Sure, the shock is worn off when you hear a small little female belting out blood-curdling screaming. I mean, little Dacey of Still Breathing and Lacey of Flyleaf were doing this many, many years ago … and don’t forget that tough gal named Ally French from Bloodlined Calligraphy orchestrating the circle pits close to the stage. Enter Bethany Durbin from The Rose Hill to this conversation, who holds her own in this scrappy metal onslaught that pays homage to some classic metal and the speedy bits of metalcore/deathcore. The drumming swells of tunes like “His Choice” reinforce the harcore origins of the “core” suffix to the genre they fall into. Authentic? I think so. Innovative? Maybe not, but who cares? It’s heavy and it kicks … and that’s enough for some of us.
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
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
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