Watch Pro-Shot Video of Metallica Performing “Lux Æterna” Live in Hamburg


Metallica kicked off their M72 World Tour in Amsterdam on April 27th, 2023! Playing in the round and on a “no repeats” weekend format: two shows in each city, no repeats, the band played some brand new songs, deep cuts, and hits! Watch a pro-shot video of the band performing “Lux Æterna” Live in Hamburg, Germany. This week also marks the 20th anniversary of the album St. Anger. Read our review here. Metallica recently released their new album 72 Seasons, which landed at #1 on the UK charts and now, #2 in the US, according to Billboard. read our reviews here and here. 72 Seasons released on Blackened Recordings on April 14th, 2023!

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Tortured Demon – Rise of the Lifeless


Here’s what I know for sure. Given a couple more years and some seasoning, Tortured Demon is going to put out some brilliant Thrash Metal. And that’s not to dismiss what the British outfit have done on Rise of the Lifeless (Self-Released) as there are very interesting aspects to discuss, but this is still a band that’s figuring out what its sound is.

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PODCAST: Heavy Business Episode 333 – Ian Chainey (Stereogum): How to Listen to Music Part 2

Heavy Business is a metal marketing podcast presented by C Squared Music. You’ve toiled away to make your music great, don’t drop the ball on the promotion! Meet your hosts – seasoned PR professional Curtis Dewar, and metal musician Aliyah Daye. We dig deep with our guests on when to DIY your promotion, and when (and how) to get help. Join the conversation as they chat with musicians, record execs, journalists, and more about how to get more eyes (and ears) on your music! Visit for your PR and Marketing needs. Listen as Aliyah and Curtis interview Ian Chainey of Stereogum with another episode on how to listen to and analyze music!Continue reading

Dark Angel’s Gene Hoglan Remembers Jim Durkin in a New Interview – “…It Breaks Your Heart”

Dark Angel’s drumming icon Gene Hoglan has given a new interview to Metal Hammer Germany about late guitarist Jim Durkin. The band has shared an excerpt of the interview with a few quotes you can read below. The band recently played Jamey Jasta’s Milwaukee Metalfest and performed a tribute show to Jim at Irving Plaza in New York City. Jim had actually not been touring for several years so Heavy Metal guitar legend Laura Christine, Gene’s wife, has been touring with Dark Angel.

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Michigander Breaks Down the “It Will Never Be The Same” EP and DIY Music


Ghost Cult’s Keefy chatted with artist Jason Singer, a.k.a. Michigander! Armed with a new EP – It Will Never Be The Same, Jason recently completed a headline tour. We discussed the origins of his music, getting gravely injured – breaking his leg in the woods filming the music video for “Superglue” – moving to Nashville from Detroit, working with Manchester Orchestra, and more! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cloak – Black Flame Eternal


Two things are apparent when delving into Cloak’s third full-length: the Atlanta-based four-piece is not your run-of-the-mill black metal outfit, and they have no interest in churning out a vanilla, run-of-the-mill black metal record.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Godflesh – Purge


Thirty-one years after the release of their sophomore Godflesh album Pure, Justin K Broadrick and Ben Green (and Machines) allude to this one aspect of the band’s crushing history with new album Purge, releasing on June 9th on Avalanche Recordings.

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Today is the 17th Annual International Day of Slayer


Seventeen years ago, on 6/6/06, Jeff Tandy launched the National Day of Slayer site, which recognized and celebrated the uncompromising, loud, and defiant music of the iconic thrash/punk/metal band Slayer. The site became so popular it was renamed the International Day of Slayer. Today, we honor the IDoS’s 17th year and the band for which it was named. As we move into year four without one of the best Metal bands ever, let’s take a second to praise the dark forces for giving us this band. Not only is the 6th Day of the 6th month Slayer Day, but examine some of the facts that make today even more perfect: two members of Slayer were born in June – Kerry King and Tom Araya (Happy Birthday today, Tom, born on Slayer Day), the band has two great releases in June – the Haunting The Chapel EP and Diabolus in Musica, and the band kicked off their farewell tour in June as well. So the month is meaningful to the band for a variety of reasons. We had covered the band dozens of times, documented their final moments as a band, and our Chief Editor Keefy personally saw Slayer 32 times! We wrote not one, but two retrospective pieces about the band calling it quits which you can read here and here. Things have been quiet on the band news front, other than some merch collabs, tribute albums, and tons of bands playing Slayer-inspired riffs. Throw the Devil horns for Slayer today! Continue reading