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Think Piece: Why Stone Sour’s “Hydrograd” Will Slay

“It’s all downhill from here,” bellows Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor on “Fabuless” one of two new cuts from the forthcoming Hydrograd, arriving June 30. He slides from a hypnotic chant into this guttural growl, lambasting our celebrity-obsessed, fame hungry vapid Beverly Hills culture with an intensity that stands unmatched. Taylor and his Stone Sour cohorts—Josh… READ MORE

Think Piece: Seether Keep Writing Massive Anthems on “Poison The Parish”

It’s crazy to think that Seether’s first full-length album, Disclaimer, arrived 15 years ago. Since 2002, the trio—Shaun Morgan [vocals, guitar], Dale Stewart [bass], and John Humphrey [drums]—have consistently churned out the kind well-crafted distortion-driven rock tunes that rule radio with lyrics worthy of tattoos. In fact, the boys have a catalog of tunes like “Fake… READ MORE

A Perfect Circle at The Hollywood Bowl…Why They Should Headline Coachella

Throughout history, there have been certain tours that invariably left a mark on not only the attendees, but also pop culture at large. As far as Los Angeles goes (being something of a music mecca), you can point to events like Depeche Mode’s Music For The Masses Tour stop at The Rose Bowl in 1988… READ MORE

Think Piece: Enterprise Earth – “Embodiment”

Deathcore is a funny little beast. Often derided by traditional press, there’s a veritable cult of fans that have transformed current genre leaders Oceano and Carnifex into some of heavy music’s most notable burgeoning voices. The genre itself is like the bastard step child of death metal and hardcore–that kid in the lunchroom that wins… READ MORE

Think Piece: Why Megadeth’s “Dystopia” Is So Important

It was a long time coming, nearly almost as long as it took for Scorsese to win an Oscar, but I digress. This February, Megadeth walked on stage at the GRAMMY Awards and finally got their due from the music industry’s most prestigious organization, a statue for “Best Metal Performance.” That it came for the… READ MORE

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Live Review: The Dose – Hotel Café

In some ways, rock music is in its darkest hour. The guitar is virtually absent from radio and popular music. The real rock bands that fans religiously follow are the same ones they have for just shy of thirty years—Pearl Jam, Tool, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and James Addiction. Most recently, we got blessed with… READ MORE

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Essay: Travis Scott Is The Ultimate Modern Rock Star

Metal is everywhere these days. As far as more “traditional” numbers go, Five Finger Death Punch and Iron Maiden both entered the Billboard Top 200 at the #2 and #4 respectively last week. Slipknot launched the summer’s most awe-inspiring tour in the form of Summer’s Last Stand with Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine,… READ MORE

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My Top 10 Favorite Amps Of All Time

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Buddy Guy – My Favorite Guitar

Ranked 30th in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Buddy Guy is a legend in the field. His style is often labeled as …

Rig Rundown – Mike Spreitzer

DevilDriver's Mike Spreitzer has taken time out from his busy schedule as our resident rigs and gear expert, to take you through his own live …

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Think Piece: Why Stone Sour’s “Hydrograd” Will Slay

"It's all downhill from here," bellows Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor on "Fabuless" one of two new cuts from the forthcoming Hydrograd, arriving June 30. He …

Think Piece: Seether Keep Writing Massive Anthems on “Poison The Parish”

It's crazy to think that Seether's first full-length album, Disclaimer, arrived 15 years ago. Since 2002, the trio—Shaun Morgan [vocals, guitar], Dale Stewart [bass], and John …

A Perfect Circle at The Hollywood Bowl…Why They Should Headline Coachella

Throughout history, there have been certain tours that invariably left a mark on not only the attendees, but also pop culture at large. As far as …

Think Piece: Why Megadeth’s “Dystopia” Is So Important

It was a long time coming, nearly almost as long as it took for Scorsese to win an Oscar, but I digress. This February, Megadeth …

Think Piece: Enterprise Earth – “Embodiment”

Deathcore is a funny little beast. Often derided by traditional press, there's a veritable cult of fans that have transformed current genre leaders Oceano and …