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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
NO MORE TOURS 2
I know what you are thinking. How can there be a second ‘No More Tours’ when the original tour name itself implied there were never gonna be any more in the first place? Well, this is Ozzy. He struck a Faustian deal and stuck around, kept metal going with Ozzfest, did some more Black Sabbath, bada bing bada-faeries wear boots.
Until we are certain Altered Carbon won’t come true and Ozzy’s consciousness stack is not going to be put by Sharon into the body (or ‘sleeve’) of Joel Kinnaman or, more likely, David Draiman…well, we just have no way of knowing if the announcement of No More Tours 2 really IS the end of Ozzy’s 5 decades of touring adventures or if he will come back as some sort of time cop.
Whatever, shit happens. Let the guy have a second last hurrah! We are lucky he is still around when so many aren’t or have become holograms. Head here for more info . Zakk Wylde is indeed doing the dates and Stone Sour will provide support, a fitting crew to carry the dark prince of metal off into the night seeking bats to nibble.
All jokes aside, if this is it as is likely, go see our dude one last time. That’s the king right there.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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Ozzy Osbourne is soon announcing dates for what he claims will be his last full tour, though he may do shows here and there in the future. The guy is getting up there, so I can respect that. Still, it is easy to wonder if this is bullshit. No More Tours was a long time ago in the early 90’s and his brand has only grown bigger. Money can be very tempting, not that Ozzy needs any more. But who knows. Maybe this is it!?
Metal Sucks has the full scoop HERE.
I am glad he has been playing with Zakk again, as it will give this farewell more of a merry conclusion that the Bill Ward-less Sabbath The End travesty. I’m fully in camp Ward on that one, who is TOURING with Day Of Errors alongside Witch fucking Mountain in December, which makes it look like the other Sabbath guys just didn’t want to pay Bill squarely.
Anyway, here is what the Oz-meister says:
“People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”Add to My Radar
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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We’ve been keeping you posted on Prophets Of Rage news as things led up to today’s release day for months. Let’s admit that politically engaged music is vital in these times and anyone who says otherwise is painfully out of touch. Be sure to pick up a copy today as this is important stuff and also grooves hard, of course. Chuck and Tom were great on The Daily Show the other night (watch here if you missed it). Clear the way!
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Prophets Of Rage, the super groovin’ super group featuring RATM, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill members, have released a video for planned album opener “Radical Eyes”. It features some footage of recent protests as well as historical and sadly not so historical racist hate groups and deceitful, bigoted talking heads and politicians who pretty much all explode, hahaha.
The track is taken from PROPHETS OF RAGE’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 15 via Fantasy Records. The disc was recorded with legendary rock producer Brendan O’Brien (Audioslave, King’s X, Stone Temple Pilots) and as a result features the signature huge rock sound he is known for capturing so well paired with charged up performances by a band inspired to take out the trash and suckers who believed the hype and latched on to Trump’s con like gullible babies looking for a sweet teat to solve all their problems. Maybe you should learn about automation and stop believing there is ever gonna be a segregated world when the entire world is very diverse, you stupid entitled right wing dummkopfs.
Fun fact, did you know the eclipse staring far from actually alpha fast food scarfing moron in chief already has burned through the secret service budget from golfing in his whale ass khakis? Maybe they will stop doing their job like Trump told them to for Clinton, who knows. This is a capitalist society, right?
Check the clip out HERE.
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Prophets Of Rage featuring Public Enemy, RATM and Cypress Hill members have released another new single from their pending September 15th very anticipated Earth mover. I’m liking this one “Radical Eyes” a bit more than last single “Living On The 110”. Brad’s pocket/shuffle beat are dope and Chuck D is real strong on this one pointing out the idiocy of the alt-right’s attempt to paint anyone with a semblance of sanity as an extremist.
– Chuck D
‘Make America great again. Turn back the clock to a time when privileges of whiteness were supreme and unassailable, misogyny was simply viewed as an extension of masculinity, women got back-alley abortions and worked for partial wages, coal was king and global warming was purely academic, and trans people weren’t in our bathrooms or barracks. The good old days.’ – Charles M. Blow in The New York Times
Shout out to DJ Lord for retweeting a Maxine Waters tweet I posted the other day, btw. That made me stoked.
I for one am stoked as heck for this record. I can’t believe the racist bullshit STILL festering in this country. When I was a kid my friends and I didn’t give a fuck what color or gender or sexuality a band was as long as their music was dope, be it Living Colour or L7 or Pansy Division. That’s part of why when people talk shit on RHCP for being famous now it is like ,” get a grip.” You know how many white ass people the Chili Peps got to appreciate P-Funk?
Anyway, turn this shit up!
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Mudvayne at one point were near the very pinnacle of the heavy music world and that was in large part due to the impact of their November, 2002 studio release The End of All Things to Come. While L.D. 50 was raw and full of youthful freakery, the sophomore record found the band refining their attack and really bringing the playing and vocals to a fully realized place with arrangements, hooks and screams that were next level. The songs held up live as well. I am really stoked I got to see them play Ozzfest along with Sabbath and Maiden one year and still remember everyone yelling along and throwing rather dangerous mud projectiles in the crowd.
Now for the 15th Anniversary (damn I feel old that I am already writing about Nu Metal anniversaries), SRC has two vinyl options on this rager for the very first time.
180 Gram clear with black smoke (LTD 500 copies)
180 Gram Red Vinyl (LTD 1000 copies)
Housed in a matte gatefold jacket with Spot-UV
11 x 22 dull text insert
Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan RickerAdd to My Radar
Taking a break binging old Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes before they leave Netflix in a week (shouldn’t they have a permanent residence for fans!!) to spread the damn good word that Prophets Of Rage‘s “Unfuck The World” is here and it is fire. A tight and well executed video directed by Michael Moore, great performances and live footage from everyone involved and did I mention Tom Morello’s illest solo in years? I mean, Tom always plays cool sounds but this one is extra spicy. And shout out to whoever threw in the Blair Imani clip briefly, cuz she is an awesome person and inspiring. Also really feeling the B-Real verse on this one, though of course Chuck’s was cool also.
Nestlé has been a leader in the effort to privatize public water, Trump is pulling out of climate agreements and kleptocracy is darkening skies with greedy clouds over all of our heads whether we are woke to it or not. RATM and Audioslave fans as well as of course Cypress and especially Public Enemy fans can relax knowing this original song kicks fucking major ass. Watch the video for “Unfuck The World” HERE.
A debut album from these live and direct legends is due in September and features 12 original songs produced by Brendan O’Brien http://smarturl.it/Prophets
If they are all as good as this one, we are gonna be in fine fighting form. #resistAdd to My Radar
Rock fans rejoice!
For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again.
Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark OZZY’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.
OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who OZZY describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined OZZY’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on OZZY’s acclaimed BLACK RAIN album.
In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, OZZY’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). OZZY’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”
“I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS,” Zakk Wylde adds.
Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic.
OZZY’s initial 2017 tour dates are as BELOW.
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