Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

single veomOne of the most legendary bands from the 80’s that single handedly could be credited with creating the Black Metal genre is England’s Venom. The band released their first album Welcome To Hell in 1981 and have been terrifying parents ever since. Now the band is gearing up to release their fifteenth studio album Storm The Gates which is due out December 14TH via Spinefarm Records. The album is the band’s first since 2015’s From The Very Depths and Cronos is ready to pump you up for it saying, “Get ready for another killer album, packed full of awesome riffs and screaming mayhem. We’ve been hard at work for over two years to make sure this new release raises the bar, to deliver a demonic mix of old and new. Get ready to lay down your souls, legions!” The band that is rounded by Rage (Guitar) and Danté (Drums) bring the fury with the new track Bring Out Your Dead which is the band’s first single off the album and our Metal Single of the Week. The song begins with the typical madness that is Venom before launching into an all out metal assault as they summon the dead. Check out the track below and check out the artwork and track listing below:

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01. Bring Out Your Dead
02. Notorious
03. I Dark Lord
04. 100 Miles to Hell
05. Dark Night (of the Soul)
06. Beaten to a Pulp
07. Destroyer
08. The Mighty Have Fallen
09. Over My Dead Body
10. Suffering Dictates
11. We the Loud
12. Immortal
13. Storm the Gates

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iron maidenWe are continuing our journey through Loudwire.com’s list of the top 50 Metal albums of all time by checking out a true classic and game changer. When I was deciding on what album to choose, it was almost a no brainer because I had not yet covered an Iron Maiden record that featured my favorite singer Paul Di’Anno. He was the original lead singer of New Wave of British Heavy Metal titans Iron Maiden and we are checking out the band’s self titled debut record. The band which was made up of Di’Anno (Lead Vocals), Steve Harris (Bass Guitar), Dennis Stratton (Guitar) in his only appearance, Dave Murray (Guitar), and Clive Burr (Drums). According to some sources, this was the only album that was ever produced by Will Malone as the band expressed he showed no interest in their project. Due to the lack of interest, they claim to have produced most of the album themselves and they completed it in only 13 days. Although the album did not peak in the US on the charts, it did peak at number four in the UK in 1980 and then peaked at number 71 in the UK in 1985 and it has since been certified platinum in the UK. The album is listed at number 45 on Loudwire’s list, it is one of two Iron Maiden albums featured int he book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (The Number Of The Beast is the other), and it’s number 13 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.

1front1. Prowler– The first track off the album and it’s a classic in this track that is all about a pervert walking around spying on girls, etc. 5/5

2. Remember Tomorrow– a more mellow track from the band in this track that is believed to be about World War II and his grandfather. 4.5/5

3. Running Free– An awesome track and probably one of my favorite Di’Anno sung tracks from Maiden that is all about being 16, rebellious, and free according to Di’Anno. I love the beginning of the track which the drummer kicks off before Harris joins in with his signature bass sound.  5/5

4. Phantom Of The Opera– a seven minute epic that was written by Steve Harris who says that the track is, “the first song I’d written that was a bit more proggy.” It’s a track that has endured time and is still performed live to this day. 5/5

5. Transylvania– An instrumental track that was written by Steve Harris. 5/5

Encartes (16)6. Strange World– a very cool track that is very mellow, but not ballad like. it just has a slower tempo than most tracks and is musically and lyrically amazing. I thin the track is about a vampire getting used to the new world he lives in which is strange and lonely. 5/5

7. Charlotte The Harlot– This was the only track ever written solely by Dave Murray which is about a fictional prostitute named Charlotte even though he claims it’s based on a true story. 4.5/5

