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cross off singleFor this post, I didn’t designate whether it was a rock single or metal single of the week because it transcends the two. This post is such a special one because of how amazing the track is and how weird it will be for some people to comprehend. Did you ever imagine the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park ever working with Mark Morton of Lamb Of God? I never would have thought of it, but then again why not? Mark has a solo album that he will be releasing in 2019 entitled Anesthetic that features collaborations with various artists like Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Chuck Billy, and many more. Last year, we were introduced to the track The Truth Is Dead and now Mark has released the track that every one has waited for in Cross Off that features Chester on Vocals. Mark talked about Chester and his performance saying, “I was really impressed for a guy at his level, at the place in the career he was at, someone of his stature and celebrity, to have that level of humility and commitment to come in there and treat this like it would be a Linkin Park song, or his own song or whatever. I was pretty blown away by that. And it was immediate. Fifteen minutes after we met, we were standing over a table, one on either side, each with scraps of paper and pencil, crossing off words and trying different rhyme schemes and stuff.

linkin-park-lamb-of-god-758x465It’s absolutely an amazing track that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you hear the brilliance of Chester’s vocal abilities. The track also featured Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent of Trivium who handled the bass and drum tracks. The press release also stated, “The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.” Check out the track below and look for the album out on March 1ST via Spinefarm.

Anesthetic Track Listing:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)


lemmyOne of the most legendary women singers in the metal genre has always been the very cool and sweet Doro Pesch who at one time was the frontwoman for the band Warlock before going solo. The metal queen has been tearing up the scene since 1982 and it doesn’t look like she’s ready to stop anytime soon. With her new album Forever Warriors, Forever United coming out on August 18TH via Nuclear Blast, Doro was kind enough to share a brand new music video with all of us which is also this week’s Metal Video Of The Week in the track All For Metal. The video is primarily a performance based video which shows clips on stage and the craziness of the crowds in Europe as well as some special guest appearances from peers like Chuck Billy of Testament, Amon Amarth, Zakk Wylde, and many more of her peers as well. One of the cool shots that you get to see in the video is Doro partying with fans near the Lemmy statue because I am very sure that if Lemmy Kilmister was still alive he would have been in the video. Check out the video below and be sure to check out the record and these awesome pre-order packages right here.

new orderOne of my all time favorite and most underrated thrash metal bands of all time is the mighty Testament. There a band that while they may have gone through their trials and tribulations are still standing tall to this very day and that is why I love them. I remember as a kid, my brothers always tried to engrave in my head that one of the best Testament records is the band’s sophomore release The New Order which was released on May 5, 1988. While I do agree with them on that statement, I realized the other day that I had not yet covered the album for the album of the week and it’s this week’s album. The band at the time of the release was made up of Chuck Billy (Vocals), Alex Skolnick (Lead Guitar), Eric Peterson (Rhythm Guitar), Greg Christian (Bass), and Louie Clemente (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it established them on the scene as it peaked at number 136 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, but obviously the follow up is what broke them through on the Thrash scene. Alex Skolnick talked about the record to Metal Injection saying, “We barely got done with our first couple of tours on that first album cycle when we were informed we have to have another album, soon! […] We got spooked in a way, because we never had to come up with music on the fly. […] By the time we finally recorded the album, we neglected to look at our recording contract. We actually had it in our contract that there’s a minimum of 40 minutes of music, and we clocked in under that! […] Our album was promptly sent back…we added the Aerosmith tune, we added those little instrumentals, we extended a couple of sections…that was all done so we wouldn’t be in breach of contract.”

new order back1. Eerie Inhabitants– The track slowly fades in with some eerie wind and thunder sounds while Skolnick and Peterson lead us in with some amazing clean channel guitar work before the track launches forward. I feel like the track is talking about how there are those who toil with life while other suffer and to them life is a game. 4.5/5

2. The New Order– Skolnick opens up the track shredding away in this amazing track that tackles the idea of the New World Order. 5/5

3. Trial By Fire– One of the best tracks on the album that is supercharged and in your face as I believe Chuck Billy is singing about a man who is accused of a crime he has not committed. Some believe that just because of the band’s name that there is a religious connotation to it, but I am not buying that. 5/5

4. Into The Pit– a thrash classic that has that in your face mentality that we love from that era and it features an incredible solo work from Skolnick in a track that could be talking about hell or moshpits. 5/5

5. Hypnosis– the first of two instrumental tracks on the album and a very cool one. 4/5

6. Disciples of the Watch-a very cool thrash song that I believe is about the film Children Of The Corn, but I could be wrong. This is probably one of the best Testament songs in their catalog in my opinion along with Souls Of Black and Perilous Nation. 5/5

Testament-The_New_Order-CD7. The Preacher– Nostradamus is a very popular figure in metal and he first gets his due in this all out metal assault that could be about him or someone who possessed the visions like he did. Chuck Billy also has a unique pitch in this track when he screams out The Preacher that I had not heard before. 4/5

8. Nobody’s Fault– A last minute addition to the album as the band chose this Aerosmith song to cover and I actually dig it, but my only criticism of it is Billy trying to do rock vocals on the track.  4.5/5

9. A Day of Reckoning– This is the last track on the album to feature vocals and they get a little political on this one as he sings about how the president literally controls our destiny and safety in the times of the cold war. Another track that features some solid guitar work from the duo and an amazing solo from Skolnick. 5/5

10. Musical Death (A Dirge)– The last track on the album and it’s an instrumental to finish things out. The track showcases what the band was capable of and why they belonged on the scene. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– In my opinion, this is one of the best albums the band ever recorded besides Practice What You Preach although I rank this one a little higher. My favorite tracks on the album are Disciples Of The Watch, Into The Fire, and Trial By Fire. My least favorite track on the album is The Preacher and Hypnosis, but I don’t hate the tracks. It’s just not my favorite of the bunch. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

It’s not time for a new Single Of The Week, but I just couldn’t wait to post this on the blog for all of you to listen to. One of my favorite thrash metal acts in Testament have announced that they are going to be releasing their 11TH studio album in Brotherhood Of The Snake via Nuclear Blast on October 28TH. It’s crazy to think that 30 years ago the band released The Legacy, but they’ve been kicking ass since then and to get you ready for the release of the album the band has unleashed the title track for all of us to enjoy. If you love classic sounding Testament with those nasty kick drums accents, face melting riffs, and some guttural mayhem from Chuck Billy then you are going to love this new track. Chuck talked to ARTE Concert about the new album saying, “It was probably the most difficult record we’ve ever done. But I think, at the end of the day, it’s one of the most creative ones, actually. Maybe it was because we had so much time with it. Like they say — anything comes that is good isn’t easy. That’s how it works. I’m proud of it. Me and Eric, we’ve had our battles for a year and a half. But at the end of the day, we’re high-fiving. It’s all good.” To check out some cool pre-order packages, click here otherwise check out the lyric video below:


drot2-flyer-smIf there was ever an argument as to who deserves to be up there with the original four members of The Big Four of Thrash Metal, there is a band from Berkeley, California called Testament that deserves to be in that conversation for sure. Testament has been cutting their teeth in the business since they first formed as Legion in 1983 and through the point when they became Testament. The band hasn’t stopped as they get ready to celebrate 30 years next year and that is where we are at the Fillmore Silver Springs in Silver Springs, MD where Testament played on their Dark Roots Of Thrash II tour with Exodus and Shattered Sun. The most amazing thing about this band is that they show no signs of slowing down and they are ready to deliver a history lesson to all on what real metal is all about through their deep catalog of amazing music. The show was also broadcasted on Yahoo Live which the band was sure to remind everyone and I have to tell you that this is a great privilege for all to see. How many times can you say that you watched a live show right from your couch on almost every night from all across the country. Chuck Billy along with band mates Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson, Gene Hoglan, and Steve DiGiorgio were ready to blast the roof off the place as they opened up with the punishing Over The Wall.

1One of the amazing things about the show was that the crowd’s energy was instantly turned up past eleven just like the band as both fed off each others energy all night. One of other the amazing things about this tour that I didn’t realize is that the band played it’s whole entire first album Legacy live in it’s entirety mixing it in with the rest of their setlist. One of the worries the band addressed was the problem in Baltimore as the band expressed their concerns for the crowd and their safety, but they were keeping it old school for the crowd. Right before the performance of the track A Day Of Reckoning (which Billy admitted that it was the first time they were playing it live) he did one of the coolest acts I have ever seen any band do and he invited a fan who was in a wheelchair on stage to rock out with the band during the performance. That was a really cool gesture and it shows that Metal bands care about their fans immensely. The band also dipped heavily into their amazing The New Order record for material and they even played the title track Practice What You Preach before closing the show with Disciples Of The Watch. It was a night of hard charging, in your face, demolishing metal that never led up or quit all night long. Amazing energy from the band and the crowd tonight that you will only get at a metal show and you saw it on Yahooo Live. Now check out some pics from the show as well as the setlist.

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image001 This is the first time in the history of the 100 plus albums that I have reviewed for the album of the week posts that I have covered a tribute record. The thing is that this isn’t just any tribute record because it’s a tribute to a man that changed the face of heavy metal in the early 80’s before his untimely death. Bob Kulick who produced this album titled Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute which just may be one of the most definitive tribute albums out there since it features the likes of Rudy Sarzo, Tom Morrello, Serk Tankian, Vinny Appice, Bruce Kulick, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jon Donais, Frankie Banali, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Kelle Rhoads, Doug Aldrich, Bernie Torme, George Lynch, Gus G, and so many more. The album features these guys covering everything from the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums and even some early Quiet Riot material that Randy was apart of back in the day.

1. Crazy Train– The first track on the album is the most noun Ozzy and Randy Collaboration with Serj Tankian providing his unique vocal style to the track while Tom Morello is on guitars, Rudy Sarzo is on bass, and Vinny Appice is on drums. The rhythm section of the song is on point, but Tom Morello’s playing is a little off to me. I understand that he is bringing his own unique brand to the song, but it’s like he is trying to combine his signature sound with Randy’s signature sound and the guitar solo is awful. 3/5

2. Over The Mountain– The songs starts off heavy and in the right pace while Tim “Ripper” Owens gives the tyrack a power metal feel as far as vocals are concerned. The track features Jon Donais (Guitars), Rudy Sarzo (Bass), and Frankie Banali (Drums). 4/5

3. Mr. Crowley– If you’re going to cover an Ozzy track, then this is the way you do it. Alexi Laiho does an amazing jiob with the guitar parts while Chuck Billy takes the vocal parts and he makes it his own while also making it heavy as hell. Kelle Rhoads is on Keyboards while Rudy Sarzo plays bass and Brett Chassen is on drums. 5/5

4. Believer– This is actually kind of a cool cover of this track as Ripper takes the vocal reigns again while Doug Aldrich does an amazing job on guitar and Sarzo’s bass is on point. The track also features Vinny Appice on drums. 4/5

5. Back To The Coast– If you don’t know where this track is from, it’s from the 1977 album Quiet Riot that was co-written by Randy and his brother Kelle. Kelle takes the vocal reigns on this cover while Bruce Kulick plays guitar and he is rounded out by Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali. the song is really rocking and Kelle has that 70’s New York Dolls feel to his voice. 4/5

6. I Don’t Know– Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen are back for this track while the guitar parts are played by George Lynch who lost out to Jake E Lee back in the day when it came to who was going to take Randy’s spot. The only part I was waiting to hear in this track was how George handled the solo and I didn’t enjoy it. 3/5

randy-rhoades-press-billboard-6507. S.A.T.O– Ripper, Sarzo, and Appice are joined on this song by Dweezil Zappa who handles lead guitar and Bob Kulick who plays rhythm guitar on the track. This a track that I actually enjoyed hearing Ripper sing. 4/5

8. Killer Girls– This classic from Quiet Riot II once again features Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen, but they are joined by Joel Hoekstra on guitars. The song is a rocking song and I kind of like Ripper’s vocals on the track because it mirrors Kevin DuBrow’s style well and Joel Hoekstra rips on this track. 4/5

9. Goodbye To Romance– This time around the trio of Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen are joined by current Ozzy guitarist and Firewind guitarist Gus G on guitars. Out of everything, I didn’t enjoy Ripper’s vocals on this track just cause it’s too toned down on the tempo for him in my opinion. 3/5

10. Suicide Solution– This time around that same trio as in the last two songs are joined by Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis who was the direct temporary replacement for Randy back in the day to finish the tour. Now this is a kick ass version of the song and I was pleased with Ripper’s vocals on this track. 4/5

11. Flying High Again– This is the ultimate Randy Rhoads track with the same trio as before, but they are joined by Bernie Torme on lead guitar and Bob Kulick on rhythm. My only problem with the track is the guitar solo. 3/5

