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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.

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unnamedThe 8TH annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival came through Mansfield, MA as Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, and more stopped at the Xfinity Center. The only problem for Mayhem this year is the attendance numbers for all of the shows including a lackluster amount for the Mansfield stop. You knew it was troubling when the minute you walked in, the ticket takers told you to go to guest services to upgrade your tickets to better ones which is exactly what I did as I went from section 8 to section 3. The second sign that things were bad was when you walked to the second stage area which was usually held in a section of the parking lot, but due to numbers was held at the old second stage which hadn’t been used for a metal festival there since 1999. Unfortunately, I didn’t show up for most of the second stage acts, but I was able to catch Jungle Rot, Thy Art Is Murder, and one of my personal favorites in Whitechapel before I moved on to the main stage. While I was surprised that I enjoyed Jungle Rot and their style of death metal, I was a little discouraged at Thy Art Is Murder whose singer was more focused on the amount of “Hot Chicks” as he put it that were in attendance. Whitechapel came out firing with The Saw Is The Law and never looked back as they absolutely crushed it.

devil wearsAs far as the Main Stage was concerned, it was business as usual, but a sad site to see as there were thousands of empty seats all throughout the legendary amphitheater which could be the kiss of death. The Devil Wears Prada kicked things off for the main stage opening with Escape from their Zombie EP. The only problem for me for most of their set was that I couldn’t tell at times when a song finished and where a new one started. The one thing I can say for them is that they bring a hell of a lot of energy along with them. The band covered most of their bases as they touched upon almost every release giving you a history lesson on them and something to check out later on if you enjoyed the band. They also played a brand new track before they closed their set called Supernova which is off the bands upcoming Space EP. The Devil Wears Prada are definitely flying the flag for Metalcore as they made what I believe is their second appearance on Mayhem Fest.

hellyeahThe second band of the night to hit the stage was a very familiar one of the heavy metal scene as Hellyeah were in town. The band which boasted Vinnie Paul (Ex-Pantera), Chad Gray (Ex-Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (who was playing injured as he was wearing a boot), Christian Brady (Magna-Fi), and Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple). I believe that Chad Gray was trying to save heavy metal last night as he preached throughout their set that heavy metal was very important to them in their lives. It was almost like a plea that we need to keep the scene going and a notion that I welcomed with open arms. The band was crushing it as they went through almost every track off of Blood For Blood opening with Soul Killer, Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood), and many more. The only criticism I have for the band is I wish they had played more from their first two records, but they under time constraints which I understand.

king diamondI was looking forward to seeing King Diamond as it was my first time seeing the master of the dark arts and music. The man and his high falsetto voice is legendary in the metals scene and we were about to be graced with his presence. King Diamond had the more elaborate set design than any other band on the tour and it came complete with all the theatrics that he could fit into his setlist which included a visit from grandma. King opened with crowd favorites The Candle and continued on with Sleepless Nights (a personal favorite of mine), Eye Of The Witch, and so many more. One of the biggest highlights from the set besides the backup singer, the actress on tour with them, was the appearence of Kerry King who came on to perform a blazing rendition of the Mercyful Fate classic Evil. It was evident through out the whole night that despite open heart surgery a couple of years back, the man did not lose a step whatsoever as he commanded the crowd in Mansfield. He closed the set with Black Horseman from the legendary Abigail album and it was definitely the perfect ending to his amazing set, but it meant one thing that the legendary Slayer was about to hit the stage.

slayerWhen the lights came down for Slayer, the crowd was pumped and ready to go on this cool evening, but Slayers pyro was about to heat the place up. The band crushed it immediately hitting the stage with the track Repentless which is off of the album of the same name. For the first half of their set the band went through the best of their later years like Hate Worldwide, Jihad, Disciple, God Send Death, and they even threw in new tracks When The Stillness Comes and Implode, The highlight for me is when the second half of the set arrived and the band went through classics like Mandatory Suicide, Chemical Warfare, Ghosts Of War, but it was during the intro to Dead Skin Mask that I enjoyed. Tom Araya known for finding chilling and interesting ways to intro various tracks told the crowd that it was a love song even though it’s about famous serial killer Ed Gein. The band closed out the rest of their set playing hellish classics like Hell Awaits, South Of Heaven, Raining Blood, and Angel Of Death. Overall, it was a great night, but this could be the end of Mayhem Fest as we know it. It’s  sad thing because Ozzfest is gone and now Mayhem could be joining the ranks. What will replace it if this is indeed true? Only time will tell my fellow Metalheads.

I saw an article that said that Slayer compared themselves to AC/DC in terms of losing an iconic member and moving on after their death. Of course, they are referencing the fact that AC/DC moved on past the death of Bon Scott to become even bigger than they were with Brian Johnson. Thrash Metal titans Slayer are looking to do the same thing as they move on past the death of iconic member Jeff Hanneman. After the Golden God awards last year, Slayer unleashed the first track off their new album Repentless (The album is available September 11TH) called Implode and for record store day they unleashed the track When The Stillness Comes for all of their fans to hear. Now the band is back with an album cover that is sure to make Christians every where cringe at the very sight of it and they have another single for you in the title track. Slayer’s Kerry King describes the title track as their Hanneanthem, “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.” Check out the track for yourself below and pre-order the album now through this link. Check out the track listing and artwork below as well.

