published October 2010

Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

Abrahadabra is another worthy string to Dimmu Borgir’s ever burgeoning bow and with the sidestep that was In Sorte Diaboli, can be considered as the next musical step after Deathcult Armageddon. There is a great maturity in the songwriting, and they have managed to make use of the Orchestra. No doubt they will have learned many things in the process - and I, for one, eagerly anticipate what they will do next time.

With all the recent turmoil within this band, from ejecting members, threats of legal action over ownership of material involving said previous members, newly announced members leaving in a heartbe

Halford - Halford IV: Made of Metal (Metal God Entertainment)

Everybody thought that Rob Halford was about to retire after a few fiascos in his career in the last years... Is Made of Metal the resurrection of the old and good Metal God?

When I saw that Halford was about to release a new album I confess I was not so excited, mainly because his last album Winter Songs, released less than one year ago, was n

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini (Indie Recordings)

Are you a black metal fan? Axioma Ethica Odini is for you. Are you not? This album is for you as well!

When I first read that Enslaved were recording a new album, my heart skipped a beat, as it always does when a classic Norwegian band releases an album.

Life, Death, and Fear Factory's Dino Cazares

Dino's interview with The Stalker.

Thanks to the new world order, where social networking has made privacy is a thing of the past, I pick up the phone to Dino Cazares armed with some additional information about my

Kommandant - Kontakt (Planet Metal)

Everybody thought gas mask cult was dead and gone. After hearing Kontakt you’ll think twice before messing with these guys.

It was the beginning of 1990s and death metal bands like Blasphemy dominated the scenario with devastating albums like Gods of War, particularly influential to the style t

Gallery: Western Front Metal Awards

West Australian metal's night of nights... performances by four local Perth bands, plus the announcement of the Western Front award winners for 2009.

Soilwork - The Need for Strid

Bjorn “Speed” Strid is the consummate metal vocalist. As frontman for the long running Soilwork he’s been around the world flying the metal flag for over fifteen years. He talks to Metal as Fuck about new records, family and, surprisingly, hockey.

Soilwork vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid posesses an unusual name.

Five Star Prison Cell - Matriarch (Riot)

Math Rock was annoying enough but Math Metal?? Give me a break! It’s revenge of the nerds and those bastards aren’t going to let us forget how much we tormented them in high school.

Before we begin, let’s get one thing straight, these guys can play, no doubt about it. They are very, very good at what they do. BUT they are also very, very boring at what they do.