weren’t going as planned.
Thy Will Be Done are forging a new kind of metal
| October 30, 2007
Virginia Beach–based Mae play catchy, pretty pop-rock perfect for kids whose parents won’t let them wear their Death Cab for Cutie T-shirts to Sunday school.
Singularity | Capitol
| August 07, 2007
Music with a message
It’s impossible to not take note the alarmingly high number of teen traffic fatalities.
Providence Rockers for Life takes on drunk driving
| July 31, 2007
Lines upon the Multimedia and Internet-enabled Mobile Phone Newly Produced by the Apple Corporation
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
| July 06, 2007
And it Stones me
Hey, someone’s got to keep the flame alive.
Everybody get UltraViolent at the Deering Grange
| July 02, 2007
When Lightning Bolt debuted oh-so-many years ago, it’s pretty likely they had no idea what kind of zany spell they’d cast over the city’s music scene.
Dynamic duos: Lightening Bolt, the Body, and more
| February 27, 2007
The next action sport
At New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in mid October, hundreds of people are squished into bleachers, staring at cyborg super-soldiers who’re killing each other.
Say hello to the new breed of pro athlete — and goodbye to their grassroots
| November 21, 2006
You don’t get in a fistfight over Opeth — you wilt, and shed a few petals.
All for the love of Opeth
| October 10, 2006
Plus new albums by Jewel, the BellRays, and Rebel Meets Rebel.
On the racks: Neil Young's Living with War ; Pearl Jam's comeback album
| May 02, 2006
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