Agalloch are one of the most influential bands in the black metal world. Here's the record that started it all.
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It's a little surreal for my businessman father to say that he thinks Immortal is 'kind of cool' or for my mom to talk about the therapeutic power of Deafheaven.
Woods Of Ypres may very well have changed the history of black metal with this 2004 release.
Carpathian essentially founded black 'n' roll with the magic of Black Shining Leather – this is an album that you simply can't ignore.
Most people don't think of the Indian subcontinent as somewhere with an exciting metal scene – as it happens not only is the scene there – it's huge.
The Pays-de-la-Loire region was barely funding a tenth of one percent of the festival.
In the history of black metal few bands really define the genre as much as Immortal. Here's why At The Heart Of Winter is perhaps their greatest triumph.
Sig: Ar: Tyr have been quiet for more than half a decade – here is their new single.
What I think that Helvete teaches us is that there is still a very real fanaticism behind this music, even if we probably won't be burning down any churches in its name in the near future.
Black metal is full of forgotten bands, Parabellum are among the earliest and most important.
Panzerfaust was a huge step forward for Darkthrone. It's a testament not just to the band, but the early history of black metal.
Bathory have always been noted as one of the most important black metal bands of all time – Hammerheart just proved their dominance.
The Lion's Daughter are among this generations underground metal finest. Their latest record is a testament to that.
This album represents exactly what I love about metal, the fusion of elements and the absurd beauty of a music that God seemed to spurn. With their self titled sophomore effort, Bloodiest provide brainy metal that comes together with ebbs and flows, twists and turns to unleash the kind of music that forces you to really think and pick apart the internal power of their creation.
Not only are Cauldron one of the most fun bands out there today, they also understand the fundamental nature of speed metal and will get your heart racing and body shaking. Fully aware of their own bombast, Cauldron speed forward with a preternatural magic, the overwhelming bliss of their music resonating with the listener and forcing you to take the band into your heart.
There's a lot of things you need to know before getting to hit the road, bitter truths that you'll hear, and probably ignore, which is fine. After all touring is still nothing but a good time.