Chris Hawkins

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Album Review: BLADE KILLER – High Risk

For the uninitiated, there was a documentary filmed in 1986 entitled Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a cultural snapshot of the…
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Album Review: KARG – Dornenvögel

Going back centuries, Austria has been a center for musical exceptionalism. This rich heritage includes composers such as Franz Schubert…
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Album Review: THIRD STORM – The Grand Manifestation

In a time when those who blazed the trail for the proliferation of Black Metal and Death Metal throughout the…
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Album Review: ARSIS – Visitant

ARSIS is a well-tempered, technically-enhanced band from Virginia that play what could largely be considered as Death Metal in the…
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Album Review: BLOODBATH – The Arrow of Satan is Drawn

As a fan of Metal including an emphasis on certain musicians as influencers and trailblazers, I’ve always liked the idea…
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Album Review: FIFTH ANGEL – The Third Secret

For those unfortunately not familiar with Fifth Angel, the band was formed in Seattle, WA by high school friends in…
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Album Review: HIGH ON FIRE – Electric Messiah

Perhaps I’m dating myself when I say I can’t believe that it has been twenty years since High on Fire…
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Album Review: BEHEMOTH – I Loved You At Your Darkest

It must be lonely at the top. After all foes are vanquished, one finds the next competition to be against…
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Album Review: ANAAL NATHRAKH – A New Kind of Horror

Growing up in the 1980s lent itself to establishing many powerfully gripping narratives that influenced a burgeoning youth’s worldview.  From…
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Album Review: HANGMAN’S CHAIR – Banlieue Triste

While France may not be seen as the center of Extreme Metal, it is not surprising that true talent hails…
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Album Review: REVOCATION – The Outer Ones

Revocation is defined as the official cancellation of a decree, decision, or promise. So, what has been revoked by this…
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Album Review: THE SPIRIT – Sounds From The Vortex

All fans of classic 1990s European Black/Death Metal should take notice of The Spirit who have just recently released their…
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Album Review: BAEST – Danse Macabre

Perhaps living at the epicenter of the oncoming mega-storm hurricane looming along the coast, spiraling to bring doom to all…
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Album Review: Integrity/Krieg – Split EP

Seeing this release, I instantly connected knowing it had to be covered.  Integrity helped write the book on metallic Hardcore. …
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Album Review: DRAGHKAR – The Endless Howling Abyss

When thinking of underground brutal old school Death Metal, one probably does not first list Los Angeles. Despite this fact,…
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Album Review: OBSCURA – Diluvium

Obscura is a Progressive Death Metal band from Germany. Founded in 2002 by guitarists/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, the band have just…
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Album Review: IMMORTAL – Northern Chaos Gods

Rejoice for the fact that one of the most brilliant yet savage bands from 27 years ago has released an…
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Album Review: BEGAT THE NEPHILIM – I: The Surreptitious Prophecy/Mother of the Blasphemy

Begat the Nephilim are relative newcomers to the land of signed acts and international press. Formed in 2012, the band…
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Album Review: MADBALL – For The Cause

Growing up, classic Heavy Metal such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and W.A.S.P. served as my primary education into heavy…
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Album Review: BURN THE PRIEST – Legion: XX

Time flies. It doesn’t seem nearly twenty years ago since first acquiring the self-titled release by a band from Richmond,…