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Slayer Seasons In The AbyssLast night, I witnessed one of the best performances by thrash metal legends Slayer since the passing of Jeff Hanneman at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA. It inspired me to finish the trilogy of albums that featured Dave Lombardo (Drums) as I already covered Reign In Blood and South Of Heaven. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s fifth studio album Seasons In The Abyss which was the first through Def American, was produced once again by Rick Rubin, but was the last to feature Lombardo on drums for a long time. The rest of the band was rounded out by Tom Araya (Bass/Lead Vocals), Kerry King (Guitar), and the late Jeff Hanneman (Guitar). The best way to describe the album is to look at it as the best of both South and Reign with fast and heavy tracks to go along with the more melodic and evil sounding tracks. Upon it’s release on October 9, 1990, the album would peak at number 40 on the US Billboard Top 200 and it peaked in the top 20 in the UK as it made it’s way to be certified Gold (selling 500,000).

117471726-21.War Ensemble– The punishing and sonic ear drums destroying, neckbreaker of a track kicks the album and describes the world’s obsession with war. 5/5

2. Blood Red– Another amazing track that is just hammering as they talk about communist dictatorships. The track also features an amazing guitar solo that displays that signature sound from the boys. 5/5

3. Spirit In Black– Another razor fast barn burner from the band in a track that talks about that infamous spirit in black that haunts you and wants to possess. The cool thing about the track is out of nowhere the band speeds the tempo to Reign In Blood like pace. 4.5/5

4. Expendable Youth– The tempo is slowed down a little, but this is one of my favorite tracks on the album that is an absolute headbanger from beginning to end. The track is social commentary on the youth who grow up in less desirable conditions where killing is all they know. 5/5

5. Dead Skin Mask– A very melodic South Of Heaven-esque track that according to Tom Araya live is a love song, but it’s really a track about serial killer Ed Gein who inspired the characters of Leatherface and Norman Bates. 5/5

6. Hallowed Point– Another superfast tempo track in a track that could be about a gun and the damage that a hallowed point can cause. 4.5/5

Slayer-Seasons-In-The-Ab-4905707. Skeletons of Society– Another one of my personal favorites on the album that is a slowed down tempo, but it’s a headbanger for sure. The song could be talking about war and the the effects of an atomic bomb. 5/5

8. Temptation– A return to the fast tempo like sonic assault that we all love from the band in a track that is about giving into temptation. 4/5

9. Born Of Fire– Another super sonic razor fast assault from the band in a track that could be talking of the coming of something like the antichrist. 4.5/5

10. Seasons In The Abyss– The last track on the album and another of my personal favorites in a track that talks about the abyss (as maybe Aliester Crowley once described). 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The three Slayer albums (Reign, South, and Seasons) are the most untouchable albums in the history of Thrash Metal. It’s some of the best work the band ever did in their careers and don’t get me wrong because they’ve had other triumphs throughout. It just shows the magic that is the dynamics they had and that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s favorite crossover thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies is back and in full effect. The band had a monstrous tour back int he spring of this year with Megadeth which featured founding Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo playing skins for them which ended up making him a full time member. Now, the band has unleashed some details on their brand new album which is the band’s 11Th album and it is being called World Gone Mad. The album hits the stores on September 30TH via the band’s own Suicidal Records, but to keep us occupied the band has unleashed a single off the new album. The title of the song is Clap Like Ozzy and for all of us metal heads that know the prince of darkness, know that he claps on stage a lot and we do it long with him. The song begins with a punk like drum intro before the bass comes in and before you know it the band explodes into their all out chaotic mayhem style that we all know and love from them. Check out the track below and look out for the band on tour in the fall with Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Havok, and Metal Church.

repentless coverAs promised after the Monster Entertainment Awards, I told you that I was going to review the albums that won. The only problem with some of the records is that I have already reviewed them like the album of the year and so on. This week I am reviewing the record that won the Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year which was Repentless by Slayer. Their were a lot of questions heading into the release of this album because it was the first Slayer album to not be written or feature longtime member Jeff Hanneman due to the fact that he passed away in 2013. It was also the first Slayer record since 2001’s God Hates Us All to not feature Dave Lombardo on drums. The album featured the return of original Lombardo replacement drummer Paul Bostaph (his last album was God Hates Us All) and it was the first record to feature guitarist Gary Holt. Kerry King (Guitar) and Tom Araya (Vocals/Bass) were back once again on the album. The band’s 12TH album was received pretty well by fans and critics alike as it peaked on The Billboard 200 at number four. The album also cracked the top five in 10 different countries with it going number one in Germany, number two on the Dutch Carts, and Number two in Poland.

