MxPx’s second acoustic release (following 2004’s AC/EP) shows they are no stranger to acoustic renditions of their pop-punk hits. The Acoustic Collection doesn’t leave much to the imagination: a collection of MxPx tunes, old and new, broken down to acoustic guitars with minimal percussion. The Collection kicks off with an updated rendition of angst classics “Doing Time” and “Tomorrow is Another Day,” and it edges into their later discography with songs “Secret Weapon” and “Aces Up,” a particular highlight from their most recent release, Plans Within Plans. The show-stealer would be the album’s closer, the classic MxPx anthem “Punk Rawk Show.” It’s slowed down to a folky sing-along featuring identifiable gang vocals by Yuri and Tom. The combination of it all makes this a feel-good record for any MxPx fan.
At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.Full Feature More from Atreyu
With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.Full Feature More from Imperial Triumphant
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
Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered