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81BbQMTakEL._SL1425_You never forget memories like where you were the first time you saw a movie that brings back pleasant memories. You never forget memories like the first time you heard a song from a band that you love and that was definitely the case the first time that I had ever heard of the Deftones. The first time I heard Sacramento’s Alt-Metal kings was the track Be Quite And Drive (Far Away) because it was unlike anything I had ever heard before so I had my brother purchase their second album Around The Fur which was released on October 28, 1997 via Maverick Records. The band was made up of Chino Moreno (Vocals), Stephen Carpenter (Guitars), Chi Cheng (Bass), and Abe Cunningham (Drums) while the album was produced by Terry Date. The album was pretty successful as it helped establish the band on the scene. A lot of critics felt that the album was a good stepping stone for the band because they were on the cusp of discovering who they really were. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while it was a number one album on the Top Heatseakers Charts and it has gone platinum in the United States.

deftones1. My Own Summer (Shove It)– The first track off the album and the lead single help kick things off. With it’s Nu-Metal swagger guitar riff and soft sung vocals from Chino during the verses help setup the big time in your face chorus in a track that is using summer to symbolize people who hide behind a facade because the sun burns your eyes meaning you can’t see the real them. 5/5

2. Lhabia– the track kicks right off where the first one left off in this driving guitar riff in a fun song that is just about a kid who just wants to get laid because he is bored. 5/5

3. Mascara-The song is very slow and very ominous in it’s tone and I love his vocals at times in this song because he channels Robert Smith of The Cure in this track. I think the song is about him accepting his loved one even with all of her faults that she may have. 5/5

4. Around The Fur– A Nu-Metal track through and through that is all about his dislike of vain people because they seem one way on the outside but they are dead on the inside. He uses a fur coat as a metaphor to describe this. 4.5/5

5. Rickets– Another Nu-Metal styled track with some sick bass playing from the late Chi Cheng in this track that is all about even though someone is pointing all your faults, you know they are just ignoring theirs. 4/5

deftones 26. Be Quite And Drive (Far Away)– My favorite track on the whole album that has been described as a nu-metal track laced with some shoegaze in it. The track is all about how the narrator lost a relationship and has been trying to replace that person, but it doesn’t work. 5/5

7. Lotion-An in your face track that is all about how Chino can;t stand girls that are so vain that they only care about their looks, etc. 4/5

8. Dai the Flu– A bass driven track that is leaning more in the alt-metal side of things that is about a girl who is in a relationship with this guy even though she doesn’t care about him, but she’s just “sleeping” the time away. 4.5/5

9. Headup-this is a track that was co-written with Max Cavalera of Soulfly about both of them grieving over the death of Dana Wells who was Max’s Stepson and Chino’s friend. 4.5/5

10. MX-The last track on the album and a very bad ass track to end the album with that I believe is a track that is all about S&M with the sound effects and the woman’s voice like he’s calling a sex hotline. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– A lot of critics believed that with this album that they could sense that whole it was a good one that the band was close to establishing who they actually were and that is very true with the next release. Still, this is definitely an amazing album from the band in my opinion that still sort of held on to the Nu-Metal sound. That is why I am giving the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

beneath the remainsWhen you think of heavy metal and the country of Brazil, there is one band that instantly comes to mind and if Sepultura is not that band then what are you 12? Sepultura which in 1989 was made up of Max Cavalera (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Andreas Kisser (Lead Guitar), Igor Cavalera (Drums), and Paulo Jr. (bass) was being considered at the time to be the Brazilian version of Slayer or the second coming of Slayer. Nonetheless, the band signed a deal with Indy upstarts Roadrunner Records (Now a major label) and released their third studio album Beneath The Remains on April 7, 1989 which means it celebrates it’s 30TH anniversary this year. The album was a major breakthrough for the band featuring better production while also giving the band the distinction of being the only band with two albums inducted into the Decibel Hall Of  Fame. On Loudwire.com’s 50 Best metal albums of all time list, they ranked the album at 21. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the album cover because originally the band wanted to use Michael Whelan’s cover art Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre which Igor started getting tattooed on his arm. Roadrunner decided that Whelan’s other artwork Nightmare In Red was a better choice and they convinced the band to use it. The funny thing about is that Roadrunner ended up giving the other artwork to Obituary who used it for their album Cause Of Death.

