Chris Hawkins

Album Review: GATEKEEPER – Grey Maiden
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Album Review: GATEKEEPER – Grey Maiden

Jeff Black, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, started Gatekeeper in 2009 as a solo project.  The band’s core roots include…
Album Review: UNGRAVEN – Language of Longing
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Album Review: UNGRAVEN – Language of Longing

Most know Jon Davis as the front man for über-elite Doom outfit Conan.  Since that band formed back in 2006…
Interview: Mikko Kotamäki of SWALLOW THE SUN
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Interview: Mikko Kotamäki of SWALLOW THE SUN

Swallow the Sun have released an absolutely flooring, intense new album entitled When a Shadow is Forced into the Light. …
Album Review: SWALLOW THE SUN – When a Shadow is Forced into the Light
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Album Review: SWALLOW THE SUN – When a Shadow is Forced into the Light

First, I’m going to come clean and say that I came into this review as a non-fan of the band. …
Top 25 Metal Albums of 2018
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Top 25 Metal Albums of 2018

Judas Priest – Firepower:  Like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest had also been putting out mediocre albums on average post-2000.  While…
Album Review: BLADE KILLER – High Risk
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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…
Album Review: KARG – Dornenvögel
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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…
Album Review: THIRD STORM – The Grand Manifestation
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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…
Album Review: ARSIS – Visitant
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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…
Album Review: BLOODBATH – The Arrow of Satan is Drawn
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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…
Album Review: FIFTH ANGEL – The Third Secret
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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…
Album Review: HIGH ON FIRE – Electric Messiah
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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…
Album Review: BEHEMOTH – I Loved You At Your Darkest
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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…
Album Review: ANAAL NATHRAKH – A New Kind of Horror
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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…
Album Review: HANGMAN’S CHAIR – Banlieue Triste
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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…
Album Review: REVOCATION – The Outer Ones
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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…
Album Review: THE SPIRIT – Sounds From The Vortex
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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…
Album Review: BAEST – Danse Macabre
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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…
Album Review: Integrity/Krieg – Split EP
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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. …
Album Review: DRAGHKAR – The Endless Howling Abyss
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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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