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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
· Bathory· Cave In
· Hate Eternal· In Flames
· Lost Horizon· Racer X
· Deceased· Commit Suicide
· Kalibas· Circle II Circle
· Godflesh· Firewind
· Valley's Eve· October 31
· Johnny Lokke· Pyn Siren
· Circle of Nero· Goat Horn
· Evolution· Byfist
· Nicta· Saint
· Catch 22· SelfInflicted
· Fireball Ministry· Mourning Beloveth
· Stryper· Eidolon
· Windseeker· Slayer
· Neverland· Three Inches of Blood
· Shiva· Superchrist
· Riot· Jag Panzer
· Jaw· downBleed
· Freakhouse· Cans
· Deep Purple· Outworld
· Wolf· Epica
· Judas Priest· Chapter VIII
· Metal Church· Rhapsody of Fire
· Shadows Fall· Potential Threat SF
· Occult· Six Feet Under
· Seventh One· Jackyl
· Tsjuder· Sonata Arctica
· Fifth Cross· Audiovision
· Rottweiller· The Apocalyptic Riders
· Entombed· Corrosion Of Conformity
· Angtoria· Nevermore
· Samael· Antares
· Axis Of Perdition· Frantic Bleep
· Drunkard· Debris Inc.
· Kinrick· Ramesses
· Impiety· Slumber
· Nightrage· Disbelief
· Rudra· Astarte
· God Among Insects· Horna
· Leaves Eyes· The Father Panic Riot Orchestra
· Frameless Scar· Nightvision
· Cannon· Devil Lee Rot
· Morgana Lefay· Blitzkrieg
· Flotsam & Jetsam· To The Bone
· Future is Tomorrow· Peccatum
· Pagan's Mind· Eternal Reign
· Orphaned Land· Penetrator
· Winterfell· Twilight
· Mabon· Shattersphere
· Avenged Sevenfold· Damnation
· Balatonizer· Even X
· Spellbound· Cryogen
· Overmars· Chain Collector
· Celebratum· Dogs Of Winter
· Motorhead· Absu
· Beecher· Machina
· Taunusheim· From This Day
· End My Sorrow· Totalisti
· Southern Black Sand· Katatonia
· Intronaut· Daylight Dies
· Leviathan/Sapthuran· Valhalla
· Viron· Phoenix Mourning
· Warrant (Amer)· Bal-Sagoth
· Imagika· Speed/Kill/Hate
· Bloodbound· Azure
· Space Odyssey· Woodtemple
· Teeth of the Hydra· Eighteen Visions
· Panzerchrist· The Showdown
· Deicide· The Gathering
· Stonegard· Lost Eden
· Onslaught· Static-X
· Necrophobic· Zyklon
· Spit Like This· Throneum
· Hellveto· Hell N' Diesel
· Keldian· Mongrel
· Night Ranger· Manilla Road
· Puscifer· Armory
· Moonshine· Equilibrium
· Mar De Grises· Kiuas
· Son of Eric· Place Of Skulls
· Battleroar