Posts Tagged ‘Chris Adler’

lamb of godLast week, I went to an amazing concert in Boston, MA where I witnessed killer sets from all the bands on the bill which were Behemoth, Lamb Of God, and Slayer. Last week, I covered Slayer with Seasons In The Abyss and now this week we are moving on to cover an album from Lamb Of God. Lamb Of God was a band that was billed as part of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal which also included bands like Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, and many more. Lamb Of God was a little more special than most bands for the fact that they mixed in groove metal along with elements of metalcore and Thrash Metal making them the band that ultimately took over for Pantera. The band which is made up of Randy Blythe (Vocals), Mark Morton (Lead Guitar), Willie Adler (Rhythm Guitar), Chris Adler (Drums), and John Campbell (Bass). On August 31, 2004, the band would release their third studio album and their biggest to date at the time with Ashes Of The Wake which debuted at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 selling 35,000 copies in it’s first week. The album is very political in nature where it raises awareness and targets the Iraq War which was happening at the time of the release. As of February 2016, the album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Lamb_Of_God-Ashes_Of_The_Wake-Trasera1.Laid To Rest– The lead single from the album and a hammering track that is able to take the elements of Metalcore and Groove metal and layer them together nicely. The track is about a murder victim who haunts his or her killer. 5/5

2. Hourglass– A hammering track from the get go that is unrelenting in a track that could be from a soldiers point of view as war is hell or it could be talking about the end of the world. 4.5/5

3. Now You’ve Got Something To Die For– A groove heavy track that is bad ass from beginning to end in a track that talks about our system and how we readily send kids to die in the middle east. 4.5/5

4. The Faded Line– A pummeling track that has hints of thrash in it’s DNA in a track that tackles the tough topic of drug addiction. 4/5

5. Omerta– The spoken word part of the beginning of this track is actual text from the actual Sicilian Omerta. A groove heavy track that is more or less about betrayal and not about the mafia. 5/5

6. Blood Of The Scribe– a blazing fast and hammering track that continues to showcase the bands love for thrash metal. 4/5

ashes-of-the-wake-4fad377ec839c7. One Gun– The band’s love for Pantera is evident in this one with the groove metal licks in a track about a sniper who has hit his target knowing that they’ll die a martyr. 4/5

8. Break You– a track that starts right off the bat and doesn’t stop kicking ass as we listen to lyrics that could be talking about a prisoner of sorts who dreams of revenge. 4.5/5

9. What I’ve Become– an interesting track that looks at a soldier who sees others that have been engulfed in war for way too long that you can see it in their faces and eyes. 4/5

10. Ashes Of The Wake– a powerful track which features former Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey and some audio clips of quotes layered into the track. The track features guitar solos from Alex Skolnick of Testament (second solo) and the legendary former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland (third solo). 5/5

11. Remorse Is For The Dead– The last track on the record that starts with a very melodic intro before they launch into overdrive about a person who hasn’t lived life to the fullest yet, but life is too short to dwell on that. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was honestly the first time that I actually sat down and listened to this album in it’s entirety. It was a very great experience that has me wanting to listen to more from the band that has been proudly flying the flag of metal for a very long time now. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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megadeth-dystopia_japan_edition-frontalJust as we have done for the last couple of weeks, we are covering albums by bands that won at the 6TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. We have already covered the album of the year (Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop) and the rock album of the year (Gore by Deftones). So, it’s only natural that we move down the line to the next which is the metal album of the year which was taken home by Megadeth for their 15TH studio album Dystopia. In a way Dystopia was a return to form for Megadeth after lackluster sales plagued their previous album. The band had some new players for the album in Kiko Loureiro (Guitars) and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler (who recorded the record with the band, but is not a permanent member). Together they joined Dave Mustaine (Lead Vocals/Guitars) and David Ellefson (Bass) in recording what was a huge step in the right direction as the album debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the second highest charted album in the band’s history (Countdown To Extinction debuted at number two). The album also peaked in the top 5 in six other countries and the title track earned the band their first Grammy after 11 failed attempts for Best Metal Performance.

megadeth-dystopia_japan_edition-trasera1. The Threat Is Real– The song is everything you would want to hear from Megadeth as it’s fierce, in your face, and reminds of me of Rust In Peace era Megadeth. Dave Mustaine is still writing his fierce politically driven lyrics of world destruction and it still sounds fresh. 5/5

2. Dystopia– The title track that won the band the Grammy for Best Metal Performance features some really amazing guitar work from Loureiro and Mustaine that sort of reminds me again of Rust In Peace. The song is about a world that is not ok in any way shape or form. 5/5

