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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.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 22, 2013

Quicksand rises from the '90s

There are two ways to go about being a post-hardcore band from the '90s.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  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
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  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.
Headbanger's gall
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  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
Rhino (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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  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
Roadrunner (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  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...
By Michael Marotta  |  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.
XL (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  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
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 17, 2009

Can’t we be Civil?

What’s that you say? Never heard of them?
Outside of Portland, a Battle Within rages
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2008

Portland scene report: February 8, 2008

Anybody catch their January 25 appearance at the Battle of the Bands?
Sibilance starts now

Repackaged treasures

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
By MATT ASHARE  |  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
By BOB GULLA  |  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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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
By BOB GULLA  |  July 31, 2007


iPhone home

Lines upon the Multimedia and Internet-enabled Mobile Phone Newly Produced by the Apple Corporation
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 06, 2007

And it Stones me

Hey, someone’s got to keep the flame alive.
Everybody get UltraViolent at the Deering Grange
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2007

Two’s company

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
By BOB GULLA  |  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
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  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
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 10, 2006


St. Anger

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
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 02, 2006