Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

Categories: Hip-Hop, Metal

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Body Count, who performed last night at Mayhem Fest, are a shining example of this unexpected phenomenon.
Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-hop elements like rapping and turntables were a serious low point.

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Ice-T's Body Count Continues to Rise

Categories: Interviews, Metal

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Body Count

It's been slightly more than eight years since Body Count's last speed/thrash-metal assault on the world's eardrums. The lengthy delay doesn't come from a lack of desire, but rather the day job that keeps founder and frontman Ice-T out of the recording studio and on the production set.

"I've been doing Law & Order," Ice-T explains during a phone interview from his East Coast home. "I was supposed to do four episodes, and it's been sixteen years. That's a five-day-a-week gig. My band's in LA. I'm in New York. It threw everything into a zone."

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The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: May 2014

Categories: Metal

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Kerry "Burger" King and the Slayers, performing at the Pageant on May 15.
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert just might be the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the upcoming metal shows in town that shouldn't be missed. And I'll try really hard not to wish death on whatever falseness may be approaching.

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What the Hell Is Babymetal?

Categories: Metal, WTF

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Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always been popular throughout Asia. Many popular metal and rock bands originated from the continent over the years, including bands like Loudness and X-Japan.

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Photos: Skeletonwitch at the Firebird 2/22/14

Categories: Metal, Snapshots

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Blackened thrash band Skeletonwitch concluded its tenth anniversary tour at the Firebird this Saturday. Hair flew onstage and in the pit as the Athens, Ohio outfit thrashed and celebrated with its eager fans. "St. Louis, thanks for an amazing show! The perfect ending to seven weeks of touring," the band later tweeted. We sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the show to bring back the photo highlights.


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The Best St. Louis Metal Releases of 2013

Categories: Metal

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Jackie Grucela
Everything Went Black
New music from Carcass, Gorguts and In Solitude topped nearly every critic's best of list in 2013, but what about new releases from some local heavyweights? This year saw many of our hometown metal bands pushing themselves further than ever to create some of the finest heavy music ever released in our city. Here are the top five releases that helped put the St. Louis metal scene on the map in 2013.

See also: 2013's Ten Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers

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Six Things You Learn From Being Addicted to Metal

Categories: Metal, Nitpick Six

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Most people regard metal music as an anti-intellectual, chest-beating, noisy fit for cavemen. Despite this being 100 percent true, there are a few positive things that result from having an intense dedication toward one of the most juvenile forms of music out there. While listening to metal may still sentence you to a life in your parents' basement, at least you'll have learned a few things on the way to sleeping on a pile of empty potato chip bags. Here are six things you learn from being addicted to metal.

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The Year's Ten Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers

Categories: Metal

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Do the people who conceived and designed these metal album covers just not give a fuck, or do they give too many fucks? The answer is not entirely clear, but that's what makes them so awesome. Behold, the ten most ridiculous metal album covers of the year.

See Also: The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever

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Skeletonwitch Listens to Jesus Christ Superstar on the Road and Performs on Boats: Interview

Categories: Metal

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Skeletonwitch will listen to a little Superstar to stay awake on the road.
Ten years after emerging from the basements and DIY spots of Athens, Ohio, the blackened thrash-metal masters of Skeletonwitch still ride strong and fast. No stranger to the road, Skeletonwitch has paid its dues with hundreds of thousands of miles traveled and innumerable stages leveled. This fall the band embarks on a monthlong engagement with previous tourmates the Black Dahlia Murder, stopping at the Firebird in St. Louis on Friday, November 22. Guitarist Scott Hedrick recently took some time out to answer a few questions for us about life on the road, wearing one's own band's merch and jamming out on a boat.

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The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in November 2013

Categories: Metal

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Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the upcoming metal shows in town that I think shouldn't be missed. And I'll try really hard not wish death on whatever falseness may be approaching.

See Also: I Pissed Off Megadeth This Week, My (Former) Favorite Band

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