My Final Thoughts– While I enjoyed the tribute record, I did have some problems with the record  as well. One of my problems with the album is the fact that Tim “Ripper” Owens sings on almost every song on this album. I would have loved to have seen them get some others to sing on the record as well, but the vocals are only a minor part. I say that because after all we are here to celebrate the legacy of Randy Rhoads. The only guitarists I didn’t enjoy listening to were Tom Morello and George Lynch. Lynch didn’t do too bad, but Morello to me should have never been on this record. I am going to give this record 3.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

seagullmenHow many Supergroups can any of the members of Mastodon be a part of and where are they finding the time to do so. Well, so Troy Sanders was the only member so far to be in a supergroup, but now guitarist Brent Hinds is in a supergroup with a member of the legendary Tool. Hinds has teamed up with Danny Carey of Tool, OFF!’s Dimitri Coats, and Jimmy Heyward (director of Jonah Hex) who will serve as the producer of the album to form the supergroup The Legend of the Seagullmen. The band has unleashed two new songs that if you would like to hear them, you can do so by visiting the consequence of sound website by clicking here. One thing that we do not know about this band is whether it’s a one off collaboration or whether it will continue forward. One thing is for sure is that while we wait for a new album for Tool, we have this to listen to from Carey.

jay jamesBullet For My Valentine were supposedly in the studio recording  new album, but the band has just hit a temporary road block along the way as longtime bassist Jay James announces that he is no longer in the band. The whole bit of news has hit everyone by surprise as an earlier statement on Facebook made things seem like they were going as usual as the band was in the studio with Colin Richardson to record their fifth record. Jay James joined the band in 2003 and he was apart of the band’s four landmark records and was a big part of the vocal scheme along with lead singer/guitarist Matt Tuck. The band released a statement that read as follows:

To all our fans around the World,

It is with regret that Bullet For My Valentine has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band. Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we’re gonna miss him as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band.

We’ll announce a replacement for Jay when we feel the time is right, but until then we’re gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we’ve ever made.

2015 is already shaping up to be a massive year for us with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes which we’ll be announcing as soon as we can.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Matt, Padge, Moose.

There is an awesome tribute album that is coming out that honors the legendary Randy Rhoads with artists playing each one of his tracks. The tribute album is called Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute and it features players like Rudy Sarzo, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Jon Donais, Gus G, Bruce Kulick, Frankie Banali, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Vinny Appice, and so many more. The track that I am going to link to this piece is Tom Morello and Serj Tankian doing a cover of Crazy Train. You can check that out by clicking here. There is also a video that surfaced that is included in a bonus disc where the producer of this tribute album Bob Kulick conducts an interview with Rudy Sarzo. Bob asks Rudy what it was like to work with Randy and other questions. Check that video out here. The album drops on March 3 via UDR Music.

Michael Vescera who sang with Yngwie Malmsteen made some comments earlier in the week in an interview about his former employer. He says, “I think the main thing with Yngwie — [fellow ex-Malmsteen singer] Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and I were talking about this earlier — Yngwie could have been the biggest guitarist in the world today, by far. And he’s destroyed his career, just by burning bridges and just pissing people off. And it’s unfortunate, because he changed the face of guitar. And to be where he’s at today is kind of sad. But, look, I don’t have anything bad to say about Yngwie. It was an experience. There was some crazy s**t that went on. But I wish him well, and I hope he straightens out his stuff and comes back. But… you know, we would need about two years [to tell our] stories [about] him.”

VH1 Classic has developed and is getting ready to release a new series titled Rock Icons which promises to be different than Behind The Music. It seems to be in the style of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and it will feature episodes with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Slash (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rush’s Geddy Lee, Ted Nugent, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Heart’s Ann Wilson, and many more. Here is how the network describes the show, “10 groundbreaking 30-minute episodes that go past the veil of mystery and beyond the velvet ropes with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are, and the road that lead them to their iconic status today. Each episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews, never-before-seen footage with featured artists and key people who helped shape their exemplary careers.” The show will debut on February 21 on VH1 Classic.

LouBrutus-60 TIGHT.jpgThe voters for the 2015 Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards chose legendary nationally syndicated rock radio host Lou Brutus as the Best Nationally Syndicated DJ Award Winner. This was the second year the award was handed out and the second time that Lou won the award beating out Nikki Sixx, Jackie Kajzer, The Chop Shop, and Skratch N’ Sniff. Lou is the legendary man behind great shows such as hardDrive and hardDriveXL and he was the first to play many acts like Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, and Sevendust. So, congratulations are in order for Lou Brutus on winning the award.

Black Label Society 'Unblackened' TourZakk Wylde is taking Black Label Society back out on the road, but in a very diffent capacity. A couple years back the band played a one off show in LA and released it on disc called Unblackened which is pretty much an acoustic record. So, they will be taking that record and style out on the road with very intimate shows. Zakk said, “I always wanted to take ‘Unblackened’ on the road, we just didn’t have the time until now. You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.” It will be a very interesting show to see live and one of those once in a lifetime experiences. Check out the tour dates below:

4/3 — Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount
4/4 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/6 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
4/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head Live
4/9 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s
4/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room
4/12 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
4/14 — Wichita, Kan. — The Cotillion
4/16 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theater
4/17 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
4/18 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
4/19 — Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove of Anaheim

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.

