Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

MINISTRY-AMERIKKKANT-ALBUM-COVER_lo_1I am not much of a political commentator as I try to stay away from that topic, but one thing is for sure and that is I am not afraid to report on it. Ministry is one of those bands that has never shied away from dabbing in politics and you can see that in their catalog or even their upcoming release AmeriKKKant which is slated for release on March 8, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. In fact the video that the band has delivered to us to keep us occupied until the actual release in Antifa is evidence enough that they dabble a bit. When talking about the overall gist of the album singer and mastermind Al Jourgensen says, “This album, AmeriKKKant, will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us.” For those of you that don’t get it, hurricane cheeto is a reference to Donald Trump. The video itself is definitely politically charged as it features riot footage as well as footage of the band in ski masks. The video is as bad ass as the sound of the track itself and I cannot wait to hear the rest of the album. The band is going on tour in March to coincide with the release of the record and you can check out the tour dates below the video. If you’d like to pre-order the album, you can do so by going here. Check out the video below:

AmeriKKKant Tour Dates W/Chelsea Wolfe:

March 22 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
March 23 – Ventura, Calif. @ Ventura Theatre
March 24 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
March 26 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades
March 28 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theatre
March 29 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
March 31 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Union Hall
April 1 – Calgary, Alberta @ Palace Theatre
April 3 – Missoula, Mont. @ Wilma Theatre
April 5 – Lincoln, Nebr. @ Boubon Theatre
April 7 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
April 8 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom
April 10 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s
April 11 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
April 12 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room
April 14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Opera House
April 15 – Montreal, Quebec @ MTelus
April 17 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
April 18 – Portland, Maine @ Aura
April 19 – Huntington, N.Y. @ Paramount Theatre
April 21 – Montclair, N.J. @ Wellmont Theatre
April 22 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
April 23 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live
April 25 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
April 26 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
April 28 – Austin, Tex. @ Levitation Festival

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sanctuaryI am always looking for new bands to cover, but there is always that unfortunate circumstance when a member of a band passes away and I cover the band’s album as a tribute. Warrel Dane, the lead singer of the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away this morning in Brazil of a heart attack. He was in Brazil recording his second solo album when the incident happened where he was staying. So, I wanted to pay tribute to Warrel Dane by covering an album from the band that introduced me to him in Sanctuary. The album that I chose for you guys is the band’s 1988 debut record Refuge Denied which was produced by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Paul Lani. You may be asking how in the world did they get Mustaine to produce the album? Apparently, after they recorded a demo, they approached Mustaine who had just performed with Megadeth in their area and they handed it to him. Mustaine was impressed enough with the band that he agreed to produce the album. The album featured Dane, Lenny Rutledge (Guitar), Sean Blosl (Guitar), Jim Sheppard (Bass), and Dave Budbill (Drums). Initially, the album had sold 7,000 copies on Vinyl, but has since sold over 200,000 worldwide.

sanctuary-refuge-denied-1988-japan-back1. Battle Angels– The band launches into overdrive with some chugging riffs right from the get go in a track that has some amazing battle fantasy lyrics. 4/5

2. Termination Force– The track starts off with that typical 80’s thrash melodic sound that is a little eerie with the guitars made to stand out the most before the rest of the band launches in and the song features some cool bass playing from Sheppard. It seems to be a song about rebelling against your government and the need to feel like you have to before it’s too late. 4/5

3. Die For My Sins– This is a kick ass song that has that trash metal sound with the power metal vocals in a track that is about someone who doesn’t have the will to live, but wants you to have fun for him. That is what it seems like anyways to me because I am not picking up a religious tone. 4/5

4. Soldiers of Steel-A track that has that Megadeth/Mercyful Fate to it with some killer guitar work with more of those fantasy inspired lyrics. 4/5

refuge-denied-515ccee9558bb5.  Sanctuary– Every great band has a song named after them right? Well, Iron Maiden did and so does Sanctuary. The track helps kick off side two of the vinyl and it does with this melodic riff that fades in and at first I was worried because of the intro, but the band turns up the tempo and they save the song. 4/5

6. White Rabbit– I wonder how much of an influence Dave was when the band decided to cover this Grace Slick written Jefferson Airplane track. Nonetheless, I have to say that this is a pretty decent cover, it’s better than Megadeth’s cover of These Boots. 4.5/5

