Carried By Styx: Pallbearer Incorporates Prog-Rock Influences Into Its Doom-Metal Sound

Categories: Interviews, Metal

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Diana Lee Zadlo
Pallbearer loves Kansas.

Being the torchbearer of the modern American doom-metal movement can be a tough job, especially when you list Kansas as one of your favorite bands. But it makes sense, according to Pallbearer bass player and vocalist Joseph D. Rowland, who says the band's progressive tendencies are just as important as its metal roots.

"I think we are just as much a prog-rock band as we are doom-metal," says Rowland. "We're huge fans of King Crimson, Yes, Kansas -- bands that pushed the envelope. We like telling a story through the music as well as the lyrics."

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Black Fast Signs With eOne Music, Home of High On Fire, Overkill, Crowbar

Categories: Metal

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Black Fast, starving the light out of even its publicity photos.
St. Louis' Black Fast, which this publication named Best Metal Band in St. Louis in both 2011 and 2013, announced on Monday that it has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music, home of top-tier metal acts including High On Fire, Overkill and Crowbar.

See also: The Ten Best St. Louis Metal Bands

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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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Steve Truesdell

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
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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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Robert Bejil, Flickr
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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