Deep Cuts: Warrel Dane of Sanctuary, Ex-Nevermore

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:46 AM (PST)

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With the release of The Year The Sun Died, we got the first SANCTUARY album in 24 years. Hold on, I don’t think you fully understand. 24 YEARS!!! 24 years I had to wait for one of my favorite bands to release a new album… That’s quite a long time for any fan to have to wait. Growing up, I had the 2 SANCTUARY albums, and played them regularly. Warrel Dane’s epic “Rob Halford on helium” styled voice was one of the main reasons I had wanted to become a singer as a kid. Sure, during that 24 years, we had a band called NEVERMORE, another favorite of mine, but it wasn’t the same. The vocals were different, the music was a little more intense, but it was a totally different band altogether.

When asked about my favorite albums of 2014, I had The Year The Sun Died at the top of my list. It was an incredible album well worth the 24 year wait. With nearly 30 years worth of phenomenal metal music, it was damn near impossible to come up with only 3 songs for “Deep Cuts” for either band, let alone both, but that was my mission today, and after much thought, I’ve believe I’ve narrowed it down to the essential three cuts.

For the choices see BELOW.

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Metallica has been credited as the first heavy metal band to have five consecutive albums reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 in America. This counts only their full-length studio albums.


Castrator to release “No Victim” EP with HPGD Productions

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:24 AM (PST)

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Eff the Spice Girls or Miley or whatever. Want some real girl power? Check out “Honor Killing” from Castrator HERE. The death metal act will release their No Victim EP with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. 

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is proud to unleash the brutal, all female Death Metal squad Castrator! Consisting of an international line-up of prolific performers, Castrator’s members hail from Colombia, Florida, Mexico, Massachusetts, Sweden, and Norway. The debut EP entitled “No Victim” is an unmerciful musical experience and pure tornado of devastation. Already creating a buzz in the underground scene, Castrator are the essence of violent, lacerating, emasculating Death Metal… the perfect soundtrack to domination! Features a guest solo from Bob Vigna of Immolation/GoTW.

Pre-Order this brutal breakthrough HERE.

 

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SEPTICFLESH are ready to ignite audiences worldwide with the premiere of their gruesome and vehement music video for “Prometheus,” taken from their critically acclaimed 2014 opus “Titan.” The band announced the debut as “the second video clip since our formation (the first being ‘The Eldest Cosmonaut” from the album “A Fallen Temple’). The storyline revolves around the theme of transformation and crossing the thin line between predator and prey. It is something that literally brings food for thought. Provoking, disturbing, resisting, surviving the ordeal…”

Directed and produced by Jon Simvonis (jonsimvonis.net) — who added “It’s been a pleasure working with the almighty SEPTICFLESH, visualizing a massive song from their latest album, an album which works on so many different levels. Bon Appetit!” – “Prometheus” is being served exclusively via Bloody-Disgusting.com as well as streaming directly via YouTube

 

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Ex-Cobalt vocalist apologizes to LGBTQ community, covers “I Am Woman”

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM (PST)

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Phil McSorley (ex COBALT vocalist) has apologized for harsh anti-gay comments. Phil has stated that being closeted and afraid to transition led to his “tough guy” approach. He is asking fans for forgiveness and re-instatement in the USBM friendship village. “I have begun hormone treatments and am asking that everyone take my cover of “I am Woman” by Helen Reddy in black metal style in the unorthodox yet earnest spirit that was intended.”

McSorley admitted that he was always more into the black than the metal in “black metal” and had been sorely dissapointed when he found out it was more about “nazi imagery”.

“Flipping burgers in Indiana has been my only gainful employment since being kicked out of the band, and now we have no customers,” McSorley admits.“I was just trying to fit in. But the charade is over and now I can come home.”

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Ted Nugent joins Rage, Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” cover in the works

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:40 PM (PST)

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Citing Zack de la Rocha’s foot dragging insistence on inactivity with one of the biggest and most socially relevant bands of all time, Rage Against The Machine have been forced to move forward…with Ted Nugent.

