2015 Mid-Year Recap: Best Albums

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By Andrew Bansal

The year of 2015 has rolled on to its half-way point, and it’s been six months of compelling new music, released consistently week after week, across all sub-genres of all things heavy. Without further ado, here are my picks for the top 15 full-length studio albums released in 2015 so far: Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Photo Gallery: Slayer @ Le Spectrum, Montreal 1984

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In this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we revisit Slayer’s ‘Show No Mercy’ 1984 North American tour, which was in support of the band’s ’83 debut album of the same name, as well as the August ’84 ‘Haunting The Chapel’ EP. These were Slayer’s formative years and their ground-breaking stint with Metal Blade Records, still heralded as one of the most influential period of Slayer’s discography, spawning multiple generations of speed, thrash and extreme metal in subsequent decades. Photographer extraordinaire Wayne William Archibald saw the show at the now extinct Le Spectrum in Montreal QC on October 29 1984, and captured these amazing pictures to document the occasion. Check them out below (click to enlarge and enter gallery mode), along with the jaw-dropping set list from the show: Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Photo Gallery: AC/DC @ The Forum, Los Angeles 1982

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In this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we take you back to the 1981-82 ‘For Those About To Rock’ world tour headlined by Australian rock icons AC/DC. As part of this tour, they performed at the Forum in Los Angeles on February 21st 1982. Our photographer Matt Nielson was in attendance to capture some images, and he has found them from his archives for us. It’s notable that AC/DC’s tour set lists have not changed much at all in the 33 years since this tour, and they are still relevant enough to sell out venues of the same size, but most importantly, they still bring the same level of boundless energy that they did back in the day. Enjoy the photos below: Continue reading