8. Iron Maiden– A staple of the band’s live set and it is named after them after all so it’s their signature song. The song is about two things with one being the medieval torture device of the same name and it’s about the band themselves. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason these guys are so amazing and that is because of their great writing leader in Steve Harris who has been the x-factor of the band. Check out this classic album because it’s pure brilliance from a band that has a discography full of it. My favorite tracks are all of them, but I have fallen in live with Strange World today. I am giving the album 4.9 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

black frost“Finding the right niche, finding your own place, appreciation and identity can be a rather tedious undertaking especially if you are “just” a German doomy death metal band, and strive for sticking out of a never-ending stream of new bands that usually are as quickly formed as they vanish.” That is a quote from Melodic Death/Doom Metal band Nailed To Obscurity‘s website and it is so true. The band which got their start in 2005 has been hard at work trying to carve their very own niche and I think they have done well in accomplishing that. Now, the band is gearing up to release their fourth studio album, a follow up to 2017’s King Delusion, and the band’s very first release via Nuclear Blast Records in Black Frost which is due out January 11, 2019. To get fans ready for the release, the band has unleashed a music video for the title track and singer Raimund Ennenga describes the track saying, “While we try to route our sanity through daily grind and to skip facing our fears, our darkest emotions are able to create a burden in secrecy – they are able to cause our mind to capsize. We tried to capture this atmosphere in the lyrics and the music of our song ‘Black Frost’. A sinister maelstrom.” The music video is primarily a performance based video and you need to check it out below. You can also pre-order the album by clicking here.

cannibalcorpse_tombIf there was ever a band that freaked me out as a kid by their album covers, Buffalo’s Cannibal Corpse was definitely the band with their graphic artwork that depicted some of the most grotesque imagery. As a metal and horror fan, the band was a dream come true and now I appreciate the band I first saw in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. After spending a month doing Halloween themed albums, it’s time to get back to work and continue working down the list of albums on Loudwire.com’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time. On their list coming in at number 47 is Cannibal Corpse’s third studio album Tomb of the Mutilated which featured Chris Barnes (Vocals), Bob Rusay (Lead Guitar), Jack Owen (Rhythm Guitar), Alex Webster (Bass), and Paul Mazurkiewicz (Drums). The album was released via Metal Blade Records and was subsequently banned in Germany for the artwork and violent nature of the lyrics. This was also the last album to feature the original lineup of Cannibal Corpse as guitarist Bob Rusay was fired shortly after the album was released.

158817b1. Hammer Smashed Face– One of the most identifiable CC tracks as it was the track they were playing in Ace Ventura. The track is hammering with some metal might mixed with the death metal blast beats and the thrash like bass playing at times. I think the track is about a guy who feels the sudden urge to kill as if it’s someone else controlling him. 5/5

2. I Cum Blood– a track that is as brutal as it’s lyrics which I believe is about necrophilia. 4.5/5

3. Addicted to Vaginal Skin– This intense freight train that borrows elements in the guitar solo from Slayer features “Genesee River Killer” Arthur Shawcross (it’s believed to be him) describing what he did. 4.5/5

4. Split Wide Open-This track is a lesson in Death Metal 101 with the blast beat playing that is faster than what Satan could do on drums and features guitar riffs that will rip your face off in a track that is about a mom who kills her kids. 5/5

5. Necropedophile– another face melter that is all about a guy who likes to have sex with dead kids or as one person suggested to me that it could be about the government constantly screwing us. You be the judge! 4/5

CANNIBAL-CORPSE---TOMB-OF-THE-MUTILATED-2013-PD-LP-26. The Cryptic Stench– I love the beginning of the track because this is some of the most intense metal I have ever heard. This song proves to me how bad ass this band was and still is. I believe it’s about a vampire. 5/5

7. Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s C**t– Chris Barnes once said in an interview that the track, “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt was based on two brothers, one of whom was semi-retarded, who were serving life. They captured some girl, and the semi-retarded brother was talked into putting a coat hanger up her pussy to pull out her intestines. That story freaked me out.” 4.5/5

8. Post Mortal Ejaculation– The track I feel starts off with a guy who hangs himself in order to ejaculate, but then if you read the rest of the lyrics, it’s about a zombie who comes back to rape the living. The two minute mark of the track features an amazing riff that plays along with the blast beats 4/5

