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Album Review: Testament – Titans Of Creation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM (PST)

From the moment you hear “Children Of The Next Level” blast out of the speaker’s with supreme artillery confidence, it is evident that 2020 Testament is take no prisoners prepared to stand taller than any new buzz band in the genre. The huge grin of nostalgia and thrill of promised new glory that fans get each release is an awesome feeling that the band deliver on with ease. Undoubtedly in the top 4 now that Slayer are no longer standing (and arguably they were already deserving of being in the Big 4 over Megadeth for friggin’ years), Titans Of Creation is a near masterpiece of thrash. From Hoglan completely savaging the kit with jaw dropping performances locked tight with Steve DiGiorgio to many memorable lyrics and the bedrock structuring Testament is known for thanks in no small part to Eric Peterson, you can’t lose with this album.

“Curse Of Osiris” is a track that  opens with blistering hate that reminded me of superfast early The Legacy style Testament married to some unholy near Demonic worthy screams amidst the standard Chuck iconic barks and even some blasts. The tom rolls on this song! Chuck is in full command on this song, a total boss.  “Catacombs” has a theatrical ancient epic vibe you might expect on an instrumental current Sepultura track. This band is perfect for rallying the dejected right now.

“Dream Deceiver” stands out with more melodic, groove thrash riffage and a pushy mid-tempo chorus that alternates with technical faster measures for a thrilling and satisfying fix. “She won’t stop haunting me at night!” I firmly believe 100% that no other major thrash band has had as good a late stage 4 album run as Testament have pulled off since turning heads sharply when the excellent The Formation Of Damnation salvaged the group from an early grave. Just thinking back to the live shows from that time is such an exciting feeling, but I am just as excited about them this current album as ever. This really is the meaning of LEGACY (pun intended). Alex is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of the genre and this album certainly cements that yet again.

“The Healers” is timely considering the Coronavirus scare Chuck and Steve just went through and is one of the more stage ready powerful songs of the album telling us to get back in touch with nature in a time of 5G debates, pollution, mass death and traffic jams. Howling wolves and a respect for Mother Earth pepper the lyrical content with emotion and strength drawn from old wisdom. It’s one of the band’s most explosive and bad ass songs – along with the still anthemic “Native Blood” – in their storied discography. Also, who else in metal can bellow “My healing powers crystal blue” and have it sound tough as shit?

“Night of the Witch” is cool but was actually one of the weaker songs on the album. It is a single and still kicks the ass of half the bands out there, so that is pretty cool if a song still as good as NoTW is actually not the strongest material on a record. I can see why they released it as a single though, since the song has some of the eviler riffing and darker “Hell” vibes a lot of devil craving metal maniacs lust for. Skolnick and Peterson really own this song the most in the band, lending a Pantera level of technical flourish and rage to a few moments.

Again, this is peak 2020 metal that will strengthen any fan during this hard time. Hails to the legends!

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Italian melodic heavy band 5RAND have released their Dark Mother track “Silent Spring” as a single to mark the start of the season and share some solidarity and hope through this terrible time.

Dear friends, Today marks the beginning of Spring and we want to dedicate this song to you.
We are all living a Silent Spring, here in Italy and all around the world, a tragedy has struck at the heart of our community, but we will get through this… together! Yours,- 5RAND

The track features Francesco Ferrini of Fleshgod Apocalypse and is a remarkable blend of creative dynamics, beautiful melodic moody hooks and screams as well as powerful musicianship that is quite emotional.

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Following the declaration of national emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Metalitalia.com and Spaziorock.it joined forces to support the Italian Red Cross and the constant commitment of its thousands of employees and volunteers in the current struggle.

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The Italian Red Cross has been active at the forefront of the emergency since the start of the Covid-19 alert with multiple roles, including relief, health, psychological, logistical, information, control, screening and is carrying out many other crucial activities in the battle against this epidemic that is bringing the country to its knees. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Italian Red Cross is safely managing the transport of the sick to and between the relevant health structures, through the use of special high biocontainment means prepared in case of health emergencies like this.

We ask all of you fans, artists, record labels and music professionals to support our cause. The rock community has always been united and aimed at mutual support. A small gesture to help people who need care and support to return to their normal lives as soon as possible. With the hope of seeing each other again in a music venue soon!

