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Gather the battalions, Maryland Deathfest is upon us! Your beloved Tumblr blogger, Lars Gotrich, will be taking on the four-day metal festival for the fourth year in a row (see also: Portraits Of An American Metal Festival).

You can follow me on Twitter (@totalvibration) for tweets, photos and my general decay as a sleep-deprived human being sweating it out on the Baltimore asphalt. But I’ve also left y’all with a four-hour playlist of this year’s bands playing MDF, from Swedish death metal legends At the Gates to Japanese skull-crushers Coffins to Brazilian hardcore pioneers Ratos de Porão to Portland’s Agalloch. Hails and horns!

It’s extremely extreme. See y’all in the pit.

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The Long Shadow Of Tom Warrior, Metal’s Dark Innovator
Aside from Tony Iommi, whose ingenious use of the tritone on Black Sabbath's debut album spawned an entire musical style, aesthetic and culture, no artist has had as wide-ranging an influence on heavy metal as Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Triptykon). 

I asked basement-galaxy to write this up for NPR Music and he did a helluva thing. 

nprmusic:

The Long Shadow Of Tom Warrior, Metal’s Dark Innovator

Aside from Tony Iommi, whose ingenious use of the tritone on Black Sabbath's debut album spawned an entire musical style, aesthetic and culture, no artist has had as wide-ranging an influence on heavy metal as Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Triptykon). 

I asked basement-galaxy to write this up for NPR Music and he did a helluva thing. 

Top 25 Metal Albums Of 2013

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NPR Music saved the loudest for last. Today I published my favorite 10 metal albums of 2013, but, as well all know, that’s severely limiting, so here are the 25 albums that kicked my ass this year. There are links to stream full albums where available.

Come back in early January for my personal year-end list — you know, the one with Paramore on it.

The top “ten”…

15 more for a neat 25…

And, for the hey of it, 22 metal songs that I listened to endlessly, in no particular order…

  • "One Last Chance" by High Spirits
  • "Dream House" by Deafheaven
  • "D.C. Sound Attack" by Clutch
  • "Metal Porno Slut" by Intoxicated
  • "Straight into Your Grave" by Audrey Horne
  • "Insane with Faith" by VHOL
  • "Razed to the Ground" by Pinkish Black
  • "Preacher Man" by Twitching Tongues
  • "White Life Lies" by Agrimonia
  • "Arch Cadaver" by Autopsy
  • "The Pregnant Life" by A Pregnant Light
  • "Thief" by Kayo Dot
  • "Shame" by Jucifer
  • "The Survival Fires" by Inter Arma
  • "Siege Mentality" by Satan
  • "Late for an Early Grave" by Victor Griffin’s In-Graved
  • "Flammifer" by Summoning
  • "Taste of the Grave" by TOAD
  • "Master of the Cosmological Black Cauldron" by Inquisition
  • "Chasing Dreams" by You Only Live Once
  • "Leave No Cross Unturned" by Darkthrone
  • "The Needle and Damage Done" by Cloud Rat