9. Beyond The Cemetery– The last track on the album follows the same lyrical content from the last track alongside the intense playing. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album proved to me who the best death metal band in the world is because this album featured some of the best playing I have heard and the best sound quality from a death metal band. Unfortunately after the band’s next album, Chris Barnes would exit the band, but they gained George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher to replace him. My favorite tracks on the album are The Cryptic Search and Hammer Smashed Face and my least favorite would be Necropedophile. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

all out lifeHalloween is like Christmas for Metal and horror fans all over the world because it’s the one day that we get to celebrate all the things we love about all things that go bump in the night. Slipknot definitely acted like Jack Skellington delivering us a present that we will never forget. For a couple of weeks, we have been told that new Slipknot music is on the horizon for 2019 and that it promised to be heavy like an Iowa kind of heavy which got fans excited for the music. Well on Halloween, Slipknot delivered the track All Out Life on the radio and then followed that up by releasing the music video for the track that was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). So, we decided that it was only fitting to name this the Metal Video Of The Week this week. I can tell you one thing about the music and that it definitely delivers on the heavy scale, but it does it by taking the best elements of Iowa and mixing it with the best elements of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and that is exactly what you get with this track. It’s the band’s first piece of music since 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter and this has definitely been well worth the wait.

all out lCorey Taylor spoke about the meaning behind the lyrics to the track saying, “Everybody talks about toxic masculinity and toxic fandom these days. For me, it’s more about this toxic idea that unless something came out 10 minutes ago, it’s not any good, and that bothers me.It’s like, I love new music, but at the same time, don’t turn your back on the music that’s been. Don’t turn your back on the people that worked to make a platform for you to have a platform in the first place, so for me, it’s really about … It’s a rallying cry for everyone. It’s about all of us getting together and saying, “You know what. Let’s not talk about old. Let’s not talk about new. Let’s talk about what is. Let’s talk about what’s good, what’s real, and get behind that and start embracing things that matter because there’s history there and not just because it’s the next best thing.” The music video follows the intensity of the track with a bus full of masked people all wearing the same mask as they mosh and destroy everything in their path in an abandoned hangar that sees them getting soaked with blood like substance. Crahan commented as well saying, “Right now is a very exciting time for Slipknot. We’ve been working on new music for the last two years, and ‘All Out Life,’ the song and the video, is just one of many concepts in the works. It’s a fitting taste to get you to the next thing. Get ready for what’s to come. We challenge you to ‘All Out Life.'” Check out the video below:

61rujlBq8DL._SS500First I want to start the post out by wishing everyone int he world a very safe and Happy Halloween. So for the very last Halloween/horror themed album of the week, I wanted to cover a band that I hadn’t before and I found the perfect one. What happens when you mix a little bit of Gwar, Thrash Metal, horror, and the mask from The Town That Dreaded Sundown and mashed them all up? You would get Oakland, California’s very own Ghoul who burst on the scene in 2001. In 2003, Cremator (Vocals/Bass), Digestor (Vocals/Guitar), Dissector (Vocals/Guitar), and Fermentor (Vocals/Drums) released their second album Maniaxe on June 24, 2003 via Razorback Records. The album much like the last one, continues the band’s storyline and it even introduces a new villain in the Ghoul Hunter and it also introduces us to their newest member Dissector and his story.

955a5f0f025f4096073c64ab607e2b6f1. Pleasant Screams / Forbidden Crypts– It starts off sounding like a classic horror film before the band kicks in with their punishing brand of metal. The song is about how they wanted to kill a black metal band that rolled in town. 5/5

2. Maggot Hatchery– an in your face shredder that will rip your face off that talks about a woman who I presume is a witch. I love how the band combines the elements of death and thrash metal. it’s a perfect marriage on this track. 5/5

3. Sewer Chewer– an in your face thrash classic that introduces the world to the band’s newest member Dissector and how they loved his ability to shred and mosh. You can hear elements of influence from Anthrax and Megadeth on this track. 4.5/5

4. Ghoul Hunter– I love how the song starts with what seems to be the Ghoul Hunter reading a story of what he is seeing and when it comes to the chorus it’s the band is screaming that they want to kill him. This is a fun track that is just classic thrash to the core. 5/5