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Band Spotlight: Sepultura

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM (PST)

Icons of world thrash Sepultura are the un-killable underground dynasty that refuses naysayers and continues to evolve and make bonds with new fans year after year. 2020 finds the band -Andreas Kisser (Guitars), Derrick Green(Vocals), Eloy Casagrande (Drums) and Paulo Jr. (bass) releasing one of the most incredible statements of the group’s storied legacy, Quadra. If you still only like the early eras you are willfully a stick in the mud or unable to hear greatness. “Isolation”, the pain exuding “Last Time”, the new class war anthem “Capital Enslavement” and the onslaught “Agony Of Defeat” are just a few examples of one of the most solid records in recent metal memory. Sepultura still have plenty of staying power!

“On ‘Quadra’, we felt the urge to revisit that old thrash feeling of ‘Beneath the Remains’ or ‘Arise’,’ only seen through the eyes of  today,”Andreas Kisser utters the magic words. “Add to that the tribal percussion, the orchestral elements, the choirs, the melodies and the clean vocals and you get a thorough run-through of our entire career, backed by a very contemporary approach.” 

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Nile to tour Australia, New Zealand with Ingested along for the ride

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:07 AM (PST)

If you are like me, after you gaze into the mouth of the abyss and slam your brains out, you like to follow it up with a cool glass of water before bowing down to ancient Egyptian serpent demonic overlords in Vile Nilotic Rites or whatnot. If so, you are gonna be so chuffed about Nile touring with Ingested!

The death metal legends bring the UK Slammers to Australia and New Zealand,

4/22 Perth, AU @ Badlands
4/23 Canberra, AU @ The Basement
4/24 Sydney, AU @ Crowbar
4/25 Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
4/26 Melbourne, AU @ Max Watts
4/28 Wellington, NZ @ San Fran
4/29 Auckland, NZ @ Galatos

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Carnifex and 3TEETH announce Spring co-headline Meta X Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:25 PM (PST)

Carnifex/Photo Credit: Shannon Brooke

For everyone moping about the end of Slayer, here is some fresh metal news to maybe cheer your ragged little evil hearts up a little bit, eh? In an interesting pairing, Carnifex and 3TEETH are heading out together in a sure to be pretty darn sick co-headlining run. META X starts on March 13th in Santa Ana wrapping up on April 17th in Los Angeles, making stops in major markets including New York City, Nashville, Chicago, and more. The tour will also feature support from Skold and The Browning. Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, December 6th and can be found HERE.

3TEETH Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle

3TEETH will be on tour in support of their latest album METAWAR, released this past July, following a headlining run in Europe. METAWAR, which was produced by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), is available HERE. Carnifex will be supporting World War X, which was produced by Jason Suecof, released August 2nd, via Nuclear Blast Records, available HERE.

Speaking about the tour, Alexis Mincolla of 3TEETH and Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex are excited to team up together for Meta X. “We are a truly deadly combination of underground metal. Get ready for huge live production from all the bands on the bill along with extended sets. This Meta X tour is going to roll into cities like an industrialized war machine laying waste to everything in its path and you’re not going to want to miss it.”

TOUR DATES BELOW.

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Thrash icons Slayer have released a live clip of their ferocious current live opener, the recent late career single “Repentless”. While it is a newer addition to the band’s storied collection of ragers, it is nonetheless a favorite in the fandom. As the band performs the last show of its Final World Tour on Saturday, November 30, they felt the urge to release this live document of the beginning of the band’s concert, Slayer’s entrance on stage, and aforementioned opening song, “Repentless.” Taken from the upcoming two-part Slayer: The Relentless Killogy motion picture and companion LP/CD release “Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA” due out November 8 (Nuclear Blast), this proves the band can still make Hell Await when the fire stirs inside of them.

Pre-order Slayer: The Repentless Killogy (Live at the Forum in Inglewood, CA) HERE and receive an instant download of the single “Relentless” (live.” The single is also available on all streaming services,. Listen now at https://geni.us/SlayerKillogy.

Slayer will begin The Final Campaign, the last leg of its Final World Tour on November 2, wrapping up its touring career with two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles on November 29 and 30. Tickets and VIP Meet N Greet Upgrades are available at www.slayer.net.

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Kreator touring Europe with Lamb Of God , Power Trip.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:04 AM (PST)

German heavy ambassadors Kreator are co-headline touring Europe with mighty Lamb Of God and the light hearted fellowship known as Power Trip. A mass mosh monstrosity of healthy proportions is a safe bet to ensue. What a killer package!

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Sabaton in car crash in Tunisia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 6:04 PM (PST)

Epic historical metallers Sabaton are used to the clashing of steel as one of the most larger than life and important power metal bands in the world, but that doesn’t mean the band was keen to be in a scary car wreck. The band shared a message and pictures HERE and are lucky to be alive. We wish them all the best in their recovery. Maybe help the dudes out if ya can and grab more copies of The Great War, ok metal fam?

