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Interview: Mike Olender (Burnt by the Sun)

Most bands don't know when to quit. Some call it a day too early. Such is the case with metal iconoclasts Burnt by the Sun. Heart of Darkness (Relapse, 2009; reviewed here) serves as a fitting finale for the forward-thinking group

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Rise and Fall – Our Circle Is Vicious

Europeans usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to hardcore. Though the Continent wins in the realms of philosophy, politics, healthcare, and social welfare, European hardcore has only recently begun besting its American counterpart

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Interview: John Baizley (Baroness)

Photo by Bill Shouldis

Contrary to the stereotype of metallers as slackers, Baroness is a band of over-achievers. Vocalist/guitarist/resident artwork designer John Baizley typifies this with his music, graphic design work, and art exhibitions

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Black Anvil – Time Insults the Mind

Diehard fans of a genre tend to be tribally protective of it — hence, "true" black metallers' fervent opposition to anything they deem false. New Y

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Converge – Axe to Fall

No band defines modern hardcore punk more than Converge. Creatively combining the style's best elements (instrumental precision, brute force, sweaty live shows), the band has been revered for nearly two decades

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Russian Circles – Geneva

Unlike most guitar-centric bands dispensing with vocals, Russian Circles' output has always felt complete. Their previous releases (Enter and Station) succeeded thanks to their songwriting capabilities

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Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive

Given their storied pedigree, it's no surprise that Doomriders revel in the metal. Comprised of equal parts Converge, Disappearer, Cave In and Cast Iron Hike, the band continues the New England tradition of sharpening hardcore's metal edge

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Rorschach reunion @ First Unitarian Church

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Gorod – Process of a New Decline

Technical death metal often suffers from a lack of melody. Musicians working within the genre tend to focus on chops. But France's Gorod impresses with a balance of speed and complexity

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Brian Peterson – Burning Fight (book)

Burning Fight (Revelation, 2009), by Chicago-area hardcore punk veteran Brian Peterson, features dozens of recollections and analyses of mid to late '90s hardcore

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