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beneath the remainsWhen you think of heavy metal and the country of Brazil, there is one band that instantly comes to mind and if Sepultura is not that band then what are you 12? Sepultura which in 1989 was made up of Max Cavalera (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Andreas Kisser (Lead Guitar), Igor Cavalera (Drums), and Paulo Jr. (bass) was being considered at the time to be the Brazilian version of Slayer or the second coming of Slayer. Nonetheless, the band signed a deal with Indy upstarts Roadrunner Records (Now a major label) and released their third studio album Beneath The Remains on April 7, 1989 which means it celebrates it’s 30TH anniversary this year. The album was a major breakthrough for the band featuring better production while also giving the band the distinction of being the only band with two albums inducted into the Decibel Hall Of  Fame. On Loudwire.com’s 50 Best metal albums of all time list, they ranked the album at 21. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the album cover because originally the band wanted to use Michael Whelan’s cover art Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre which Igor started getting tattooed on his arm. Roadrunner decided that Whelan’s other artwork Nightmare In Red was a better choice and they convinced the band to use it. The funny thing about is that Roadrunner ended up giving the other artwork to Obituary who used it for their album Cause Of Death.

max1495495852-back-cover1. Beneath The Remains– The title track opens the album with a very melodic riff that is haunting in nature before it launches in an all out thrash metal blitzkrieg. The track talks about how senseless war is, but our world is plagued with it. Kisser lays down one killer solo on this track. 5/5

2. Inner Self-This track kicks off right where the title track kicked off in this classic thrash sounding track that reminds you of Megadeth, Testament, etc. The track is all about you being you and not allowing the government or anyone else dictate who you are. 5/5

3. Stronger Than Hate-a killer track whose lyrics were written by Kelly Shaefer of Atheist and features background vocals by him and John Tardy of Obituary. The track seems to be about someone who has lost all hope with the way society is and what he is feeling is stronger than hate. 5/5

4. Mass Hypnosis– an awesome track and one of the more famous tracks from the album about how the government breeds hate into the country which causes people to want war and to fight it. 5/5

5. Sarcastic Existence-The tracks opens up with a cool drum riff from Igor before the band joins in. The track’s lyrics are very interesting because they are talking about a man who hates life so much that he wants to end it, but he doesn’t really hate life he just loves death and destruction. 5/5

118080716-26. Slaves Of Pain– A very Slayer-esque track that is all about how we are slaves to what the government feeds us whether it’s in print or on the TV, but don’t let it define you. 4.5/5

7. Lobotomy-I hear a little bit of Anthrax in the track that’s mixed with the insane shredding that accompanies it. The lyrics seem to be about someone who has always fought for good, but some how has changed what he does like he’s received a lobotomy. 4.5/5

8. Hungry-a track that is all about all the slaves of the corporate world who are too concerned with masking money that they forget to live life. 4.5/5

9. Primitive Future– The last track on the album is kind of inspirational in a way because it’s all about how you have to forge your own future despite how bleak things can be and you can’t look to the past because that will set you backwards. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is truly an awesome album and a very awesome thrash metal record that shows you why people probably believed them to be the new Slayer. Sepultura were truly one of the greats and what a time the late 80’s to early 90’s would be for groove/extreme metal bands. My favorite tracks are the first five plus Primitive Future. That is why I am giving this album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

slipknot by slipknotOne of the coolest bands to come out of the late 1990’s Nu Metal scene was none other than the almighty Slipknot, the crushing nine member band from Des Moines, Iowa. The first time I saw the band was on the second stage of Ozzfest 1999 and you just knew that these guys were something very special even back then. On June 29, 1999 via Roadrunner Records, the band would release their self titled debut album and it made quite the impact. The band which was made up of (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) Shawn “Clown” Crahan (Percussion), (#5) Craig “133” Jones (Samples/Media), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables) would see their debut album peak at #51 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while it also finished at #98 on The Billboard Top 200 Year End Charts. It was also the number one album on both the Top Heatseekers and Independent albums Charts while also going two times platinum along the way in the US (It also went platinum in Australia, Japan, and the UK). The album also faced some controversy along the way over two tracks that you will read about below, but this album placed the band on the map.

slipknot back cover1. 742617000027– an intro track that kicks off the album with some Charles Manson dialogue and some guitar scratching samples from Craig Jones. 4/5