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Derrick Green vocal masterclass Europe tour in October

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:35 PM (PST)

Personally, I believe Derrick Green of Sepultura to be one of the best vocalists in Metal. He has done a lot of killer work with the band since joining but since people are so stubbornly obsessed with the early Sep-mythology they often have somehow not realized that Machine Messiah, Against, A-lex and Dante XXI (to name my favorites with Green) also kick complete ass. Just because the band covered U2 once – and WELL – some idiots wrote off Green, who frankly has more talent in his charismatic demeanor than they could ever muster, and certainly a more powerful bellow or melodic voice than most of his haters. Green is a pro and unphased, kicking ass consistently. Hats off to the dude.

SEPULTURA’s Derrick Green will be on the road in Europe for a Vocal Masterclass Tour during the month of October (2019). Check below the dates and HERE for tickets.

10.10 – Duycker – Amsterdam, NL
11.10 – Ls Relais Des Artistes – Le Bioux, CH
12.10 – Legend Club – Milan, IT
13.10 – Pitcher – Dusseldorf, DE
14.10 – The Underground – London, UK

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Wow, death metal freakers. I think I can safely say we can all rejoice today at this fierce news! One of the all time greats and some fresh and important new blood, both combining innovation and tradition. This is not a tour any extreme metalhead should want to skip out on.

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Striker by Dana Zuk

Edmonton’s STRIKER will be hitting the road this summer for the ‘Deadly Ripping North American Tour’ with Holy Grail and Bewitcher. The 21 date tour will kick off in Phoenix, AZ on July 12th and wrap up in Los Angeles on August 4th (dates listed below). STRIKER is touring in support of their sixth studio album Play To Win released this past October via their independent label Record Breaking Records.

This band, wow…they remind me of everything that first made me fall in love with heavy metal. So good, killer musicianship, fun and not too self-conscious. Just big, killer tunes and massive harmonies paired with squealing guitars and crazy drums and riffs. Fuck yeah! Rock! Wow, thus tour is gonna be a real vocal steel cage match!

The band comments:

“Hitting the road with our brothers of shred Holy Grail this summer to bring our new album Play to Win to fans across North America! This is the summer of the Road Dogs, and we will be doing many more shows across North America and the rest of the world before it’s all said and done. There’s never been a better time to headbang in the front row!”

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER’s sixth studio album Play To Win features 10 fist pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band plus mixed and mastered by Hendrik Udd (Firewind, Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Delain). The album follows their 2017 self-titled full length that the band supported with tours across Europe and North America with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, and Warbringer along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany) and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade-plus career. That fifth studio album also garnered them a nomination from Canada’s JUNO awards, the country’s highest music prize, along with wins at the Edmonton Music Awards and Western Canadian Awards.

Guitarist Tim Brown comments on Play To Win:

“Play to Win: if you want to win you have to play the game. Find the rules and break them. This is our 6th album and 3rd independent release. If we followed the rules and listened to the industry people we’d have gone absolutely nowhere. Play To Win is about listening to yourself, following your own path, and playing that 5th ace hidden in your sleeve. This album is designed to light a fire under your ass and get you moving, and we made sure to get the most modern, ear melting sounds possible. It’s all about where metal is going, not where it has been, and this is our soundtrack to success.”

Album CD order, stream and download available on www.Striker-Metal.com, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse have a “Carnivorous Lamb”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4:57 AM (PST)


Italian orchestral-death metal giants Fleshgod Apocalypse have revealed the next single, “Carnivorous Lamb,” from the band’s forthcoming, highly-anticipated album, Veleno, that’s due on May 24th from Nuclear Blast Records. Fans can stream the new track via a lyric video below.

I am very excited for this release, as it seems the always ambitious band have really stepped things up in many departments.

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ELUVEITIE reveal title track epic video for ‘Ategnatos”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:21 PM (PST)

Folk metallers Eluveitie have returned with a massive new video for “Ategnatos’, the title track from their forthcoming album. This will more than suffice for a mental escape if you need one today.

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Children Of Bodom’s 2019 North American Tour is going to have a big impact, especially with direct support from Finnish doom band Swallow The Sun to take things even further into dark waters.

Additional support will come from Wolfheart. Summer’s Circle, Hollow Cry, and Fragmentum as openers for select dates. The tour starts March 13th in Quebec City and wraps on April 19th in New York City. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Pre-Order new 2019 album HEXED here. It isn’t out til March but we are slavering over the epic disdain of “Under Grass And Clover”. Bad ass stuff! I haven’t seen these guys live in awhile and definitely have the itch lately. This seems like it is going to be an awesome new era for the band.

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