7. Ascension To Destiny– This might musically be the best track on the whole record in my opinion. The band is on fire as the duel guitarists get it right on this one and it fits with Dane’s powerful vocals. 5/5

8. The Third War– It’s an all out metal assault on this track which is about, you guessed it, the possibility of World War III which is nuclear war. 4.5/5

9. Veil Of Disguise– I love the clean guitar channel, slow tempo’d track that this is because it just has that evil feel to it. I think lyrically, we are in ancient Egypt maybe just from the nature of the lyrics. Don’t fret because the distortion does come back at some point in the track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a pretty decent debut for the band, but it was their next album that would top this one’s sales. Nevertheless, I love the mixture of thrash with power metal because it was something a little different even though you can hear the Mercyful Fate influence in it. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

serenI have explained my mission with this post week after week as far as exposing new bands on this blog, but I have a new mission. I have a music video show called The Monster Hour that I am looking to bring online and I want to do it with unsigned bands who deserve the exposure. I’ll have more information up soon as far as that is concerned. Right now, we need to get back to the bands and this week are leaving Seattle and we are heading to the Mile High city Denver, Co to check out the band Seren. Seren is a Progressive Death Metal band that recently just released their second full length effort in Ashes. The song that I chose to check out from the new album is the track Ancestral Ghost which is an epic 10 minutes long, but it showcases exactly what the band can do with all the tempo changes and the intricate changes in the music which leads us on a musical odyssey. If you are prepared to go on this epic journey, then I suggest you check out the album which can be found on the band’s Bandcamp page and you can like their Facebook page as well. These guys are great musicians and they deserve the listen.

Machine-Head-Catharsis-2018Earlier in the month, we covered the track Beyond The Pale from Machine Head’s upcoming album Catharsis for the single of the week and it was freaking awesome. Now the band wants to know if you are ready for some metal mayhem and the answer better be yes because this week’s Metal Music Video of the Week is the title track from the album. The video itself is a little bizarre as it features some people that are trapped under a sheet as they can not see or anything as a bearded naked man prances over them until they all start to break free and do the same thing that he is doing while the band rocks out. We also see Robb Flynn tied up in a straight jacket as he is trapped in a padded cell and much more. Robb talks about the writing process and how honest he was with the lyrics saying, “When we were writing the record I’d get up at 4:30 in the morning, damn near every day and I’d just write lyrics. 80 percent was garbage, but 20 percent of it was gold and the things I liked this time round were just really clear, really straight ahead, completely non- metaphorical, coarse, vulgar language. The language of hip-hop, the language of how people speak in the streets, how we speak now. I didn’t want somebody to go ‘Oh I wonder if he’s talking about…’ No, you know exactly what the fuck I’m singing about. It may not be PC, but at the same time, we’re releasing an incredible amount of emotions on this album.” Check out the video below and make sure you pick the album on January 26TH where you get your music.

end of all thingsOne of the coolest bands that I ever remember seeing in a live setting was Peoria, Illinois’s own Mudvayne. The first time I ever saw them live was when they were the openers for Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne while supporting L.D. 50. The album that I chose for this week’s album of the week is the follow up to the very successful L.D. 50 in The End Of All Things To Come. The album featured Chad Gray (Vocals), Greg Tribbett (Guitars), Ryan Martinie (Bass), and Matthew McDonough (Drums) while the album was produced by David Bottrill. The band had a buck load of time to make the first record, but not a lot of time to make the follow up as McDonough explains, “We had all the time in the world to write our first album, but for the second one, we had about a month. I’m amazed how quickly we came up with the material.” While the time may have seemed short, it definitely paid off as the album peaked at 17 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while being certified Gold by 2003.