Testament-PracticeWhatYouPreachI figured that since I am two albums away from hitting the 100 album of the week reviews, I would choose some of my favorites that I haven’t covered yet for this. I have reviewed everyone in the metal world from Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Pantera, Job For A Cowboy, Judas Priest, but I have never covered anything from Testament. It shocks me because Testament is one of my favorite bands from the 80’s thrash era and so I am reviewing the band’s third album Practice What You Preach. The band made up of Chuck Billy (Vocals), Eric Peterson (Guitar), Alex Skolnick (Guitar), Greg Christian (Bass), and Louie Clemente (Drums) were riding off the success of their sophomore album The New Order. The album was released on August 4, 1989, but it didn’t enter the charts till a month after it’s release where it peaked at #77 on The Billboard Top 200. By 1992, the album had sold over 450,000 copies in the US alone. This is more of a personal stat for the band, but according to, the title track has been played live over 466 times over the band’s career which ranks the song third behind Into The Pit (501) and Over The Wall (516).

1. Practice What You Preach– The title track kicks off the album with the killer bass lines and the hammering drum riffs with the face scorching guitar riffs in a track that tells you to stop talking and actually do what you say you’re going to do in life. 5/5

2. Perilous Nation– Another thrash classic that speaks about how you have freedom of speech, but yet sometimes we are afraid to say what it is we want to say. The bass line in the beginning is killer match with the razor sharp playing from Skolnick and Peterson. 5/5

3. Envy Life– This is thrash with a little swagger as you slam your fists in the air like hammers. The track could be about black magic, but I think it has more to do with people who bite off a little more than they can chew. 4/5

4. Time Is Coming– The stop and go riffage in the beginning of the track is like the calm before the storm and they you get hit with the trash magic. The song seems to deal with the subject of the song being sick and tired of authority in general whether it be the cops he speaks about in the first verse or the president of the US in the second verse. 4/5

Testament-Practice_What_You_Preach-Trasera5. Blessed In Contempt– I love this track because when it’s thrashy it’s thrashy, but then the they have the ability at times to slow the tempo down and then before you know it melts your face off again. I think the song’s lyrics deal with child abuse in some capacity. 4/5

6. Greenhouse Effect– This track is another example of the band ditching the subject matter they dealt with before to talk about things that mattered. They talk about the destruction of the rain forests in South America and how the government lies about just to gain a profit. 5/5

7. Sins Of Omission– Another track on the album that deals with serious subject matter in the form of Chuck Billy speaking out against and writing about suicide. A great thrash metal song here. 4.5/5

8. The Ballad– A great track showcasing what the band can really do outside of the in your face thrash metal sounds we had been used to. Hey Metallica wrote Fade To Black and no one bitched. The song can be used for inspirational reasons like being sick and tired of being misused and mistreated and taking a stand against all all that oppresses you. 5/5

9. Nightmare (Coming Back To You)– Another in your face killer thrash track on the album that seems to talk about wanting fame, but then not being able to deal with everything that comes with it. 4/5

10. Confusion Fusion– A great instrumental track to end the album with some killer bass riffs matched with the masterful guitar playing of the duo (Skolnick and Peterson). 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Testament has always been one of the most underrated bands in Metal and Thrash Metal history. These guys have consistently delivered great material since their inception and Practice What You Preach is proof of that. If you’ve never heard this album and you love thrash metal, then I have no idea why you haven’t heard this one yet. I am going to give this album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade because that is how much ass I think this album kicks.


electric crownThank God it’s Friday which also means that today’s Music Video Of The Week is going to be a flashback Friday video as we dig deep into the catalog of Testament videos. Testament is one of my favorite Thrash Metal bands from the bay area to ever come out and the song I chose in Electric Crown is one of my favorite songs off The Ritual album. The video for the song isn’t anything flashy, but you get the picture of the message their relaying as you see a man in handcuffs on a long stair way being led to an electric chair at the top of the steps. The song is mostly a performance video featuring the band rocking out to the song as you get occasional imagery of men in executioners outfits bring the man and the man in the actual electric chair. Testament went more for a traditional metal sound with this album while keeping their roots in thrash firmly enact. This would also be the last album to feature Alex Skolnick until he rejoined the band in 2005 and Chuck Billy sounded amazing as usual. Check the video out below and check out The Ritual album while you’re at it cause it’s an underrated classic.