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NECROPANTHER SINGLE OF THE WEEKThere are bands in this world that you hear their name and you say to yourself that the name is so bad ass that the band must be as well. Sometimes you are letdown when you finally hear them and then most of the time they live up to their bad ass name like Denver Death Thrash act Necropanther. The minute I saw the name Necropanther I was like why haven’t I heard of these guys before? The band which is made up of former members of Havok have just unleashed their latest EP titled Oppression and it definitely will not disappoint fans of both the Death Metal or Thrash Metal genres. Bassist Marcus Corich spoke to Kerrang about the EP saying, “This EP has been a decade in the making. I wrote these songs between 2008 and 2010, and they’re indicative of my music from that time. The songs feature elements from thrash, death metal, punk, and classical music. After I joined Necropanther last year, the guys and I decided to produce the material as a DIY-style follow-up to [our debut] Eyes of Blue Light, and I couldn’t be more proud of the results.” The track I chose for today’s single is the second track The Camp which combines the swagger of Thrash Metal with the death metal style vocals which absolutely works. Marcus spoke about the track saying “The original concept behind this song was to be a “fuck you” to anyone tainting music I hold dear, especially metal. I wanted a song that was catchy yet heavy, thoughtful but primitive. I melded straight riffing with punk sensibilities, death metal wrinkles, and some nods to composers I enjoy. The story fluctuates between raw suffering and cerebral reflection, united under a banner of “fuck you!” Check out the track below and check out the rest of the EP here. I have just found my new favorite band!!!

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1000x1000This past week, we posted an article where we had discussed that Venom has often been considered the founders of Black Metal music simply because they named an album Black Metal. If there was ever a band in the genre that could take credit as one of the founding fathers of Black Metal, it would be Sweden’s own Bathory who took what Venom had done with the recording quality and they molded the sound that would spawn a generation. The band which was made up of Quorthon (Vocals/Guitars) a.k.a. Thomas Börje Forsberg, Stefan Larsson (Drums), and Rickard Bergman (Bass Guitar) released their self titled debut album in October of 1984 via Tyfon Grammofon originally. The band originally gained notoriety when a band dropped out of a compilation album so the label asked it’s employee who was Quorthon to record a couple of tracks. After it was all said and done, the band’s two songs were the most popular on the album and the label asked Bathory to record a full album. The album artwork was originally released with the yellow look goat known to passionate fans as Gula Geten because it was originally supposed to be in Gold, but that was deemed too expensive. Quorthon asked them to get it as close to Gold as possible, but when he saw the final product, he hated it and after a printing of 1,000 copies, he changed  it to the B&W version we all know today.

MI00021198661. Storm of Damnation (Intro)– an ominous instrumental opens up the album sounding as if you are walking through the depths of hell. 4/5

2. Hades– It leads right into this track that kicks off with that in your face death metal fury in this track about where Hades dwells which is the underworld. 4.5/5

3. Reaper-another facemelting track that is all about the one and only Grim Reaper and what he can do which is taking your soul when he choses. 4.5/5

4. Necromansy– a thrash sounding track that is all about sacrificing in the name of Satan in the art of Necromancy. 4.5/5

5. Sacrifice-a song that is bad ass musically as it’s more of a metal track that is unrelenting and I love it. Another track that is all about sacrificing in the name of the lord of hell. 5/5

40127430101126. In Conspirasy with Satan– The first track on side B or the side titled Evil. The track is an in your face, I will rip your face off track that is all about claiming your allegiance to Satan. 4.5/5

7. Armageddon-a bad ass metal track that has a bad ass bass riff to go along with the guitars in a track that is all about the end of the world from the demons perspective. At the 1:20 minute mark, you can hear Bergman’s bad ass bass playing real well. 5/5

8. Raise The Dead– The church bells kick off this track before more bad ass extreme metal smashes through your speakers in this track about someone coming back from the dead for vengeance. 5/5

9. War– War is officially called for and declared against the heavens in this hellraiser of a track that combines elements of Motörhead with GBH and some extreme metal. 5/5

10. The Winds Of Mayhem-Outro-The sounds of hell see this outro track through to signify the end. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– While Quorthon claims that he was influenced by Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and GBH, a former drummer of the band claims that Venom was a total influence. Nonetheless, you can definitely hear the elements of Venom in this album, but Bathory very much made the sound their own. My favorite tracks on the album are War, Raise The Dead, and Armageddon. I am going to give the album which was voted number 40 on Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time an 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