Mudvayne-The_End_Of_All_Things_To_Come-Trasera1. Silenced– Ryan Martinies amazing bass playing opens the track before the band comes in with the fury and intricate song structures. The song is one of the fiercest tracks on the album and a great track to hear live. 5/5

2. Trapped in the Wake of a Dream– McDonough revealed in an interview once that the verses were written in 17/8 while the chorus was done 11/8 time signature. McDonough says, “If I hadn’t pointed out which song was written in 17/8 I don’t think most people would have noticed. It’s a strange time signature but it works because it’s smooth.” 4/5

3. Not Falling– The first single off the record and one of my favorite tracks and it reminds me of a mix of Dig, but more mature and more mainstream conscious. The track itself is about being strong and never giving up on whatever it is that you face. 5/5

4. (Per)Version of a Truth– A great track that showcases more of the brilliance of Martinie and how he teams with Tribbett so well. The song is about how we are all seeking the truth in life, but in reality it doesn’t exist because society distorts the truth. 5/5

5. Mercy, Severity– an intense track right from the start before it mellows out for the verses. The track could have something to do with the tree of life which is found in the Kabbalah or it could be about creation or recreation. 4.5/5

6. World So Cold– A very different track for the time because of it’s more mellow nature, but it was the second single released off the record which talks about the band’s resentment towards society and how cold it can be. 5/5

the-end-of-all-things-to-come-4e805f94669bf7. The Patient Mental– A very Nu-Metalish sounding track right from the start that deals with the author talking about fame and why he doesn’t understand it fully as well as talking about the recording industry as well. 4/5

8. Skrying– They don’t let the foot off the gas as this one steamrolls ahead, but the lyrical content can be perceived as very dark. Skyring in Luciferian terms is all about reflecting on one’s own self, but he is not doing it in the occult way. Just check out the lyrics to the track. The one cool thing about the track is how it completely transforms at one point midway through the track. 4.5/5

9. Solve et Coagula– In alchemist terms, the song translates into dissolve and coagulate and the track is a reflection of how the band feels about society and how secular we are. The band is absolutely brilliant in the song writing department. 4.5/5

10. Shadow of a Man– A interesting track where the narrator is somehow displeased at the fact that there could be an alternate version of himself and how that version could be living a better life than him. 4/5

11. 12:97:24:99– a throw away track as there is no sound and it’s only 11 seconds in length. 0/5

12. The End Of All Things To Come– The title track is pretty intense in it’s thrash like nature in a track that is setting a point that things need to change in the world starting with our world leaders. 4/5

13. A Key to Nothing– The last track on the album comes in strong with it’s nu-metal sound about the fact that if we had nothing then there would be no problems. For example, no more/no less meaning if we have no more than 0 and nothing less than 0 then we have nothing. This is a world changing track y’all 4/5

mud-promoMy Final Thoughts– While L.D. 50 may be a brilliant debut from the band, I thought there sophomore release was up to par as a great successor. The singles were more radio friendly than Dig or any of the singles off the first, they were still great tracks. You should definitely give this one a listen if you want to get to know the brilliance of Mudvayne. I just wish they would reunite already! I am going to give the album 4.1 stars out of five for a final grade.

One of the cool things about cover songs is sometimes hearing a track that you never thought would ever be covered by a particular artist. Five Finger Death Punch seems to be one of those artists that just seems to take songs that you wouldn’t think they’d cover and they a masterful job with it. In 2009, the band covered Bad Company by the band Bad Company on War Is The Answer and it was absolutely awesome. In 2013, the band covered the LL Cool J classic Mama Said Knock You Out on their album The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1. Now the band is back and despite all of the issues, they have a new cover for all of you. The band has a new album coming out which happens to be a greatest hits compilation entitled A Decade of Destruction that features the band covering The Offspring’s Ixnay On The Hombre classic Gone Away. The original had a dialed back energy until the chorus hit and the intensity was let loose, but things are a little different with this one. The band is able to take the track and they transform it to fit their needs and their style. Check it out for yourselves below and pick up A Decade Of Destruction as it is out now.

ghostbloodIt has been our mission with the Unsigned Band Of The Week post to do two things with one being to try and give some exposure to some deserving bands and the other being to have a band from all 50 states. I think that we have done a pretty good job so far and after covering Michigan last week, we are going all the way to the west coast for our very next band. When most people think of Seattle, Washington, they think of Grunge music, Heart, and Queensryche, but they fail to recognize the diversity in the scene. The band that we chose for today can be best described as, “Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!” which is a direct quote from the heavy metal power trio GHOSTBLOOD. These guys are the real deal as they mix in punishing elements of thrash metal (maybe even a little Crossover?), Black, and even death metal all in a rage filled harmony on the track I provided for you today in Eviscerama. The track is amazing and is leaving me wanting to listen to more. So, if you want to check out more from the band, pay their Facebook page a visit and give it a like. Otherwise, check out the track below: