Shadow of the Horns

Our regular metal column, and your pipeline to darkness.

Emma Ruth Rundle Pasadena Daydream on Aug. 31, 2019

Shadow of the Horns: Surviving Self-Isolation

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

Black Sabbath 50 years of riffs

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.

Ghost B.C.

Shadow of the Horns: Heavy Metal Halloween Costumes

The best looks for metalheads this Halloween.

mizmor thou myopia review

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?

Mayhem Problematic metal faves

Shadow of the Horns: Kill Yr Idols

We should only blame ourselves for littering the metal canon with assholes.

Sleep 2018

Shadow of the Horns: The underappreciated art of the metal song

You won’t see a lot of Best Metal Songs lists this year, and that’s kind of a bummer.

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Shadow of the Horns: Hell bent for leather

An appreciation of Judas Priest, plus the best metal tracks of the month.

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Shadow of the Horns: The best game in town

A look back at an underrated classic, plus the best new metal tracks of the month.

Imperial Triumphant best metal of July 2018

Shadow of the Horns: Hybrid moments

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

Baroness metal album cover art

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

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

Thou best new metal May 2018

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.

don't feed the metal trolls

Shadow of the Horns: Don’t feed the trolls

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