“Dude, Zack just wants to make a rap song cameo like once every four years and, y’know, a lot of political shit has been crazy the last fifteen or however long it has been since we made an album. I mean, he even recorded with Trent Reznor and DJ Shadow and where is all of THAT stuff?” shrugs drummer Brad Wilk. “And with Nick Menza in Sabbath now, I need a steady gig. Like, I was just playing fill in for the Smashing Pumpkins, bro. Shit’s kinda fucked up. What else are we supposed to do?”

When pressed over if they think long time fans might be confused that Nugent could send a mixed message, “bi-partisanship” was mentioned by RATM’s publicist.“We think he has cross-over appeal, way more than Chris Cornell ever did.”

“Finally oppressed whites will have a voice through the music of rock n’ roll that was stolen from Chuck Berry,” says an ecstatic Nugent. “It’s time to take the power back!”

“When Zack said he was doing that “One Day As A Lion project even we didn’t think he meant actually ONE day,” adds Wilk. 

With Obama a year away from leaving office and Hillary’s email-gate doing Ted’s job for him, Nugent feels it seems like he could relax and reach across the aisle a bit finally. “Shit, Ted Cruz was born in Canada so I guess the time has come to relax a little bit.,” said the Nuge after downing a unicorn/moose hybrid with a spear. “I’m honestly a little bit tired of being the “old crazy guy”. In a way, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation spend more time in the woods than I ever have and that’s to be admired. And obviously discrimination in America is never going away, so I might as well prove that I can rap better than any Muslim mongrel. Besides, Obama trying to reach across the aisle instead of swatting us GOP like bugs when he had a mandate after we tricked y’all into going into Iraq just led to us running Congress and the Senate, haha.” 

When we tried to reach Tom Morrello for comment he just tweeted at us: “Fuck it.”

Bassist Tim Commerford was too busy climbing shit to comment.

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Black Sabbath has announced a “new” singer after Ozzy Osbourne announced his departure from the legendary metal band today.

“He’s [Ozzy] 66 years old, and years of being on the road have just taken their toll. He wants to focus on family and gardening now, which has been a secret passion of his for a long time.” replied Sharon Osbourne, his wife of 32 years.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has announced former Sabbath singer, Tony Martin as his replacement. “Tony is, by far, the most capable singer I’ve ever worked with. He was able to sing the songs of every era of the band. It will be great working with him again. Geezer [Butler, Black Sabbath bassist] and Nick [Menza, newly announced drummer- since Megadeth dropped the ball on that one again] are looking forward to it as well.”

Tony Martin issued a statement saying “This is something the fans have demanded for years now. It’s been a long time, but it finally feels right.”

This isn’t the first time Ozzy has left Sabbath. In 1977, Ozzy was fired from the group and was replaced by Dave Walker of Fleetwood Mac. Ozzy was brought back a short time later, only to be replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Ozzy reunited with Sabbath a few more times over the years, only to be replaced by Dio each time until now.

“The company no longer makes the sticks they used to jam up his ass to keep him propped upright on stage, so he has decided to step down as Sabbath’s frontman so the most dynamic vocalist of the band could return,” commented bassist Geezer Butler.

Dust off that Headless Cross, bitches.

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Suicide Silence, Emmure smooshed The Chance with WTR and FFAA in tow

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:51 PM (PST)

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Poughkeepsie, NY shook as Suicide Silence and Emmure packed the house and cracked concrete for the Stronger Than Faith Tour. The rowdy show featured adrenalized performances met with major enthusiasm from the mixed age crowd (though full of young fans primarily). Frankie from Emmure was still suffering throat problems and sat this one out, seeming really bummed as he told the near capacity crowd he couldn’t sing their set. I thought it was the guy who fronts Emmure’s NYC buddies Sylar who filled in at first but was told a bit later it was the controversial bands tour manager stepping in. The crowd supported wholeheartedly and people were flipping out and singing along nonetheless.

I honestly heard several people say it was the best show they’d ever gone to there. While it was a good show it didn’t come near the balcony kamikaze jumper insanity of Soulfly/Incubus over a decade ago or some of the nutsballz Gwar, Hatebreed or All Out War shows I’ve seen there over the many years I’ve been attending concerts at the theater.