2. (sic)– The first real track on the album that kicks off with some drum fury and an in your face guitar riff complete with Sid’s signature scratching in a track that is all about getting back at those that wronged you. 5/5

3. Eyeless– kicks off with an industrial dance beat like that you would hear from Prodigy before the band kicks in turning this into an industrial banger in a track about how Corey never knew his father. The Marlon Brando part is apparently what a homeless man in New York was screaming. 4.5/5

4. Wait And Bleed– This was the first single off the album that captured me as a fan of the band that Joey Jordison wrote the music for and Corey Taylor says the song is about, “The song’s about that switch in your head that can go at any moment. You go from being a civilized human being to someone who can commit terrible acts. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact we represent ourselves as civilized when, at any moment, we can become animals.” 5/5

5. Surfacing– This is one of the most ferocious songs to hear live because this is a track that will smash your head in with every beat in a track that is a middle finger to all the people who spread their hate on to you. 5/5

compact-disc-slipknot-5-the-gray-chapter-liner-notes-album-cd-covers6. Spit It Out– a speed metal rap styled song that’s all about having that friend that constantly walks all over you and uses you until you finally decide that your done with it. 5/5

7. Tattered & Torn-a track that M. Shawn Crahan wrote and it makes sense about the clown character. There can be all this hurt and pain behind the makeup, but on the outside it’s masked by a happy face. 4.5/5

8. Frail Limb Nursery– This is the prequel to a story that will be explored in the next track and it’s one of the two tracks that caused controversy. 4/5

9. Purity-The track was about a girl named Purity Knight who was buried alive, but the problem is that the website that reported it claimed that the story was fake while Corey believes it to be true. This track and the previous track were omitted from the reissue of the album. 5/5

10. Liberate-an in your face, go for the throat track that features a little of that Nu-Metal flavor while asking you to Liberate your madness!!! 5/5

11. Prosthetics– This is a cool track that is inspired by the book The Collector by John Fowles about a social awkward man that decides to kidnap a woman in hopes that the longer he has her locked away the closer to loving him she will. 4.5/5

Photo of SLIPKNOT12. No Life-another speed metal rap song about being trapped in a life that is just not healthy for your psyche. 4/5

13. Diluted-a track that is very relatable lyrically because it talks about how confusing life can be and how we can easily get depressed when it seems that things are not going our way. 4/5

14. Only One– a bad ass track about being sick and tired of someone talk sh** about you that you decide enough is enough and you need to break his face. 4.5/5

15. Scissors– The last track on the album that goes for eight minutes before going quiet then at the 13 minute mark it’s a conversation between the band that lasts for three minutes before the bonus track Eeyore finishes it off. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– While Loudwire.com ranked this one at number 48 on their Top 50 Metal Albums Of All Time list, I definitely throw this one a little further because it made an last impression on me as I continue to be a Slipknot fan 19 years later. My favorite tracks on the album are obvious choices like Wait And Bleed, Surfacing, Spit It Out, but throw Liberate and Purity in there as well. My least favorite tracks are Diluted (musically) and No Life. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

1000x1000One of the cool things about Spotify is that they have playlists set up on their app that allows you to discover new and exciting bands. One day, I was exploring a playlist entitled New Core when I discovered a metalcore act from Australia named The Amity Affliction. Now, I know what you guys are thinking, how in the hell are you just discovering them now? One, I do not typically listen to metalcore so it’s easy to miss an act like this, but I’m checking them out now. The band recently released an album this year, but I want to travel back and I chose the band’s fourth studio album Let The Ocean Take Me which was released on June 6, 2014 via Roadrunner Records. The band at the time was made up of Joel Birch (unclean Vocals), Ahren Stringer (clean Vocals/Bass), Troy Brady (Lead Guitar) in his last appearance with the band, Dan Brown (Rhythm Guitar) in his first appearance, and Ryan Burt (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it sold 10,000 copies in it’s first week landing it at number 31 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also landed at three on the Billboard US Top Hard Rock Albums and 11 on the US Top Rock Albums.

