Shadow of the Horns

Our regular metal column, and your pipeline to darkness.

Six metal albums that challenge perceptions

6 Essential New Metal Albums That Challenge Perceptions

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

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

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

Shadow of the Horns: A fall metal-stravaganza

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

Shadow of the Horns: Heavy Metal Summer

Everything sucks, but we can still have fun by playing metal really loud.

Shadow of the Horns: Gateway Grunge

How Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Nirvana made me love metal.

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Shadow of the Horns April: Home Sweet Dungeon

Some classic, black metal home-cookin’!

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Shadow of the Horns: Surviving Self-Isolation

How to survive the quarantine, plus the best new metal tracks of the month.

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Shadow of the Horns: 50 Years of The Riff

A selection of some of the greatest riffs of all time, for a very special anniversary.

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Shadow of the Horns: Heavy Metal Halloween Costumes

The best looks for metalheads this Halloween.

Shadow of the Horns: Metal album covers have come a long way

How metal survived a long period of really terrible graphic design.

Controversial Metal Albums

Shadow of the Horns: Celebrating Controversial Metal Albums

Some of the best metal albums that metalheads love to hate.

Shadow of the Horns: Searching for the Next Big Metal Band

Who will be the next stadium-filling metal band?