Chris Hawkins

Album Review: ZAKK SABBATH – Vertigo
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Album Review: ZAKK SABBATH – Vertigo

Back in the late 1980s, Zakk Wylde burst onto the scene barely out of his teenage years as the replacement…
Album Review: PARADISE LOST – Obsidian
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Album Review: PARADISE LOST – Obsidian

What can be said about Paradise Lost that has not been said already? Beginning in 1988 (!), the band pioneered…
Album Review: TESTAMENT – Titans of Creation
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Album Review: TESTAMENT – Titans of Creation

In this day and age, the lineup for the “Big Four” of thrash has been seemingly carved into stone by…
Album Review: ME AND THAT MAN – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.1
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Album Review: ME AND THAT MAN – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.1

Two decades ago, I would not have been able to contemplate how huge Behemoth has become nor do I imagine…
Album Review: CANDLEMASS – The Pendulum (EP)
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Album Review: CANDLEMASS – The Pendulum (EP)

Now that Sabbath have abdicated the throne, Candlemass have duly ascended to new heights sitting atop the proverbial holy mountain…
Album Review: CASKETS OPEN – Concrete Realms of Pain
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Album Review: CASKETS OPEN – Concrete Realms of Pain

There is so much music out there that there comes a point where one takes a step back to reassess…
Album Review: MY DYING BRIDE – The Ghost of Orion
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Album Review: MY DYING BRIDE – The Ghost of Orion

The early ‘90s were a revolutionary time for Metal. Though perhaps commercially less viable, the wheat was thoroughly separated from…
Album Review: INTRONAUT – Fluid Existential Inversions
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Album Review: INTRONAUT – Fluid Existential Inversions

Sure, Intronaut play what could be called Prog Metal with a bit of Post Metal thrown in, but that is…
Album Review: OBSIDIAN TONGUE – Volume III
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Album Review: OBSIDIAN TONGUE – Volume III

After listening to Volume III, the latest release from Obsidian Tongue about a dozen or so times, it wasn’t until…
Album Review: KIRK WINDSTEIN – Dream in Motion
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Album Review: KIRK WINDSTEIN – Dream in Motion

I’ve always been a fan of certain scenes in Metal. From New York Death Metal to Norwegian Black Metal, it…
Album Review: MIDNIGHT – Rebirth by Blasphemy
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Album Review: MIDNIGHT – Rebirth by Blasphemy

Heavy Metal is the soundtrack for those of us whose lives may seem anachronistic to the current cyberpunk digital world…
Top Metal Albums of 2019
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Top Metal Albums of 2019

Sanhedrin – The Poisoner While there are countless bands out there who seek by divination to discover the sacred flame…
Album Review: GATECREEPER – Deserted
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Album Review: GATECREEPER – Deserted

Gatecreeper is a force to be reckoned with. After releasing the oppressively heavy debut, Sonoran Depravation in 2016 and endless…
Album Review: TOXIC HOLOCAUST – Primal Future: 2019
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Album Review: TOXIC HOLOCAUST – Primal Future: 2019

Joel Grind is a Metal lifer if there ever was one. With a rebellious innately predatory sense for expression through…
Interview: Nico Elgstrand of ENTOMBED A.D.
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Interview: Nico Elgstrand of ENTOMBED A.D.

The new album, Bowels of Earth, from Entombed A.D. is absolutely crushing. It is seriously one of those albums that…
Album Review: YEAR OF THE GOAT – Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis
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Album Review: YEAR OF THE GOAT – Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis

Heavy music has been a mainstay in culture for some five decades now. Though popularity has fluctuated with inherent ups…
Album Review: IMPERIUM DEKADENZ – When We Are Forgotten
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Album Review: IMPERIUM DEKADENZ – When We Are Forgotten

The definition of communication is the imparting or exchanging of information or news. There are obviously myriad ways in which…
Album Review: INFINITY SHRED – Forever, A Fast Life
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Album Review: INFINITY SHRED – Forever, A Fast Life

Some have posited that existence is merely a simulation.  Perhaps somewhere in deep space, large-eyed grey aliens are gathered around…
Album Review: DESTRUCTION – Born to Perish
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Album Review: DESTRUCTION – Born to Perish

Deutschland is the fabled breeding ground for some of the most prolific artists in music history. From the symphonic bombast…
Album Review: TOTAL HATE – Throne Behind A Black Veil
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Album Review: TOTAL HATE – Throne Behind A Black Veil

Black Metal has roots deeply burrowed in the catacombs of the history of musical evolution.  Some 200 years ago, Europeans…
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