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Suffocation “Return To The Abyss”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:39 AM (PST)

Ok, so this new Suffocation song “Return To The Abyss” is a total monster. That’s my welcome just desserts for saying yesterday I was feeling more pumped for the new Pathology. Really feeling this song “Return To The Abyss” more than the first single “Your Last Breaths”, which was good but…this one is damn near flawless death metal. Still not super crazy about the snare sound but, we will let that go. Def probably going to buy this record when it comes out.

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Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam) joins Overkill

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM (PST)

Jason Bittner, a drummers drummer who is a scene vet and has of course played with bands like the much missed Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam and briefly with Crisis, has joined thrash titans Overkill. This is a pretty fucking insanely good fit as Jason’s style is going to synch up very well for the band.

Press release here:

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).
“OVERKILL would like to announce it’s newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason “Sticks” Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy “The Mexicutioner” Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine.
Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

Jason “Sticks” Bittner states, “When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer………ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

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Decapitated release “Never” from next album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Decapitated remain one of the most important bands in extreme metal, a death metal consortium of the truest order. New song “Never” has an intro that gives me some of the more moody Carnival Is Forever vibes before a more old school attack begins. The new album is called Anticult and I for one am sure as hell excited. That solo section and the three minute or so almost hardcore breakdown riff are the fucking bomb. God, I love this band.

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Soilwork announce new drummer, Bastian Thusgaard

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:32 AM (PST)

Technical , extreme, hooky and accessible all without ever sucking? Of course we are discussing mighty Soilwork. When their former drummer Dirk peaced out (to inferior, yet more popular) band Megadeth, it left a big hole in Soilwork. The band have a shit ton of songs and any one of them presents many challenges to even a skilled player. Listen to, say, “Enemies In Fidelity” on recent masterpiece The Ride Majestic alone and tell me that a lot of drummers come to mind who could smoke that song in their sleep. Short list, huh? Well, it seems the Swedes have finally found a new member who fits the bill! Bastian Thusgaard, welcome aboard one of the greatest acts in metal!

Read a statement from the band and Bastian below.

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Suffocation reveal “Your Last Breaths”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM (PST)

Death metal legends Suffocation have released a new song entitled “Your Last Breaths”. Not “Breath”? I guess that “Last Breath” is already a stone cold on the slab Hatebreed classic.  And I suppose if you are dying in the murder induced puddle that precedes most death metal songs you would be grateful for every final gasp, so maybe plural is the way to go? Except that if it really hurt you would want it to be over with and be a singular final breath. Hmmm…

Anyway, the song is probably going to be huge in a live setting but the drum sound here doesn’t do justice to the rest of the arrangement. The guitar solo sections, heavier slam parts and technical flourishes as well as the signature low growls and attacking guitar tones are on point though. All in all it still certainly is a solid cup of DM for the day and gives an idea of some of what to expect from …Of The Dark Light. I mean, you know it was gonna be Suffocation but the cover art sort of looks like Fallujah got more evil or somesuch.

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Dimmu Borgir‘s resurgence is clearly firmly at hand with the level of excitement very high surrounding the new double DVD Forces Of The Northern Night (4/28). Check out “Gateways” below. Man, that stage production is friggin’ awesome.

 

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Album Review: Lancer – “Mastery”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:40 PM (PST)

Lancer are sure to break out bigger in the metal scene with Mastery, their first album since signing to Nuclear Blast. Do these Swedes deserve it? The passion is certainly there as are the serious playing chops needed for power metal, perhaps the sub genre that prides itself on skill more than any other maybe besides prog and tech death. Power metal is basically 80’s metal without the sex and with way more fantasy elements, soaring choruses and often insanely ambitious guitar solos that defy human reason. It satisfies geeks and nerds on an almost subatomic level.

Granted, this means the good bands in the genre are really amazing and the bad ones are almost unfathomably bad. Lancer are quite good. I came to this with a bit of a chip on my shoulder because I am such a Stratovarius fan that I never expect something I haven’t heard to tickle my fancy as much in this genre. When Strato’s Infinite or Polaris and, say, the over the top brilliance of Sabaton’s The Last Stand demand so many replays on their own, why waste time on something else?

