Theatre of Ice

How Theatre of Ice put the “death” in death rock

There’s a funny, odd scene in an episode of Gilmore Girls where Rory assures her…

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The Best Albums of October 2021

Sixteen albums—14 new albums and two reissues—you have to hear this month.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Are Steeped in Darkness

Metal is dark. There are perhaps other qualities we can attribute across the board to…

How Memphis rap tapes in the ’90s spawned a chilling legend

An innovative scene that gave rise to a very weird myth.

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The Best Albums of September 2021

A 15-pack of incredible new releases that you need to hear.

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In Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building?”, it’s not clear who the monster is

The sinister centerpiece of 1999’s ‘Mule Variation’ is a bait and switch.

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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.