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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
· HammerFall· The Kovenant
· Racer X· Mudvayne
· Opeth· Vehemence
· Disturbed· Anthrax
· Impellitteri· Goatwhore
· December· Machine Head
· Gun Barrel· Queensryche
· Ring of Fire· Godflesh
· Iron Maiden· Agoraphobic Nosebleed
· Dark Moor· Angel Dust
· Powergod· God Dethroned
· Valley's Eve· Led Zeppelin
· Pyn Siren· Pelican
· The Chainsaw· Supervillain
· Saint· Biomechanical
· Sevendust· Chainsnap
· Duke· Eidolon
· Halloween· Probot
· Dew Scented· Soil
· I Hate Sally· Drowning Pool
· Construcdead· Babylon Mystery Orchestra
· Van Helsing’s Curse· Gamma Ray
· Metalium· Highlord
· Dragonspoon· Cyst
· De Lirium's Order· Therion
· After Forever· Nashville Pussy
· Katagory V· Z02
· Throcult· Dark Ruin
· Incantation· Seventh One
· Tsjuder· Tristania
· Milkweed· Audiovision
· Kings X· Crionics
· Loudblast· Quiet Riot
· Vicious Circle· Samael
· Diecast· Severe Torture
· Alex Skolnick Trio· Omegalord
· Axel Rudi Pell· Debris Inc.
· Strapping Young Lad· Thunderblast
· Gizmachi· Raintime
· Grand Magus· Pro-Pain
· Ivory Knight· Rudra
· Communic· Ektomorf
· Sentenced· Dynamic Lights
· Nightvision· Redemption
· Illuminatus· Winterfell
· 1349· Barcode
· Mabon· Paths Of Possession
· Dechrist· Detonation
· Grimfist· Nobody's Fool
· Craft· End My Sorrow
· Thryfing· Blackmore's Night
· Codeon· Pyramaze
· Ampast· Dream Or Nightmare
· Non-Human Level· Cult of Luna
· Space Odyssey· Hydrogyn
· Shadows Within· Zero Hour
· Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers· Abominant
· Belphegor· Oblomov
· Semargl· Panzerchrist
· The Showdown· Darkness Eternal
· Extium· Starkweather
· Better Left Unsaid· Lecherous Nocturne
· Steve Cone· Gaza
· Phazm· Hardcore Superstar
· With Passion· Omnium Gatherum
· Static-X· Crescent Shield
· Dezperadoz· Almah
· Gotthard· Rob Zombie
· Since the Day· Denial Fiend
· Blut Aus Nord· JR Ewing
· Hearse· Nation Beyond
· Hellveto· Depressed Mode
· Keep of Kalessin· Hell N' Diesel
· Destynation· Pathosray
· Distorted· Bilocate
· Cockpit· 40 Below Summer
· Mortiis· Demonic Symphony
· Vulture Industries· Intolerant
· Bullet For My Valentine· Mar De Grises
· Bible Of The Devil· Winterfylleth
· Eighteen Wheels Burning· Mustasch