Well, if you don’t keep an open ear you will miss out. Lancer have a lot to offer for fans of this genre, though some songs are much better than others. The strongest, from the battle ready and very well composed/confident “Freedom Eaters” to the epic Maiden-indebted but by all means rad “Envy of The Gods” or the album opening heavy metal charge of “Dead Raising Towers” are more than worth the purchase. Classic heavy metal is celebrated with aplomb, the band racing through some very demanding sections. Ewo Solvelius and Fredrik Kelemen on guitars pretty much steal the show on many of these numbers, keeping this a very guitar focused journey. The rhythm section are locked in and capable, keeping up but never tipping their hand, though you also get some awesome surprises from the quite thankfully audible bassist Emil Öberg who makes his mark in a jaw dropping way on the aforementioned “Freedom Eaters”, for instance.

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Enslaved to release Roadburn 2x live album for Record Store Day

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:03 PM (PST)

Roadburn Live is ENSLAVED‘s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band’s headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED‘s guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED‘s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED.” 

Roadburn Live will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop Gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers!

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For this generation a lot of self-esteem comes from the phone or a picture like on Instagram. A Facebook comment. Since we didn’t have that when I was a kid we would talk about bands, shows, ideas. So I try to get back to that with my daughter or my circle of friends. – Jamey Jasta.

It’s always a pleasure to interview Hatebreed as one of the most consistently heavy, scowling bands in the world are actually some of the most down to Earth and grateful dudes in the business. Hatebreed are a band whose (cough) perseverance makes me never believe haters or doubters in my own life who say things can’t be
accomplished, the worm-tongue types or divider who will whisper negative mantras or lazy couch warriors who give up too soon for want of trying rather than take a hard
fucking look at why they are such losers.

New album The Concrete Confessional proves this unkillable band never settle for living in the past or resting on their laurels. It is a barrage of meaningful and
impactful tunes that will earn more praise and respect from anyone worth a shit. There are some bad ass pre-order packages up HERE.

Album deets from the press release:

The Concrete Confessional was recorded in Connecticut, produced by long-time collaborator Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel), and mixed by Josh Wilbur(Lamb of God, Megadeth). Artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer). The new music is crushing and heavy with provocative lyrics that touch upon a number of topics that have become front-and-center in today’s New Normal: the rise of terrorism, police brutality, moral decay, greed and betrayal, increased divisiveness, and the fading promise of the American Dream, potently covered on the track “A.D.”

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“We needed a name. We did this surgically in a sense that it was me and Sam. Jello came down for a weekend but otherwise it was two of us hashing out ideas. So it was surgical. The first half of the record was so fast. I did the guitar and bass on it and had stiff little fingers playing meth music to keep up with the kids. And the drums were machines because Sammy did all the programming. So, Surgical Meth Machine. And it is funny because now I am doing more press on this than Ministry, Revco and Lard combined! It’s pretty gross.” -Al Jourgensen.

Surgical Meth Machine is the latest brain boggler from industrial legend Al Jourgensen. It is pretty much down to Al and Keef Richards in the rock n roll unkillable deadpool at this point, but Al shows no signs of releasing anything less than crazy before the apocalypse (or being in a Disney movie). SMM is a rollercoaster of a weird record that has some of his most unhinged, white knuckle/teeth gnashing machine thrash in years but gets increasingly through the looking glass and trippy as the record eggs you on into a black hole.

The album was crafted off-and-on over a period of 12 months, mostly in the
Cuban-American singer and multi-instrumentalist’s Burbank, California studio
with longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.

So, first time I interviewed Al years ago he told me I should make a necklace out of my vas deferens and about how doctors lost his toe once and teaching his dog to be a designated driver.It was awesome to talk AGAIN to Al today and pick his brain about medical marijuana, the algorithms of the apocalypse, politics and this awesome new record from Nuclear Blast.

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big 4When asked in an interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal about his most memorable nights he had being in Slayer, guitarist Kerry King shared his memories of Slayer playing “Big 4” shows with MetallicaMegadeth and Anthrax, which he calls an important part of his career. He explains:

“Something that was really cool for me — and I didn’t think it was going to be as cool as it was — was when we did the ‘Big Four’ shows. I think that was important. I think it mattered. When I went in, I thought it was going to be cool for the fans, but in the end, it was cool for me, too.”