3. Fatal Illusion– I have always been a huge fan of Dave Mustaine and the lyrics that he writes as in this one about a prisoner so evil and against society that nothing can kill the evil inside him even the lethal injection. There is a cool bass section in the track that showcases Ellefson’s amazing abilities. 5/5

4. Death From Within– A cool track on the album about an enemy that is constantly is under attack in war that he waits for the perfect moment to enact revenge. 4.5/5

5. Bullet To The Brain– A cool drum cadence starts off the track with some acoustic guitars before the band kicks into overdrive. The track is an interesting take on relationships about how man give in easily to sex when they think they are winning, but they are really losing. 4/5

6. Post American World– an interesting commentary on the way the world is today. We all complain about what is happening in America even though we feel safe, but what if all of that changes and America falls? What will we look like in Post American World? The music reminds me a lot of The World Needs A Hero era Megadeth. 5/5

megadeth-dystopia_japan_edition-cd7. Poisonous Shadows– The track opens more with the clean/acoustic guitar playing before the band turns up the energy in a track about someone who holds some sort of guilt inside of them and they let it manifest. I love hearing Farah Siraj’s vocals in the background, it adds to the track. 5/5

8. Conquer Or Die– A very cool instrumental track on the album that showcases what these guys can do. I think Kiko adds some of that Brazilian flavor to this track and it’s very cool. 5/5

9. Lying In State– An in your face track right from the get go that is hammering and is classic Megadeth. The track is about the government and how they distract you fromt he real issues that are going on as our society is in decline. 5/5

10. The Emperor– The track has more of a hard rock flavor to it then the rest of the album and it may be the band showcasing their influences in a track about a president who thinks he is King, but doesn’t realize he is a joke. 4/5

11. Foreign Policy– This is the band’s cover of California punk band Fear’s track that is actually pretty kick ass. Check it out cause it sounds like something Suicidal Tendencies should have covered. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Sadly I do not know if Chris Adler will return to the fold for future albums, but this was truly an amazing record. It was definitely Megadeth moving in the right direction and they deserved the Grammy and the win here. Kiko Loureiro is an amazing edition to the band and I can not wait to here what else he brings to the table. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

Back in December of 2015, Megadeth had released an animated video for the track The Threat Is Real which is off of the band’s newest album Dystopia which comes out tomorrow (January 22). In the video the band is broken out of jail by Vic Rattlehead in the police state world that they live in (to read that article, go here). Now the band has released the sequel to that video for the title track. In the video for Dystopia, Vic is a wanted man and he is kicking ass left and right, taking out as many of the law enforcement as he can. Meanwhile, the band is planning something along with the rebels as they try to take out as many forces as they can. The video is as cool and amazing as the first one and it makes me wonder by the end if we’ll get another. Dave Mustaine talked to Mashable about the video saying, “We had met with a guy in England, and I basically talked to him about this dystopian city that I had kind of visualized. You see all these movies like Armageddon, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys, Planet of the Apes and stuff, and there’s always a moral at the end of the story: If you stand up for what’s right, you won’t have to give in to a dystopian world. It’s just one of those things we grew up in. Explaining that concept to the artist — I thought he got what I was saying pretty clearly.” Check out the video below:

When it comes to music videos, Megadeth has always put out some quality videos and they’ve done it yet again. While Megadeth is gearing up to release their new album Dystopia, they’ve unveiled some tracks for fans to listen to like The Threat Is Real. We covered the track for the single of the week (which you can read here), but the band has finally unveiled a music video to go with the track and it kicks ass. The video is animated, but parts of it feel and look like the animation used in Scanner Darkly while some of it is just animated. The group is in jail in a very apocalyptic world which looks like a police state in the video. Meanwhile, Vic Rattlehead and a friend are on a mission to free the band from jail as the band is being carried on a transport train. The video is really cool and worth checking out. In other news, Dave recently spoke about drummer Chris Adler joining them on the road, “Lamb of God’s going to be taking a sabbatical soon and Chris is going to jump into us full time, which is great for us. Megadeth is Chris’ favorite band growing up. It’s his love, and I’m honored just because of the talent that he has. So that’s the way we’re gonna do it for now.” Check the band out on the road with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom, and Havok. To check out the dates, go here. Otherwise check out the video below:

