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Play ball; when 'wireless' meant radio; on the green

Phillipe was on suicide watch when news broke that the New England Patriots had allowed Wes Welker to sign with the Denver Broncos. And when the Red Sox opened the season April 1 against the damn Yankees in New York, P. had his gun to his head once agai
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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

Pallbearer survive extinction

We all know that there is nothing more metal than a war.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 22, 2013

Graveyard pull their weight

Any rocker worth his salt eventually realizes the paradox of total heaviosity: even the heaviest riff requires a light touch, and moments of brutal rage become meaningless without some lightness to offset the shade.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 11, 2013

2012: A melodic year in metal

For me, this year was about the riff .

By JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  December 21, 2012

Lamb of God's arrested development

Lamb of God, a crew of Virginia pummelers who have been riding the rock-and-rollercoaster since their formation as Burn the Priest in 1990, had this year reached a point that veteran bands often do, when the momentum of their early, hungry stage was re

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 23, 2012


Deftones | Koi No Yokan

Deftones' brand of metal is artful and spacey, patient and textured: Stephen Carpenter's de-tuned distortion washes over like menacing storm clouds; Abe Cunningham's dextrous drumming takes cues from both hip-hop and prog; and, at his most melodic, Chin
Reprise Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012

Isis | Temporal

 Temporal is an assortment of rarities culled from Isis' entire career, and it's a suitably bulky set in both length (almost two hours) and aural weight.
Ipecac (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 16, 2012

Kvelertak put rock in a chokehold

Kvelertak's missives come packaged in dark roiling paeans to Norse gods and demonic urges, filled with screamed yearnings and frantic warnings.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 09, 2012
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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012
Music: Converge

Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012

Got riffs?

In need of some good old-fashioned heavy metal riffs and shredding?
Thrillhouse certainly does
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 24, 2012

Photos: Lolita Black at Dusk

Lolita Black plays at Dusk on August 6, 2012.
With Crucidix, Direct Effect, and This Routine Is Hell | August 6, 2012
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  August 10, 2012

Throw a heavy metal party in your house

From the frigid coasts of Scandinavia to the bathwater-warm beaches of Florida, all metal tribes share a common bond.
Guest Column
By JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  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

In This Moment | Blood

After In This Moment's 2007 debut, the Los Angeles quintet took part in something called the "Hot Chicks of Metal Tour."
Century Media (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  August 03, 2012


Candlemass | Psalms For The Dead

If this is truly, certainly, most definitely the final Candlemass album (the doom-metal progenitors called it quits in both 1994 and 2002, only to reform both times), then the swan song on their swan-song release is "Black as Time," a middling, excessiv
By RYAN FOLEY  |  August 03, 2012

Lemmy and Motörhead are still raising hell

At 66 years old, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister is still at it, playing the game and loving every minute, having fun while so many of his contemporaries act dour and aloof.
An Ace, in Spades
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 03, 2012

Torture Chain | Time Is But a Doorway to the Incinerator

Torture Chain have had black metal locked down with an ultra raw punkish aesthetic over three demos for the past four years.
Eternal Summer (2012)
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 03, 2012

Staying up late with Nachzehrer and 212

The physical 212: an Allston room where two drum kits sit opposite each other in malign aspect, occult graffiti covers the walls, empties of every variety of shit beer cover the floor, and a stench of rot permeates everything.
Night music
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 03, 2012
What is Babymetal?

Seriously, what is Babymetal?

Given that they're all alumni of the J-pop "idol" group Sakura Gakuin, it's extremely unlikely that these girls (whose ages fall between 12 and 15) formed Babymetal on their own.
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By REYAN ALI  |  August 03, 2012

Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
Coolest of the heavies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012

Inside the Crushing Sounds of Castevet

Castevet's jaggedly angular extreme metal, defined by taut, insistent buildups, abrupt changes, deft use of dynamics, unsettling melodies, and energetic, intricate drum fills, has spellbound listeners since late 2006.
Beyond black metal
By IAN DUNCAN-BROWN  |  August 03, 2012

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

Slicing up metal genres with Black Breath

Anyone with even a passing interest in heavy metal knows by now that the musical style has become subsumed in an obsession with subgenres, warring factions under metal's big black hate-filled umbrella.
Power of the riffage
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 06, 2012

Panic! at the Palladium

This past week, rumors flew that the Palladium, the stately concert hall in downtown Worcester, was due for imminent demolition.
Prepare to get wrecked?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 15, 2012


Sleep | Dopesmoker [re-issue]

In the early-'90s metal drought, a strange strain developed through the cracks in the pavement, as downtuned strings, sluggish tempos, and vintage amplification led to the blossoming of stoner rock.
Southern Lord (2012)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 08, 2012

Razormaze adds focus to their thrash

For a kind-of goofy metal dude, Alex Citrone is pretty serious — especially when he talks metal, and especially when he's talking about his band, Boston shred titans Razormaze.
Sharper image
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 18, 2012

Confronting the Swedish gloom of In Solitude

When I am finally able to get through to the cell phone of In Solitude's tour manager, they have emerged from a massive dust cloud, their metal-mobile finding civilization after a long spell traversing the deserts of Arizona with no idea where they are g
Cold spell
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 11, 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)