SevendustAlliseeiswarOne of my favorite bands to emerge from the Nu-Metal scene was always the very talented Sevendust who have been soldiering on the scene as road warriors since 1994. 12 studio albums later and the band continues to persevere with a tour announced in 2019 in support of their latest effort All I See Is War. After having already released a single earlier in the year in the track Dirty, the band has now unleashed their latest in music video form for the track Unforgiven and its this week’s Rock Video Of The Week. The band talked about the video saying the concept of it was, “the world is rebuilding and the youth will be the ones to keep mankind going long after the adults are no longer around.” Lajon commented on the experience of working on the video with director Scott Hansen saying, “The ‘Unforgiven’ video was a great experience for me. I loved working with everyone on that shoot. It was like being in a movie for real and I hope we can do something like that again.” Lajon was one of the most sincere individuals I ever had the pleasure of interviewing and it shows when he talks about the band celebrating 25 years together next year saying, “I feel very blessed and fortunate, I could never take this for granted, to still be relevant in the music business. I don’t say fans, I say our family. They’re the reason we’re still here. We have a job to do.” Check out the video below:

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:

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 21 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Four years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the fourth ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. Once again, I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the man who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated! One of the cool things about this year’s takeover is that this was the first Alumni Takeover to be held at the new satellite studio for WBIM which was pretty exciting. On the Saturday edition of the Takeover, they were holding a ribbon cutting of the new studio with University President Frederick Clark.

bD05B_B_As far as the idea for this years playlist was concerned, I wanted to do something a little different than I had in the past. The first three years, I just took whatever songs I was in the mood for and I played the tracks on my show. This year, I wanted to start a theme and every year I can do a different theme than the last. So, I decided that this year, I would do all live tracks and I did it in the idea of what if I held a festival called Pedal To The Metal Fest and all these bands showed up to play, this would be the best performances of the day. I will admit that I had a hard time finding live tracks from some of the bands, but the harder part was having to edit all the F-bombs out of the songs. I originally started with having Sepultura, Amon Amarth, Ghost, Rob Zombie, W.A.S.P., etc. But when I arrived at the studio, I changed my mind on what the opener would be so I took out Sepultura and replaced them with Ministry. I had to add Van Halen at the end because I was running out of tracks with plenty of time left and I ended the show with what I called a non-live bonus track from Monster Magnet. Once again though, the best part of the whole event was getting to connect with some amazing people that you don’t always get to see all the time. I had a lot of fun at my fourth ever Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University and I definitely look forward to some more in the future. Check out the playlist below:

Playlist For 10/12/2018

1. Land Of Rape And Honey (Live) by Ministry

2. Twilight Of The Thunder God (Live) by Amon Amarth

3. Con Clavi Con Dio (Live) by Ghost

4. Demonoid Phenomenon (Live) by Rob Zombie

5. Killahead (Live) by W.A.S.P.

6. Kick The Chair (Live) by Megadeth

7. Jawbreaker (Live) by Halford 

8. The Clairvoyant (Live) by Iron Maiden

9. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live) by Metallica

10. Beautiful Girls (Live) by Van Halen 

11. Shot In The Dark (Live) by Ozzy Osbourne 

12. Negasonic Teenage Warhead by Monster Magnet (Non Live Bonus Track)

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duckman posterIf you are reading the headline, then you know that it’s absolutely true that my old radio show from my days at Bridgewater State University is coming back for one night only. That is not a mistake because every year, the college holds it’s annual Alumni Takeover during the school’s Homecoming weekend which allows some old alums to come back and host a show for an hour or so. For the last three years, I have had some fun wracking my brain to come up with a playlist that I thought you would enjoy as well, but this year it’s going to change. I think every year, I am going to pick a theme and I am just going to run with it. This year, I have something special planned out for you guys, but you’ll have to wait and just wonder exactly what Pedal To The Metal Fest is all about. I do not have the exact day and time I am going to be on, but you should know that Alumni Takeover weekend is October 12TH and 13TH. Stay tuned here because as soon as I find out what time I’ll be on, I will let you guys know here and on the Facebook page.

pedalcup trophyThat is right metal heads, the finals of the first ever Pedal Cup (the World Cup of Metal) is here and this is the moment you have been voting for. You the fans, took two bands in Behemoth (Poland) and BABYMETAL (Japan) and you voted them all the way to the finals and it was quite the run for both bands. Unfortunately, only one of them will walk away from the tournament as the first ever Pedal Cup champion. We also have the third place match which is traditionally played in the FIFA World Cup and we are going to keep that tradition as Portugals’ Moonspell take son US Death Metal legends Morbid Angel for the right to Bronze. Today, we are also revealing the Pedal Cup trophy which we dedicated and designed some specifics of it to honor the legacy of one of music and Metal’s greatest inspirations in the late Motorhead Frontman/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. There is a Spade from the Ace Of Spades on the top of the trophy along with a coin of Lemmy on the bottom and the Pedal To The Metal logo beneath that. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog. You have 24 Hours to decide who is the first ever Pedal Cup Champion and the third place band. Good luck!!!!

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