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Megadeth release “The Threat Is Real” audio.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:16 PM (PST)

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Megadeth‘s new track is probably the best thing from the band since the System Has Failed stuff, the last time I was really into more than one or two songs off a record (though Endgame was pretty decent). This new tune “The Threat Is Real” is awesome, though. Kudos to Mustaine for listening to the fans desire for some of the thrashier, more virtuoso side of Megadeth we have been missing. Listen HERE.

That said, I have never been able to listen to the band the same way since the Mustaine comments about Obama being behind the movie theater Dark Knight Rises Shootings. Look, we know he calls shots on the drone kill list but believing in the false flag movie theater shooting stuff as a plot to take away gun rights was really too much. We don’t need to fabricate shootings because they happen way too often. And I’m not even anti-gun. I think it is a tool like anything else but way too many people are not mature or sane enough to handle the responsibility. So yeah, Mustaine saying that made me go running for my Testament CDs instead. I’m not sure I’m ever gonna be won back fully from that, despite this track having some great performances on it. That said, it’s a real shredder and I loved it.

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Black Tusk reveal “God’s On Vacation” single, new album news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM (PST)

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The death of Athon was a tragedy for metal and it is heartening to learn his final studio tracks will be included on a January release from Black Tusk entitled Pillars Of Ash. Despite keeping an ear to the ground, I had no idea about this and so was thrilled to get the news yesterday. Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of distortion and volume triumphing over tragedy I’d also mention Drew Cook of Dimesland, who passed away unexpectedly last year, is immortalized on that great guitar band’s Psychogenic Atrophy HERE.

But yes, NPR has the stream of a new Black Tusk single HERE. The song is as stomping and awesome as anything in the band’s rad catalogue and underscores their place near the top of metal’s upstart crop of most relentless bands. There is a dark, punk rock heart to this band’s sludge and it gives them a more rock n roll heart possessed by few bands this side of High On Fire, The Bronx and other really rowdy groups. Athon’s presence will always be felt. Truly one of my best memories as a music fan was that I got to share a small bill opening for them once while he was alive.

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Exmortus reveal Philip Lawvere artwork for “Ride Forth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM (PST)

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The Los Angeles-based, neoclassical metal-inspired extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS will further their claim that “metal is king” in early 2016 with their blistering new album, Ride Forth. The menacing cover for the new release – featuring oil-painted artwork by the legendary Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost), who previously contributed his epic artistry to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 label debut, Slave To The Sword – can be seen above.

“Ride Forth” was recorded earlier this year with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) before the group hit the road alongside guitar legend Marty Friedman on his recent North American tour. More details about the new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Battlecross announce North American tour w/ Havok

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:27 AM (PST)

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Michigan thrash metallers Battlecross have announced a headlining North American tour.

Battlecross will see support from HavokNekrogoblikon and Black Fast.

Check out Battlecross tour dates here.

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An announcement from ANTHRAX.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM (PST)

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Album Review: Act Of Defiance – “Birth and the Burial”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM (PST)

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So, I picked up the ACT OF DEFIANCE debut album Birth And The Burial today. I was a little skeptical at first, since the last time two dudes left MEGADETH and tried something new, David Ellefson and Jimmy DeGrasso gave us F5, which left a lot to be desired. Not to say that the band wasn’t any good, but you would expect more out of ex-MEGADETH guys. A lot more.

ACT OF DEFIANCE, formed by ex-MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitars), along with singer Henry Derek (ex-SCAR THE MARTYR) and bassist Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL) went down a completely opposite path as the boys in F5. The band is a perfect blend of so many different sun-genres of metal, there’s something for virtually everyone. Very old school, no nonsense, in your face metal, but still very new school at the same time.

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Exmortus announce “Ride Forth” album, hot on heels of Marty Friedman tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:24 AM (PST)

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Further cementing their status as one of the forerunners of heavy metal’s up-and-coming regime, the neoclassical-influenced extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS recently finished an epic month-long trek across North America with legendary guitarist Marty Friedman. The band will continue to showcase their “fantastic guitar style and blistering musicanship” (Metal Assault) on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, Ride Forth! Scheduled for release in early 2016, Ride Forth was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Calif. with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation), who also helmed the band’s critically lauded 2014 label debut Slave to the Sword.

 

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Black Breath stream “Slaves Beyond Death” with Invisible Oranges

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM (PST)

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West Coast bile spitters Black Breath have returned for their first record since Jamie Byrum was hit by a car and it is one gnarly record. Slaves Beyond Death is somehow even darker than previous efforts from a band who made early impressions years back with a sunny song called “Spit On The Cross”. Yes, this is bleaker than that. Invisible Oranges has a stream of Slaves Beyond Death in full HERE and you can pre-order the album HERE.

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“Repentless” has highest ever chart debut in Slayer’s 32 years

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:03 AM (PST)
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Repentless, the 12th studio album from the iconic thrash/metal band SLAYER and the first without beloved founding member Jeff Hanneman, makes the highest Billboard debut in the band’s 32-year recording career, coming in at #4 on the Top 200 Album Charts and scanning 50,000 units. Slayer’s Christ Illusion had been the band’s highest debut, premiering in 2006 at #5. Repentless, the band’s first album produced by Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), also lands at #2 on Billboard’s Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Hard Music charts.

