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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
· Anvil· Opeth
· The Great Deceiver· Children Of Bodom
· Immolation· Misery Index
· Narziß· Machine Head
· Queensryche· Circle II Circle
· Majesty· Godflesh
· Legend· Firewind
· Wizard· Valley's Eve
· Vyndykator· Johnny Lokke
· Pyn Siren· Exawatt
· Paragon· Inner Rage of Emotion
· Biomechanical· Sevendust
· Runemagick· Lanfear
· Dream Weaver· Crystal Eyes
· Rob Rock· Sludge!
· Tad Morose· Thunderstone
· Halloween· Probot
· Secret Sphere· Soul Reaper
· Dew Scented· Soil
· Node· Silver Mountain
· Drowning Pool· Superchrist
· Ebony Ark· downBleed
· Deep Purple· Bleeding Inc
· Kingcrow· Graveland
· Skyfire· Donnerkopf
· Highlord· Low Earth Orbit
· Zaius· Joe Stump
· Schenker/ Pattison Summit· Joe Lynn Turner
· Bonfire· Skeletonwitch
· After Forever· Shadows Fall
· Medusa· Valume Nob
· Slowlife· Dark Ruin
· Within Temptation· Silent Force
· Trans-Siberian Orchestra· Mirror of Deception
· Fifth Cross· Crowbar
· Dirt· Korpiklaani
· Yyrkoon· Heartcry
· Icarus Witch· Nevermore
· Ravensthorn· Apocalyptica
· Crimson Moonlight· Marduk
· Freedom Call· God Fear None
· Boomerang· Derek Sherinian
· Bruce Dickinson· Axis Of Perdition
· Axel Rudi Pell· Fire Alley
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· Callenish Circle· Slumber
· Pro-Pain· Def Leppard
· Nightrage· Biss
· Rudra· God Among Insects
· Vicious Art· Slough Feg
· Testament· Kult ov Azazel
· Gaia· Frameless Scar
· Cannon· Resurrecturis
· Sheavy· Future is Tomorrow
· Pagan's Mind· Violent Storm
· 1349· Running Wild
· Savage Circus· Ewigkeit
· Chain Collector· Skullshifter
· The Classic Struggle· Virgin Steele
· Grimfist· End My Sorrow
· Across Tundras· Naked Beggars
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· Ephel Duath· Wolves in the Throne Room
· Nightmare· Firehouse
· Boris· Viron
· Imagika· Hirax
· 8th Sin· Hate Profile
· Royal Hunt· Theater of Tragedy
· Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers· Belphegor
· The Abominable Iron Sloth· Amputated
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· Starkweather· Warmachine
· Stonegard· The Chronicles of Israfel
· Pantera· The Prophecy
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· Temple Of Blood· Ensiferum
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· Orthodox· Jesus Martyr
· Aetherius Obscuritas· Last Stone Cast
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