But yeah, it was a fired up night for metalcore fans. Openers Fit For An Autopsy had the heaviest set besides Suicide Silence (who seriously brought in this first time I got to witness them live since Mitch died). FFAA were clearly hungry and delivered a death heavy performance with particularly satisfying bass fluidity from Shane Slade.

I was most excited probably to see Within The Ruins who have one of the best guitarists in metal. They recently survived a snowy van crash and Tim Goergen still had his arm in a sling when off stage. The Westfield, MA band didn’t dissapoint though, bringing Dillinger-worthy technical madness to the masses.

Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida really owned the night, though. Hermida told a heckler that “if you want to see All Shall Perish go to an All Shall Perish show”, his new band bearing down with crushing forward momentum as the pit swelled.

Catharina Christiana and Matt Slater provided photos. 

For the live shots see BELOW.

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In anticipation of Earth Crisis‘ next record THE DISCIPLINE out this year via the good folks at Bullet Tooth , a few of their friends and biggest fans got together to speak about what the band and music means to them. 20 years after their debut album Destroy The Machines was released, Davey Havok (AFI), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Toby Morse (H2O), Dan Smith (LA Ink), Paul Waggoner (Between The Buried And Me), Peter Young (ALF), and Joel Capolongo (Sea Shepard) discuss those songs, the messages, and the impact Earth Crisis has had on their lives and the straight edge and animal rights movements worldwide. Watch it BELOW.

This is a great reminder of how music can still have important social impact.

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5 time Grammy nominated metal lifers Anthrax are about done with their follow-up to the widely praised and fan recent favorite Worship Music (the “comeback” album to many followers of the band).

I’m extremely stoked to hear Jon Donias’ contributions, as the band reports he’s played leads on 7 or 8 tunes so far. Jon, of course, was part of the great Shadows Fall and replaced longtime fan fave Rob Caggiano. Fans can catch both on tour when Caggiano’s current band, Danish hellions Volbeat, tour with Anthrax this year (dates below).

Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”

Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”

“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”

“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”

Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.

Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are BELOW (as well as their recent contribution to the new Game Of Thrones mix tape).

 
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Noise mongers KEN Mode, a particularly mischievous  bunch of merry madmen, have a new single “Blessed”. I’m thinking #blessed has a lot of crossover potential as a life affirming hashtag as well. Perhaps the guys are on to something.

As usual, it’s fucking pummeling and skronky. They’ve def upped the pigfuck ante this time. Check it out HERE.

Recorded with Steve Albini (NIRVANA, THE PIXIES, THE JESUS LIZARD and more) and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, Success features art by the band’s longtime artist Randy Ortiz, and feature guest performances by Eugene Robinson (OXBOW) and members of FULL OF HELL. ’Success’ will be available across multiple CD and LP formats. Pre-orders are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Regarding the new track, front-man Jesse Matthewson comments:

“Blessed is the ultimate statement behind the album’s concept. What is ‘success’? It’s an outsider’s tale; perpetually on the outside looking in. A dual bass salute to  the Swans, Cop shoot Cop and the Cows. Everyone loves an underdog story, but it’s rare that you get the big picture scene in the end, because more often than not, it’s not what you really want to see.”

The artwork and track list for ‘Success’ can be found below.

See the art BELOW as well as a slew of North American tour dates with the awesome Fight Amp.

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Anaal Nathrakh announce diverse tour with Incite, Secrets Of The Sky

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:06 PM (PST)
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Anaal Nathrakh make some of the most tortured and limitless music the UK has to offer, a roaring defiance of forms still with talons ripping out the dark hearts of black and )increasingly) industrial metal/ I’ve become a really big fans of the band and they are finally announcing stateside dates to support their recent all-killer, no-filler limb strewn riff fest battlefield Desideratum ( on Metal Blade).

While the inclusion of Incite and Secrets Of The Sky might seem like a mish mash of styles to some, all three of the bands are fairly criminally under-appreciated and this going to make for some phenomenal nights of metal madness.

 

Dates below.

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Deep Cuts: Megadeth

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:16 AM (PST)

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“One of the columns I was excited to have you involved in is our Metal Riot ‘Deep Cuts’ series. I’d like you to do MEGADETH!”

