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In Memoriam: Peter Steele (1962 – 2010)

On the evening of April 14, 2010, Petrus T. Ratajczyk–better known as Peter Steele, frontman of Carnivore and Type O Negative–died of apparent heart failure. He was 48 years old. As is typically the case,

Last Rites’ Best Of 2009 – Combined Staff List

2009 will go down as one of the busiest years in heavy metal history. An incredible number of must-hear albums were released, making this one of the most hotly-contested compilations in recent memory. Painstakingly selected by the

Devin Townsend Project – Addicted

posted on 11/2009   By: Jordan Campbell The Devin Townsend Project is a landmark, not simply because of the four-album deluge of gloriousness that it’s due to produce. It’s bigger than the sum of its parts. Admittedly, this claim is

00s Essentials – Volume Ten

We hope that over the last 10 weeks you have made some great new album discoveries due to this absolute monster of all decade-ending lists. Better yet, we hope you have formed some new obsessions.

00s Essentials – Volume Nine

If you are the type of metalhead that just likes to thrash, mosh, and ‘bang until the sun comes up, then Volume 9 is your neck-wrecking menu. Extremely tasty traditional-ish metal combines with just about

00s Essentials – Volume Eight

Innovators, revivalists, stalwarts. Volume 8 of The 100 Most Essential Albums of the Decade contains several bands that fit at least one of those descriptions. Varying from the unabashedly artistic to the totally fucking metal, some

00s Essentials – Volume Six

Somewhat fittingly, Volume 6 contains some of the most sinister, diabolical concoctions this decade has seen. This edition of the 100 Most Essential contains some wickedly twisted stuff, but tempers the assault with some calming

00s Essentials – Volume Seven

Volume Seven shoves its way into the latter half our list with authority. This edition contains some of the most cathartic albums of the decade, for wildly varying reasons. Whether you prefer to drown your