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New Column: Social Media and the Metal Renaissance
1/19/2018 by Frank Hill




Is it just me or is hard music as a whole vastly improved? Are we experience a rock and metal renaissance, an invigorating explosion of artist expression done to near perfection when compared to earlier eras? I think we are.

To spin on the U.S. President's campaign slogan, bands are "making metal great again". It's not just the album sales though. We are seeing some of the best material from bands that, historically, have just been a little underwhelming at times. You are now seeing bands reunited, welcoming former members and generally fulfilling the dreams of their fan-base. And that's just the vets. The crop of talent from the 00s are delivering quality records and improving their skill-set while a new crop has emerged globally to lay siege to "the next big thing" title. Nearly every day I am being turned on to unknown bands and albums that are impressing the hell out of me.

It's a disease, and a cure isn't requested…[Full Column Link]



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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
· Leng Tch'e· Opeth
· The Great Deceiver· Children Of Bodom
· Impellitteri· Goatwhore
· Twisted Tower Dire· Kalibas
· Gun Barrel· Overkill
· Majesty· Widowmaker
· God Dethroned· Late Nite Romeo
· Power of Omens· Valley's Eve
· October 31· Pyn Siren
· Black Sabbath· Curriculum Mortis
· Steel Preacher· Assrockers
· Dream Weaver· Crystal Eyes
· Sludge!· Stryper
· Fraise· Brides of Destruction
· Dreamaker· Neverland
· Tesla· F5
· Force Of Evil· Shiva
· Superchrist· Funerus
· Graveland· David Shankle Group
· Marillion· Iron Angel
· Zaius· Black Zodiac
· Fabrizio Bonanno· Schenker/ Pattison Summit
· Devil In The Kitchen· Therion
· Insomnium· Chapter VIII
· Vox Tempus· Killswitch Engage
· Metal Church· Final Dawn
· Potential Threat SF· Chris Caffery
· Necrodemon· Internal Bleeding
· Mine· Incantation
· Ironhorse· Trans-Siberian Orchestra
· The 7 Method· Behemoth
· Tsjuder· Angra
· Rush· Tristania
· Creed· Scenteria
· Ligeia· Rottweiller
· Kings X· Kamelot
· Veni Domine· Maze Of Torment
· Korpiklaani· Sabaton
· Strikelight· Heartcry
· Suidakra· Carina Alfie
· Nevermore· Samael
· Crimson Moonlight· Chastain
· Thunderblast· Neil Turbin
· Callenish Circle· Grand Magus
· Ivory Knight· Embraze
· Rudra· Agents Of Man
· Mirador· Amorphis
· Maximum Overdrive· Dark Funeral
· Circus Maximus· Secrets She Kept
· Monolithe· Prowler Inc.
· Leaves Eyes· Cannon
· Thor· Nuclear Assault
· Octavia Sperati· Loits
· Dragonia· Monster Magnet
· Violent Storm· 1349
· Savage Circus· Crystal Ball
· Cryogen· Overmars
· Infliction· Avulsed
· The Classic Struggle· Dismember
· Hate· Absu
· Machina· Vader
· End of Level Boss· Early Man
· Sodom· Sepultura
· Southern Black Sand· Katatonia
· Cardinale· The Berzerker
· Boris· Valhalla
· Vore· Manngard
· The Smashup· Athanator
· TK-421· Non-Human Level
· Ensoph· Black Crucifixion
· Suzukiton· Vengeance
· She Said Destroy· Swashbuckle
· Hydrogyn· Wednesday 13
· Enochian Crescent· Semargl
· Isis· Eighteen Visions
· Sathanas· Escape The Fate
· The Showdown· Cheva
· Extium· Fu Manchu
· Dream Theater· Almah
· Five Finger Death Punch· Trenchfoot
· Funeral· Cauldron
· Hell N' Diesel· Keldian
· Diamond Dogs· Pathology
· 40 Below Summer· Bullet For My Valentine
· Alestorm· Kiuas
· Giant Squid