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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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March For Our Lives is going on today and I am so stoked at the bravery and power of all the voices in unison demanding change. This has been an incredible month of social change and even accountability in metal as well as the world.
Well, it was VERY hard to pick just four albums for this month’s four favorites. There were a dozen records I really LOVED this month. Some flirt with dark stuff but weren’t really metal like my actual fave any genre record of the month – the new one from post-gothers VOWWS called Under The World. Other stuff I want to shout out includes stuff that is absolutely killer like Andrew WK (who had the two most uplifting singles in hard rock by far for the year thus far at a time we really need it), Memoriam, Slaves BC or especially also Rivers Of Nihil’s great prog influenced leap forward or BESVÄRJELSEN‘s potent Swedish doom brew Vallmo.
These records were and are bad ass af but ultimately edged out to the four records BELOW which I felt were the best four albums associated with the metal genre this month.Add to My Radar
Judas Priest, heavy metal icons of the highest order, have released a lyric video for “Never The Heroes”. The band’s new album Firepower touches down to scorch the Earth on March 9th, but here is another molten taste for ya. The song opens with unmistakeable Priestly arena-worthy swagger before Halford’s iconic voice eases in like a pure natural to seize the reigns. And it only gets more metal from there.
Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom for this record (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as Unleashed in the East, British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.Add to My Radar
The Metal Gods are starting 2018 with a fucking bang! And that bang comes in the form of their latest track “Lightning Strike,” off of the forthcoming album Firepower.
You can check out a teaser for the video below. The full video will be out later today.
Firepower is expected to drop in March.
Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘Lightning Strike’ video. Premiering tomorrow at RevolverMag.com
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Halford is arguably the most talented classic elder front man still active in metal (and showing no signs of slowing down). Judas Priest are gods of metal, even if some people think they are just a ‘rock n roll’ band. Eff that. They are molten British Steel, baby.
Today the band have announced a new studio album Firepower and a big tour with support from Saxon and Black Star Riders! That is one hell of a kick ass grouping of acts.
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Florida Death metallers Six Feet Under are preparing to release their fourth installment in their series of cover albums Graveyard Classics.
Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest will be released on May 27 via Metal Blade Records.
Stream “Invader”, check out the tracklist for Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest and Six Feet Under tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Turbo turns 30 on April 14! In commemoration of this – a foray by Judas Priest into Glam Metal, I took a look back at the album to see how it holds up after all of these years.
Ten years after Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest had really come into their own sound as any owner of a Judas Priest greatest hits collection or any ‘80s metal will understand.
Whereas Sad Wings of Destiny was seen as straight heavy metal, Turbo is seen to have glam metal influences.
Check out the full retrospective on the album here.
Sad Wings of Destiny turns 40-years-old on March 23 and to celebrate this mammoth fucking album, I present to you a retrospective on it!
Sad Wings of Destiny is Judas Priest’s second album. It is the only album which features drummer Alan Moore. That year Kiss’s Destroyer came out, Rush released 2112, AC/DC released High Voltage internationally and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in Australia, Black Sabbath released Technical Ecstasy and Deep Purple broke up. But for Judas Priest, things were just taking off. Off the back of Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest signed to CBS Records and got 60,000 pounds to record their next album Sin After Sin, which came out the very next year.
Read the full retrospective of the album here.Add to My Radar
British NWOBHM stalwarts Judas Priest having been doing really well in their retirement. After the release of 2014’s Redeemer of Souls frontman Rob Halford announced yesterday that the band is planning on heading back into the studio to continue to rage against the machine.
Halford said in an interview with Sixx Sense:
“We’ll be out for the rest of this tour until Christmas, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything we do – but I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently, and hopefully have it out there as soon as we can.”
Halford has also been encouraged by the reaction to Redeemer of Souls:
“That really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly. The clock is ticking. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. Who wants to go home and sit down for a year? And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer of Souls.”
Check out Judas Priest tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980’s ‘British Steel’ and 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance’), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to ‘deliver the goods,’ to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, ‘Defenders of the Faith,’ which spawned such headbanging classics as ‘Freewheel Burning,’ ‘Jawbreaker,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,’ and ‘Love Bites.’
