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A to Z of the Noughties: Slayer to Zakk Wylde

November 20th, 2009

Where were you on the night before the dawn of the New Millennium? Jon Kerr was getting a pit going in Jilly’s Rockworld, Manchester. We’ve asked him to summarise the ten years since then in all things metal in a handy A to Z

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Slayer
No Slayer, no thrash. Right? Following their four classic ’80s albums, Slayer’s four ’90s albums received a varied reception as the band branched out in style. During this last decade, Slayer have succeeded in cementing their classic status thanks mainly to God Hates Us All and the return-to-form Christ Illusion. Dozens of metal’s biggest names have toured with Slayer since the turn of the century including In Flames, Children of Bodom, Biohazard, Cradle of Filth, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson and Amon Amarth. Lombardo has been back behind the kit and we all worship Kerry King. The release of World Painted Blood sees Slayer head towards it’s 30th Anniversary…

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Progressive Nation Interview: Fredrik Akesson of Opeth on being in Opeth, not Dream Theater

October 22nd, 2009

With Swedish metallers Opeth recently touring with prog overlords Dream Theater, Chris Cope caught up with axeman Fredrik Akesson to talk about his role in the band and why Scandinavia creates so many big, bad metalheads.

Opeth

It’s nearly show-time at the final UK show of the tour, and we’re enlisted with the task of taking the burly, hairy man out of his cosy dressing room for a chat. Thankfully Fredrik doesn’t mind standing about in the cold wasteland of boxes and gear behind the stage. It’s extremely dark. Hope he doesn’t bite…

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Bands

Progressive Nation Interview: Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater on Prog, Portnoy and iPhones

October 21st, 2009

When progressive metal godfathers Dream Theater landed in Glasgow to wow the wits out of far-from-innocent people with 113/19 time signatures, Chris Cope sat down for a quick chinwag with keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess

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In a few hours he’ll be onstage, headlining the Glasgow SECC, but just now Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess is pretending to be a normal human being and lounging in a hotel bar. There’s a red carpet outside, but that’s for the Indian wedding guests congregating behind us, not for Jordan, or indeed Thrash Hits. The cheek.

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Metal Mark has a quiet month. WTF?

October 20th, 2009

Our man on the ground in Atlanta, USA checks in and chats about September. Metal Mark had a quieter month than normal but still saw DOWN, Gojira and had a chat to Max Cavalera. Nice.

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What’s up my metal people! September was a rather slow month when it comes to shows in Atlanta, but there were two great ones. The first day of the month, DOWN rolled into town with a killer lineup of bands, which included Evil Army, Weedeater, and The Melvins. All the opening acts were awesome, but everyone was there to see one band and one band only – DOWN.

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