Author Archives: Chip McCabe

Indie metal label Battleground Records shutting its doors

Posted by on December 11, 2017

Sad news out of the metal underground today as indie label Battleground Records has decided to shutter its doors. Over the last five years Battleground Records has graced us with some exceptional releases from the likes of Eight Bells, Godhunter, Rozamov, The Ditch and The Delta, and a split release from Theologian and Lament Cityscape […]

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Steve Von Till talks Harvestman, Neurosis, and Megaliths

Posted by on June 9, 2017

To say that it has been a productive run these last few years for Steve Von Till would be a massive understatement. The Neurosis cog, sometime solo artist, and mastermind behind one-man ambient folk outfit, Harvestman, Von Till has seen three records released in the last three calendar years. A solo record in 2015 was […]

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Goatwhore’s Ben Falgoust talks new album, 20th anniversary

Posted by on May 11, 2017

Twenty years is a long time to do anything. It’s an especially impressive milestone for a band. For every Iron Maiden who seems as perpetual and unyielding as the rising sun, there are a million broken down bands that litter the musical highways. It’s especially impressive when the act in question cracking the double decade […]

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Metal Insider contributor Chip McCabe’s Top 10 of 2016

Posted by on December 16, 2016

It’s December, which means that everyone’s starting to look back at the year that was, even though we’re not quite through it yet. Over the next several weeks, Metal Insider will be bringing you our picks for the best albums of the year, as well as those from some of the artists that made some […]

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Ranking Metallica: The album artwork

Posted by on November 18, 2016

When you are talking about iconic metal bands you don’t get very far through the conversation before Metallica’s name gets dropped. Love or hate their post-Justice/Black Album material, pretty much nothing can taint their most classic releases at this point. Those classic albums also have some of the most recognizable artwork in metal history, adorning […]

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Doro: 30 years later, still strong and proud

Posted by on September 22, 2016

With the recent release of a career-spanning retrospective concert on DVD and Blu-Ray, Doro Pesch has once again returned to the collective metal consciousness. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last that the name Doro has been talked about in metal circles with such affinity. Strong and Proud – 30 […]

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Dissident Aggression on short hiatus

Posted by on June 9, 2016

As Canadian hardcore band Grade once sang on their seminal Separate The Magnets album, sometimes, “…life gets in the way of living…” That’s a somewhat overly dramatic way of saying the weekly Dissident Aggression column will be taking a brief hiatus for a few months. But fear not, it will be returning to the Metal […]

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Dissident Aggression: Behexen – The Poisonous Path

Posted by on June 2, 2016

We could debate until the cows come home exactly which bands deserve the ‘underrated’ tag. Within each sub-genre there are literally dozens upon dozens of bands that the metal consensus cries foul about not getting their due. One such act in the black metal world who has been criminally overlooked lo these last two decades […]

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Dissident Aggression: Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign

Posted by on May 26, 2016

They say seven is a lucky number. There’s also supposedly dark magic behind the number seven. Seven years of bad luck for a whole host of reasons, so say the superstitions. Maybe it’s the fact that it has been seven long years since their last full-length, studio album, but we should certainly count ourselves lucky […]

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Dissident Aggression: Bog of the Infidel – Asleep in the Arms of Suicide

Posted by on May 19, 2016

It’s been written at length, even in this space, about the varying long, strange trips that many US black metal musicians insist on taking the genre, often with mixed results. While the overt atmospherics and genre-bending can, at times, prove to be interesting and thought-provoking, it can also prove to be exhausting. Sometimes, especially where […]

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