Repentless Track Listing:

01. Delusions of Saviour
02. Repentless
03. Take Control
04. Vices
05. Cast the First Stone
06. When the Stillness Comes
07. Chasing Death
08. Implode
09. Piano Wire
10. Atrocity Vendor
11. You Against You
12. Pride in Prejudice

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aaEveryone was looking forward to performances from A Day To Remember, Guns N Roses, and even Zakk Wylde’s, but nobody saw this coming at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards which was Slayer opening the show as the surprise performer. One of the things people expect at this particular awards show is to see who the surprise guest performer will be, but Slayer didn’t need it as the bulldozed their way through classics South Of Heaven, War Ensemble, and the premiere of a brand new track Implode. It was especially cool to see Marilyn Manson intro the band in. Right after Slayer was done with their set, it was time to meet this year’s hosts of the show since Chris Jericho wasn’t doing it this year. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of VH1 Classics That Metal Show were the hosts and their intro was horrible. Then it was off to the first presenters of the show as Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park came out to present The Best Vocalist Award (see below for complete list of winners), then that was followed by Dave Navarro and Jill Janus of Huntress presenting the Best Live Band Award.

a dayFrankie Palmeri of Emmure came out next to present the next live band of the night which was A Day To Remember who brought something completely different than Slayer, but they pleased the crowd as the band performed hit songs such as Right Back At It Again, End Of Me, and their closer All I Want. They were the second band to perform and still no surprise guest on stage with which is unusual at this point in the show. Then there was some technical difficulties as we waited for the cameras to show us Tony Hawk and Carmen Electra who were presenting the best live band award which was won by Avenged Sevenfold. They weren’t at The Nokia Theater, but they were brought in via satellite from a gig in Minneapolis where they gave the award away to a fan from the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of members from Memphis May Fire came out next to present the best new band award.

maxThen the legendary Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with the sexy brand new lead singer of Arch Enemy Alissa White-Gluz to intro The Pretty Reckless who were the next band to perform that night. Taylor Momsen is beautiful and very sexual on stage as most of you may know, but she has an amazing band that backs her up as they had one heck of a performance. The band performed their tracks Fucked Up World, Heaven Knows, and Going To Hell. Zakk Wylde would eventually come out to do a special Piano performance of In This River to pay tribute to all that have fallen over the years, but who was working the special video screwed up saying that Jani Lane was the singer for Motorhead. Then more technical difficulties plagued the show as we waited for Suicide Silence to take the stage to perform for the first time with their brand new singer Eddie Hermida. The band would play the tracks You Only Live Once and No Pity For A Coward, but it was their last song that was amazing. The band brought out Max Cavalera of Soulfly/Sepultura fame and they performed Roots on stage together that had me saying thank God someone finally had a guest on stage.

joan jettAlice Cooper presented The Golden God Award to Joan Jett who mentioned The Runaways. After her speech, she wanted to perform, but they nixed it so that Alice could introduce the performance. She opened up her performance with a rocking version of Bad Reputation which was tearing up the house. The next track she performed was a track that she had written with Dave Grohl called Any Weather which captured the spirit of the Blackhearts. Then Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were on fire with the next song I Hate Myself For Loving You for which she was joined onstage by Taylor Momsen. What I didn’t understand is that after the performance was done they performed it again to which Billy Gibbons would join them on stage to be the cheerleader. It was one heck of a performance anyways, but I believe they may have been shooting a version for television.

gnrAndrew Dice Clay came out to present the video montage for Axl Rose while Nicolas Cage presented Axl Rose of  Guns N Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course from that point on, we were wondering how long it was going to take for the band to actual perform. The crowd was definitely anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage as we also knew that Duff McKagan would be performing with the band. The band eventually came out and started rocking right away with It’s So Easy. The band would blaze through one of my all time favorite tracks Welcome To The Jungle with a killer intro by DJ Ashba. One thing I will admit is that Axl’s vocals were a little off tonight when it came to his high notes. Then for the third track of the night they would dig into their latest album Chinese Democracy with the Better. The band would then perform This I Love from Chinese Democracy. Then the band kicked into the kickass Use Your Illusion II track You Could Be Mine. The band would continue with Sweet Child Of Mine and a Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/November Rain medley after Axl introduced the whole band to the crowd. My final thoughts on the show is that I thought it could have been executed a little bit better than it had been in the past. I certainly miss having Chris Jericho hosting the show, but after a while the boys from That Metal Show did fine.

Awards:

Best Vocalist- Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Live Band- Rob Zombie

Most Dedicated Fans- Avenged Sevenfold

Best New Talent- Twelve Foot Ninja

Paul Gray Best Bassist- Chris Kael

Best Drummer- Arin Ilejay

Comeback Of The Year- Deep Purple

Best Film & Video- This Is A Wasteland by Pierce The Veil

Song Of The Year- Lift Me Up by Five Finger Death Punch

Most Metal Athlete- Josh Barnett

Golden God Award- Joan Jett

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist- Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates

Album Of The Year- 13 by Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses

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