SYLVAINE: The Transience of Life

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Norway’s multi-instrumental, bandleader, and composer Sylvaine, born Kathrine Shepard, is releasing her fourth album, Nova, on Season of Mist and is preparing for extensive tours throughout the US and Europe. We spoke with her about the music and intensity of creating Nova, family, live performances, and what is next.

BLOOD INCANTATION: New Musical Language

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Timewave Zero pulls the emergency brake on the cosmic, psychedelic, oblong death metal they have come to prominence with their two full-lengths, Starspawn and Hidden History of the Human Race, and leaps head first into an experiment with progressive, avant-garde Krautrock that the quartet is referring to as “our ambient record.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: Sonic Steamroller

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For nearly 20 years, the sonic steamroller known as Author & Punisher has continued to release a mesmerizing body of music. Inspired not only by the chaos of the pandemic but by the incendiary political landscape and the eerily prescient sci-fi novels of Octavia Butler, his latest effort, Krüller, sees Tristan Shone notching new creative highs across the board.

SETYØURSAILS: New Horizons

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SETYØURSAILS made not only blending genres look like a walk in the park, but their raw, kaleidoscopic delivery and unabashed subject matter showed they had a place within the genre among the best. Now, SETYØURSAILS has stepped up its game since being signed to Napalm Records by expanding its sound lyrically and instrumentally with their new release Nightfall.

ASHES OF ARES: Craving Destruction

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Heavy metal duo, Ashes of Ares, consisting of ex-Iced Earth alumni—vocalist Matt Barlow and bassist/guitarist Freddie Vidales—has created a project that they can truly call their own. Formed in 2012 with the impetus of starting fresh after both musicians left Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares has carried on its brand of heavy power metal with honesty and passion for the genre.

Outburn Exclusive Video Interview with OF THE WASTELAND

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WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH OF THE WASTELAND ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM Of The Wasteland—lead singer Stefan Rhoades, guitar player Johnathan Flannagan, bassist Alvin Cespedes, and drummer Steven Neevs—is a new band from Miami, Florida, on Apocalypse Records.

FRANK BELLO: Memoirs of a Work in Progress

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In doing this interview with Frank about his memoir, Fathers, Brothers and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment and Anthrax, it seems like we had known each other for years. There’s a lot to take in with Frank’s book, and there are no spoilers here, because Anthrax fans, and non-metal fans alike, should pick up the book and feel the same personal connection with how the man told his story.

DREAM THEATER: Expanding Reality

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On its 15th full-length optimistically titled album, A View from the Top of the World, the talented quintet is sure to win back those fans that dismissed The Astonishing. Expanding on the sound Dream Theater helped create, the band also retained its roots of the elements that have garnered them worldwide devoted fans.

CRAZY LIXX: Loose ‘n’ Lethal

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Street Lethal sits alongside some of the band’s best work. It’s heavy when it needs to be, it’s a ripper when it wants to be, and it’s always melodic. Vocalist and producer Danny Rexon seems to have it all under control, as he discusses the current state of Crazy Lixx and Street Lethal.

PSYCHO SYNNER: 999

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Working their asses off during the pandemic, Psycho Synner recently released nine full-length albums—yes, nine!—on the same day. We spoke to Jeremy Spencer to figure out how this was done and what is looming around the corner for Psycho Synner.

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