He added: “The funniest thing in the history of Kerry King and Slayer is us and Metallica, we don’t really run in the same circles. As similar we are, you know, we’ve never been on tour with those guys. To actually play with them on the ‘Big Four’ was really cool for me. I’d go back behind where Lars goes when he gets done with a song — we called that Larsland — we’d go watch the show from there. It was really cool. It was just cool hanging. Kirk would come and hang out, and we’d go do stuff with Lars. It was fun.”

Slayer released Repentless, their first album in six years, last September on Nuclear Blast. It was also their first album with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt as the replacement for the late Jeff Hannemann, and their first with drummer Paul Bostaph in nearly 15 years.

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Exodus to begin work on new music next month

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 11:09 AM (PST)

exodus lineupIn an interview with Finland’s Kaaos TVExodus drummer Tom Hunting revealed that the band is planning to begin writing new material next month for their follow-up to 2014’s Blood In, Blood Out. He states:

“Gary and I are gonna start sitting down… He’s gonna write some riffs and we’re gonna start jamming in April. We’re not under any hurry or any kind of time constraints to come up with a new record, but we want to. Everybody’s motivated, and we have a little free time in April. ‘Cause we’ve been touring constantly for this album, and Gary’s got commitments to Slayer too, so we’ve gotta work around that. He’s a big part of this thing.”

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DORO PESCH at The Chance Theater. Poughkeepsie, NY 3/5/16

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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It has honestly been quite a while since I’ve attended a metal show. Between the work schedule I have, and general disinterest in majority of the shows that happened to fall on the few days off I have, it has just been impossible for me to get to a good show. Then, one day, something magical happened…

“Are you off on March 5th? DORO is playing at The Chance.”

I’ll admit, my main reason for attending this show was to catch the metal queen herself, the mighty DORO PESCH! Y&T have always been cool too, but were never one of my top bands.

DORO is just one of those people who are always hyped. I’ve never once seen her, or spoken to her when she seemed to be just “chilled” and laid back. She is a constant ball of energy, just radiating love for what she’s doing. She will come out on stage, command audience participation, give you one of the most energetic metal shows you’ll ever witness, and then just be the greatest person you can talk to afterwards, and will be just as excited to talk to fans as fans are to talk to her! It’s at a point where I can believe that while I’m back at the car telling my friends “Holy shit guys, I just talked to DORO, and we were discussing some of the cover songs she does!”, she’s in the bus talking to JOHNNY DEE (DORO’s drummer) and telling him “,Holy shit! I just talked to a fan named Andrew! He was wondering if we were going to cover any DOKKEN songs!”

I’m at this double excitement level for sure right now. I’m at my first show in forever, and I am minutes from once again bearing witness to the thunderous God-like energy that is known as a DORO Show. The lights dim, and the Chance venue is packed with people, young and older, chanting DORO’s name. The band begins with “I Rule The Ruins”, and DORO comes running out with the “HEY! HEY! HEY!” chants that would set the tone for the night. The energy gauge tops at 10, and DORO kicked it off at 11. Nigel Tufnel would be proud.

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Soulfly, Suffocation and Battlecross to tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:43 AM (PST)

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Good morning, ragers. Today’s news might seem a bit schizo, as Soulfly, Suffocation and Battlecross don’t seem at first like the most similar of bands, but they are all touring together and it is sure to be a memorable and awesome trek. I’m listening to Death Angel’s classic “Why You Do This” from the Frolic In The Park re-issue right now and thinking about how metal is really for all kinds of people, so to me this tour seems refreshing rather than a “get people in the door by any means” gambit. Heck, these days bigger bands need to stick together anyway as it not only gives fans more but it is expensive to tour. And it is cool to show more death metal types the groove of Soulfly or the spastic thrash attack of Battlecross can also be cool or for Suffocation to destroy people not used to a band that heavy.

Abnormality and Lody Kong are also along for the US batch of dates, which you can see below.

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Doro Pesch, the German heavy metal Queen, is touring the US with a mini-tour starting tomorrow. It is always such an honor to speak to Doro, not only an incredible survivor, powerful presence and legendary metal beauty but a timeless and unique voice who holds a deeply important place in the history of the evolution of Heavy Metal. Whenever you hear her proud banshee call there is no doubt who is singing.

I’d rather spend my time listening to Doro than do most things in life. Hail, Metal Queen!

Doro is evidence that there is no half assing it, ever.

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