Category Metal

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Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (Hell, etc.)

Three years after Born Villain brought him back to his simpler NiN inspired sounds, Manson returns with a rousing change of pace. Without deviating too much from his stalwart formula, Manson on The Pale Emperor has explored a much blusier side of his psyche. This is Marilyn Manson the Blue edition. Elements of the current wave of blues […]

Between Rock & A Hard Place–Plugged and Unplugged

The title refers to the composer’s seeing the connections between heavy metal and some avant-garde classical pieces. This piece is also performed “unplugged”. Other works are quiet, minimialist. Play! Trks 1-4 suitable for metal/hard rock programming.

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Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun Release Date: 2014Jun24 Label: Reprise Records FCC: 4, 8 Try: 1, 2, 3, 9 Talk about a band who’s come a long way in 15 years. Mastodon have undergone fearless evolution throughout their history, and to their credit as artists, have released a broad spectrum of tunes across their […]

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Ides of Gemini – Old World | New Wave

Ides of Gemini – Old World | New Wave Release Date: 2014Sep16 Label: Neurot Recordings FCC OK Try: 1, 6, 7 Magical chthonic visions dredged from a fever dream of prophetic undoing. Simultaneously sultry and terrifying, lead lady Sera Timms delivers her most powerful performance to date, in not just Ides of Gemini, but former desolate desert denizens Black Math […]

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Norma Jean – Wrongdoers

Norma Jean – Wrongdoers Release Date: 2013Aug06 Label: Razor & Tie FCC OK Try: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Meridional was one of my surprise favorites of 2012, as Norma Jean figured out how to rein their chaos and write the tightest album of their career for their major label debut. I’m not exactly sure what happened […]

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YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend

YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend Release Date: 2014Sep02 Label: Neurot Recordings FCC OK Try: whatever fits in your playlists, but “Marrow” is the giant step YOB was one of the first bands to “wow” me when I first became Metal Director back in 2005 with The Unreal Never Lived. A decade later—through tribulation, evolution, […]

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High on Fire – Spitting Fire Live, Vols. 1 and 2

High on Fire – Spitting Fire Live, Vols. 1 & 2 Release Date: 2014Jun18 Label: E1 Entertainment FCC OK Try: to not get a bangover Solid double set of the thrashing stoner doom juggernaut that is High on Fire. Although impossible to fully capture their live potency, this two-album career retrospective does its damnedest. Culled from their last pair […]

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