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a0750464161_16We are getting back into the tour bus once again to complete our goal of 50 bands from 50 states and we only have 17 states left to visit. So to knock one of those states off the list, we are traveling to the great state of Maryland to check out our latest act. The band that we have for you guys are veterans of the metal scene as ZFL who hail from the Aberdeen/Belcamp area are a brutal groove metal band that formed in 1996. The band endlessly toured their butts off playing show after show with the likes of bands like Mastodon before imploding. The band would come right back to life in 2012 with a revived lineup that is out to share their brand of metal with the world. In 2015, the band released their latest effort in Rumors Of War and the track that I want to share with you guys is melodic and heavy effort That Which Is Unnameable. The track starts off very dark and melodic before the band comes in with ferocious punch that reminds me of Lamb Of God and Pantera. These guys are not signed to a label and it’s a shame because they should be. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, and on Reverbnation as well. Check out the track below:


“When we were on tour in São Paulo in 2016, we filmed the ‘Conquer or Die’ video. We were so impressed with Brazilian award-winning director Leo Liberti, that we had him do the ‘Lying in State’ video as well. We had several friends and fans of the band, as well as the production crew, play roles in the video. Huge thanks goes to [Megadeth lead guitarist] Kiko Loureiro for introducing us to Leo. I especially like how bad ass Vic was with the sword. Who knew?” That is what Dave Mustaine said about the band’s latest music video to come off of Dystopia when he spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine. The band is celebrating 35 years in the business this year and this video marks the first of probably many that will give a nod to the old days as we also see Vic Rattlehead be a total bad ass. With his Katana sword in hand with the words Rust In Peace etched in the sword, the mascot gets himself some revenge. Megadeth has definitely stepped up their music video game once again with this video and this is a definite must watch. Check it out below and be sure to check out Megadeth on tour as well.

M75502_1500Black Stone Cherry are one of those bands that you always hear about in the music industry that no matter what happens they hang around where most would give up. No matter if a label decides to push them or not, they continue to be road warriors and they continue to do what they love doing which is write new music. From their beginning days at Roadrunner to their current home at Mascot, the band is soldier on with their sixth studio album in Family Tree. Drummer John Fred Young talked about the album saying, “Family Tree showcases all of our collective musical influences and how we have taken those to create something that is truly our own unique Southern American rock ‘n roll sound.” The band has also unleashed the first single off the album in Burnin’ which sees the band flex their rock muscles with the track as vocalist Chris Robertson goes all out vocally. The band has also released some cool packages for you everyone as you can pre-order the album before it hits the stores on April 20TH. Check out the track below:

waspOne of the most controversial, but bad ass bands of the 1980’s has to be the criminally underrated W.A.S.P.  which some have suspected stood for We Are Sexual Perverts, but that would be too easy. The band would have some huge success with the self titled first album, but on November 9, 1985, the band would release an album that I consider one of the best in The Last Command which once again featured Blackie Lawless (Bass/Lead Vocals), Chris Holmes (Lead Guitar), Randy Piper (R. Guitar), and for the first time ever future LA Guns founder Steve Riley (Drums). Unfortunately for Randy Piper, this would be the last time that W.A.S.P. fans would see him record with the band. The album was a huge success for the band as it was their very first album to sell over one million copies as it went platinum. The album also peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Top 200 charts which is their fourth highest charted album in the band’s history (Live In The Raw, The Crimson Idol, and The Headless Children charted higher).

