Metal aficionados will know the name of guitarist Michael Phillips (Deliverance, Fasedown, The Sacrificed), but few might know about his pre-1990 band Decadence with vocalist Paul White. Both Phillips and White reconnected years later and decided to re-record some of their early demos, which evolved into this 4-song EP. For good measure, they threw in 11 bonus tracks of various types (demos and live recordings, including a live Deliverance cut, “In You” from 2009). While some songs might sound slightly tired or sonically muddy in parts, it earns collector’s points and features some really good guitar playing throughout.
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian
Black metal may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of Portugal, but GAEREA is here to change that. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt sat down with GAEREA to discuss the band’s music, their mysterious name and image, and how office work can be art.Full Feature More from Gaerea