The other day, Megadeth unveiled a brand new single off their new album Dystopia called The Threat Is Real. The song and album are the first to feature Chris Adler of Lamb Of God on Drums and former Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro. For the back Friday edition of Record Store Day, Megadeth also released this track on Vinyl, but once you listen to the track you are going to be blown away. The song is everything you would want to hear from Megadeth as it’s fierce, in your face, and reminds of me of Rust In Peace era Megadeth.Dave Mustaine is still writing his fierce politically driven lyrics of world destruction and it still sounds fresh. Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Full Metal Jackie about the new album saying, “I think that for the first time now, we’ve actually really embraced that part of us that made us a trashier band. A lot of it was how we were feeling and the way that we were looking at our lives at the time and just being – you know, instead of being disappointed – there’s a difference between having a bad situation and being depressed versus having a bad situation and being pissed and doing something about it.” Check out the track below and look out for Dystopia as it drops on January 22, 2016.

Rob-Halford-630x420Judas Priest as we know are currently on tour supporting their latest record Redeemer Of Souls which received a lot of critical acclaim that the band is contemplating making a follow up to the record, but time may not be on their side. Rob Halford in an interview explains why time is the key, “We have such an incredible reaction to Redeemer of Souls that that really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly. The clock is ticking, you know. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. And especially while we’re having this great, kind of vibe with the fans and just this massive Priest family love fest type of deal. Who wants to go home and sit down for a year. And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer of Souls.” According to Halford, Richie Faulkner has been hard at work writing riffs as the band also sifts through left over material from Redeemer. As far as when we can expect a new record, Halford says, “We’ll be heading out for the rest of this tour ’til Christmas time, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything we do, but I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently and hopefully have it out there for our Priest family as soon as we can.”

X Japan is one of the biggest rock bands to ever come out of Japan, but the band hasn’t released any material since 1996. The band has just announced that they plan to release a brand new record on March 11, 2016 which would be their first in twenty years which was the Dahlia album. Yoshiki apparently was in the studio in Hollywood where he met up with Toshi, the bands singer. According to Loudwire.com, “A day after the album arrives in stores, X Japan will debut a new documentary film chronicling their music career. The movie will be part of what’s being dubbed as the #XDAY celebrations on March 12 and will screen at London’s SSE Wembley Arena along with a performance by the band. The Stephen Kijak-directed movie includes footage from the band’s 2014 Madison Square Garden Concert as well as the start of their current project. Tickets are now available for the #XDAY celebration via Live Nation.”

Megadeth-Chris-Adler-630x420There have been a lot of people asking bout how Chris Adler of Lamb Of God could be recording with Megadeth and what does that mean for Lamb Of God. Well in an interview with Jamey Jasta on the Hatebreed singer’s podcast, he clarifies that it’s no threat, “The first thing I did after I had that conversation with Dave Mustaine was to get in touch with the other guys and just see, ‘How does everybody feel about this?’ I don’t want it to come across as a threat. I don’t want this to feel like I’m leaving or anything. If ever it came to a point where there was a question of this or that, it’s gonna be Lamb of God. Lamb of God is my baby. Being in Megadeth is kind of like I’m helping babysit somebody else’s kid. I love being there, but it’s not … that’s not where home is to me … Again, if ever a question came up, I’m staying with you guys.” He did however explain that the band was very supportive of his once in a lifetime chance to play with the Thrash Titans and then he talks about the chances of playing live with Megadeth, “We’re both fairly successful, so we have the ability to, kind of, do … hit different spots and different times and keep everyone happy. If it does come to a conflict, I would say to Dave, ‘Hey, I know some great [drummers I can recommend] if you wanna do something.” To listen to the full interview, just go here.

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson went through a lot already in the past year as he had to battle cancer and he is now cancer free thankfully. It as reported to all of us that Dickinson was diagnosed with a tumor under his tounge, but now we find out that he had another one on his neck. He tells the BBC, “I had two actually. One was three and a half centimeters, the size of a golf ball, and the other was two and half centimeters and getting a bit bigger.” He added, “[The doctors] had a poke around and went, ‘You have head and neck cancer.” Now that he is well, Dickinson and Iron Maiden will release their first double album Book Of Souls on September 4TH. The only thing is that the band will not play any shows until 2016.

