Shadow of the Horns

Our regular metal column, and your pipeline to darkness.

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Shadow of the Horns: Hybrid moments

The best things happening in metal are coming from bands willing to step outside of it.

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Shadow of the Horns: The art of the metal album cover

A badass looking album is just as important as a badass sounding one.

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Shadow of the Horns: When It Rains, It Pours

Overwhelmed with so many MVPs in metal releasing new music.

Panopticon Scars of Man

Shadow of the Horns: Black metal healing through Panopticon’s ‘The Scars of Man’

A non-review of one of the most important metal releases of the year, in a lot of words.

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Shadow of the Horns: Don’t feed the trolls

Metal is full of trolls, but they don’t speak for everyone.

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Shadow of the Horns: 20 Years of Southern Lord

Celebrating a label that helped to change the metal landscape.

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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

The 20 albums that made heavy music great in 2017.

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Shadow of the Horns: Director’s Commentary

The behind-the-scenes stuff that went into that list you liked. Or didn’t.

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Shadow of the Horns: At War with Reality

Metal is shaped by the choices we make, and I choose to side with those who aren’t racists.

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Shadow of the Horns: 30 Years of Grindcore

Celebrating a milestone for the most extreme form of metal.

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Shadow of the Horns: 10 Bands to see at Psycho Las Vegas 2017

Plus the best tracks of the month by Wode, Tau Cross, Necrot and more.

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Shadow of the Horns: Late ’90s metal was the worst

Boy were the late ’90s bad. Like, really bad.

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Shadow of the Horns: Breaking the hipster barrier

“Hipster metal” is a meaningless term, though its application isn’t entirely unwarranted.

Shadow of the Horns: Clearing the path

To follow the way of the riff, you must find your own path.

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The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2016

The greatest moments in heavy catharsis this year.

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Shadow of the Horns: OK, let’s talk about Metallica

Yeah, they might be releasing their best album in 25 years. Sure looks that way.