Posts Tagged ‘Behemoth’

2017-headerFirst I want to start off by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in the tournament because after all, none of this is possible without your help. The first round of the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament started off with a bang and some upsets along the way. The first division we are looking at is the Dio/Lemmy division which featured some cool match ups and was the late bloomer of the tournament meaning all of a sudden at the last minute, it blew up in votes. The first match up between Queensryche and Ghost seemed like a match that was pretty cut and dry with Ghost winning the match most of the time. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere, Queensryche fans show up and get the band the win by 11 votes. The match was between tournament first timers U.D.O. taking on tournament favorites Primal Fear and while Primal Fear always does it best to promote the tournament, unfortunately they never stood a chance against the legend as he won the match by 28 votes. The third match was much like the first match, it looked like for a while that maybe Saxon was going to pull off the win, but the former two time champions fans showed up when it counted and gave Judas Priest a come from behind win. Accept is one of those bands that you cannot take lightly because they have slayed some giants in their day and they did that in the first round beating last year’s runner up Iron Maiden by 44 votes.

megadeth-2016The trash metal division a.k.a. The Jeff Hanneman division is a very tricky one because you never know what direction fans will head in when the tournament starts. They have done that since day one with them voting the giants out of the tournament (Metallica is a constant victim of that). This year’s first round was a little different than usual with fans going in the direction you thought they would. Megadeth owned their first round match up against newcomers Sepultura winning by 12 votes. Slayer had similar luck as Megadeth beating Death Angel by ten votes setting up a mega match in the next round. The Exodus/Suicidal Tendencies match was a true toss up and that is what I loved about it. You couldn’t really choose a clear winner between the two, but you were fine with what ever result. It was a great match up as well as the voting went back and forth with several lead changes, but in the end Exodus gets to live another day. The last match up features the unlucky Metallica who I believe for the second or third time has now been ousted from the tournament in the first round and Testament did it in convincing fashion beating them by ten votes.

destruction-bandOne of my favorite divisions in the whole tournament is the Chuck Schuldiner division because of the fan participation that the division gets is second to none. Ever since I introduced it, it has been magic from the start and it’s produced our last two winners. Not much has changed as Destruction easily handled Entombed A.D. by a whopping 55 votes. The next match featured tournament newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery as both were looking to make an impact. Unfortunately for one of them, only one can move on and Amon Amarth easily handled their opponent. The next match featured 2015 winner Kreator taking on newcomers Vader and for a while, it looked as if Vader was going to pull off the upset, but never count out Kreator and it’s fans as they brought the band back to a huge win. Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse entered the tournament last year, made an impact from the start, and they are continuing it this year with a huge come from behind win against Blackened Death Metal legends Behemoth. That was a great match up that kept me on the edge of my seat.

233280The last division that we are going to talk about here is the brand new Metal To The Core division featuring Metalcore, Deathcore, Hardcore, and New Wave Of American Metal bands. This division is an absolute toss up because you don’t know what direction fans are going to be heading in. The first match up featured metalcore acts All That Remains and Upon A Burning Body go head to head. It was a match was heading in different directions as it looked like UABB was going to win, but in the end, All That Remains pulled it together and won. The next match featured New Wave Of American Metal flag bearers Lamb Of God take on Deathcore act Whitechapel in an epic match that was going back and forth. Like I said before, only one can move on and in the end Lamb Of God proved to be the mightier of the two. Trivium pulled off the win against Parkway Drive who led the match for most of the weekend and Killswitch Engage was able to hold off Suicide Silence. Check out the bracket below and get ready for the sweet sixteen.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

2017-headerIt is officially here, it is time for everyone’s favorite heavy metal march madness style tournament, the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. The division that we are looking at today has produced the last two Pedal To The Metal Tournament champions with Kreator winning in 2015 and Destruction winning in 2016. This is one of those divisions that we look forward to, but also have a hard time deciding who to choose to participate because there are so many great Extreme Metal, Black Metal, and Death Metal bands out there. I think we may have nailed it down and I think we have a great class this year. Defending champions Destruction have the task of trying to slay tournament mainstays Entombed A.D. in their first round match. Newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery will have their first match ever in the tournament against each other. Former champions Kreator are looking to get back into the hunt, but they’ll have to defeat the mighty Vader if they look to do so. Tournament newcomers Behemoth are looking to make a statement this year and they’ll have to do so against Death Metal giants Cannibal Corpse. This is a first round that is going to be worth checking out to see if there’s any upsets or not. You have until March 18TH to vote.

destruction vs entombed

amon vs witchery

kreator vs vader

cannibal corpse vs behemoth

2017-headerIt’s the sixth annual Pedal To The Metal Tournament which has been constantly evolving from what it was in the beginning (an all 80’s rock/metal tourney) to what it is now where we check out the best of all metal that is current and active. Active is the key word in the sentence because in order to qualify for the tournament, you had to have either released an album within the last three to four years or are actively touring all the time. Two of the division have changed in which now the Ronnie James Dio division is now The Dio/Lemmy Division as the old Lemmy division changed to the Metal To The Core (play on Metal-core and Deathcore) division. That division features everyone from the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal to any active Metalcore or Deathcore acts. The tournament is going to kick off as usual because the tournament coincides with the actual March Madness Tourney except we’ve shortened a round and extended another one. The tournament begins March 17TH right here and goes all the way until April 4TH. Below you will the bracket for the tourney and all of the match ups that we have for you. As always, the matches were drawn from a hat so that the matches were totally random. There are some really interesting matches so it’ll be fun to see how you guys vote. Be ready to start voting on March 17TH!!!

