Posts Tagged ‘Andreas Kisser’

beneath the remainsWhen you think of heavy metal and the country of Brazil, there is one band that instantly comes to mind and if Sepultura is not that band then what are you 12? Sepultura which in 1989 was made up of Max Cavalera (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Andreas Kisser (Lead Guitar), Igor Cavalera (Drums), and Paulo Jr. (bass) was being considered at the time to be the Brazilian version of Slayer or the second coming of Slayer. Nonetheless, the band signed a deal with Indy upstarts Roadrunner Records (Now a major label) and released their third studio album Beneath The Remains on April 7, 1989 which means it celebrates it’s 30TH anniversary this year. The album was a major breakthrough for the band featuring better production while also giving the band the distinction of being the only band with two albums inducted into the Decibel Hall Of  Fame. On Loudwire.com’s 50 Best metal albums of all time list, they ranked the album at 21. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the album cover because originally the band wanted to use Michael Whelan’s cover art Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre which Igor started getting tattooed on his arm. Roadrunner decided that Whelan’s other artwork Nightmare In Red was a better choice and they convinced the band to use it. The funny thing about is that Roadrunner ended up giving the other artwork to Obituary who used it for their album Cause Of Death.

max1495495852-back-cover1. Beneath The Remains– The title track opens the album with a very melodic riff that is haunting in nature before it launches in an all out thrash metal blitzkrieg. The track talks about how senseless war is, but our world is plagued with it. Kisser lays down one killer solo on this track. 5/5

2. Inner Self-This track kicks off right where the title track kicked off in this classic thrash sounding track that reminds you of Megadeth, Testament, etc. The track is all about you being you and not allowing the government or anyone else dictate who you are. 5/5

3. Stronger Than Hate-a killer track whose lyrics were written by Kelly Shaefer of Atheist and features background vocals by him and John Tardy of Obituary. The track seems to be about someone who has lost all hope with the way society is and what he is feeling is stronger than hate. 5/5

4. Mass Hypnosis– an awesome track and one of the more famous tracks from the album about how the government breeds hate into the country which causes people to want war and to fight it. 5/5

5. Sarcastic Existence-The tracks opens up with a cool drum riff from Igor before the band joins in. The track’s lyrics are very interesting because they are talking about a man who hates life so much that he wants to end it, but he doesn’t really hate life he just loves death and destruction. 5/5

118080716-26. Slaves Of Pain– A very Slayer-esque track that is all about how we are slaves to what the government feeds us whether it’s in print or on the TV, but don’t let it define you. 4.5/5

7. Lobotomy-I hear a little bit of Anthrax in the track that’s mixed with the insane shredding that accompanies it. The lyrics seem to be about someone who has always fought for good, but some how has changed what he does like he’s received a lobotomy. 4.5/5

8. Hungry-a track that is all about all the slaves of the corporate world who are too concerned with masking money that they forget to live life. 4.5/5

9. Primitive Future– The last track on the album is kind of inspirational in a way because it’s all about how you have to forge your own future despite how bleak things can be and you can’t look to the past because that will set you backwards. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is truly an awesome album and a very awesome thrash metal record that shows you why people probably believed them to be the new Slayer. Sepultura were truly one of the greats and what a time the late 80’s to early 90’s would be for groove/extreme metal bands. My favorite tracks are the first five plus Primitive Future. That is why I am giving this album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

I have to be perfect honest with everyone in saying that I see bands today and I do not know if they have the staying power that some bands have had. In the last ten years or so, we have seen so many casualties in the most cutthroat industry in the world.  That is definitely not the case with Bay Area Thrash Legends Death Angel who released their first album The Ultra-Violence (It turned 29 a week ago) almost thirty years ago. There are not a lot of bands that can say that they have been around and are still kicking as much ass as they did back in the day. Death Angel can certainly make that claim as the band gears up to release their eight album The Evil Divide next month (May 27TH) via Nuclear Blast. One of the cool things about the new record is that the band got legendary tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell to design the album cover and you see it in the music video the band just released for their track Hatred United/United Hatred.  In the black and white video, you also see legendary guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) who lays down a killer solo for the track. Check out the video below and pre-order the album now on Amazon, iTunes, or Google.

