The Ohio-based Wolves at the Gate has put together a worthy blend of melodic songs (like “Rest”) with heart-pounding jammers (like “Wild Heart”) for a stellar release in their new album, VxV. A haunting mix of instruments and pastoral prayer lead their message, proclaiming that our sins have been counted, right up to the screams of “Wake Up” with the drums crashing around like a building crumbling apart. The band wastes no time getting to the message that the gate is broken and the wolves are among you. With a pack mentality, the band bounces off one another and feeds on each other’s energy, delivering raw emotion, song after song. WATG is no longer the cute puppy on the scene. They are grown, maturing as a band and their message carries a bite.
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
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
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