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The too-scary-for-Hollywood tale of Coil’s Hellraiser soundtrack

A rejected film score with a reputation that precedes it.

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Exploring joy and faith through Transatlantic’s The Whirlwind

An exploration of joy and faith after trauma through an act of unabashed prog.

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Tracing the complicated roots of “alt-country”

Alt-country, “whatever that is,” is a lot harder to pin down than it might seem on the surface.

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The Best Albums of August 2021

Thirteen albums that made the month, plus two great ones we missed from the past few.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Provide Cathartic Release

A six-pack of metal records that provide much-needed primal scream therapy.

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The Best Albums of July 2021

A roundup of 11 of the best listens of the past month.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Overwhelm the Senses

Dense sludge, dazzling technical death metal, and some innovative prog metal weirdness from Brazil.

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Summer of Soul is a celebration of Blackness

America always manages to bury the Black people that serve it the most.  It’s just…

Smoke on the Water

Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” and a notorious concert fire

A rock ‘n’ roll song with a killer riff and a sinister backstory.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums With an Old-School Aesthetic

Nostalgia can be the enemy of creativity, but these old-school-leaning albums still rip.

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Garth Brooks and Country’s Explosion into the Mainstream

An introduction to our new country column, featuring thoughts on country’s mainstream standard-bearer.

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The Best Albums of May 2021

The best new releases of the past month, from desert blues to progressive metalcore.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Bring The Riffs

But the riffs… Whenever someone utters this phrase on social media, it’s usually in jest.…

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The Best Albums of April 2021

The best albums of the month, plus reissues and what we missed.

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Treble Roundtable: Live Music’s Comeback

The bands topping our list for live music’s comeback.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Challenge Perceptions

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