Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

satyriconThere are genres in this world that if something in your catalog changes at all during your career it is blasphemous. The band that I chose for today is a band that is constantly suffering from that with every release that they make. Norweigan Black Metal legends Satyricon is a band that since making the conscious decision to change their style after their fourth album has been getting crap for it. They are a kick ass band that has added elements of traditional heavy metal to their repertoire and it has paid off in my opinion. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s sixth studio album Now, Diabolical which was released on April 17, 2006 via Roadrunner Records.  The band at the time was made up of Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Horn Arrangements, Production) and Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) (Drums) with session players Lars K. Norberg (Bass) and Øivind Westby (Horn Arrangements). The album has never charted on the Billboard Top 200, but the album did peak at number two in Norway. Nonetheless, the band has love from it’s fanbase so it does not need the approval of the Billboard Charts.

71sIPh0gu3L._SL1500_1. Now, Diabolical– The opening track has an amazinfg metal intro before it goes into the blast beat heavy music. I feel like part of the track is Satyr is talking about how advanced he and everyone like him is because they think clearer than the “Christian” world. 5/5

2. K.I.N.G.– This was the first single off the album that talks all regaining power that was once lost and feeling like a king. The track tries to maintain some black metal elements with a more groove oriented sound. 5/5

3. The Pentagram Burns– a pretty cool track from the band that could be about Satan rising to take over the world. I could be wrong, but with lyrics like From the slumber arise/Triumphant beast/Of forgotten times/The pentagram burns/And the clock strikes the hour/The final hour. 4/5

4. A New Enemy– This is a track on the album that also features vocals from John Wozniak (John Woz). This is a definite headbanger that sees those metal beats laid right in their with the black metal force. It could be a track that is talking about war and how it never ends because there is always someone else. 4.5/5

Encartes (10)5. The Rite Of Chaos– This is actually an amazing track that starts off very melodic, but it gets heavy when it needs to be. It has that perfect metal balance to it in a track that is talking about the coming of the apocalypse. 5/5

6. The Darkness Shall Be Eternal– a cool track that seems to talk about how Darkness may seem like it’ll last forever, but the day will soon come to an end. This track kind of reminds me of a Venom styled metal track. 4/5

7. Delirium– The beginning has a little bit of a layer gloom and doom feel to it before it launches into a metal romp. The track seems to be about a man who is at his wits end and someone is just like hey let’s ride it out. 4.5/5

8. To The Mountains– The last track on the album that is all about not giving up and climbing to the top of the mountain in whatever you do. Frost’s playing on this track is absolutely insane! 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There are many that argue that this may be one of the band’s weakest albums in their catalog, but even I think that isn’t bad then because I really like this album. This is essentially the album that introduced me to the band and while it’s easy to pick a favorite track, it’s harder to pick a least favorite track. So, I am going to go with The Rite Of Chaos and K.I.N.G. as my favs while I would pick The Pentagram Burns as my least favorite one. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.


62832bf2b09acaf22004efd916863b2eBack in November of 2014, the world lost Industrial/Nu Metal titan Wayne Static who was known as the King of Evil Disco. Wayne was know for having that iconic hair style very reminiscent of Legion of the X-Men.  He was also known for his unique vocal delivery style that was infectious to try and imitate. I don’t know why I haven’t covered a single album, but there is a reason I chose the one I did. I could have chosen Wisconsin Death Trip as this week’s album, but Machine was the very first Static-X album that I purchased myself. The album was released on May 22, 2001 and it was produced by Ulrich Wild. The band was made up of Wayne Static (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Tony Campos (Bass), Ken Jay (Drums), Tripp Eisen (Lead Guitar, but never recorded a note for the record), and Koichi Fukuda (Keyboards/Programming). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the highest charted album for the band (Cult Of Static was the second highest).

51W49reL+2L1. Bien Venidos– Just an intro track of people clapping as some music starts and it leads into the next track. 4/5

2. Get To The Gone– Some insane growling open up this monster of a track that reminds me of the track The Great Southern Trendkill in how it opens. Campos amazing bass playing is present in this track that seems to be about how things have changed since their early days. 5/5

3. Permanence– An industrial dance beat very reminiscent of Ministry opens up this track that talks about how the band hates the current mainstream scene. 4/5

4. Black And White– One of the coolest tracks on the album that just grooves as he talks about how there is no middle ground in life, everything just ends up black and white. 5/5

5. This Is Not– The very first single released off the album that is just a sledgehammer of a track and very in your face as he screams This Is Not!!! I can only assume that he is talking about things can change and you just feel like nothing is the same. 5/5

6. Otsego Undead– The industrial metal dance song that would Al Jourgensen happy in a track that he could be talking about the undead, but then again thic could be about a town in Michigan that Wayne attended college near. 4.5/5

machine-526b60c4ea6217. Cold– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is very sludgey in nature with the bass and guitar riffs in a track that is associated with vampires and such. 5/5

8. Structural Defect– A supercharged track that talks about someone who is just trying to be themselves in a world where every one forces drugs on to you. 4.5/5

9. …In A Bag– A cool track that is actually about being on a tour bus and not being able to take a shit. Write what you know and experience. 4/5

10. Burn To Burn– a cool track that I think is talking about life and what it gives you may not always work out in your favor. 4/5

11. Machine– The title track on the album opens up with some cool industrial beats that remind me a little of what Fear Factory has done. The vocal approach is definitely different for Wayne on this track as well as it sounds like he whispers the verses. The song could be about their previous guitar player, but I’m not sure. 4/5

12. A Dios Alma Perdida– The last track on the album that starts really slow and sludgy with some sound clips included in this instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my favorite releases from the band that showed that no sophomore slump existed for them. The album also saw them venture out a little more musically than in the previous album as well. My favorite track on the album is definitely Cold followed by Black And White. My least favorite track on the album would probably be the title track, but that isn’t me condemning the song either. Anyways, I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.

