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Exclusive Video Premiere: Czar — "Aortic Flower"

Following an impressive debut album, Vertical Mass Grave, Chicago-based prog/sludge trio Czar have released their sophomore album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive, via Cracknation Records.

Conversation with Broken Hope Guitarists Jeremy Wagner and Chuck Wepfer

Founded by guitarist Jeremy Wagner, Chicago-based death metal band Broken Hope began in 1988, back when extreme metal was on the rise. They achieved acclaim with their first few albums, including Swamped In Gore, The Bowels Of Repugnance and Repulsive Conception, and after two more studio releases, they disbanded in 2002.

Interview: Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger Talk Covers EP, Songwriting and More

On September 18, Halestorm pulled into downtown Los Angeles to headline a show at the Wiltern. Their powerful 19-song, 90-minute set included an assortment of tracks from the band's two studio albums, along with selections from their upcoming ReAnimate 2.0 covers EP, leaving the fans beyond satisfied.

Exhumed Track-by-Track Exclusive: Matt Harvey Guides You Through 'Necrocracy'

Below is an exclusive track-by-track rundown of Exhumed's new album, Necrocracy, by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey. Necrocracy was released August 2 via Relapse Records. For more about Exhumed, check out their Facebook page.

Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden Rock San Bernardino, California

Following a full North American tour last year, heavy metal giants Iron Maiden returned to the US for one final leg of the Maiden England tour. The final show took place in San Bernardino, California, on September 13.

In Conversation with Cori Elliott and Matt Tunney of The Vim Dicta

Based out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake area, the Vim Dicta is a three-piece rock band that strives to bring the "psycho groove" to the masses. Judging by their two most recent shows (July 15 at the Satellite and August 7 at the Silver Lake Lounge), it's fair to say they're moving in the right direction.

Gig Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Hollywood Bowl

Not only was their guitar playing impressive, but they also used the guitars as percussion instruments by tapping its body. The set had songs from all of their studio albums, and some new, unreleased material as well. These new songs sounded perhaps even more intense than anything they’ve ever put out, and treated this very well behaved and appreciative crowd with a great teaser for the next album due out in 2014.

Interview: Ted Nugent Talks Upcoming US Tour: "If I Wasn't Me, I'd Definitely Go See Me"

Unrepentant brutality from a gang of murderous rhythm & blues maniacs. Mick Brown, Greg Smith and Derek St. Holmes create the most intense, ferocious and tightest R&B&R&R anywhere anytime. My guys are so good, it’s stupid. We are the last of James Brown's illegitimate mongrels and damn proud of it. If I wasn't me, I'd definitely go see me.

Audio Interview: Arsis Frontman James Malone Talks New Album, 'Unwelcome,' Touring and New Lineup

Having undergone some lineup changes in the recent past, Virginia tech-death metal band Arsis released their fourth studio album 'Unwelcome' on April 30th in America via Nuclear Blast Records. Listen to the 9-minute chat below, and visit Arsis on the web at

Gig Review: Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters Perform in Los Angeles

"Please Read the Letter," from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, was one of the highlights of the non-Zeppelin segment of the set and was performed with real expression by Plant. Songs like "Tin Pan Valley," "Spoonful" and "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" sounded delightful as well.