71d86zYteNL._SL1274_1. Wild Child– The very first single off the album and the highest charted single on the album features that iconic guitar intro that leads into this iconic track that is all about being a free spirit with your motorcycle and nothing but the highways in front of you. 5/5

2. Ball Crusher– An awesome straight up rock track that seems to be about a very tough butch woman known as the ball crusher. This is obviously someone you don’t want to mess with. 5/5

3. Fistful Of Diamonds– The sounds of a ticket machine and the news of the stock market play over this hellraiser of a track that is about how money can make people very greedy as they are never satisfied with what they have. 4.5/5

4. Jack Action– A hard charging song that Steve Riley co-wrote with Blackie abioiut a man looking for revenge against someone named Jack Action. The track could be about drugs, but I am not sure. 4.5/5

5. Widowmaker– The track starts with this brooding eerie sound effect before the band comes in with a very melodic and dark track about Death and all the damage he can do. 5/5

R-2108893-1427696266-1384.jpeg_grande6. Blind In Texas– A live anthem for sure that this track would become for years to come as W.A.S.P. tells you about some drunken adventures in the state of Texas. 5/5

7. Cries In The Night– Of all the tracks that were not singles this is definitely one of my favorite ones on the album. Another melodic track that fades in from nothing when it starts in this track that is about how life changes when you get famous. 5/5

8. The Last Command– The title track and another track on the album that truly kicks ass in this track that is really a rally cry for anything in life that you need motivation. 5/5

9. Running Wild in the Streets– Another anthem for all the metalheads out there, but instead of complaining about fame, this is Blackie telling you about the legion of fans they have and how they will fight for metal. 4/5

10. Sex Drive– The last track on the album that I always felt was a little out of place considering the majority of the subject matter on the album. If you read the title of the track and you can’t figure out what it’s about then you are hopeless. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought the first 8 songs on the album were solid with great melodies when needed and fist pumping, adrenaline shots that keep you headbanging. Then there’s the last two tracks on the album that are in the OK category. That is kind of what the follow up would represent before the band got it back under control for The Headless Children. This is one of the greatest W.A.S.P. records ever recorded and with that I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

Tribulation-Down-BelowEvery once in a while, it takes me a little time to discover new music and thanks to a playlist on Spotify, I discovered Swedish metallers Tribulation. The band is sort of a hybrid metal band as they mix elements of Death Metal with more traditional heavy metal, goth rock, and even psychedelic rock as well. In short, this is a very kick ass band that if you have not heard yet, you need to start getting to know them because they are about to release their fourth studio album Down Below on January 26TH via Century Media. The band unleashed a music video for the track The Lament last month and we have it for you here as this week’s Metal Video Of The Week. The video balances itself from being a part performance based to actually telling a story as well. Tribulation talked about the video saying, “We always plant strange seeds, seeds that when fully grown and ripened have taken their own often unexpected twists and turns. When working with this video we got to share that process with someone else who is also planting strange seeds. Director and producer Robert Piel approached us and wanted to make a collaboration, which was something that we gladly accepted after seeing his previous work and after seeing how well we got along and how our cinematic references really overlapped. It’s rare that you find people who have that creative spark that lacks in most of us and the discipline to fully get the job done. Robert and his entire crew had that! They all put a lot of effort and work into this and we all gladly endured the long and cold German nights. We hope you all enjoy our artistic amalgamation!” Check out the video below and follow this link to pre-order the album and to get your hands on the Lady Death EP on vinyl as well.

bvbIt’s Christmas Eve which means all of you should just about be getting into the Christmas spirit or else you’ll have the Krampus on your tail. Nevertheless, I know one band that has decided to get into the Christmas spirit and that band is the wildly popular Black Veil Brides. Last year around the same time, the band had unleashed a single on to the world by the name of The Outsider which had fans clinging on to the hopes of a new record in 2017. Now here we are and the band has just unleashed a new single entitled The Last One and has promised that an album will be released in 2018 by the name of Vale. The track starts off making you think that it’s going to be a piano driven track until the twin guitar duo of Jinxx and Jake Pitts take over in this hard charging high octane track. When talking about the album, Andy Biersack said, “The central narrative once again finds ‘The Wild Ones’ characters facing the challenge of moving on from the pain and anguish of their past and looking to a new chapter in their lives. This concept is one that is near to my heart and I believe will resonate with those that find themselves cast on the fringe of society.” The album will be released on January 12 and you can pre-order it here. The band is also heading out on the road in a co-headlining trek with Asking Alexandria and you can check out all the tour dates below.