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

sepulturaSepultura which translated from Portuguese means Grave, a Brazilian heavy metal band that was at one time called the Brazilian Slayer. The band at the time of the recording of Roots was made up of Max Cavalera (Guitars/Lead Vocals), his brother Igor Cavalera (Drums), Andreas Kisser (Guitars), and Paulo Jr. (Bass). Roots was the one of the first records I had ever listened to from the band and I love how they mixed those cool tribal sounds with the heavy metal, so I was hooked enough to want to research the group and all of their albums. For the next four weeks, I am going to try and review an album from each of the four members of Killer Be Killed with the Killer Be Killed album being reviewed in the fifth week. So, that is why I chose Roots from Sepultura considering it is one of my favorite albums from the band which featured some cool guest appearances you’ll read about later. The album was produced by Ross Robinson, a guy who was just coming off some impressive work with Korn as well as some other groups, so you’ll notice that the sound of the record is almost reminiscent of Korn’s first record. Here is what Max Cavalera told Kerrang Magazine in 2008 about the album, “Roots came from a blurry dream I had about going to the rainforest. Wine may have been involved. In the end, when we actually went into the forest to record, it was unbelievable. The whole album was a huge personal journey for me, and as a Brazilian, it felt as an incredible achievement. Everyone was inspired and Iggor was at the top of his game. The percussion was crazy and we worked with so many great musicians, in the end coming out with a 15-minutes drum jam that someone likened to a crazy Brazilian Pink Floyd. When we took the album to Roadrunner they loved it except for the title. They thought it would sound like a Bob Marley tribute album. We explained it to them, and thankfully they got it.

roots 2When you hear the sounds of the forest and crickets just before it explodes with the drums, you know you’re about to get your teeth kicked in with the opening track Roots Bloody Roots. This was always one heck of a way to open up an album and it’s definitely one of my favorite tracks from the band. Attitude is the next track on the record and it opens with Max using a Berimbau instrument to help set up the song whose snare hit explodes like a bomb when the track kicks off. The track’s lyrics were actually written by Max’s stepson Dana Wells who would later die right after the album was released. It was the catalyst that would eventually see Max leave the band. Cut-Throat is one of the tunes on here that has a heavy Nu-metal influence in the playing while being one of those songs that has a real activist meaning to it. Ratamahatta is another track that starts with a real tribal feel to it before it kicks into overdrive with guest appearances from Carlinhos Brown on vocals while David Silveria of Korn plays percussion on the track. Jasco and Itsári (which features the Xavante tribe) are instrumental tracks on the record. Lookaway is one of the coolest tracks on the record that features DJ Lethal with Jonathan Davis of Korn and Mike Patton of Faith No More providing vocals. Breed Apart is another track on the record with the tribal beats while having that Korn Self Titled playing on the track at times.

rootsStraighthate proves that I am sucker for killer bass lines to go along with the sonic assault of Andreas Kisser that just smashes your head in with the trash elements in the track. Dictatorshit saw the band flexing their hardcore punk roots in a song about the coup in Brazil in 1964. Spit sees Sepultura combine so many elements of metal in one track that it’s just insanely heavy that you can see where bands like Slipknot got their inspiration from while the bass heavy Dusted saw the band experimenting with sounds while keeping it heavy as hell. Born Stubborn is truly an heavy ass anthem telling the system to go F@#$ itself. Ambush was a song that was inspired by the book  Fronteiras De Sangue, a book about Chico Mendes who was a man that died protecting the rainforest. Endangered Species is the last track of the album I am reviewing and it starts off very slow before it starts to pick up the pace and it’s one of the few songs to feature a guitar solo on the record. I have always loved this record cause it was the first one that turned me onto the band. Is it their best album? Well, that is debatable depending on what your tastes in metal are. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.