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2017-headerFirst I want to start off by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in the tournament because after all, none of this is possible without your help. The first round of the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament started off with a bang and some upsets along the way. The first division we are looking at is the Dio/Lemmy division which featured some cool match ups and was the late bloomer of the tournament meaning all of a sudden at the last minute, it blew up in votes. The first match up between Queensryche and Ghost seemed like a match that was pretty cut and dry with Ghost winning the match most of the time. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere, Queensryche fans show up and get the band the win by 11 votes. The match was between tournament first timers U.D.O. taking on tournament favorites Primal Fear and while Primal Fear always does it best to promote the tournament, unfortunately they never stood a chance against the legend as he won the match by 28 votes. The third match was much like the first match, it looked like for a while that maybe Saxon was going to pull off the win, but the former two time champions fans showed up when it counted and gave Judas Priest a come from behind win. Accept is one of those bands that you cannot take lightly because they have slayed some giants in their day and they did that in the first round beating last year’s runner up Iron Maiden by 44 votes.

megadeth-2016The trash metal division a.k.a. The Jeff Hanneman division is a very tricky one because you never know what direction fans will head in when the tournament starts. They have done that since day one with them voting the giants out of the tournament (Metallica is a constant victim of that). This year’s first round was a little different than usual with fans going in the direction you thought they would. Megadeth owned their first round match up against newcomers Sepultura winning by 12 votes. Slayer had similar luck as Megadeth beating Death Angel by ten votes setting up a mega match in the next round. The Exodus/Suicidal Tendencies match was a true toss up and that is what I loved about it. You couldn’t really choose a clear winner between the two, but you were fine with what ever result. It was a great match up as well as the voting went back and forth with several lead changes, but in the end Exodus gets to live another day. The last match up features the unlucky Metallica who I believe for the second or third time has now been ousted from the tournament in the first round and Testament did it in convincing fashion beating them by ten votes.

destruction-bandOne of my favorite divisions in the whole tournament is the Chuck Schuldiner division because of the fan participation that the division gets is second to none. Ever since I introduced it, it has been magic from the start and it’s produced our last two winners. Not much has changed as Destruction easily handled Entombed A.D. by a whopping 55 votes. The next match featured tournament newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery as both were looking to make an impact. Unfortunately for one of them, only one can move on and Amon Amarth easily handled their opponent. The next match featured 2015 winner Kreator taking on newcomers Vader and for a while, it looked as if Vader was going to pull off the upset, but never count out Kreator and it’s fans as they brought the band back to a huge win. Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse entered the tournament last year, made an impact from the start, and they are continuing it this year with a huge come from behind win against Blackened Death Metal legends Behemoth. That was a great match up that kept me on the edge of my seat.

233280The last division that we are going to talk about here is the brand new Metal To The Core division featuring Metalcore, Deathcore, Hardcore, and New Wave Of American Metal bands. This division is an absolute toss up because you don’t know what direction fans are going to be heading in. The first match up featured metalcore acts All That Remains and Upon A Burning Body go head to head. It was a match was heading in different directions as it looked like UABB was going to win, but in the end, All That Remains pulled it together and won. The next match featured New Wave Of American Metal flag bearers Lamb Of God take on Deathcore act Whitechapel in an epic match that was going back and forth. Like I said before, only one can move on and in the end Lamb Of God proved to be the mightier of the two. Trivium pulled off the win against Parkway Drive who led the match for most of the weekend and Killswitch Engage was able to hold off Suicide Silence. Check out the bracket below and get ready for the sweet sixteen.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen


2017-headerIt is officially here, it is time for everyone’s favorite heavy metal march madness style tournament, the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. One of my favorite divisions in the tournament is the Jeff Hanneman division which has always been one of the most unpredictable divisions ever. It’s a division where your status means absolutely nothing after bands like Death Angel have pulled off the impossible. They’ve beaten Big Four member Metallica in the past, but they have’ll to get by the almighty Slayer in this years tournament. Tournament veterans Megadeth are looking to go all the way, but they’ll have to oust tournament newcomers Sepultura in order to do so. Exodus is looking to make a splash in this years tournament and they’ll get that chance when they take on newcomers Suicidal Tendencies. If there was ever an argument for a band to be considered into the same category as the Big Four, it’s Testament. Testament has always done well in the Pedal To The Metal Tournament, but they’ll have to do it against a band that has not had a lot of success surprisingly in Metallica. You have until March 18 to cast your vote so choose wilsy

megadeth vs sepultura

slayer vs death angel

exodus vs suicidal

Testament vs metallica

2017-headerIt’s the sixth annual Pedal To The Metal Tournament which has been constantly evolving from what it was in the beginning (an all 80’s rock/metal tourney) to what it is now where we check out the best of all metal that is current and active. Active is the key word in the sentence because in order to qualify for the tournament, you had to have either released an album within the last three to four years or are actively touring all the time. Two of the division have changed in which now the Ronnie James Dio division is now The Dio/Lemmy Division as the old Lemmy division changed to the Metal To The Core (play on Metal-core and Deathcore) division. That division features everyone from the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal to any active Metalcore or Deathcore acts. The tournament is going to kick off as usual because the tournament coincides with the actual March Madness Tourney except we’ve shortened a round and extended another one. The tournament begins March 17TH right here and goes all the way until April 4TH. Below you will the bracket for the tourney and all of the match ups that we have for you. As always, the matches were drawn from a hat so that the matches were totally random. There are some really interesting matches so it’ll be fun to see how you guys vote. Be ready to start voting on March 17TH!!!


