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It is hard deciding if the best approach to reviewing such an exhaustive and important milestone  for Opeth as The Book Of Opeth, a super rewarding and fans in mind work of art (would you expect anything less?) from one of metal’s most revered bands, with a more exhaustive or impressionistic approach.

Aesthetically, it is as stunning visually as any of the band’s greatest achievements. The moody respect for the essential mystery of nature and the spirit and cerebral leaning craftsmanship with an emphasis on complexity has carried over, albeit instead of actual riffs we have the stories in the book which allow a hand swiped view through the foggy window of awe; a peak into the inner workings of a group who have earned every inch of respect over the past 25 years and change.

Much like the crucial Decibel anointed Choosing Death or Only Death Is Real from Bazillion Points, this Opeth doozy is fun while chock full of enough respect for sociology and the genre to warrant such an endeavor even if the band wasn’t as important as they ARE. You really get a sense of their development over the course of hundreds of killer photos, lush layout page detailing and fantastic reflections from members. Like Sean Yseult’s recent I’m In The Band or even, say, the massive Emperor 24 vinyl box set which the mere thought of makes me weep and shiver, this is a serious fucking beast of merchandise of the highest order and a celebration of accomplishment with a major sense of adventure and wonder for the entire business of it all. More than a labor of vanity or love, this says pay attention, this is about the collective work of amazing lives.

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Killswitch release “Cut Me Loose” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM (PST)

killswitch-engage-incarnate-250x250At the end of the day Killswitch Engage are on top because regardless of whoever is at the mic the band simply have better songs than most of their peers. New tune “Cut Me Loose” continues this tradition with some awesome performances and varied sounds from the whole band.

One thing that is cool about Incarnate‘s tracks we have heard so far is that it doesn’t sound like the band tried to make Disarm The Descent or Alive And Just Breathing pt. 2 with Jesse. That would be a mistake as those records are great on their own.

Still, the new stuff fits well within KSE’s very well established vibe.

There is even a beautiful reservoir shot  at the end that looks like where I grew up in Upstate, NY and kind of sets a tone for holding strength when set against the raging near deathcore heavy hardcore clang of the end riff.

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“Hate By Design” is here with a great lyrical message for the whole world/scene.
Watch now at www.killswitchengage.com (and see sick new merch) or below.

Incarnate – now available for pre-order.
It is unleashed 3/11/16 via Roadrunner Records.

Feelin’ Jesse’s Only Living Witness shirt in the clip. And the verse riffage is maximum kill.

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Album Review: Megadeth – “Dystopia”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM (PST)

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Being a life long MEGADETH fan, I admit that I was devastated in 2002 when it was announced that the band was disbanding due to Mustaine’s nerve issues in his arm. Shortly after, issues between the Daves [Mustaine and Ellefson] surfaced, giving me that feeling that the final nail was in the coffin of MEGADETH, and I’d never get to see my favorite band ever again. Sure, their last two albums had been Risk and The World Needs A Hero, both of which I had liked, but weren’t nearly as strong as their prior releases. It seemed like this was truly the end.

You can only imagine the sheer ecstasy I had when I learned that Mustaine had relearned to play, and was coming back with a new MEGADETH album (2004’s excellent The System Has Failed) with a returning Chris Poland [guitarist from Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and the groundbreaking Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?). Little did I know that album would mark the start of an amazing “Decade Of Deth”. (Yes, I actually air-quoted that as I typed it. What, you wanna fight about it?) The lineup changed a million times over, but the tunes were all killer during that decade.

2004 gave us The System Has Failed, paired up with the incredibly cool Gigantour in the summer of 2005. 2007 gave us United Abominations, with the amazingly good “Washington Is Next” single. Endgame came in 2009, and 2011 gave us a returning David Ellefson and the album Thirteen. (For the record, the song “13” is one of my top favorite recent MEGADETH tracks). The band was on fire, so it can only be expected that 2013’s Supercollider would be fucking incredible. Am I right?

Ok, so Supercollider was anything but “super”. Definitely the most lackluster of any MEGADETH record to date, but seeing as their first album hit in 1985, their track record so far has been pretty good. I mean, the album wasn’t so horrible that half the band felt they needed to quit shortly after its release, was it? (2 side notes here: First off, if you haven’t already heard Supercollider, it is worth a shot. “Kingmaker”, “Dance In The Rain” featuring DISTURBED’s David Draiman, and THIN LIZZY cover “Cold Sweat” are worth listening to. Secondly, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover both formed ACT OF DEFIANCE after leaving MEGADETH, and their album kicks serious ass. I suggest buying that one now. Well, not “now”. Finish reading my babbling here, and then go purchase it.)

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Dream Theater continue a recent streak with ball of fire new single “Moment Of Betrayal”, an exciting yet measured march from new 2x album The Astonishing that sets each section in conjunction towards a composition steadily ascending in excitement. Like the better DT epics, no matter how many parts or rhythmic shift there is a larger compositional scope at play.

Love to see these guys hit the road with the currently also flying high again Queensryche and/or Megadeth.

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There is really nothing quite like GOJIRA‘s From Mars To Sirius classic in all of metal, save a heavy Morbid Angel influence in some of the vast and massive riffs.

Simply put, I like it more than Leviathan at the end of the day.

