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New Column: Social Media and the Metal Renaissance
1/19/2018 5:45:00 PM 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
· Nightwish· The Haunted
· Disturbed· Goatwhore
· Gun Barrel· Seven Witches
· Advent· Firewind
· The Chainsaw· Shakra
· Godiva· Wycked Synn
· Savatage· Pharaoh
· Project: Failing Flesh· Brides of Destruction
· Fairyland· Cryonic Temple
· Funerus· Bleeding Inc
· Wolf· Donnerkopf
· Edge Of Forever· Van Helsing’s Curse
· Iron Angel· Acrid
· Lilitu· Beaten Back To Pure
· Aina· Witchburner
· Haunted By Angels· Within Temptation
· Blind Guardian· Mirror of Deception
· Avenue F· Rush
· Tristania· Creed
· Napalm Death· Kinetic
· Cradle To Grave· Lost Soul
· Requiem Aeternam· Labyrinth
· Chaoswave· Novembers Doom
· Lord Gore· Fastkill
· Babylon· Throes of Dawn
· Pro-Pain· Groundcrew
· God Among Insects· Darkane
· Sentenced· Evemaster
· Leaves Eyes· Sebastian Bach
· Mercyful Fate· Eternal Reign
· Russell Allen· Violent Storm
· Running Wild· Mistress
· Cryogen· The Classic Struggle
· God Forbid· Torture Killer
· Vanquished· Dismember
· Taunusheim· Fallen Wisdom
· Second Shadow· Witchery
· Katatonia· Hell-Born
· Abysmal Dawn· Michael Orlando
· Unsilent Phenomenon· Vengeance
· Bloodbound· Hydrogyn
· Amon Amarth· Ynis Vitrin
· Fleshgore· From the Grave
· Wednesday 13· The Ruins of Beverast
· Setherial· Thy Majestie
· Amputated· Lupara
· Obtest· Darkness Eternal
· Better Left Unsaid· Steve Cone
· Handful of Hate· Stonegard
· Diagnose: Lebensgefahr· Battered
· Crescent Shield· Blood of the Black Owl
· Abigail Williams· White Wizzard
· Katrina Johansson· Manes
· Transmission 0· Retrospective
· Kruger· Himsa
· Spheric Universe Experience· Night Ranger
· Distorted· Averse Sefira
· Shining Star· 40 Below Summer
· Rosetta· Father Befouled
· Pop Evil· Intolerant
· Bullet For My Valentine· The More I See
· Iron Fire· Sin
· Coffins· Suffocation