Phil Freeman


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  • 8 years ago

    California (and possibly Earth's) heaviest band, High on Fire, is ready for its close-up. The trio's fifth studio album, Snakes for the Divine, is its first for the E1 label after several years on highly regarded metal imprint Relapse. And, for it...

  • 9 years ago

    This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourte...

  • 9 years ago

    When the metal titans in Metallica play Dallas this week, they will do so in triumph, on the heels of their late 2008 release, Death Magnetic, an album many are calling the group's best in 20 years. Good thing, too. What with drummer Lars Ulrich's...

  • 9 years ago

    Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut was a ball of witty post-punk energy and dance floor savvy. Its follow-up, You Could Have It So Much Better, tried to keep the hot streak going with the stomping glam-rock single "Do You Want To," but was derail...

  • 10 years ago

    On its self-titled 2005 debut, Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 was hilarious—and musically innovative too, with vocalist Residente's lyrics poking fun at every aspect of contemporary Latin culture while his cousin Visitante's beats combined reggae...

  • 10 years ago

    This is exactly the record Metallica needed to make in 2008. Real metal's back, and sure, younger bands have rage and technical aptitude on their side, but Metallica's riffs can level skyscrapers. Opening trilogy "That Was Just Your Life," "The En...


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