STINKY: The Smell of Lost Things

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The first thing one notices about this five piece hardcore band from France is their moniker. It’s an unavoidable point of discussion, one that will either have people—and potential record label suitors, as you will see—running for the hills or justifying its use by claiming there were many worse and quite a few better band names they could have settled on.

KAMELOT: Building the Empire

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Floridian power metal band Kamelot toured their ass off for almost a year and a half since the release of its 12th studio album, The Shadow Theory. With the release of I Am The Empire - Live from the 013 coming in August, Youngblood spoke to us about The Shadow Theory, on writing new music, Kamelot’s longevity in the music industry, and more.

BRASS AGAINST: Brass Against the Machine

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Sometimes, what you see doesn’t always match up to what you initially expected. Take NYC’s brass/hip-hop/rock band Brass Against for example. Led by brainchild/guitarist Brad Hammonds, the nonet created several videos that went viral of various cover songs from bands such as Audioslave, Tool, and Rage Against the Machine.

GREEN CARNATION: Blessings and Rebirth

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Thankfully, nothing lasts forever (especially band breakups), and here we are with the much anticipated Green Carnation reunion and another fantastic release to their credit, as well. Leaves of Yesteryear falls in the familiar, warm, and welcoming territory of the band’s melodic and melancholic brand of metal. We got in touch with frontman Kjetil Nordhus to discuss the band’s status in 2020 and beyond, with Leaves of Yesteryear signifying a rebirth and new beginning for one of metal’s most unique, original acts.

LAMB OF GOD: New Musical Chapter

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Richmond, Virginia’s Lamb of God—featuring vocalist D. Randall Blythe, bassist John Campbell, new drummer Art Cruz (ex-Winds of Plague, ex-Prong), and guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler—has become one of the most fiercest modern metal bands in the scene today. Speaking with us during a recent phone interview, Cruz talked about replacing Chris Adler, the self-titled album, and how he approached the new material.

MUSHROOMHEAD: What A Wonderful Life

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Cleveland metal act Mushroomhead has been creating its brand of electro industrial/alt-metal for 27 years. On its eighth full-length album, A Wonderful Life released via Napalm Records and its first in six years, the masked horror metal icons have crafted a dark, macabre masterpiece. Speaking with us during a recent phone interview, Steve Felton talked about A Wonderful Life, the band’s new members, his drumming techniques, and their so-called feud with Slipknot.

BPMD: An American Band

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From the first spin of BPMD’s American Made covers album via Napalm Records, it’s easy to tell that the group—featuring vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo), bassist Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), and guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head)—are having one hell of a time.

SINISTER: Still Brutal and Raw

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With a legacy spanning 30 years, Sinister has endured many changes in its career, such as different lineups, but the band has remained consistent by constantly releasing heavy and ravaging material. Deformation of the Holy Realm, the band’s 14th album, is no different. Sinister guitarist Michal Grall talks about Deformation of the Holy Realm, his contributions to the album, and the band’s plans during and after the quarantine.

NIGHTWISH: The Beautiful Things

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Nightwish’s highly anticipated album, Human. :II: Nature, has been released into the ears of fans all over the world. We had the grand opportunity to pick the mind of Nightwish singer Floor Jansen, from the album’s concepts, the hidden sentimentalities in the music, and all the way to the band’s partnership with nonprofit organization World Land Trust.

GRAVE DIGGER: Kilts, Bagpipes & Metal!

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On its 20th full-length album, Fields of Blood released by Napalm Records, Grave Digger completes its Scottish historic trilogy concept it began on 1996’s Tunes of War and then with 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again. Every track on Fields of Blood boasts all of the Grave Digger-isms fans have come to know and love, and is the ultimate way to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. The kilts are back on!

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