Chris Steffen

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  • 6 years ago

    American-originated black metal is a strange beast: Gone is most of the pomp, mystery and makeup that shrouds the Norwegian architects of the genre, and in its place is an emphasis on that other part of it. What's that again? Oh yeah, the music. F...

  • 7 years ago

    A band as bizarre, diverse and complicated as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum couldn't be expected to travel in any normal vehicle. So it's only proper that once the band pulls up to New York's Bowery Ballroom, the usually stoic NYC passersby stop, poin...

  • 7 years ago

    When a band releases six albums in 10 years and fills the gaps with seemingly endless touring, at some point the quality inevitably suffers. So it's fortunate that this year's Wrath is actually a step up from Lamb of God's two previous offerings. ...

  • 7 years ago

    Metalheads looking for enough hair windmills—a circular type of headbanging that, um, is exactly what it sounds like—to give Don Quixote a coronary will find their Valhalla at the Granada on Thursday as Viking-obsessed Swedes Amon Amar...

  • 7 years ago

    It used to be that Mudvayne was always the runner-up to Slipknot for "most theatrical nü-metal band." But now that the Illinois four-piece has abandoned its costumes, makeup and stage names, what's left? Quite a bit, actually—even after...

  • 7 years ago

    I have two memories that will always stand out from my time spent at Slipknot shows. The first time I saw them, I was struck by the utter fury surrounding me on all sides. Sure, metal is angry and all, but there's usually some exuberance that coun...


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