5. Numbskull-I thin the track is about a potion that these guys take that makes them want to mosh to the point that they turn into heavy metal zombies, but it also could be a metaphor for moshing metal fans. 4/5

R-8851374-1470092372-2310.png6. Boneless– an interesting take on a skateboarding song as our main characters want to celebrate by skating even though the Ghoul Hunter is still out there. 4/5

7. Maniaxe-I love the beginning of the title track that starts with some fierce bass and drum playing before the band kicks in. The song is just about how they are total maniacs and they will kill you. 4.5/5

8. Mechanized Death– a track about how the Ghoul Hunter is so desperate to kill Ghoul that he creates a Killbot and sends him to do the job for him. 5/5

9. The End?– This is a very cool instrumental track from the band that mixes a little classic ghoulish surf rock sound with the bass playing and guitars. It’s almost as if this is the credits rolling on the album. I love it. 5/5

10. What A Wonderful World– This is the band’s cover of the Louis Armstrong classic, but the lyrics are changed so the band sings about Nuclear War. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought this was a killer record, but now I am interested in seeing how the previous album’s story played out so I can continue on. The band definitely takes all of their influences and they make it their own which is what I want to see. My favorite tracks on the album is Mechanized Death, The End?, Ghoul Hunter, and Maggot Hatchery. I don’t hate any of the tracks, but If I had to pick a least favorite it would have to be Boneless. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

HELLOWEEN-Keeper-of-the-Seven-Keys-Part-1-LPWhen you think of European Power Metal, there is instantly one band that should come to mind and that band is Germany’s own Helloween. We chose Helloween for this week’s Halloween inspired Album of the Week because Halloween is in their name and it was voted number 43 on Loudwire’s 50 Greatest Metal Albums. The band that in 1987 was made up of new vocalist Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen (Guitar), Michael Weikath (Guitar), Markus Grosskopf (Bass), and Ingo Schwichtenberg (Drums) released their second and most pivotal album that some experts say spawned the Power Metal genre in Keeper Of The Seven Keys: Part 1. It was the first album for the band that cracked the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at 104 and it was also the first album to not feature Kai Hansen on vocals. The reason for this was for the fact that he was having trouble singing and playing guitar at the same time so they brought in Kiske. While the album did feature Michael Weikath on guitar, it wasn’t much due to an injury he suffered during recording sessions for the album so the album is dominated by Hansen. Originally, the album was part of what the band had planned as a double album, but the label refused and made them separate it as the next part would come in 1988.

HELLOWEEN_KEEPER+OF+THE+SEVEN+KEYS+PART+1-566793b1. Initiation– An instrumental intro that kicks off the album that was written by Kai Hansen. 4/5

2. I’m Alive– A great track that I feel is an amazing anti-suicide song or at least that is the message that I get from the track that shreds through out. You gotta love the gang vocals for the chorus. 4.5/5

3. A Little Time– a great track that features some killer riffs and even some clock sound effects in the is song that is all about chasing your dreams and to aim higher. 4.5/5

4. Twilight Of The Gods– If you want to listen to some insane playing like one of the best solos on the album then check out this track that I think is about how we create Gods just to have war. 4.5/5

61i0nWQMGvL5. A Tale That Wasn’t Right– The track is a ballad type track, but in the sense that is a slower tempo track than the previous on the album. The track could be interpreted as the tale of a relationship that comes to an end or the tale of a backstabbing friend. 4.5/5

6. Future World– The lead single off the album that I feel is about a guy who is visiting this world telling a person about the future world and how great it is, but in reality how great is the world. Another great solo on this track from Hansen and company. 5/5

7. Halloween– This is the 13 minute epic track that was dedicated to the greatest holiday on the planet which is also the song title. It can be pretty cheesy at times, but it’s Halloween!!! 5/5

8. Follow the Sign-The track is more of an outro that you can tell is the bridge between parts one and two. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– While I am more of a fan of part two than one, there is no denying that this was the stepping stone of the band that would launch them into metal stardom. My favorite tracks on the album are Future World and Halloween while my least favorite track would be Follow The Sign. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.