And on March 10, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the ‘Defenders’ tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984.
The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group’s ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as ‘Metal Gods,’ ‘Breaking the Law,’ ‘Sinner,’ ‘Electric Eye,’ ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),’ ‘Victim of Changes,’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ among many others.
As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, “It’s 30 years since we released Defenders of the Faith – we’re very proud to say it has become a classic that’s beloved by Priest fans throughout the world”
Click HERE for more information and rock hard, ride free.
For U.S. fans of Judas Priest that simply cannot wait for the July 15th release date of their latest classic metal album, ‘Redeemer of Souls,‘ there is some relief on the way. On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/redeemer-of-souls-single/id863086125) and other digital service providers. And a clip of the song (plus the single’s artwork) is now available to sample at the band’s website.
If you are wondering what to expect from the mighty Priest on their forthcoming album, guitarist Glenn Tipton has set the record straight. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!”
There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis – will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls’
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Whatever side of the debate you fall on regarding Judas Priest post-K.K. Downing, the fact remains that the forthcoming EPITAPH tour DVD is really fantastic. Part of the band’s 40 year celebration as metal kings, this is a true treat for the fans and very well done. I was lucky enough to see the tour and the setlist of songs from every Halford era album was nothing short of phenomenal. Included here are their biggest hits plus the stunning “Victim Of Changes” and a vicious version of “Painkiller” after a bad ass drum solo from Scott Travis, plus much more. The band were in great form and this concert footage captures them killing it at the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo in 2012. The date also marked the last night of their final huge scale world tour. Props to Priest and The Scorpions for really trying to take it hard to the fans with great semi-farewell tours.
New guitarist Richie Faulkner is showcased well on the DVD. Despite being a big fan of the classic priest (and also the Ripper version), Richie quickly won me over. He is just great on stage, clearly so enthusiastic and interacts with the crowd better than some veterans I have seen live. The kid has it. He is seen on this release singing along and near seamlessly sliding into the ranks. Kudos.
Highlights of this pretty much must have DVD and Blu-Ray release are many. Halford sounds fantastic despite his age, crooning, roaring and owning it. The split camera guitar opening of their chilling version of “Diamonds And Rust” by Joan Baez is top notch. “Metal Gods” stomps home and raises goosebumps still like the true heavy metal all time anthem it is. The camera work is great and moves around a bunch but without giving you an epileptic fit. It is just a great recapturing of the tour, if you missed it. This is the biggest release of live material from their catalogue they have done and the band hold up on stage for a very long set list. The amazing thing is, it never gets boring. It is wonderful to hear the evolution from the early (and so awesome) “Never Satisfied” to the chop to the neck assault of “Judas Rising”. I just wish they played the stunning “Angel” from the ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION album as well, since it is one of my top five ever Priest songs.
“Heading Out To The Highway”, “Electric Eye”, “Rapid Fire” all burn with pride and majesty. I sat down to watch this and literally in minutes was air drumming like a fucking lunatic. Thank you, Priest for all you have done. I met a girl recently who said (as much as she loved them) Iron Maiden are the Yankees and Priest are the Mets, a band with way less fair-weather fans who are die hards for the “franchise”. With a new studio album on the way, this is a great look back with a fresh dose of energy in the line-up as well. K.K. is missed but you need to get on board with Priest in 2013. They truly are a band who can claim the word legacy and yet still have relevance and hopefully a bright future.
English heavy metallers, Judas Priest, have released thirteen more European tour dates for 2012. The new tour dates last from April 22nd through May 23rd. The band will also likely add more dates in the future.
To see the additional tour dates click here.
The band’s latest album, “Nostradamus,” was released in June 2008 through Epic Records.Add to My Radar
English heavy metal act, Judas Priest, have announced they will have new European tour dates in 2012 for places they missed before on their 2011 summer tour. So far the band has only released four confirmed European dates.
To check out the first of the tour dates click here.
The band’s latest album “Nostradamus” was released in June 2008 through Epic Records.Add to My Radar