Gus G. is «Fearless» (2018) with a smartly eclectic and innovatively lucid new album

When I first picked up Fearless at Tower Records in Japan and spun it in my discman on my tatami-floor, I was quite surprised. Like many others, I expected crazy-shredding and heavy riffs I would barely be able to hum. But then I realised my subjectivity took the best of me. I should have known better.

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The Metallica Studio Albums Mixtape

Metallica has released a plethora of albums, where 10 of them are studio albums that include original songs. The following mixtape includes songs from those albums, although I left out their 2003 release St. Anger on purpose. Here is my Metallica mixtape. What does yours look like?

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«Queen Of Time» (2018) by Amorphis: An elegant cinematic heavy metal album

Before we look at Queen Of Time, the 13th studio album of Finnish legendary metal veterans Amorphis, it needs to be mentioned that I only know two of their albums in full-depth, their legendary Tales From The Thousand Lakes (1994) and their phenomenal Under the Red Cloud (2015). Hence, my review will not compare the album to their catalogue, but mainly focus on Queen Of Time as a standalone beauty. And, yes, I say beauty, because that is what this album is.

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«American Satan» (2017): The Rock ‘N Roll Movie of the Millennial Generation

American Satan is an American movie, released in theatres on 13 October 2017, revolving around a young heavy metal band that moves to Hollywood to find success, which they find after striking a deal with the devil. It is also an album by the fictitious band The Relentless.

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W.A.S.P.’s «Reidolized» (2018): How a classic album is supposed to be re-released

This year marks the 25th anniversary of W.A.S.P.’s The Crimson Idol, one of the best, albeit underrated, concept albums in rock music history. Mastermind Blackie Lawless re-recorded the album and added four lost tracks, as well as the movie to which the album was supposed to be the soundtrack for and baptised the release Reidolized. The package was released on 2 February 2018 through Napalm Records and I have been enjoying it ever since, very much.

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Machine Head Studio Albums Ranked «Worst To Best»

Bay Area thrash metal icons Machine Head fronted by Robb Flynn have been around since the 1990s and just released their ninth full-length studio album Catharsis. The band enjoys a solid status around the world, but has, of course, received its fair share of positive and negative comments and reviews regarding their albums. This is my subjective opinion on how their nine studio albums rank from worst to best. 

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The Best Hard N’ Heavy Live Albums of 2017

The first subjective list of «Best of 2017» releases is dedicated to live albums. The year 2017 saw some great studio album releases from bands from various genres, but did especially well in the live album category of rock and metal bands. I can highly recommend the following hard n’ heavy live albums.

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Black Sabbath closes its final chapter with «The End: Live in Birmingham» (2017)

The band that single-handedly created heavy metal has closed the final curtain. Tommy Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Geezer Butler, feat. Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keys and rhythm guitar, recorded their very last live show on February 4, 2017 where everything began in 1968, in their home town of Birmingham, England.

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Beast in Black go «Berserker» (2017) with their debut album

I’m no connoisseur of Power Metal, but I surely like to blast it on my headphones when making my way through the urban landscape of our busy cities. That said, a friend recommended Berserker to me – the debut album of Helsinki-based Beast in Black, the brainchild of former Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen, and I like it! However, let’s see what other reviewers have to say.

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AC/DC Studio Albums Ranked «Worst To Best»

AC/DC have arguably defined hard rock more than any other band since the 1970’s. Although the band has experienced its share of ups and downs with the passing of singer Bon Scott and the retirement of founding-member Malcolm Young due to health concerns, the Australian combo has been able to release countless studio, live and compilation albums.

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10 Greatest Heavy Metal Live Albums Of All Time

I am a fan of live albums from any genre. However, my collection comprises mostly rock and metal albums and there are certain live albums that have been spinning over and over again in my player for the past quarter of a century – basically since I was able to earn my own money as a kid and spend it all on records. Here is my subjective Top 10 Best Heavy Metal Live Albums list. By the way, which is your favourite live album?

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Radwimps – Your Name (orig. 君の名は。[Kimi no Nama wa.]): sudle enchantment through compositional simplicity and far-reaching sonic carpets

If you are open to watch Japanese animation movies, I highly recommend to watch the 2016 Japanese anime blockbuster Your Name (orig. 君の名は。[Kimi no Nama wa.]). It is one of my favourite movies in recent times due to the fantastic story, production, mood and feel, and because of the music composed and performed by Japanese rock band Radwimps.

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Cellar Darling: This Is The Sound (2017) of a modern day work of folk-metal art

I have never really listened to Swiss metal icons Eluveitie. Their music just never caught my attention. Hence, why would Cellar Darling, who consist of three former Eluveitie members, be of interest to me? Well, they wouldn’t, but I am very glad that the YouTube auto-play function brought the band’s music to my ears – because I really like it!

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Incorruptible (2017) by Iced Earth is a heavy metal masterpiece that leads its listener through a well-defined thrash metal world

Iced Earth dropped their 12th studio album entitled Incorruptible on June 16, 2017 through Century Media. The masterpiece was produced by mastermind Jon Schaffer, plays for 54 minutes and 33 seconds, and encompasses 10 brand-new tracks from which I especially love the closing title Clear the Way (December 13th, 1862).

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