The Raven Age: Dawn Of The Raven

The Raven Age is creating quite a buzz in the metal community.

After its self-titled 2014 EP performed well on the Amazon.com charts, the UK-based band has been touring hard in Europe, including opening slots for Mastodon and Gojira.

The group, which purveys a heavy, modern metal sound with melodic …

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A Conversation With Rock’s Anti-Entertainer, Steven Wilson

It’s Steven Wilson’s sonic world, and we’re all just living in it.

The London-born artist has been making music since 1983, notably with progressive metal outfit Porcupine Tree, side projects like Blackfield, No-Man and Storm Corrosion, and more recently as a solo artist.

He has consistently demonstrated the ability to …

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An Interview with Anthrax: All Hail The Kings

Frank Bello is a bundle of energy.

When the Anthrax bassist met me for our recent interview, he greeted me enthusiastically, with his trademark down-to-earth attitude.

Knowing the Anthrax guys are infamous java guzzlers, I felt it was a pretty sound idea to meet Bello at a local Starbucks.

After …

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An Interview with METZ: Vulgar Display Of Power

METZ guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins has said that he enjoys making music that “punches you in the gut.”

It’s an appropriate description of the band’s mission, as experiencing the Canadian noise-rock trio’s music is a visceral experience.

Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies conjure a sound that seems to …

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An Interview with They Might Be Giants: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

To follow the career of They Might Be Giants is like watching a carnival ride that has no “off” switch. Brooklyn’s quirk-rock masters are seemingly immersed in a constant stream of projects and shows.

The year 2015 was a particularly busy time for the band.

They Might Be Giants held …

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An Interview with Hop Along: With Eyes Painted Shut

It happens the moment you listen to any tune by Hop Along: getting bowled over by “that voice.”

Frances Quinlan’s vocals are a unique and otherworldly instrument—part rasp, part sweetness, a chameleonic tool that can mutate seamlessly from croon to howl.

“That voice” is the perfect vehicle for breathing life …

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An Interview with Rob Halford of Judas Priest: Still Defending The Faith

Judas Priest is a band that needs little introduction—the legendary group has been making music since 1970, and is indisputably one of the greatest heavy metal acts of all time, helping to form the very blueprints for the genre.

While many bands would be content simply going through the motions …

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An Interview with Glenn Danzig: None More Black

Some things are just meant to go together.

Apple pie and ice cream. Abbott and Costello. Danzig and Halloween.

When the calendar hits October, it seems like Glenn Danzig’s appointment book kicks into overdrive.

And with good reason—the man has become nearly synonymous with ghoulish pursuits, fueled by his fascination …

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Cordial Words And Comforting Sounds: An Interview with Mew’s Jonas Bjerre

L-R: Johan Wohlert, Nick Watts, Jonas Bjerre, Mads Wegner, Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen

Mention the band Mew to everyday folks on the street, and you’re apt to receive a lot of blank stares or puzzled looks.

But reference the band to music fans in the know, and you’re more likely …

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Turn Of A Friendly Card: An Interview with Ace Frehley

Paul Daniel “Ace” Frehley first learned to play guitar at age 13.

Though he was involved with street gangs for a time, Frehley eventually leaned toward music as his favorite pursuit, which proved to be a wise decision. Playing in bands as a teen, he would insist to his friends …

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