Posts Tagged ‘Groove Metal’

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.

WOTC PanteraIt was once known as the cover of the week where we celebrated our favorite covers of the week before it morphed into the cover battle. In cover battle, we took the same song covered by two different bands and asked you to vote as to which one was better is now being called War Of The Covers. Now that we are doing this again, the same rules apply, you have one week to vote as to what version you like better and that version is king. Of course, we all have different opinions and tastes so if you’re version loses then remember to grab some cheese and wine because you’ll need it. This week’s War of the Covers centers around one of my favorite tracks from the chart topping album from Pantera entitled Far Beyond Driven. It was the album that put a band that was already on the map on the map again, but really all it did was cement the fact that they didn’t need radio play to validate them. In 2010, British heavy metal band Malefice covered the track I’m Broken for the Metal Hammer Magazine tribute album Getcha’ Pull: A tribute to Dimebag Darrell. In 2012, French groove/death metal band Trepalium covered the track for their album H.N.P. and now you will decide whose cover was better.

 

We are back on the tour bus and we are leaving Georgia and we are heading to the blue grass state of Kentucky for this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week and for good reason. The band that we are covering this week is currently ranked the number one band in Kentucky on ReverbNation and they are coming to us from Danville, Kentucky, we are talking about Creature Of Exile. If you love old school Thrash Metal mixed with elements of Death Metal and Groove then this is the band for you because that is what Creature Of Exile bring to the table. At one time, the band beat out two nationally signed acts in Puddle of Mudd and Halestorm when they finished number three on Killer Radio’s top five of 2012 meaning these guys are the real deal. The song I chose for you guys today is the title track from the band’s newest album Age of Annihilation which by the way is out now. The song is just pure intensity right from the start with the razor fast shredding by John Massey and Jerrod Messick who have the task of combining their influences into the track which they do brilliantly. You can hear the elements of thrash incorporated with the death metal playing and the blast beats from drummer Eric Lyons and those awesome guttural vocals from Johnny Martin. This is definitely a band you want to check out and hopefully someone snags them up real soon. Give them a like on Facebook and check out their Reverbnation page while you’re at it.

When I started the Unsigned band of the week post, I wanted to have at least one band from every state featured before I would repeat a state. The other week I realized that some states are just way too big to only have one band featured and that is certainly the case for the state of Texas. The last time we were in the state of Texas, we covered a band from Dallas which is sort of northeast Texas, but for today we are heading to the gulf coast of Texas for today’s band. Twelve Years Driven, a band that is aggressive rock/metal outfit from Houston, Texas is the band I chose for today. I happened to discover the band after a I followed another band on twitter. They popped up on the suggestions part after you follow a band and I decided to check them out. The song I chose for you guys from the band is their track Going Down which is a track that definitely rocks hard, but I have to say I love the background vocals during the chorus because it matches up real well with singer Robert Rice’s vocals pretty well. The bands sound is uncompromising with their groove heavy beats along with the sick bass playing from Kris Wood which reminds me a little of Korn’s Fieldy. These guys are awesome and you should definitely check them out. Give them a like on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check out their website for more on the band.

Is there a point in a band’s career when we stop calling them a supergroup and just call them a band? That could definitely be the case for this week’s band that is featured on Music Video Of The Week in Texas groove metal titans Hellyeah. The band is celebrating their tenth anniversary of being together this year with a new album and despite some member changes I would say ten years is a solid amount of time to think that maybe these guys are not going anywhere. The band is releasing their fifth album on June 3RD called Unden!able and they are releasing it via Eleven Seven Music. The band has also unleashed a brand new music video for their track Human and it’s mostly a performance based video with the band in a very dark and lightly lit warehouse. The feel and look  of the music video definitely matches the emotion that Chad Gray is pouring into his lyrics. It’s one hell of a track and I love the new look Chad Gray is sporting with the dreads. Check out the album when it’s released and see the band on tour right now as they headline the We’re All in This Together Tour with Escape The Fate, New Year’s Day, and From Ashes To New.