1000x1000 21. Pittsburgh– The first track on the record and one of my personal favs. Rumor has it that on one of their tours, Joel was going through Alcohol withdrawls and they had to cancel their Pittsburgh date. So, the song kind of takes that vibe as to someone who is struggling with something. 5/5

2. Lost & Fading– The track starts off strong right out of the gates with an all out metal assault in this track that is all about someone who is struggling with life in general and no one is there to help them. 4.5/5

3. Don’t Lean On Me-a very melodic, but heavy when it needs to be track about someone who desperately wants to help someone he influences, but he can’t because he needs to fix his own problems. 5/5

4. The Weigh Down– lyrically this is a pretty deep song from the band about someone who has so many demons in the closet that he puts up a facade to everyone else, but who knows how much longer he can last. 5/5

5. Never Alone– a very melodic track with the added piano into it in this track that says that no matter how much life sucks or what it throws at you, you have to be strong because you are not the only one. 4.5/5

LTOTM-16-Disc6. Death’s Hand– this an Ok track that talks about how much a substance or alcohol can take over and ruin your life if you abuse it. 4/5

7. F.M.L.– An interesting track that I don’t know if it means F*** my life, but it’s definitely about someone who feels that their life is a complete and utter disaster. 4/5

8. My Father’s Son– Joel was dealing with a lot when they were recording this album because themes of alcoholism and past mistakes run rampant through out the album including this one. 5/5

9. Forest Fire– another track that looks at the idea of someone who is so down int he dumps that he needs a spark to get him out of his funk hence the metaphor for forest fire. 4/5

10. Give It All– The last track on the album that is just fierce as hell that is all about giving it your all no matter how many times you might fall flat on your face. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There was a time when a lot of bands had that Atreyu like formula down and it was huge at one time. I definitely enjoyed listening to the album as their were real memorable moments like Pittsburgh, My Father’s Son, and Don’t Lean On Me. There were some least favorite moments on their like F.M.L. and Death’s Hand. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

code orangeEvery once in a while, there is a band that comes out of nowhere and shocks me when they win an award on The Monster Entertainment Awards. Bobaflex did it one year winning the rock album of the year and this year we can add metalcore act Code Orange to that list. The band made up of Eric Balderose (Vocals/Guitar), Reba Myers (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Goldman (Bass), and Jami Morgan (Drums/Vocals) were able to snag the award for Metal Album Of The Year with their major label debut Forever. It’s the band’s third album overall, but their first with Roadrunner Records and it did pretty well for itself. While the album did not crack the Billboard Top 200 Charts, it peaked at 62 on the Top US Album Sales, number four on the US Top Hard Rock Albums, number 7 on the US Top Tastemaker album charts, and number 12 on US Vinyl Albums. It was also voted number one on Revolver Magazines 20 Best Albums Of 2017 and Rolling Stone’s Best Metal Albums of 2017. Loudwire ranked it number three on their 25 Best Metal Albums of 2017 while Exclaim! ranked number three on their Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2017. While some may have trashed the album and it’s lyrical content, it did pretty well in other people’s eyes.

code orange back1. Forever- The album’s opener and title track opens up with one heck of a groove that drives forward with Morgan’s screams. The song just screams intensity and it’s a statement that Code Orange is here forever. 5/5

2. Kill The Creator-The track explodes right out of the gate and right where the last track left off with it’s mix of industrial elements and the most bad ass breakdown you’ve ever heard all in two plus minutes. 5/5

3. Real– if you thought the last couple of tracks featured that in your face metalcore madness then brace yourself for this track, but one thing it’s does is mix in some cool electronics. 4.5/5

4. Bleeding In The Blur– This is a rock anthem that mixes in my favorite stoner metal elements that just bodes well with Myers clean vocals. I love Goldman’s bass playing on this track as well, it just shines when he is called upon. 5/5

5. The Mud– This track has that sluggish sledgehammer like riffs that just drives with the mix of electronic elements reminding me a little of a White Zombie track musically anyways. 4/5

6. The New Reality– A track that takes influence from the Nu-Metal genre, but they do it in a way that makes it their own with the hardcore element.  4/5

Code-Orange7. Spy– This is the better of the two tracks that features the Nu-Metal elements because it grooves like the best of them. It reminds me a little of Puya’s track Ride. 4.5/5

8. Ugly– This is a weird track compared to the others, but I love it. it starts with eerie clean channel playing that is just stalking until it hits the chorus and they turn it up. A very cool track and different from the rest. 5/5

