The 50 best albums of 2022
The Kerrang! verdict on the 50 albums that shaped 2022.
At the turn of the millennium, mainstream rock was still in the grips of the now-polished nu-metal scene...but below the surface, something new and powerful was brewing. Along America's east coast in states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio, a new style was emerging that mixed the melody and technicality of European death metal, the bludgeoning strength of American hardcore, and the emotional honesty of the early emo scene. This new brand of heavy music, dubbed 'metalcore', blew up overnight, with a legion of young bands who later became known as the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal changing the face of metal and hardcore with every step they took.
In the latest episode of our podcast Inside Track -- in which rock's biggest names tell the stories behind some of music history's most insane moments -- the stars of the NWOAHM speak about how the genre came about and what it was like being a part of its meteoric rise. Members of the movement's most important acts -- Mark Morton, guitarist of Lamb Of God; Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves and formerly God Forbid; Adam D and Jesse Leach, guitarist and frontman of Killswitch Engage; and Trevor Phipps, frontman of Unearth -- recall how they helped lift each other up from playing garages and rehearsal rooms to topping massive stages across the world.
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Every two weeks, Inside Track gives you rock’s biggest names telling the mind-blowing truths behind some of music history’s most monumental moments. Spanning from heavy metal to pop-punk, the podcast reveals what really happened while some of history’s most important sonic movements and game-changing records were coming into the world. Not only will Inside Track feature first-hand accounts by rock’s most talented musicians, but we’ll also let the producers, festival organizers, friends, and other figures behind the scenes give you the inside scoop you’ve never heard before.
Lamb Of God’s State Of Unrest tour is moving back a few months “due to unforeseen circumstances”.
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Good omen: Lamb Of God continue to pulverise on furious ninth album.
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K! slaps on the sunscreen and straps on the camel-pack to dive into the most sizzling metal gathering of the summer… Bloodstock Open Air!
Severed heads. Geysers of bodily-fluid. A ‘cuttlefish’ doubling as an alien penis. For 36 years, GWAR have thrived as oddball outsiders, blurring the line between shock rock and absurdist theatre. To celebrate documentary This Is GWAR, we find out why The Scumdogs Of The Universe – and their fanbase of ‘Bohabs’ – keep coming back for more…