max1495495852-back-cover1. Beneath The Remains– The title track opens the album with a very melodic riff that is haunting in nature before it launches in an all out thrash metal blitzkrieg. The track talks about how senseless war is, but our world is plagued with it. Kisser lays down one killer solo on this track. 5/5

2. Inner Self-This track kicks off right where the title track kicked off in this classic thrash sounding track that reminds you of Megadeth, Testament, etc. The track is all about you being you and not allowing the government or anyone else dictate who you are. 5/5

3. Stronger Than Hate-a killer track whose lyrics were written by Kelly Shaefer of Atheist and features background vocals by him and John Tardy of Obituary. The track seems to be about someone who has lost all hope with the way society is and what he is feeling is stronger than hate. 5/5

4. Mass Hypnosis– an awesome track and one of the more famous tracks from the album about how the government breeds hate into the country which causes people to want war and to fight it. 5/5

5. Sarcastic Existence-The tracks opens up with a cool drum riff from Igor before the band joins in. The track’s lyrics are very interesting because they are talking about a man who hates life so much that he wants to end it, but he doesn’t really hate life he just loves death and destruction. 5/5

118080716-26. Slaves Of Pain– A very Slayer-esque track that is all about how we are slaves to what the government feeds us whether it’s in print or on the TV, but don’t let it define you. 4.5/5

7. Lobotomy-I hear a little bit of Anthrax in the track that’s mixed with the insane shredding that accompanies it. The lyrics seem to be about someone who has always fought for good, but some how has changed what he does like he’s received a lobotomy. 4.5/5

8. Hungry-a track that is all about all the slaves of the corporate world who are too concerned with masking money that they forget to live life. 4.5/5

9. Primitive Future– The last track on the album is kind of inspirational in a way because it’s all about how you have to forge your own future despite how bleak things can be and you can’t look to the past because that will set you backwards. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is truly an awesome album and a very awesome thrash metal record that shows you why people probably believed them to be the new Slayer. Sepultura were truly one of the greats and what a time the late 80’s to early 90’s would be for groove/extreme metal bands. My favorite tracks are the first five plus Primitive Future. That is why I am giving this album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

war of the covers possessedThis week we have a history lesson of sorts for all of you out there, but before we do that we have to inform you of the results of last weeks War Of The Covers. In a match to decide who covered Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name better, you all overwhelmingly decided that Machine Head’s version was better than Cradle Of Filth’s. As I said before we have a history lesson for all of you modern death metal fans out there that need to learn the history of your genre. Back in 1985, the first album to be considered the first death metal record was released and it was by Bay Area Death Metallers Possessed with the highly influential Seven Churches album. In the same vein as Venom had done with naming an album Black Metal, Possessed did the same thing with a track called Death Metal, but that is not the song we are focusing on. The albums opener The Exorcist which was based off of the film and even featured producer Randy Burns performing Tubular Bells which is performed the same way as it was in the film The Exorcist. The song and album were so influential that in 1993, Cannibal Corpse recorded a cover of the song for their Hammer Smashed Face EP. In 2008, with the newly reunited Cavalera Brothers (Igor & Max) forming Cavalera Conspiracy, they recorded a cover of the track as a bonus track for their debut album Inflikted. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered the song better and you have until the next War Of The Covers to do so.

