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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Challenge Perceptions

A roundup of the best new metal that dares to circumvent convention.

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The Best Albums of March 2021

The best new albums, overlooked albums and reissues of the month.

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Shadow of the Horns: Going Through Changes

Our monthly metal column is changing. Kind of. For the better.

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The Best Albums of February 2021

A dozen albums from a stacked month of music.

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Imagination and Attempt: SOPHIE’s radical pop legacy

A look back at the electronic artist’s iconoclastic career.

Best Albums of January 2021

The Best Albums of January 2021

10 albums to start the year off right

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Shadow of the Horns: Redefining Heavy

It’s time to rethink what metal is and can be—plus the best metal tracks of the month

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Treble Roundtable: The Albums That Got Us Through 2020

Music that affected us on a more personal level in 2020.

The Best Albums of October 2020

Our 15 favorite albums from the past month.

The two songs at the heart of Robert Johnson’s devil myth

A pair of tracks that helped to build on the myth of the devil at the crossroads.

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How Mercyful Fate’s “Into the Coven” became a focal point during the Satanic Panic

Tipper Gore, the Filthy Fifteen, and a nation gone absolutely bonkers.

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Shadow of the Horns: Who has the best discography in metal?

Which is the best album-for-album band in all of metal?

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Sunn O)))’s “Bathory Erszebet” is myth-making horror drone

A story of (maybe) true horror, told inside a coffin

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The haunting of Slint’s “Good Morning, Captain”

How the Louisville indie rock legends launched some grim legends of their own.

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The Best Albums of September 2020

There’s a lot happening right now. There’s an election just a little over a month…

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Reassembling Prince’s Dream Factory

Putting back the pieces of Prince’s “lost” 1986 album.

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How Bruce Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” ended up an unlikely political statement

“Born in the U.S.A.” wasn’t a message of conservative optimism, and neither was this.

Shadow of the Horns: A fall metal-stravaganza

Twelve of the best new metal tracks of the month—that’s right twelve!

The Best Albums of August 2020

Twelve albums from the past month that you need to hear, from grunge to avant-garde jazz.