Repentless CD1. Delusions of Saviour– An intro track tot he album that gets things started 4/5

2. Repentless– We have the title track for you which has often been describe as the bands Hanneanthem. King explains, “I went with it based on Slayer. Slayer is repentless; Slayer’s always been repentless. I said, ‘You know what, I should write something about how I think Jeff looked at the world, because he looked at the world exactly how Slayer looked at the world.’ Plus little ‘Jeff-isms.’ It was both easy and difficult. The difficult part was doing it justice; I didn’t want to just throw it together. I wanted it to be solid, as deep as it could be without getting personal.” 5/5

3. Take Control– An intense in your face, face melting track that is very politically charged and looks at the idea of America being the world police 4/5

4. Vices– The track starts with Bostaph before the band kicks it into overdrive on a track that points out the stupidity of society and their various vices that control their lives. 4/5

5. Cast The First Stone– The track is more of that in your face Slayer styled music. In an interview, King described the track saying, “I was in Athens, Greece. We were on tour either last year or the year prior and we had three days off during a Turkish raid and we couldn’t go home when that was going on. I was just walking around the streets of Athens thinking about all the strife and war that went on historically in Greece and all through Europe at that time. I went back to my room during those three days and finished it.” 5/5

repentless back cover6. When The Stillness Comes– This is a track that reminds me of something that would have been either on South Of Heaven or Seasons In The Abyss with it’s melodic but crushing riffs. King dscribed the mood he was in while writing the track, “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f—ing minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.” 5/5

7. Chasing Death– an interesting track with interesting lyrics about how we always complain about life, but we are really just chasing death. 4/5

8. Implode– a hammering track that looks at man kinds fascination with the end as well with the greed of the world leaders. What I love about this track is that it starts at a decent tempo before it just kicks into overdrive like the Slayer we all love 5/5

9. Piano Wire– I’ve been trying to figure out the lyrics to this track because it talks about death, but is it by Piano wire? Nevertheless the music to it kicks ass. This is the only song on the album that the lyrics and music were written by Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

10. Atrocity Vendor– The track has an old school Slayer feel to the music which is bad ass and the lyrics are intense. Look at the name of the track and listen to the lyrics and take a guess. 5/5

maxresdefault11. You Against You– stylistically sounds like an old school Slayer song because it’s fast, pulverizing, and in your face from beginning to end as they test the limits of tempo. This track has restored my faith in Slayer that the band cans till do it even without legendary member, the late Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

12. Pride in Prejudice– The last track on the album that has another old school Slayer feel where the riffs are punishing and hammering. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason this album won the award and that it’s definitely an amazing record and one of the best in a while. Kerry King did a very good job with the album as far as writing duties are concerned. I can see Slayer surviving just well after the cloud of doubt that I had before hearing this. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

The Dimebash is an event that takes place every year the honors the legacy of one of metal’s finest that was taken away too soon. At this years Dimebash which was also the 11TH took place in Hollywood as some of metal’s biggest names came out like Robb Flynn (Machine Head), Dave Lombardo, Phil Anselmo (Down, Ex-Pantera), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour), Rex Brown, and so many more. The performance I chose for all of you as the cover of the week comes courtesy of Phil Anselmo on vocals, Dave Grohl on guitar, Robert Trujillo on bass, and Dave Lombardo on drums performing Ace Of Spades as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister. The audio quality isn’t perfect, but you’ll get the picture as the boys bring the noise. Listen to what Phil says before hand, it’s crazy what comes out of his mouth, but it’s funny.

philI want to start by wishing every a happy and safe cinco de Mayo as you kick back on some Coronas while checking out Rock and Metal News. Our first piece of news involves the estranged drummer of AC/DC Phil Rudd who speaks out for the very first time since pleading guilty to various charges. The drummer spoke with Australia’s A Current Affair about how he tried to get a hold of Angus Young, “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus … I’ve had no contact with anybody.” He also talks about the situation that put him in his current predicament, “I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back here and the people who I had working for me for this [album] launch — it was a total f–king disaster. So I was really pissed off.” Rudd is sitting at home awaiting his sentencing which takes place on June 26TH and his band is on the road with Chris Slade. When they ask him about he simply says, “I’m sure they’re having a great old time. I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great. I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.” You can check out the full video for yourself here.

Jonas-Akerlund-630x420One of the most interesting stories ever in the history of Black Metal music is the story of the band Mayhem which unfortunately superseded their music. You know they are the band whose singer Per “Dead” Ohlin committed suicide only to see Euronymous (the co-founder of the band) cook his brains and eat it. Then after that, bassist Varg Vikernes stabs him to death and goes to jail for the crimes. Are you still with me? Well, now the legend of the band has reached Hollywood and it is going on to the big screen as Jonas Akerlund will be directing Lords Of Chaos. Akerland, you may remember as one of the members of Bathory in the 1980’s and you may remember him as the director of music videos for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Hollywood Undead, and Rammstein. So far all we know is that Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the film, but they may have a detractor in current Mayhem member Necrobutcher who says, “This book Lords of Chaos is f—ing crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK. I will do everything I can to stop this film … Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go f— themselves.” Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

nikki tweetIf you’re like me then you were enough of a sucker to pay $100 to watch the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao dance contest that was supposed to be a boxing match (The fight of the century that is). Well, Nikki Sixx and Paul Stanley had some words for the abomination that was that night. Nikki took to Twitter with several tweets showing his support for Manny like this one, “Always root for the underdog in life, in music, and tonight in the ring #MannyPacquiao.” He followed that one with, “I believe that if Mayweather would FIGHT and not run away from #MannyPacquiao Manny would of crushed him. #BORING.” He gets even more upset with his next tweet, “I paid 100.00 to watch Mayweather run around in circle’s for 12 rounds. He got a 100 million and we got a track meet. #BORING.” Paul Stanley’s issue was with someone else during the telecast of the fight and to be honest I had an issue with it as well. Jamie Foxx was asked to sing the national anthem and here is what Paul Stanley tweeted out, “JESUS!! How about all singers agreeing if you DON’T want to sing the National Anthem as it was written YOU WON’T SING IT! What was THAT?!?..” I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Unfortunately that is what you get when you watch a fight that involves Floyd Mayweather, but word has it that he is offering to fight Manny once again, but I may decline to watch that when it comes around next year (if it does). 

Metal Hammer Magazine has announced who will be on their cover for issue number 270 and it is the mighty Slayer. The trash metal titans return to the cover and to tell their story in the newest issue. They will talk about the brand new record as well as touching on former drummer Dave Lombardo and life after the death of Jeff Hanneman. The issue will also feature articles on Motörhead, King Parrot, Steel Panther, Coal Chamber, and so many more. Check out the cover below:

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stay-sick-it-lives-it-breathes-620x620Have you ever wondered what happens to people after certain roles in iconic horror films like Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth? Well, I have an update on one person from the film who was recently signed to Chris Fronzak of Attila’s record label Stay Sick Recordings in the band It Breathes It Lives. You may remember Kevin Bernhardt as the actor that played cocky club owner J.P. Monroe in Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. You know he’s the guy that purchases that that totem poll looking thing that houses the S&M freak Pinhead and then let’s him out. Well, now he is in a band and I don’t know what to make of them at all. I’ll let you be the judge of what you think of the band and whether it was a smart move for Fronzak. Check out the band’s music video for the song Independence Day right here

9For those of you wondering what life after Motley Crue is going to be like for some of the members should not fear because one has already made up his mind regarding the future and I support it. Nikki Sixx states that when Motley Crue is done playing the final song of their illustrious career, he will never play another Motley Crue song ever again. In an interview with Riffyou.com, he states, “A lot of times, I see people try and do ‘the next thing’ and it’s just kind of the same as the other. [If that were me] I’d think, ‘Well, why not just do Motley Crue?’ But why would I do another version of Motley Crue? Sixx: A.M. is completely different musically, spiritually, emotionally, visually…and that gives me pride. The people who are coming to see us, are coming to see Sixx: A.M. We don’t play Motley Crue music and we never will play Motley Crue music. The day Motley Crue plays its last show, I will never play another Motley Crue song again…even if it’s one I wrote. To be respectful to Motley Crue is the biggest gift I can give to fans.” I am a huge supporter of this decision because Sixx: A.M. is such an amazing band that deserves their time to shine in the light as much as the Crue does. He goes on to say, “I’m loving finishing off the Motley Crue stuff, but my expectations are high for Sixx: A.M.. The first thing we have to do is take it around the world and play in front of everybody. Then we have to release the right fourth record and just go out there and do it. My expectations are that we are an arena band.” Expect that album and world tour to happen in 2016 according to Nikki Sixx.
Golden-Gods-2014-4114“We were going to see the Foo Fighters later that night and maybe get some Super Bowl t-shirts for friends and family back home. Exiting the apartment, we ran smack-dab into a very famous actor. Being as this was an almost private street, we simply nodded to him and kept on our way, not wanting to intrude on his private life. Ed commented that the actor had been clean for something like 23 years, but he’d heard that he’d recently started using again. Should we turn around and offer to take the guy for a coffee? As I said, keeping sober is a group effort. We trudged through the cold, discussing the matter.” That is how one of the passages in Duff McKagan’s new book titled How To Be A Man starts when he is talking about seeing a famous actor right before they died. Due to timeline, we are all suspecting that he is taking about Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but out of respect he will not mention names other than the fact he was hanging out with Jerry Cantrell and another friend named Ed who were all clean and sober. He continues, “Later that afternoon, when we came back, we saw the actor in the street again and could tell that he was waiting to score. Should we offer our friendship and a safe place? This is sometimes the dilemma for sober guys — as we all know, you can’t force a guy to get sober. He has to come around to it himself. We went back into the apartment.” He would once again run into the actor at 1:30 in the morning saying, “We thought that maybe he was on a last run before getting clean,” says McKagan. “Surely if we saw him again in the morning, we’d have to say something. Bro, c’mon. We’ve been there. Come on out of the cold. We understand. We’ve been there. Really. We’ve been there.” He ends it by saying, “The next morning, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, the morning of the Super Bowl, I heard a ruckus outside our front door. I went out to take a look. There was an ambulance and police and a whole crowd of press people and fans. The actor had OD’d and died sometime after we saw him at 1:30AM the night before. The three of us gathered in the kitchen of the apartment. We were stunned. We’ve been through this before with friends, and friends of friends, but I’ll never get used to it. Sure, none of us knew the actor personally, but he was one of us. The three of us understood that we could, at any time, be just one small and easy step from being the guy out there on the street waiting for the dealer to show. When guys like us witness something like this go down, it makes you take stock of where you are at in your sobriety.”
Fear-FactoryA lot of people have been wondering why Matt DeVries (Ex-Chimaira), the now former Fear Factory bassist left the band and why Tony Campos (Formerly of Static-X and Soulfly) has joined the band. Well, he answers that by issuing a statement for all of the fans, “For those that haven’t already heard, I’ve decided to step down as bass player of Fear Factory. The main reason being to simply take some time off of the road and focus on my kids. I couldn’t think of anyone better to take my place then Tony Campos. He’s a good friend and great bass player! Thank you to all Fear Factory fans. You guys have been amazing and made the past three years a blast! Thank you as well to Dino, Burt, and Mike for a great ride, and some memorable / incredible shows! None of which could have happened without our amazing road crew, Wedge, Jerry, Justin, Sarah… you guys rule! Music is my passion, so this won’t be the last time you see me.” Fear Factory also issued a statement of their own saying, “We’re really sad to see Matt Devries go, but we totally respect his decision. The past 3 plus years have been beyond amazing. We’ve known Matt for a very long time and we’ve gone through allot together so we will always be friends. We wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.” The band’s first gig with Tony Campos will be at The Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada the day after he finishes a gig with Ministry.

south of heavenAll the Slayer covers I’ve been hearing over the past couple of days inspired me to want to review another Slayer album since Reign In Blood was the last one I did from them. Reign In Blood set the standard for what Slayer was all about and it established the band as a powerhouse in the metal scene, but the band took a lot of crap from the sceptics saying that they were a one trick pony. Tom Araya (Bass/Vocals), Jeff Hanneman (Guitars), Kerry King (Guitars), and Dave Lombardo (Drums) were out to prove with their fourth record South Of Heaven that they were more than a one trick pony. They did that by slowing down the music and one might think that it was a dangerous move for Slayer to do so, but I think it had the opposite effect. I truly believe with all the songs on the record that it made the band sound more evil than they ever were. The record also marked the fact that it was the second time that the band had worked with Rick Rubin as their producer and it was the last time an album was released by Def Jam since Rick had ended his partnership with Russell Simmons. The album peaked at number 52 and it reached Gold status by 1992.

Slayer_-_south_of_heaven_backThe album opens up with the eerie riff of South Of Heaven and when the drums come in and it sounds like the earth is crumbling and you are getting sucked into the mouths of hell and the long chant of you must die enforces the image in my head. The rest of the track is an exercise in how great metal really is and the song still remains on the set lists to this day. Silent Scream turns the tempo up from the last track and delivers what fans want from Slayer. The meaning of the song seems to talk about abortion cause the band says, “Silent scream, burying an unwanted child, beaten and torn, sacrifice the unborn.” Live Undead is the next track and the bands starts with an evil sounding riff and they hit you with those signature wailing whammy bar solos that were accustomed with Slayer as Araya speaks of death. Behind The Crooked Cross is the next track on the record that looks at a certain issue that would plague the band for years a different way. The Crooked Cross represents the Nazi Swastika and the lyrics describe a scenario where the soldiers come to realize that they may have been fighting for the wrong reasons. Mandatory Suicide, the other famous song from the album which isn’t what you think it’s about. The song deals with the idea of soldiers having to die in combat for their country.

slayer 2The trailblazer Ghosts Of War is next as it melts your face with every riff as the band talks about how soldiers that were wronged will rise to get their revenge. Read Between The Lies is a trailblazer that deals with the idea of evangelists stealing your money while they try to convince you of how they can heal you through faith. Cleanse The Soul is one of the other sonic facemelters on the record that will sure to leave any Slayer fan wanting more. Dissident Aggressor is a cover of the Judas Priest track and it remains to be the only cover ever released on a Slayer studio album. The last track on the record Spill The Blood  is one of my all time favorite Slayer songs on the album. The song starts off with this really evil acoustic riff before Lombardo kicks it off with his monster drumming in a track about gaining immortality through blood. The album is definitely one of the most classic Slayer albums  and apart of the iconic three (Reign, South, and Seasons In The Abyss) that the band released with Lombardo still in the band. I am going to give this record 4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Since Jeff Hanneman passed away last week, i had made up my mind and decided that this week’s Album Of The Week would be an album from Slayer. Of course, I chose one of the most iconic thrash metal albums to ever be released by any band during that time period. Metallica had already released Master Of Puppets back in February of that year and little did fans know they were about to become the hard rock Metallica before the end of the decade. Slayer was a true thrash metal titan and they never steered away from what had made them a metal colossus. It was the album that put the Big four on the map in my opinion. It was the third album to be released from Slayer and their first with Rick Rubin after they departed with Metal Blade and signed with Def Jam. The album is only 29:03 minutes in length, but it’s still epic.

a2The first track that kicks off the album is probably one of the most iconic face shredding songs of all time in Angel Of Death. When the song kicks off they are off to the races like a bullet being shot out of a machinegun combined with that iconic scream from Tom Araya that follows as you dive deep into the mouth of madness. Jeff had been reading books on World War 2 and Josef Mengele when he was writing the lyrics for the song. It’s kind of funny how Nazi skinheads all love Slayer because of this song and it turns out Tom Araya is Chilean and Dave Lombardo is Cuban. Piece By Piece is the next track on the record and it’s a little slower in the intro then Angel, but Slayer shows off their love for punk when the verse kicks in. Necrophobic clicks in at a whopping 1:40 and is considered the fastest Slayer song about having sex with dead corpses. Altar Of Sacrifice is another face scorcher on the record about sacrificing in the name of satan. It also contains some of the coolest solos on the record that are just fast as hell.   Jesus Saves has one of the coolest intros that is just doom heaven and a true headbanger. Then before you know, they are at it again with their fast paced punk influenced metal. Criminally Insane starts with Dave hitting the high hat and the snare before the band comes in with their demonic playing as if you gave a kid with ADHD a bunch of energy drinks. Reborn is a song whose riff just hammers your head to pieces as they play to the speed of light. Epidemic is exactly the same as the other blazing fast tracks as it’s the eighth track on the record to clock in under three minutes in length.

a3Postmortem is one of my favorite tracks on the record as it’s style is much like Angel Of Death and Raining Blood as it’s speed metal slowed down a little bit. The cool thing is towards the end the song transitions nicely into Raining Blood which might be the most epic Slayer song with the ominous rainfall and the chilling drumbeat before we get the call and response from the guitars and drums. Then out of nowhere it’s headbang till your head literally falls off your body.  Jeff described the first half of the song which was written by him as, “it’s about a guy who’s in Purgatory ’cause he was cast out of Heaven. He’s waiting for revenge and wants to fuck that place up.” Kerry King who wrote the second verse described it as, “the rest of the song explains what happens when he starts fucking people up. The lyrics ‘Return to power draws near’ is because he’s waiting to get strong enough again to overthrow Heaven. And then ‘Fall into me, the sky’s crimson tears’ is everybody’s blood flowing into him. So basically, ‘Raining Blood’ is all the angels’ blood falling on him.” That is pretty freakin epic and the song ends with a minute of rainfall to signify that the song and album has ended. It’s the most epic and important heavy metal record to ever be released and for that reason I give the album five stars out of five.