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We are continuing our tribute to Lemmy Kilmister this week by dedicating the Music Video Of The Week to him as well. For those of you out there that do not know who Probot is, I will explain. Probot was a side project that was started by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) as way to work with some of his heroes in the metal genre. The album featured guest vocalists like Wino, Max Cavalera, Cronos, Mike Dean, and Lemmy Kilmister to name a few. On the record, Lemmy recorded bass and vocals for the track Shake Your Blood and the guys did a music video for the track. The video features Wino playing guitar along with Grohl on drums, and Lemmy doing what Lemmy does best along with a horde of woman including the Suicide Girls who star in the video as well. The video is a performance based video with a whole lot of sexiness that surrounds it and it’s pretty bad ass. So check it out for yourself. R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister

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.

sepulturaSepultura which translated from Portuguese means Grave, a Brazilian heavy metal band that was at one time called the Brazilian Slayer. The band at the time of the recording of Roots was made up of Max Cavalera (Guitars/Lead Vocals), his brother Igor Cavalera (Drums), Andreas Kisser (Guitars), and Paulo Jr. (Bass). Roots was the one of the first records I had ever listened to from the band and I love how they mixed those cool tribal sounds with the heavy metal, so I was hooked enough to want to research the group and all of their albums. For the next four weeks, I am going to try and review an album from each of the four members of Killer Be Killed with the Killer Be Killed album being reviewed in the fifth week. So, that is why I chose Roots from Sepultura considering it is one of my favorite albums from the band which featured some cool guest appearances you’ll read about later. The album was produced by Ross Robinson, a guy who was just coming off some impressive work with Korn as well as some other groups, so you’ll notice that the sound of the record is almost reminiscent of Korn’s first record. Here is what Max Cavalera told Kerrang Magazine in 2008 about the album, “Roots came from a blurry dream I had about going to the rainforest. Wine may have been involved. In the end, when we actually went into the forest to record, it was unbelievable. The whole album was a huge personal journey for me, and as a Brazilian, it felt as an incredible achievement. Everyone was inspired and Iggor was at the top of his game. The percussion was crazy and we worked with so many great musicians, in the end coming out with a 15-minutes drum jam that someone likened to a crazy Brazilian Pink Floyd. When we took the album to Roadrunner they loved it except for the title. They thought it would sound like a Bob Marley tribute album. We explained it to them, and thankfully they got it.

roots 2When you hear the sounds of the forest and crickets just before it explodes with the drums, you know you’re about to get your teeth kicked in with the opening track Roots Bloody Roots. This was always one heck of a way to open up an album and it’s definitely one of my favorite tracks from the band. Attitude is the next track on the record and it opens with Max using a Berimbau instrument to help set up the song whose snare hit explodes like a bomb when the track kicks off. The track’s lyrics were actually written by Max’s stepson Dana Wells who would later die right after the album was released. It was the catalyst that would eventually see Max leave the band. Cut-Throat is one of the tunes on here that has a heavy Nu-metal influence in the playing while being one of those songs that has a real activist meaning to it. Ratamahatta is another track that starts with a real tribal feel to it before it kicks into overdrive with guest appearances from Carlinhos Brown on vocals while David Silveria of Korn plays percussion on the track. Jasco and Itsári (which features the Xavante tribe) are instrumental tracks on the record. Lookaway is one of the coolest tracks on the record that features DJ Lethal with Jonathan Davis of Korn and Mike Patton of Faith No More providing vocals. Breed Apart is another track on the record with the tribal beats while having that Korn Self Titled playing on the track at times.

rootsStraighthate proves that I am sucker for killer bass lines to go along with the sonic assault of Andreas Kisser that just smashes your head in with the trash elements in the track. Dictatorshit saw the band flexing their hardcore punk roots in a song about the coup in Brazil in 1964. Spit sees Sepultura combine so many elements of metal in one track that it’s just insanely heavy that you can see where bands like Slipknot got their inspiration from while the bass heavy Dusted saw the band experimenting with sounds while keeping it heavy as hell. Born Stubborn is truly an heavy ass anthem telling the system to go F@#$ itself. Ambush was a song that was inspired by the book  Fronteiras De Sangue, a book about Chico Mendes who was a man that died protecting the rainforest. Endangered Species is the last track of the album I am reviewing and it starts off very slow before it starts to pick up the pace and it’s one of the few songs to feature a guitar solo on the record. I have always loved this record cause it was the first one that turned me onto the band. Is it their best album? Well, that is debatable depending on what your tastes in metal are. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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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