Novarupta is part solo project, part musical collective, and part art piece. As the creation of Alex Stjernfeldt, Novarupta is currently through a tetralogy of albums based on the four elements. ‘Disillusioned Fire’ and ‘Marine Snow’ represent the first two elements - fire and water, respectively. Musically, Novarupta is a unique and exciting listen. While … Continue reading 230: NOVARUPTA
Refused burst onto the scene in Sweden in the early 90s. With their wild aggression and political charges themes, this was a band to be reckoned with. Yet, strangely, perhaps their biggest impact occurred while they were broken up. In 1998, Refused released their third album, ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’, and it was … Continue reading 216: REFUSED
One of the most popular death metal subcultures is Swedish melodic death metal - or Gothenburg metal. This term stems from the rise in popularity of melodic death metal in Sweden in the early 90s - a movement spearheaded by In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and of course, At The Gates. At The Gates pioneered the … Continue reading 180: AT THE GATES
For a milestone post like 150, as well as the grand finale of a 6-day run of modern favourites, it couldn’t end with anyone but Ghost. I adore Ghost. Not to sound too hipster but, I’ve been fucking with Ghost since album number 1. Seeing their trajectory from European club show oddity to bonafide festival … Continue reading 150: GHOST
Hammerfall’s medieval/fantasy themed take on power metal is everything good about the subgenre - it’s bombastic, triumphant, celebratory, and just damn fun.
While countless bands have tried to emulate their monstrously complex, chainsaw-heavy groove, there will only ever be one Meshuggah. Nobody else will ever come close.