Black Veil Brides/Asking Alexandria Tour

01/10 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
01/11 – Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium
01/12 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
01/13 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Myth Live
01/15 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
01/17 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE – Indoor
01/18 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
01/19 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Club Stage
01/20 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
02/02 – Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
02/03 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
02/04 – Montreal, Quebec @ M Telus
02/05 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rebel
02/07 – Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa
02/08 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
02/09 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live
02/10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
02/12 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle
02/13 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
02/14 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
02/16 – Dallas, Tex. @ Gas Monkey Live
02/17 – Houston, Tex. @ House of Blues
02/19 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey Theater
02/20 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
02/22 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory Concert House
02/23 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
02/24 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
02/25 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
02/27 – Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory Concert House
03/01 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield Theatre
03/02 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues

71TtrBCBivL._SL1433_I was going though my collection of cassettes of early college radio shows that I did back in 2000/01 when I came across a song that brought back memories. The year 2000 was kind of a hot year for the genre known as Nu-Metal which at this point had taken over the world with bands like Puya, Limp Bizkit, Hed PE releasing music and gaining airplay. One band that had struck a chord with me was Los Angeles Nu Metal group Spineshank who by October 2000 had just released their sophomore effort The Height of Callousness which is this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Jonny Santos (Vocals),  Mike Sarkisyan (Guitar, Co-Producer), Robert Garcia (Bass), and Tommy Decker (Drums) while the album was also produced by GGGarth. The album did fair upon it’s release as it sold over 150,000 copies and peaked at 183 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while also peaking at 13 on the Heatseekers, 23 on the Top Independents, and 104 on the UK album charts. The band mixing in elements of industrial metal on the album has often drawn comparisons to Fear Factory and Rammstein by critics.

918EIeKSQWL._SL1500_1. Asthmatic– The first track opens right up by going for the throat with a Slipknot ferociousness in a track that seems to be about how hurt the narrator is by someone who abandoned him. 4/5

2. The Height of Callousness– The title track does not lift the foot off the gas as the band is in your face right from the start in a track about a person who just feels nothing anymore. 4/5

3. Synthetic– One of my favorite tracks on the album that has that Nu-Metal radio sense to it while being an intense track. The track is about how if you keep listening to what other people tell you to do then you’ll never make your own choices because their synthetic. 5/5

4. New Disease– You can definitely hear the industrial influence on the track that reminds me a little of bands like Orgy in a track that is about no matter how hard you try to think that you have a purpose, the one that you believe to have may not be it. It’s kind of a self realization track. 5/5

5. (Can’t Be) Fixed– A track with a slow build up to a bass driven Dope-like sound on this track about someone who can’t be fixed because he refuses to change. 4/5

6. Cyanide 2600– an industrial heavy track that is all about someone who doesn’t care about anyone, but wants everyone to care about him. 4/5

the-height-of-callousness-51f9817d6b23b7. Play God– A track that goes back to the heavy guitar driven Industrial metal that we heard in the beginning. It’s a track that goes from 1 to 1000, but not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s not terrible. 3.5/5

8. Malnutrition– More industrial driven metal with that guitar assault which is more of the same like we heard in the last track. The track seems to be about someone who just feeds everyone BS all the time hence being malnourished. 4/5

9. Seamless– The track starts off with some bad ass metal riffage going on there and they never let the foot off the gas at all during the track. The song seams to be about someone who just feels like life sucks and that you’re wasting your time trying to better yours. 4/5

10. Negative Space– A track that reminds me of the radio tracks in a song that is about the narrator and how he is not going to be the same as everyone else anymore because he is giving up a life of addiction. 4/5

11. Transparent– The last track on the album that hits as hard as any on the album about someone who feels like he isn’t who he used to be and that he is so different it’s becoming transparent. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Were Spineshank titans of Nu-Metal the same way that Korn, Limp Bizkit, and so many others? Maybe not, but that is because they are one of the most underrated bands of the genre. There are some great songs on here and others that are really good. This is definitely an album worth listening to besides Strictly Diesel. So, with that being said, I am going to give the album 4.1 stars out of five for a final grade.