i hear blackFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to pick something cool considering it is Christmas week, but then I wanted to choose something from a band I had never reviewed before. After looking through the internet, I came across New York Thrash legends Overkill and decided that this was the band I wanted to cover for the album of the week. The next question was which album was I going to cover? After sifting through all of the albums the band had made, I decided on the 1993 record I Hear Black that was released via Atlantic Records. The lineup for the record consisted of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Vocals), D.D. Verni (Bass), Merritt Gant (Guitars), Rob Cannavino (Guitars), and Tim Mallare (Drums). The album was a shift for the band who transitioned from Thrash Metal to Groove Metal for this album as it remains one of the band’s highest charted records. It’s the second highest charted Overkill album ever as it peaked at 122 on the Billboard Top 200 and its the band’s highest ever charted record on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 3.

Overkill-I_Hear_Black-Interior_Frontal1. Dreaming in Columbian– The song starts with a killer drum beat before the band kicks in at a 1000 MPH. You can definitely hear the band take some cues from Pantera on this song. 4/5

2. I Hear Black– a cool dark groove metal track about the son of Sam killer and how he claimed that it wasn’t completely him that did the crimes. 4/5

3. World Of Hurt– a track that starts like there is something wrong with your speaker, but when it kicks in it gets in your face. 4/5

4. Feed My Head– A very Anthrax Caught In A Mosh like beginning, but then the track begins to pummel with some smashing riffs and grooves. 4/5

5. Shades of Grey– The track is very melodic in nature with a clean guitar riff and a groovin bass riff. A very cool and different track from the band  4/5

6. Spiritual Void– The guitar riff which is kind of bluesy begins to build and build with momentum to a southern stoner doom track very reminiscent of what Down will do later on. 5/5

images (2)7. Ghost Dance– a cool short intro track on the record. 4/5

8. Weight Of The World– It starts off like a bat out of hell with it’s all out metal assault that combines the elements of thrash the band was known for with the groove. 5/5

9. Ignorance & Innocence– A track that starts off with a cool groove in a track that is all about how ignorance can be bliss. This is a bad ass rock song in my opinion. 4/5

10. Undying– Starts off very melodic with the eerie guitar riff and the tempo is slow at first before the band kicks up a notch.At one point, it has a very King Diamond like feel to it with some of the backing vocalswhich are very high. 4/5

11. Just Like You– The last track on the record and the band ends the album in style with the metal madness in a track about that person that everyone knows that thinks he’s better than you. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is not my top Overkill record, but it’s definitely one of my top five. It was a ballsy move for Overkill to move to a more groove metal style, but then again almost everyone did it. It was survive or perish in the 90’s for most Thrash Metal bands as the sound certainly changed. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

The first time I ever discovered the music of Max Cavalera, it was the album Roots by Sepultura and I remember being attracted to how primal and in your face the album was. Sadly when I heard the record for the first time, the band had already parted ways with Cavalera and he started the band Soulfly which carried on what Max had started with the Roots record. 18 years later and ten albums later, the band is still going strong. The band is actually gearing up to release their tenth album this Friday (music is now released on Fridays) August 14TH called Archangel via Nuclear Blast Records The band has also unleashed a single from the record which just also happens to be the title track from the groove metal legends. The song is everything you would expect from the legends as Marc Rizzo delivers on the guitar riffs while Max’s growls are as amazing as ever. The song also features former Static X bassist Tony Campos and Max’s son Zyon Cavalera plays the drums. Max recently spoke about the record and said, “It’s been exciting. After 30 years of playing metal, to find new influences and new things to inspire you — it is actually quite amazing. I found it in some biblical stuff, it is the inspiration for the majority of the record and I think it’s very exotic and mystic. I’ve never quite done a record like this before so for me it was a project that took a long time to get done right, but now it’s all finished with the cover and the sounds and the effects between the songs, the voices, I’m pretty proud of it. I think it’s quite a cool record to put out and I think a lot of people are going to like it.” Check out the track below and get the album August 14TH. The band is also on their We Sold Our Souls To Metal Tour with Soilwork, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun, Check out the dates here. While you’re at it, check out our Facebook page here and give the page a like.