Jerry-Only-630x420The Misfits recently announced that the band will be touring in the fall as they will play their 1977 classic Static Age in it’s entirety, but they’ll do it without one of the band members. The band has parted ways with guitarist Dez Cadena who has been with the band since 2001 and the band announced that they have replaced him. The band which features Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein now features Jerr’s son Jerry Jr. on guitar as well as the band is writing is new material with this lineup. The band will perform two new songs that they have written together called Zombie Girl and Vampire Girl on the tour as well as the entire Static Age record. Check out the tour dates below:

 

 

Static Age Revisited Tour

8/8 — Nashville, Tenn. — Ink N Iron Festival
8/29 — W. Palm Beach, Fla. — Outdoors At Respectable St
9/26 — Pozo, Calif. — Picnic In Pozo Festival/Pozo Saloon
10/16 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Phoenix Concert Theatre*
10/17 — Detroit, Mich. — Harpos*
10/22 — Baltimore, Md. — Soundstage*
10/23 — Cleveland, Ohio — The Odeon*
10/24 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom, (Static Age)*
10/27 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater, (Night 2: Wau/Ead)*
10/30 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater*
11/05 — Dallas, Texas — Gas Monkey Live*
11/07 — Houston, Texas — Outdoors At Concert Pub North*
11/11 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino At Vinyl*
11/12 — Ventura, Calif. — Majestic Ventura Theater*
11/13 — Pomona, Calif. — The Glass House Concert Hall*
11/14 — W. Hollywood, Calif. — The Roxy Theatre, (Static Age)*
11/15 — W. Hollywood, Calif. — The Roxy Theatre, (Wau/Ead)*
11/16 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — Catalyst Club*
11/19 — Seattle, Wash. — The Showbox*
11/21 — San Jose, Calif. — Rockbar Theatre*
11/22 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace Of Spades*
11/24 — Denver, Colo. — The Summit Music Hall*
11/27 — Chicago, Ill. — The Portage Theater*
(* with She Demons)

 

In our first piece of new for the day, Dave Mustaine offered fans today an update on the new album via his Twitter account regarding what he still had to do for the record. Check out the tweet below:

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In other Megadeth related news, the band did announce that they will perform one show with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler behind the drum kit. According to Blabbermout.net, the drummer confirmed that he would be behind the kit for Festival D’été De Québec on July 18TH. He has stated that he would play as many shows as Lamb Of God will allow him to. David Ellefson recently commented about Adler at Comicpalooza saying, “Chris is such a fan of MEGADETH. Chris playing with MEGADETH would be like me joining KISS. We’re, like, his favorite band ever and the band that got him into music. I mean, he’s so humbly appreciative of the opportunity and being part of this. And so, anyway, we’ve talked about shows coming up, [and] Chris was, like, ‘Dude, I’ll move anything I can anywhere to try to make it happen; I just wanna play with MEGADETH.’ He may play one show with us and go, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I don’t ever wanna do that again.’ So we’ll find out as it’s coming up. But the goal is Chris would like to play with us as much as possible. And we are still looking to where is the best time to release this new [MEGADETH] record, so as we’re looking at some dates coming up, they’re not necessarily predicated on the new album being out. And I guess it’s kind of cool thing with MEGADETH — we can play shows and not necessarily have to have a new album to go play those [dates].”

In other news, Jonathan Davis of Korn has confirmed that he is working with shock rocker Marilyn Manson on an album or project. Manson had hinted many times in the past that the two may be collaborating, but I guess Jonathan couldn’t hold it in anymore. It is not known what the project will exactly be, what it will sound like, or who else will be on it, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. Two of my favorite artists collaborating on one project, I hope this sounds good.

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mariaIf you’re a fan of Maria Brink or even In This Moment then set your DVR’s up for Monday Night because you are not going to want to miss this. The Season premiere of Murder In The First airs on TNT this upcoming Monday night (June 8) and guess who has booked a guest spot on the first episode of season 2? If you guessed In This Moment then you are correct. The band revealed it via their Instagram page saying, “We are so proud to announce that In This Moment will be featured on the TNT show ‘Murder in the First’ on June 8th. We are so excited for the premiere!!!” Check out the trailer for the episode here which also features a few moments of Maria Brink.

Bullet For My Valentine definitely has my respect after the band agreed to do one of the coolest things this summer. While the band is on the road in North America, they agreed to take the ashes of a couple of fans on the road all summer long. James Simmons, 18, and Corran “Coz” Powell, 21 were huge fans of the band and they passed away back in December in a car accident together. Simmons passed away at the scene while Powell passed away after being put into a medically induced coma. It was Powell’s brother who contacted the band about possibly paying tribute to the two and they agreed. They’ll be carrying a specially crafted urn with a couple of Jewels that were custom made in the two’s honor. Powell’s Mother stated about one of the jewels, “We made a piece of stainless steel jewelry inspired by the Gears of War game.” This is a really cool move on the band’s part and they have my respect. Catch the band all summer long with Slipknot, Lamb Of God, and Motionless In White.