Repentless now also holds the record as the band’s career-highest chart debut in Germany (#1), Holland (#2), Australia (#3), New Zealand (#8), the UK (#11) and on the Japanese International Chart (#1), and bowed at #3 in Finland, #4 in Belgium, and #5 in both Sweden and Greece. Additionally, the album debuted in the Top 10 in France (#7), Italy (#8), Hungary (#9), and Japan, (#10).

“The entire Nuclear Blast global team thanks Slayer and their loyal fans everywhere for the tremendous first-week success for Repentless,” said Gerardo Martinez, NB’s General Manager, USA. “Slayer made an amazing album that stayed true to who the band is, and the fans’ overwhelming response is proof of that.”

“Repentless,” the album’s first music video, made its premiere on the album’s 9/11 release date and has since logged more than 1.9 million YouTube views and is north of two-million views on Slayer’s Facebook page. The video was directed by BJ McDonnell (“Hatchet III”), filmed at the Sybil Brand women’s prison in East Los Angeles, and features copious amounts of blood, grizzly murders, and cameo appearances by some of Hollywood’s most recognized anti-heroes, including Danny Trejo (“From Dusk Till Dawn”) and Tony Moran (“Halloween”).

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Album Review: Slayer – “Repentless”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM (PST)

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I have not really been able to stomach most of the reviews or negative attitudes towards the current incarnation of Slayer since Jeff H. died. Do you really think Hanneman would want us all turning on the band he was in for so many years? I can’t blame Araya for singing “Pissing match of egos” on the thrash-tastic title track of this latest entry into the band’s storied discography. Personally I think people are really easily swayed by band wagons these days and you get a few trolls or bad reviews up and running and suddenly no one thinks for themselves.

“We’re killing ourselves a little more everyday!,” Araya also screams on the title track.

I’ve written for other sights about how I prefer Katy Perry to Taylor Swift any day, but essentially at the end of the day it is about personalities. Pop music is mainly written by three or four people! Wake up! We are part of a still thriving underground and it is weak that Mayhem Fest had low turn out this year just because a more commercial band like A7X wasn’t headlining. But below the surface of the mainstream all we get is a sea of fucking arguing.

While Kerry King’s comments about the Mayhem Fest this year divided some fans, the infighting in the metal scene could also be pointed right back at plenty of more closed minded Slayer fans who will only accept the classic line up. I love the current Slayer and think they did as great a job as humanly possible with Paul and Gary. Really, could anyone be as good replacements for Dave and Jeff as these cats? They’ve been killing it live and both are classic members of the thrash pantheon in their own rights. Paul even arguably played on Slayer’s arguably MOST classic record GOD HATES US ALL since the early days!

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Metallica release some footage from Saint Petersburg 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM (PST)

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Metallica have released 18 minutes of fly on the wall footage shot by the MetOnTour reporter on August 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Footage includes a birthday pie-ing, Tuning Room, plus “One” from the show.

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I interviewed my favorite Battlecross dude, Don Slater.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM (PST)

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Rise To Power, mother cluckers.

I finally interviewed Battlecross, one of the fastest rising bands in modern groove/thrash.

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Invisible Oranges ran a killer piece a few days ago that we want to steer some of our readers towards. It’s an in depth mutation meditation on Municipal Waste’s modern classic Hazardous Mutation. Hard to believe it’s been a decade since this album was unleashed on us bastards but if you can read you can read about it HERE.

“For most, the term “crossover thrash” brings to mind a fairly limited sound and set of images: bandanas, flipped brims, skateboards, just wanting a Pepsi, and so forth. And yet, like all subgenres must, thrash has matured and evolved since ripping into the metal genre at large in the early 80s. And unlike the evolutions of other subgenres, the evolution of thrash metal out of the 1980s and into the contemporary consciousness can be traced to a single album, the ne plus ultra of “retro-thrash:” Municipal Waste’s 2005 landmark Hazardous Mutation, which was released a decade ago today.”

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Slayer and Machete inspire prisoners to flash mosh

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM (PST)
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On Wednesday, in near 100-degree heat and high humidity, a riot broke out in the exercise yard of the Sybil Brand Institute, the women’s prison in East Los Angeles, where Slayer shot the music video for the new track “Repentless.” In fact, while Slayer performed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the “prisoners” had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap. But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell’s brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as “more like something for a feature film than a rock band’s music video.”

 

This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.” For Slayer’s “Repentless,” he and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”), Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”

 

Slayer’s prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. While McDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it’s safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls.

 

The date for the premiere of Slayer’s “Repentless” music video will be announced shortly. Repentless, Slayer’s 11th studio album, is due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast), and is already receiving some pretty amazing press.

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Album Review: Ramming Speed – “No Epitaphs”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM (PST)

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East Coast smashers Ramming Speed are one of the more chaotic, thrashy bands
around, like their label mates Exmortus often sounding like one big evil as
fuck party. Ramming Speed have really dogged it out to get to album number
three and have a lot of cred in the crust punk scene as well. They just seem
like an awesome band and can really play a good, rough around the edges more
punky version of thrash.

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