That was the line that stood out to me when I got my welcome to the Metal Riot world. I was on my lunch break from my day job inside a Stewart’s station when I got this message and in my joy, let out a very loud “OH FUCK YEAH!!”, much to the displeasure of a woman and young child sitting at the table next to me. I can only assume her displeasure was because I get to listen to a lot of MEGADETH and call it ‘work’, and she can’t. Really, there is no other logical explaination I can come up with. MEGADETH has been one of my top favorites for as long as I can remember, so I really was excited to be asked to write about them. I got into the band while collecting movie soundtracks as a kid. “Go To Hell” from the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack was my introduction to the band, but “Angry Again” from Last Action Hero is what really snagged my attention.

So now, I’ve got the impossible task of narrowing down the band’s 30 year career of killer tunes down to only 3 cuts. We all know the mega-classics. “Trust”, “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”, “Symphony Of Destruction”, “Peace Sells”, etc. have all been staples in the band’s setlist for years. I wanted to pick out some tunes that don’t seem to get as much love. Obviously, I had to leave out a ton, so gems like “44 Minutes”, “The Disintegrators” and “Die Dead Enough” will have to wait until we do another write up.

For what 3 songs made the “Cuts” snarl and sneer HERE.

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Even if Royal Thunder never recorded another note (perish the thought), the music they have already produced would likely survive and be heralded as classic down the line. The southern blues and sludge elements of the band’s striking sound has expanded on their new charismatic sophomore album Crooked Doors into even headier and moodier hemispheres, but retaining pure rock n roll drive. These stormy “thunder” (ahem) clouds of psych rock and gypsy mourning can be found rolling colorfully next to harder rocking tracks that retain the bands powerful groove and Pandora’s box will to survive hardships . Whatever they touch, this outfit is frighteningly capable. Vocalist Mlny Parsonz (one of the indisputably best rock singers in the game right now) and the boys create music that makes even true believers generally gasp at the unabashed power and authenticity. You’d never accuse this band of lacking feeling or inspiration, simply a group that make half the bands out there seem creatively malnourished.

Crooked Doors is available 4/7 (NA) / 4/3 (Ger/Benelux/Fin) / 4/6 (UK/Eur/World) on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records http://bit.ly/royalthunder ).

Josh Weaver (guitar) fills us in on some of the record’s creation BELOW.

Interview: Lightning Bolt – Leave The Lantern Lit

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:02 AM (PST)

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Noise champs Lightning Bolt have defied the odds for almost twenty years, creating their own quite real “Fantasy Empire“ of unshackled by tepid mortal limitations manic rock music in the process. The newest record Fantasy Empire is their best sounding album fidelity wise, the Rhode Island band tracking in a whole new and more traditional way but yielding psychotic, spastically rhythmic and trippy, brilliant results on songs like “Dream Genie” (not Bowie cover) or “King of My World”. The two Brians (Chippendale and Gibson) of the duo  are back after six years between albums but haven’t lost any of their chutzpah on this sixth album in a critically acclaimed + pioneering career featuring many careening flights of fancy.

Fantasy Empire will be released March 24th, 2015 via Thrill Jockey. In addition to standard formats, Thrill Jockey is offering a limited pressing of 300 deluxe double LP versions on black-and-white swirl vinyl. Preorder packages are available at THIS LOCATION.

For an interview with Brian Chippendale see BELOW.

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Otep shares her side of the Terror Universal groping scandal in full

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM (PST)

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MetalSucks usually treats Otep like shit and while I love that site generally it is one of the things that annoys me the most about it, cuz Otep rules. Show me that many other metal artists who are as outspoken and who have inspired more people to accept their bodies, sexuality or to get socially active protesting war and to listen to heavier music. There aren’t that many.

And seriously, how could you listen to “Warhead” and not think it was heavy as fuck?

I took Otep’s side in the scandal about The Civil Unrest tour and now in her Metalsucks interview Otep Shamaya puts the bullets into everyone else’s version of events pretty thoroughly. Good for you, Ms. Shamaya.

TRIBE for life, yo.

Check out OTEP’s rebuttal HERE.

Photo by Catharina Christiana

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