Godsmack Single Of The WeekOne of the best bands from Boston besides Boston, The Cars, or Aerosmith has been Lawrence legends Godsmack. They have been carrying the flag for Boston Hard Rock/Metal since their self titled debut album. These guys whether you like it or not are also one of the best bands to see in a live format and you can take that to the bank. Now the band is getting ready to release their first album 2014’s 1000HP in their seventh overall album entitled When Legends Rise on April 27TH via BMG (Their first with the label). The band has also unleashed the very first single off the album in Bulletproof which is very melodic. The song is actually very different than what we are used to from the band, but the direction of their music should not be a surprise to anyone. Lead singer Sully Erna once said in an interview in 2014, “I’m not that same young, angry kid as I was when I was writing early Godsmack material. And so now Godsmack has become a little bit of a challenge because I go, ‘Okay, what am I gonna write about?’ Cause you can’t write too ‘happy’ when you’re writing for Godsmack, but nothing is really making me super sad or angry. And so it’s gonna be interesting to continue.” I actually like the direction the band is going in and I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the tracks sound like. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so here.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe Pedal To The Metal tournament has remained one of the most controversial tournaments in history mainly due to certain fan bases arguing over the legitimacy of the tournament. People have always questioned how certain bands have defeated other bands and it always seems to center on Iron Maiden. They have been in the tournament every year and they have never won the tournament yet. We’ve seen Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2X Champs), Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche claim the title, but never them. The fact of the matter is that I post the article on every band’s Facebook page to try and alert the various fan bases, but it’s up the band to share the posts. If they do not then you obviously do not see it and therefore when you finally catch wind of the tournament, you cry foul that Iron Maiden was eliminated. I changed the tournament up the last couple of years to include newer bands, but this year we are going back to the beginning when things were simpler. First, we have shortened how many bands are in the tournament from 32 to 16 and the last thing we did is that it is only going to involve 1980’s hard rock and heavy metal bands.

queensryche-bannerIn fact, we are only including the bands that could be considered the elite of the list and while it’s up for debate, we have chosen the bands. The following bands will be in the tournament this year: Queensryche (defending champions), Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Motorhead, Def Leppard, and Scorpions are the qualified bands. The last four spots of the tournament will be contested between eight other bands with the top four qualifying for the tournament. The eight bands are Twisted Sister, Skid Row, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Ratt, Accept, Y&T, and King Diamond. The voting will occur in two places: one place you can visit to vote will be on my Twitter page @TheMonsterHour with the second being the blog’s very own Facebook page. We’ll also be hosting the vote on my radio show page for Pedal To The Metal Radio which is what the tournament was named after. You will have 24HRS to cast your vote and the top four bands will move on so choose wisely. Stay tuned for the rest of the tournament news and brackets to follow!


For this week’s Unsigned Band of the Week post, we wanted to travel to the state that brought us legendary metal singer Phil Anselmo, the bands Crowbar, Eyehategod, Acid Bath, Iwrestledabearonce, and many more. I am of course am talking about the great state of Louisiana and for today’s band, we are traveling to West Monroe to check out a band that lists Devildriver, Rammstein, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Testament to name a few as influences. The band we are talking about is the hard rock/metal band known as Ensilenced. The band formed in 2014 from the ashes of the band Cynical and they’ve been working hard ever since with releases like Two Face which received the award for 2014 Best Original Metal Song in Louisiana for the title track. The band released a brand new track for the world to check out in The Dark Of Night. I do have to say something and that is for an unmixed version, it kicks ass and I am anxious to hear what the mixed version sounds like. While I have heard various reviewers call out Killswitch Engage, I hear a little bit of Mushroomhead in Kyle Simpsons vocals on this track. The Singer/guitarist has this amazing ability to switch from the growls to melodies and that is pretty kick ass. The song kicks ass, the band kicks ass, so where the hell are the labels? They need to sign this band already and you should check them out. You can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp. Check out the track below:

EonianIt has been seven long years since we last heard anything new from Symphonic Black Metal kings Dimmu Borgir. In fact the last album was 2010’s Abrahadabra and I think it’s time for something new. The band agreed and they are slated to release their tenth album Eonian on May 4TH via Nuclear Blast Records.  To get all of their fans back into the game, the band has unleashed a music video today for all of you to check out in the new track Interdimensional Summit which is also being released as a 7 inch vinyl in April. The video is primarily a performance based video that showcases the mystique behind the band. The track itself is a masterpiece that showcases everything you would expect from the band in excellent keyboard playing giving it that symphonic feel along with the blast beats and shredding guitars. One thing they also do in the track is they also flex their metal muscle around the 1:50-2:00 minute mark. The song showcases the natural evolution that they are going through and I am excited to hear the record. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so by clicking here.