The Clash “The Rise And The Fall Of The Clash” DVD (UDR/ADA/Warner)
If you grew up in the late 70s there was one band that spoke for the dejected youth of England – The Clash. Vividly reflecting their anger at society, disillusion with politics, yet also their incredible talent latent within their diversity, The Clash brought that energy together in a fireball that could have – and some still say to this day should have – started a revolution in a Britain fed up with class inequality, racism and an infrastructure crippled by militant industrial action. All the elements were there but the Sex Pistols became a fashion bandwagon, whilst the exported Ramones were content to flirt with pop – but The Clash charged in like the riot squad. Continue reading
Nervosa – “Victim Of Yourself” (Napalm Records)
Wow – ball kicking old school thrash played by Badass Brazilian Babes!!! Taking inspiration from the legendary power trios in metal, guitarist Prika Amaral found two other amazons in Fernanda Lira (bass / vocals) and drummer Pitchu Ferraz, taking influence not only from early Sepultura but also owing as much to old school bands in both the North American and European scenes like Cannibal Corpse and Sodom. The result is a band that can not only mix it musicianship wise with the boys but also punches just as hard – no gentleman’s rules here – and that’s just the way these feisty gals want it! With vocals that at times even sound like a dude shredding his larynx, there’s no let up of smashing drums mit heaps of double bass and razor riffing a plenty on chopping songs like ‘Nasty Injury’, ‘Morbid Courage’ and ‘Victim Of Yourself’. Complete with a catchy neck breaking beat, expect no mercy on the strength of this impressive debut from Nervosa who clearly have a goal of becoming the most feared all female band in history – no wonder Max Cavalera is a fan!!!
Mount Salem – “Endless” (Metal Blade Records)
Chicago rocks! If you’re into psychedelic rock then a trip to Mount Salem could be the ultimate pilgrimage. Mixing the spaced out riffs of Iron Butterfly with the wild heaviness of Pentagram and the amazing femme vocals of Jefferson Airplane, these guys and one lady are the 60s and 70s all over again baby! Emily Kopplin is clearly no stranger to Gracie Slick as she provides her ultra high, yet angelically hypnotic vocals over Kyle Morrison’s deep, twisted psychedelic riffs on far out songs like ‘The Tower’, ‘Mescaline’ and ‘Hysteria’, sometimes even touching on The Doors thanks to her added organ work! Although not metal, there’s a very earthy feel to the powerful groove of Mount Salem as each track flows into you naturally so you can definitely trip out to “Endless” confident that it lives up to its name! Although not original, Mount Salem provide an interesting mix that is neither contrived nor some retro throwback, they’re just a loud rock band who formed as a group of friends, producing their material in the here and now even if taking inspiration from the past.
Carnifex – “Die Without Hope” (Nuclear Blast Records)
Close to 10 years on, it didn’t look for a while that Carnifex were gonna continue having announced a hiatus after 7 years of relentless touring! Thankfully Nuclear Blast stepped in and personally I feel the band are better placed on a pedigree metal label rather than on an admittedly reputed hardcore one in Victory. It would seem that the break allowed Carnifex to find their feet big time in the song writing dept with probably some of their best and certainly deepest material on this 5th album. Previously playing deathcore, “Die Without Hope” sees them moving more into the melodic death arena, employing dual screamo / growl vocals alongside brutal bending riffs and some blurring technical drumming on tracks like ‘Dark Days’, ‘Last Words’ and ‘Where The Light Dies’. Despite the gloomy titles, there is a fair amount of melody smartly laced around the fringes of each track, graced with some occasional piano and even orchestral samples adding some differential flair without detracting from the band’s core sound and aggressive style. Continue reading
Destrage – “Are You Kidding Me? No.” (Metal Blade Records)
WTF? Definitely the most talked about Italian rock band right now, Destrage are not just famous for looking like five different attempts by Dr Frankenstein to perfect his monster, but actually sounding like it! Fusing math metal with alt punk, electronica and even classical, Destrage celebrate diversity, seeing it as a natural human condition so they compose by way of incorporating band members ideas that fit into the overall core theme of a particular song, hence guaranteeing a musical fit and flow – all done by way of Post-its apparently! Well, it certainly works on eclectic songs like ‘Where The Things Have No Colour’, ‘Purania’ – which I swear has a line saying they like the Spice Girls – and ‘Hosts, Rifles & Coke’ that are to be commended not just for their impressive song arrangements but that occasionally two styles get overlaid in one track without any ensuing chaos! If there is a common theme it’s in the radio miked vocals of Paolo Colavolpe that more than once sound like RATM’s Zack de la Rocha, especially when there is a punchy rap rock beat behind it, but otherwise still sitting confidently amidst flowing harmonies, ambient beats and electronic soundscapes. With their celebrated melting pot of talented styles, it’s little wonder Destrage are fast becoming international festival favorites – and not just at metal shows – so their boundary breaking has clearly gone from the studio onto the live circuit big time. Be there and see what it’s all about.
Words Of Farewell – “The Black Wild Yonder” (AFM Records)
Despite coming from the heart of Germany’s industrial Ruhr region, these guys play a tremendously uplifting form of progressive death metal despite their melancholic name! While Alex Otto’s vocals growl and Tristan Wegner pounds his drums, guitarists Erik Gaßmus and Henrik Tschierschky compose beautifully emotional melodies, executing them amidst delivering alternating power DM riffs and suave, futuristic rhythms. With Leo Wichmann’s keyboards bolstering their sound even further with delicate ambiance and surrounding atmospherics, songs like ‘Luminary Ghost’, ‘Beauty In Passing’ and ‘In Kingdoms Of Rain’ have a real air of class and sophistication based on their cerebral composition and technical delivery. Considering this young band were only formed in 2007, this second album shows great maturity and musical refinement in bridging the gap between progressive and aggressive metal styles by bringing them together into one great sound – sacrilege to some no doubt, while heralding a brave new world to others!
On the 19th of May this year, Swedish Heavy Metal band SABATON will release their brand new, seventh studio album titled Heroes. In anticipation of the new album, the band have released the first in a series of trailers about the making of the new album. Continue reading
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY the band featuring the legendary metal brothers Max and Igor Cavalera are currently in the mixing stage of their third album and their first for their new label home Napalm Records. Continue reading
Californian Groove Metallers DEVILDRIVER will premiere their new lyric video for their cover of the AWOL NATION track “Sail” from their new album ‘Winter Kills’ from today with Metal Hammer. Continue reading
Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have released the second episode of their behind-the-scenes look at the recording process for the band’s sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma. Continue reading
DIABULUS IN MUSICA premiere the new video for “Inner Force” from their highly anticipated news album ‘Argia’ with Zero Tolerance.
DELAIN premiere the lyric video to “Your Body Is A Battleground”, the second single from their highly anticipated new album ‘THE HUMAN CONTRADICTION’ with Metal Hammer today Continue reading
THE BROWNING are due to kick off a European tour with CHELSEA GRIN tonight – Thursday, March 6th – in Munich, Germany. Continue reading
UK Punk legends THE EXPLOITED are set to release the Special Editions of ‘Beat The Bastards’, ‘Fuck The System’ and ‘The Massacre’ on March 17th 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Continue reading
Japan tour and Euro dates with SACRED REICH announced! Continue reading
SONATA ARCTICA are set to release their new album Pariah’s Child on the 31st of March, which will be the band’s eighth studio album and follow up to their last release in 2012, Stones Grow Her Name. Continue reading
German based rockers in MEGAHERZ have announced their signing to the Austrian Powerhouse label Napalm Records! Continue reading
AHAB are working on their long awaited follow up to 2012’s ‘The Giant’ album and they want you to get involved Continue reading
London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH are giving away their last album for free, ahead of the release of their new album, THE FATEFUL DARK. Continue reading
It’s all going on for fast rising Kent rockers ELECTRIC RIVER, fresh from a packed show on Saturday at London’s Garage, today they drop this lyric video for new single ‘IN YOUR NAME’ out March 31st on Cadiz music,taken from their forthcoming new album. Continue reading
DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), have released the first single from their upcoming debut! Check out the song ‘Seven Years Alone’ here Continue reading
After U.S. Progressive Metal/Rock group THOUGHT CHAMBER released their sophomore album “Psykerion” worldwide via InsideOutMusic last year, they are now further enhancing the acclaimed record by launching a promotional video for the epic track “Transcend”. Continue reading
Crucial British modern hard rockers Voodoo Six have lined up the release of a 4 track EP, containing a brand new radio edit of ‘Lead Me On’; the original version of which can be found on the band’s current, highly acclaimed ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’ album. Continue reading
Sound Of Contact are set to release their new single ‘Pale Blue Dot’ next week, not long before they set off on The Moody Blues cruise, followed by Cruise To The Edge and RoSfest. Continue reading
A promo video for ‘Rat Race’, the first single from the upcoming new album by WINGER, is available to view now and can be seen here: Continue reading
Swedish metal band Crucified Barbara has signed a recording and publishing deal with Despotz Records. Continue reading
There is now more “Trouble” for THE SKULL – the new band featuring original TROUBLE members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson alongside TROUBLE’s longtime bassist Ron Holzner and SACRED DAWN guitarist Lothar Keller – as they have recruited former TROUBLE bassist Chuck Robinson as their new dueling guitar player. Continue reading
Indie Recordings are proud to announce the signing of black metallers PATRIA! Hailing from Brazil, PATRIA is one of the most imminent Black Metal bands in South America today! Continue reading
Last December, the death metal band BOOKAKEE released their first full-length album ”Whorrific”. An album that fits perfectly with their style: Gore, theatrical and bloody. Continue reading
Annihilator – “Feast – Special Limited Edition” CD/ DVD (UDR Music)
If you missed Annihilator’s latest offering “Feast” whether in the standard CD format or the deluxe ECO-book version featuring re-recordings of 15 of the band’s most well-known songs prior to current vocalist Dave Padden joining, then look no farther. This Special Limited Edition contains all of the above plus a new DVD from the band’s Wacken Open Air set last year featuring yet another 11 songs including ‘No Way Out’, ‘King Of The Kill’ and ‘Alison Hell’ as the band charge through a blistering set creating the perfect ice breaker on the first day of this world renowned festival. Filmed with multi angle cameras providing plenty of shots of all the band members as well as their rabid crowd it’s damn near the perfect capture of this Canadian band live for those who’ve never seen ‘em and an excellent reminder for those who have but can’t remember a damn thing for days after ha ha! With a different 3D cover featuring another zombified take on Spanish model and presenter Pilar Rubio this bumper package – including a photo crammed booklet and videos of ‘No Way Out’ – is an absolute must for the exclusive DVD in itself given their last live film was at Masters Of Rock in 2009 but moreover, it vividly captures the intensity of Annihilator at their shredding best live which is as good as being there in person!
Flotsam and Jetsam – “No Place for Disgrace – 2014″ (Metal Blade Records)
Originally released in 1988 as the successor to these Arizona thrashers’ groundbreaking debut, “No Place for Disgrace” was their first album without bassist Jason Newstead, who’d just left to join Metallica. Nevertheless, the album received rave reviews and sits respectably in my own vinyl collection, continuing their tradition in driving, heads down thrash with Eric AK’s quirky vocals being definitive in their sound. Over the years there have been many calls to re-mix the album given the new technology available nowadays, but sadly when the band and original producer Bill Metoyer came around to doing so the masters were amiss. Being the Flots, rather than disappoint the fans, the band set about re-recording the entire album! I haveta say that I had my reservations as I simply could not see how the band could physically record something faster and that’s certainly true on the new tracks, being a tad slower than their originals although there’s nothing that takes away the ferocity from songs like ‘N.E. Terror’ or my personal fave ‘I Live You Die’ even to this day. However, the mix is where the contention will surely lie – depending on how much Harry Headbanger is in you, you may still prefer the original bottom heavy, stuffed into a garbage compactor mix – and I certainly do. But, if you really want to appreciate the music, and “No Place for Disgrace” certainly had it’s fair share of technically proficient songs, then you can now actually hear what’s going on as each instrument is even more audible in the mix especially the bordering virtuoso solo work of Ed Carlson and Michael Gilbert on ‘Misguided Fortune’. Eric’s vocals are also a little less spaced out this time round, making them sit more comfortably in the material that on balance deserves to be respected as an album in its own right. If you don’t own the original I wouldn’t commit Hara Kiri but if you do and always yearned for a cleaner mix, then “No Place for Disgrace – 2014″ does the job – and a whole lot more.
Conan – “Blood Eagle” (Napalm Records)
These are the guys everyone’s talking about and will be playing a number of high profile European summer festivals including Holland’s Roadburn, France’s Hellfest, Germany’s Doom Over Leipzig before journeying to Australia later this year! Conan are as mighty as their name suggests, playing heavy stoner doom noise featuring dual primeval roaring / trippy harmony vocals mixed into slow, feedback fuzzed smogged out guitars and dull, stone age drums that own more to pagan ritual that any form of modern civilization. Conan’s lure is to take us back to the land that time forgot and indeed, it actually sounds like the band are separated by vast distances with the vocals hauntingly echoed across a wind swept valley while the drums thunder like avalanches in distant mountains, such is their effect on bludgeoning tracks like ‘Horns For Teeth’, ‘Crown Of Talons’ and ‘Gravity Chasm’. Definitely not for the faint hearted, Conan’s intimidating style befits their sophomore’s title – that of having one’s ribs cut from the spine before being splayed outward and having your lungs pulled outta your back – while alive! If your stomach is able to handle their primordial decibel abuse then prepare for the next generation of English noise merchants on this monolithic, yet utterly mesmerizing album.
