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As the ’90s came to a close, 1999 saw the bands on our top 10 list in various stages of their career. Emperor were toward the end of theirs, while Dillinger Escape Plan were just getting started. More than a decade later, most of the bands are still pumping out quality material. Topping our list was Nevermore, who really hit their stride with Dreaming Neon Black. Check out our complete list of the best metal albums released in 1999.

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To succeed in the music industry you of course have to have quality material. In addition to that, a band has to be willing to put the work into building an audience. Halestorm has been relentlessly touring for the past few years, winning over festival crowds and any other audience they play in front of with their potent live show. That hard work is paying off, with their single “Love Bites (So Do I)” becoming the first song by a female-fronted band to top the active rock chart. With several other possible singles on their latest CD The Strange Case Of…, the band is poised to ascend even higher. After their set at the recent Carolina Rebellion festival, I spoke with vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale and drummer Arejay Hale about the new album, Lzzy’s recent black carpet duties at the Golden Gods awards and other topics.

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They’ve taken a beating from some critics over the years, but Disturbed has been one of the most commercially successful bands in hard rock/heavy metal. They’ve announced an indefinite hiatus, so their b-side and rarities collection The Lost Children may be the last release from Disturbed for a while. As with most collections of this type, there are hits and misses, but Disturbed fans will find plenty of quality material.

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After releasing an EP as a free download back in March, Himalayan black metallers Weird Anxiety have started working on their new album. The new album, titled “The Plot Thickens,” has the following track listing:

1. An Odyssey In Remorse
2. Mama, Don’t Let Me Drown Away
3. Sorrows On The Wind
4. Flower In Lapel
5. A Sonnet In The Airs Of Suffocation
6. The Lonely Daffodil

The band has announced the album will take a different direction, with the song “Mama, Don’t Let Me Drown Away” being completely acoustic. Guitarist Hitesh commented, “This album comes in continuation with our previous album ‘Act I Scene I’ and signifies the flow of events not only in our lives but also in our music. The name itself signifies a change in events, musically it shall portray a different side of Weird Anxiety and a very integral one. The last album was heavier, contrary to that a lot of acoustic material shall find place in this album. The heavier songs are more heavy, have more punch and for sure there shall be some surprising material in the vocals. Yes, we shall be going clean in some of our songs but the suspense doesn’t die over here. All in all it would be a full length album not just in context with the playing time but also in terms of quality material.

“Now coming onto the cover, we wanted something obscured and dark. The particular sketch was a go-go on the first sight as it met our every expectation. The sketch signifies more of a journey, in this context our musical versatility.”

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