9. No One Is Untouchable– A sledgehammer to the face kind of track that is going to get everyone going in a circle pit. It’s hardcore music at it’s finest. 4/5

10. Hurt Goes On– A track that makes you believe that it was totally influenced by the Nine Inch Nails with it’s spoken word vocals and industrial machine like beats. it’s an eerie gothic like track that will haunt you all the way into the next track. 4/5

11. dream2– This is another track that Myers shines on vocally as she hypnotizes you with every word on this eerie track. It just further showcases all of the ingredients the band poured into this record right here. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– The first time I saw these guys it was on a WWE event for their NXT Takeover show and I was hooked or at least interested. The album is a melting pot of musical styles and I think that’s a great thing. Bands should be able to explore a little bit as far as musical diversity. I’m all for that and I enjoyed listening to the album. My favorite tracks on the album are Ugly, Bleeding In The Blur, and Kill The Creator. My least favorite tracks are The New Reality and The Mud. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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.

Do you have a love for the Macabre or the horror side of life? Well, if you do I have a brand new music video that I would love to share with all of you out there. Nu-Metal giants Korn are preparing to release their 12Th studio album The Serenity Of Suffering which comes out October 21ST via Roadrunner Records. We have already seen the band release the video for Rotting In Vain from the album and now the band has another video for the track Insane. The video for Insane explores the art of momento mori otherwise known as Post-Mortem Photography. The idea was that they preserved your loved ones by taking photographs of them when they were dead.  The video was directed by Ryan Valdez and it follows a photographer as he starts to take pictures of a woman who clearly looks dead, but every time the picture is taken,s he looks to come alive through his lens. The music itself is amazing and heavy, it’s everything you would want from Korn. Check out the video below and check out their remaining tour dates with Rob Zombie below that:

8/25 — Burgettstown, Pa. — First Niagara Pavilion*
8/27 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater*
8/28 — Boston, Mass. — Xfinity Center*
8/30 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center*
9/1 — Hartford, Ct. — Xfinity Theatre*
9/2 — Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion*
9/3 — Bristow, Va. — Jiffy Lube Live*
9/24 — Fargo, N.D. — Scheels Arena+
9/25 — Omaha, Neb. — Baxter Arena+
9/27 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa — U.S. Cellular Center+
9/28 — Peoria, Ill. — Peoria Civic Center+
10/1 — Madison, Wisc. — JJO Sonic Boom
10/2 — Louisville, Ky. — Louder Than Life
10/5 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion+
10/7 — Pelham, Ala. — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+
10/8 — Southaven, Miss. — Landers Center+
10/9 — Biloxi, Miss. — Mississippi Coast Coliseum+
10/11 — Tampa, Fla. — MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre+
10/12 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum+
10/13 — Alpharetta, Ga. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre+
10/15 — Rogers, Ark. — Walmart Amp+
10/16 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center+
10/18 — Topeka, Kan. — Landon Arena+
10/19 — Colorado Springs, Colo. — Colorado Springs World Arena+
10/22 — Sacramento, Calif. — Aftershock Festival
* with Rob Zombie
+ with Breaking Benjamin

As promised, here is your second single of the week, but this time from the rock side of life. Airbourne have always been one of those bands that I enjoyed listening to because they brought that high octane sweaty styled rock and roll to the table much like the other legendary rock band from Australia in AC/DC. The band is now gearing up to release their fourth album Breakin’ Outta Hell via Spinefarm Records which will also be the band’s first since leaving Roadrunner Records. The album is expected to drop in stores and online on September 23RD to help prepare you for the mayhem, the band has unleashed the title track for all to consume. If you love the fast paced, big riff, arena rock styled music, then you are going to love this track. Joel O’Keeffe talked about the track saying, “We get a lot of feedback from our fans saying how much they love the faster tracks. But when they play them in the car… well, it can be tough on their pocket with all the speeding fines! ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ is definitely one of THOSE numbers… even the guys who filmed the lyric video were stopped by the police and given a fine.” He talked about the lyric video saying, “For us, these visuals really sum up the feeling behind the song and the album, too. The whole message is right there. Put on the single, or the album, and it’s, ‘F–k the boss and f–k all the tax I owe. I’m going out, I’m getting pissed and I’m going to listen to some hard rock ‘n’ roll.’ No ballads, no bulls–t. I’m breaking out of Hell!”