Norway's Blood Command might be reliably brilliant, but new album World Domination is as unpredictably genre-smashing as ever
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Damnocracy, Tapeworm and Device might have seemed like dream team-ups, but they couldn’t amount to the sum of their parts
The story of Feeder, one of Britain's most under-rated and consistently brilliant alt. rock bands, in five essential records
After 25 years Skindred have gone from reggae-metal innovators to playing arenas, Glastonbury Festival and a UK top 10 with new album Smile
Bands need to evolve to survive, and these classic albums by Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Sepultura are masterclasses in switching everything up
Where to start with New York's most influential 'underground' guitar band since The Velvet Underground
There was much more to Outbreak and Supersonic than white men with guitars, and the UK festival scene now feels vital and vibrant again
Sylosis have been at the forefront of the underground British metal scene for over a decade. A Sign Of Things To Come is proof they're ready for bigger things
In 2000, Alien Ant Farm were nu metal also-rans struggling to find their place. Then an endorsement from Papa Roach and one hard-rocking Michael Jackson cover thrust them up the charts
Metallica, Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold are all hugely reliable bands – apart from on one painful occasion
Roots Bloody Roots made Sepultura one of metal’s biggest bands in 1996. Not even a year later, the lineup that made it imploded.
In the late ’90s, Iron Maiden were creatively flagging and unable to fill venues. Then two of their most adored members, Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith, returned to make them megastars again.
Metallica wanted to make their answer to Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same, and even hired future Spider-Man star Dane DeHaan to help. But then Metallica: Through The Never became one of the band’s most costly misadventures.
Joe Duplantier is one of metal's most thoughtful and widely respected figures. This is what he's learned through a career in music
Released on August 25, 1998, Elliott Smith's XO is a treasure-trove of brilliance from a true cult artist
Think deathcore is a bit one-note? Think again. Here are five albums that perfectly chart its evolution over the past two decades
A salute to the power and majesty of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as its 25th anniversary approaches
Classic songs by Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Slipknot have all been taken off the airwaves with the most frivolous excuses
Wait And Bleed was just a demo in dire need of a chorus in 1998. One year later, it was a cornerstone of Slipknot’s stunning debut album and on track to become a megahit.
How Biffy Clyro members Simon Neil and Mike Vennart joined forces to make one of 2023's most extreme metal debuts
With the likes of Beavis and Butt-head and Headbanger's Ball disappearing from TV, metal needed some new representation on the small screen. Enter a goofy, animated extreme metal band named Dethklok