GOJIRA ‘From Mars to Sirius’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY box PRE ORDER

The box content :

– Exclusive cassette of ‘From Mars to Sirius’ – only available in this box.
– 4 never revealed prints of Joe Duplantier ‘s sketches made before the final cover art
– Exclusive artwork flag with one of those sketches
– Exclusive guitar From Mars to Sirius pick
– First 500 buyers will get a postcard to be able to win an Exclusive JACKSON guitar displaying ‘From Mars to Sirius’ artwork all over its body.
All postcards should be sent to LISTENABLE and a winner will be picked at random by the band during Spring 2016.

PRE ORDER NOW HERE : http://www.shop-listenable.net/en/3_gojira

PRE ORDER NOW and get a chance to win THIS space-tastic whale of a guitar!!
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Dream Theater to perform “The Astonishing” Live, Announce 2016 Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 1:14 PM (PST)

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If you missed our big announce earlier, we will be heading out on a 2016 US Tour, Presale begins tomorrow at 10am EST. Make sure to sign up here bit.ly/postdtannounce to get a reminder email!

This double album follows on the recent heels of ambitious 2x releases from acts like Iron Maiden and Periphery and is sure to be pretty insane as it is Dream Theater we are talking about. Glad to see longer form albums making a comeback!

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KSE release new video for heavy groove track “Strength Of The Mind”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 8:26 PM (PST)

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Killswitch Engage are back with a beefier sounding new track, a strong new single called “Strength Of The Mind”. The song stands out well from recent material while still having a place in the core sound. There is a very heavy bridge that old school fans wike like, a pretty heavy vocal performance and some killer guitar runs. All in all, this song grooves hard. Though I’m not as in love with it as some of the standout stuff on Disarm The Descent, I think it will grow and has that certain throwback, early 00’s vibe.

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Dream Theater stream new song “The Gift of Music”

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM (PST)

dream theater the astonishingProgressive metal icons Dream Theater are streaming their new song “The Gift of Music”, which is taken from their upcoming thirteenth studio album The Astonishing. You can listen to it below.

The Astonishing is due for release on January 29th, 2016 via Roadrunner Records, and will be Dream Theater’s first studio album in nearly three years since the release of their self-titled twelfth studio album.

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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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Slipknot premiere newest deranged video with “XIX”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM (PST)

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Clown from Slipknot has directed the band’s latest clip “XIX” from .5: The Gray Chapter. The track is very dark and has a certain gothic feel, one of their more interesting and nuanced numbers. Even if the clip wasn’t sure to be a singalong live anthem ready made as a great segue between heavier numbers ala Korn’s 4 U it features naked ladies in veils with nooses dangling between their breasts and some stark imagery of floating coffins, twisted trees and flowers. A cool clip and song.

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Song Of The Week: Queensrÿche’s “Guardian”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1:21 PM (PST)

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Todd LaTorre has reignited the disillusioned ‘Ryche fan base tired of the weird antics of Geoff Tate. I am a lifelong admirer of Tate’s skill and vision but it’s pretty sad these days he is in a band called Operation: Mindcrime. I knew we were headed for some kind of trouble when they were doing the Cabaret stuff a few years ago. I was a fan of some of the disputed records like Tribe (which I LOVE) and even liked parts of Dedicated To Chaos, but the new stuff just has that extra level of epic feeling you want, even without some classic members.

So, Tate aside, let’s take the high road here and focus on the awesomeness of said new stuff. “Guardian” has some vintage riffing, shrieking vocals the way you want them in this band and even some surprises (a very heavy ending riff). Check out our song of the week BELOW.

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Acey Slade (Dark Party, Joan Jett, Murderdolls) on new chapter

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM (PST)

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Brooklyn’s Acey Slade is a lovable rogue, a people person who somehow seems to know everyone yet has a mystique about him. From Trashlight Vision to fan faves Murderdolls to Dope to recently playing with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Acey is a real lifer who deserves everything good that comes his way.

Now Acey is getting back to putting out some of his own music and has a Pledge music campaign up and running HERE.

 

“Around the new year of 2015 it occurred to me that it had been a very long time since I had put out any of my own original music. It also occurred to me that if this was going to happen anytime soon I had better start working on it now, as I had a very busy year of tour ahead of me with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. So I set out to record an EP on my lap top with no real expectations.

Then I met my studio engineer Tom Camuso who had Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz original Neve recoding console, and he wanted to work on this project. Then Frank Ferrer of Guns and Roses and also Kriz from Dead Star Assembly got involved on drums. Then Christian Martucci of Stone Sour and Dee Dee Ramones band got involved. THEN Kato Khandwala who mixed the last Pretty Reckless and Blondie albums came on board.

You see PEOPLE are what brings music to life.”

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Slipknot bassist rushed to hospital at CT stop of tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM (PST)

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Alessandro Venturella  of Slipknot and Krokodil was taken to the hospital a few songs into the masked maulers set in Hartford this past Saturday, August 2nd. No reason has yet been given. Footage HERE.

Update: Blabbermouth is reporting he has been discharged from the hospital after suffering severe dehydration. More HERE

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Killswitch perform new song live in Toronto

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 8:10 AM (PST)

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Your favorite mostly PMA metalcore band and mine Killswitch Engage are always miles ahead of most of the pack, and new song “Strength In Mind” has one hell of a grooving riff. The band performed the new tune at a Toronto stop, some of the only new material since Disarm The Descent we’ve heard with the exception of the rad Game Of Thrones track “Loyalty”.

Jesse Leach remains one of the most chill and inspiring frontmen and it is cool as hell to also hear him admit in this video that the Red Sox blow.

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