2017-bracket

pedalIt’s that time of the year that I love because the March Madness tournament is right around the corner. Seven years ago, I started the Pedal To The Metal Tournament as a March Madness style tournament where you the fans decided who moved from round to round. This year is the sixth annual tournament (we skipped a year) and we are going to do something different this year. There are a couple of things that are being done different this year with one being that we eliminated rock bands from tournament and we replaced with metalcore and the New Wave Of American Metal bands and the second is that the final round will be longer due to the fact that I will not be around for five days (I will be at WrestleMania). The defending champions Destruction are back and they are ready to defend their championship against some familiar foes and some new bands as well. The other thing that is happening is that we are going to be starting the tournament a few days early than usual to coincide with what is happening. So you are probably wondering who is in the tournament and we have that answer for you and what division they are in. Coming soon is who each band will face in the first round so stay tuned for that.

Jeff Hanneman Division (Thrash Division)

-Megadeth

-Slayer

-Death Angel

-Testament

-Sepultura

-Suicidal Tendencies

-Exodus

-Metallica

Dio/Kilmister Division

– Judas Priest

-Saxon

-Iron Maiden

-U.D.O.

– Primal Fear

-Accept

-Ghost

-Queensryche

Chuck Schuldiner Division

-Entombed A.D.

-Destruction

-Kreator

-Cannibal Corpse

-Behemoth

-Vader

-Witchery

-Amon Amarth

Metal To The Core Division

– Killswitch Engage

-Trivium

-Upon A Burning Body

-Lamb Of God

-Whitechapel

-Suicide Silence

-All That Remains

-Parkway Drive

 

downloadOne of the brash and most unapologetic musicians in the world in Adam Darski a.k.a. Nergal of Polish Blackened Death Metal act Behemoth has some thing a little different that he is releasing to the world. While being in a folk/alternative/indie band may not be what fans of his imagined would be next, his newest project Me and That Man is something you just cannot pass up on. I have always been a big fan of the American Recordings of Johnny Cash, the mellower Danzig tracks, and I just discovered a love for Leonard Cohen and that is exactly what you get with Me and That Man and their new music video for the track Ain’t Much Loving. The video is mostly a performance based video whose visuals match the tone of the audio where it’s very mellow and dark. Nergal talked about the project to Noisey saying, “With Me and That Man, the songs just come out in a very organic way. One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad, but put together they all made sense. I need Me and That Man to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless. It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated… and darker …and blacker, but Me and That Man is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking. With all the best art, once you have it in you, you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system. This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it’s liberating.” I think this is an album that everyone should check out on March 24TH when Songs Of Love And Death is released via Cooking Vinyl.

I have once again decided to give you guys two single of the week posts with this one being the metal side. Yesterday, I chose a music video from what I believed was the only project that former Slipknot/Murderdolls/Scar The Martyr drummer Joey Jordison had on his plate. You can’t imagine how completely surprised I was today to find out that he had another band that was more of a supergroup than the other. So, besides the fact that he has the band Vimic, he now has the project Sinsaenum which features members of Daath, Mayhem, and Dragonforce in the band. The band features bassist Frederic Leclercq (Dragonforce), vocalist Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Sunn O)))), vocalist Sean Zatorsky (Daath, Chimaira), and guitarist Heimoth (Seth). The band has unleashed the track and video for Army Of Chaos which is featured on their upcoming record Echoes of the Tortured which comes out July 29TH. The track is groove oriented metal madness with those fierce vocals that remind you of Behemoth and Satyricon (due to the two vocalists) while the music is similar to the Fuel For Hatred era Satyricon and Destroyer 666 which is awesome. I wouldn’t mind seeing this project tour, but only time will tell what happens. Leclercq talked about the project saying, “I wish to take the listener on a journey. Everything is interconnected, so you may pick particular songs, but it’s meant to be listened to as a whole. Today with iTunes and whatnot, people are choosy, whereas this is supposed to be an all-encompassing experience, forcing you to take it in as one piece of art, which is because I come from a time when you still put on a record and stuck to it until it was over.” Check it out below:

2014 may have been one of the biggest years in the history of Behemoth who released what many are calling the metal album of the year in the album The Satanist which also took home The Monster Entertainment Award for Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year at the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Many believed it was a resurgence that was well deserved for the Polish Blackened Death Metal act, but that is not all. The band released astonishing music videos that were just visually captivating for Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel and Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer that were just as visually disturbing if you are a die hard Christian. Now the band has returned once more with another visually stunning music video for the track Messe Noire which is also off of The Satanist and it’s just as visually disturbing. The band chose director Zev Deans to helm the video for Messe Noire after seeing what he had done for Portal and their video for Curtain. The primary subject matter for the video is one of the oldest stories in history that has always captivated people as it tells the story of Lucifer’s decent from Heaven and into hell. Behemoth frontman and cancer survivor Nergal tells the story of why he chose Deans, “It was actually our drummer Inferno’s idea to use Zev Deans. He showed me a Portal video that literally blew my f—in’ mind! For a long time we’ve attempted to reach a new ground and artistically leave the comfort zone. The Satanist is THE record that challenges us on so many levels… and here we are, exploring new grounds with a video producer who is a genuine visionary! ‘Messe Noire’ video surely adds new quality to our art and makes it even more transcendental… I am proud!” Zev Deans adds to the convo saying, “The story of Lucifer’s fall, followed by his defiant rebirth, reminds me of Nergal’s own personal struggles of recent years. Like Lucifer, Behemoth has recovered from hardship, and they are stronger than ever. With ‘Messe Noire,’ I was lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the genre. I owe the success of this project to the intense SACRIFICE that Sharon and the rest of team gave to this work.” Check out the video below and pick up the album if you haven’t already done so.