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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
· Hate Eternal· Opeth
· Children Of Bodom· Big Dumb Face
· Immolation· Tiamat
· Grave Digger· Neck
· Anthrax· Twelfth Gate
· Kalibas· Overkill
· Warhorse· Nazareth
· Fozzy· Dark Moor
· Legend· Angel Dust
· Abigor· H.I.M.
· Saint· SelfInflicted
· Fireball Ministry· Sevendust
· Morbid Angel· Victory
· Evanesce· Assrockers
· Sinergy· Tad Morose
· Windseeker· Thunderstone
· Halloween· DevilDriver
· Lacuna Coil· Defiled
· Brides of Destruction· Secret Sphere
· Tesla· Three Inches of Blood
· Shiva· Death Angel
· Black Stone Cherry· Freakhouse
· Deep Purple· W.A.S.P.
· Marillion· Lonewolf
· Brutal Mastication· Dimmu Borgir
· Therion· Mob Rules
· Chapter VIII· Bonfire
· Meliah Rage· Skeletonwitch
· Black Destiny· Metal Church
· Division· GWAR
· Six Feet Under· Arch Enemy
· Acheron· Negative Creeps
· Creed· Legion
· Paradise Lost· Scenteria
· Motley Crue· Bloody Sign
· Emerald Sun· Rottweiller
· Lost Soul· Requiem Aeternam
· Korpiklaani· Labyrinth
· Yyrkoon· Vicious Circle
· Tarot· Icarus Witch
· Marduk· Alex Skolnick Trio
· God Fear None· Frantic Bleep
· Axel Rudi Pell· Kryoburn
· Burden Of Grief· Green Carnation
· Blind Stare· Naglfar
· Sentenced· Unchained
· Unshine· Slik Helvetika
· Dam· Resurrecturis
· Wetwork· Holy Blood
· Illuminatus· Ignarus
· Casus Belli· Algol3
· Savage Circus· Paths Of Possession
· Dechrist· Spellbound
· Gorefest· Beecher
· Vader· Early Man
· Grimfist· Pile of Heads
· Thryfing· Powerglove
· Blackmore's Night· Intronaut
· Wolves in the Throne Room· Daylight Dies
· Degree Absolute· The Smashup
· Bal-Sagoth· Imagika
· Athanator· Speed/Kill/Hate
· Destruction· Fleshgore
· Burialmound· I
· Hurt· Zero Hour
· Wastefall· Eighteen Visions
· Starkweather· Melechesh
· Hardcore Superstar· Static-X
· Merciless Death· Textures
· Manes· Tears
· Glorior Belli· Ulcerate
· The Wonderfools· Hearse
· Temple Of Blood· Cauldron
· Keldian· Mongrel
· Heresi· Ride The Sky
· Gutted With Broken Glass· Father Befouled
· Demonic Symphony· Jesus Martyr
· SOS· Godhead
· Virgin Black· The More I See
· Cursed· Caliban
· Earthen Grave