More Than a Thousand – “Vol. 5 – Lost At Home” (Steamhammer / SPV)
Now back in their native Portugal, More Than a Thousand have learned a thing or two in the decade they lived in London, as well as recording in the USA and Sweden. Mixing catchy metal core with pop harmonies amidst Vasco Ramos’s aggro vocals and Filipe Oliveira’s dervish like guitar work, More Than a Thousand have a very commercial sound which is no bad thing especially if you’re wanting to break out’ve a small corner of Europe. With strong choruses promoting shout outs and air punching melodies there’s a definite power groove to songs like ‘Fight Your Demons’, ‘Dear Friend’ and ‘Never Let Go’. Formed in late 2001 the band already released 4 full length albums and gained a lot of popularity due to the fact that they did several tours all over Europe as a headliner and supported major acts like Metallica, Mastodon, Papa Roach, and Incubus amongst many others. “Vol. 5..”, is a fine album for what it is, although I can see some people moaning that all the 13 songs sound pretty much of a muchness but if you’ve got a winning formula – and these guys have – then why fuck with it?
Nothing – “Guilty Of Everything” (Relapse Records)
Philadelphia’s Nothing, formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo, have been destroying the eardrums of audiences throughout North America for the past 2 years with their 130 decibel smashing post punk akin to Trail Of The Dead and Slowdive. Nothing’s sound reminded me a lot of the so called shoegazer bands around 1990, characterized by massive walls of noise played through hyper strummed guitars often droning out any melodies albeit in the most ambient of moments. Palermo’s hush vocals and their accompanying trippy harmonies equally follow the trend in taking a backseat in the mix whilst even the typically shattering drumming is also subdued in the dirge of songs like ‘Hymn To The Pillory’, ‘Bent Nail’ and ‘Somersault’. Still, the beauty does shine magnificently when those guitars bleed heart grabbing melodies drawn from punk, grunge and yep, shoegazers like the renowned My Bloody Valentine, having a mesmerizing audio visual impact on the senses through their intense effects driven soundscapes. Dark as it is, “Guilty Of Everything” may be Palermo’s catharsis following prison but to me it is like a rising star shining its brilliance upon a whole new generation of young people and for that he should feel absolution.
Entrails – “Berzerk” Single (Metal Blade Records)
If the drummer smashed into his kit any harder there would be an earthquake!!!! If you like old school Swe-death a la Dismember, Grave and Entombed then Entrails – who certainly live up to their fetid name – are still in the abattoir hacking out meaty ditties like ‘Dreaming’ on this single taster of things to come. Originally formed in the early 90s, a fifteen hiatus saw the band resurrected in 2008 and things haven’t looked back since for founder Jimmy Lundqvist, whose filthy, distorted guitar work matches Jocke Svensson’s hoarse growls shaking to a primitive death n roll beat that started an entire movement. This is how it was back in the day and Lundqvist is still doing it this way: Death Metal and no fucking else.
NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen spent most of 2013 writing and producing his solo album, The Life And Times Of Scrooge. Continue reading
Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have launched the first episode of their latest studio documentary. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the recording process of the band’s sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma. It also previews the first music from the upcoming album. Continue reading
German Metal Icon Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.) signs a long-term contract with AFM Records. The new deal includes the release of 3 albums plus 3 dvds. Continue reading
Crossover pioneers CLAWFINGER release new live clip for “The Truth” (Live @Woodstock), taken from the band’s new box set “Deafer Dumber Blinder” which will drop on March 7th.
Gotthard are set to release their new album ‘BANG!’ on the 7th April 2014 through PIAS. Continue reading
ARTILLERY will join Onslaught on the ‘Thrash Invasion 2014’ tour, which kicks off in Dublin on July 13, 2014. Continue reading
Norwegians Triosphere have announced officially that their new album is due. Continue reading
Chicago metal trio DIAMOND PLATE are due to kick off a co-headlining US tour tonight with New Jersey progressive metallers EAST OF THE WALL. Continue reading
Canadian heavy metal trio CAULDRON are due to kick off a headlining European tour this Sunday, March 2nd. Continue reading
German power metallers Sinbreed have confirmed the release of the third part of their ‘Making Of “Shadows” series, Continue reading
Whilst Ektomorf frontman Zoli (pictured) has compiled a nice ‘track-by-track’ breakdown of he band’s new album “Retribution”, which was released just last month. Part 1, where Zoli explains the origins to the early tracks, accompanied by the guitar riffing to match, is at this location
German dark melodic death metal band Words Of Farewell release the second chapter in their already encouraging career on Monday 3rd of March. Continue reading
Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is WHITECHAPEL. Continue reading
NICK BARKER and SHANE EMBURY join forces with JOHN WALKER to record the next LIQUID GRAVEYARD album. Continue reading