pedalIt’s that time of the year that I love because the March Madness tournament is right around the corner. Seven years ago, I started the Pedal To The Metal Tournament as a March Madness style tournament where you the fans decided who moved from round to round. This year is the sixth annual tournament (we skipped a year) and we are going to do something different this year. There are a couple of things that are being done different this year with one being that we eliminated rock bands from tournament and we replaced with metalcore and the New Wave Of American Metal bands and the second is that the final round will be longer due to the fact that I will not be around for five days (I will be at WrestleMania). The defending champions Destruction are back and they are ready to defend their championship against some familiar foes and some new bands as well. The other thing that is happening is that we are going to be starting the tournament a few days early than usual to coincide with what is happening. So you are probably wondering who is in the tournament and we have that answer for you and what division they are in. Coming soon is who each band will face in the first round so stay tuned for that.

Jeff Hanneman Division (Thrash Division)



-Death Angel



-Suicidal Tendencies



Dio/Kilmister Division

– Judas Priest


-Iron Maiden


– Primal Fear




Chuck Schuldiner Division

-Entombed A.D.



-Cannibal Corpse




-Amon Amarth

Metal To The Core Division

– Killswitch Engage


-Upon A Burning Body

-Lamb Of God


-Suicide Silence

-All That Remains

-Parkway Drive


I have to be perfect honest with everyone in saying that I see bands today and I do not know if they have the staying power that some bands have had. In the last ten years or so, we have seen so many casualties in the most cutthroat industry in the world.  That is definitely not the case with Bay Area Thrash Legends Death Angel who released their first album The Ultra-Violence (It turned 29 a week ago) almost thirty years ago. There are not a lot of bands that can say that they have been around and are still kicking as much ass as they did back in the day. Death Angel can certainly make that claim as the band gears up to release their eight album The Evil Divide next month (May 27TH) via Nuclear Blast. One of the cool things about the new record is that the band got legendary tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell to design the album cover and you see it in the music video the band just released for their track Hatred United/United Hatred.  In the black and white video, you also see legendary guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) who lays down a killer solo for the track. Check out the video below and pre-order the album now on Amazon, iTunes, or Google.

For this week’s Soundtrack Saturday track, we are turning our attention to some legends of New York Hardcore and a legendary TV series that dared to make a film. In 1995, Tales From The Crypt, the TV series that aired on HBO, decided to release a full length film called Demon Knight. In the film, a drifter named Brayker (William Sadler) is on the run from a demon known simply as the collector (Billy Zane). The film also starred Jada Pinkett Smith, CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church, and many more. Besides the film kicking ass, the soundtrack to the film featured some heavy hitters of the metal world like Pantera, Machine Head, Sepultura, Melvins, Megadeth, and our featured band hardcore legends Biohazard. The band provided the track Beaten for the soundtrack and it’s everything you’d expect from Biohazard with their mix of Hip Hop with Hardcore that is punishing. Check out the track below and check out Demon Knight while you’re at it.

The first time I ever discovered the music of Max Cavalera, it was the album Roots by Sepultura and I remember being attracted to how primal and in your face the album was. Sadly when I heard the record for the first time, the band had already parted ways with Cavalera and he started the band Soulfly which carried on what Max had started with the Roots record. 18 years later and ten albums later, the band is still going strong. The band is actually gearing up to release their tenth album this Friday (music is now released on Fridays) August 14TH called Archangel via Nuclear Blast Records The band has also unleashed a single from the record which just also happens to be the title track from the groove metal legends. The song is everything you would expect from the legends as Marc Rizzo delivers on the guitar riffs while Max’s growls are as amazing as ever. The song also features former Static X bassist Tony Campos and Max’s son Zyon Cavalera plays the drums. Max recently spoke about the record and said, “It’s been exciting. After 30 years of playing metal, to find new influences and new things to inspire you — it is actually quite amazing. I found it in some biblical stuff, it is the inspiration for the majority of the record and I think it’s very exotic and mystic. I’ve never quite done a record like this before so for me it was a project that took a long time to get done right, but now it’s all finished with the cover and the sounds and the effects between the songs, the voices, I’m pretty proud of it. I think it’s quite a cool record to put out and I think a lot of people are going to like it.” Check out the track below and get the album August 14TH. The band is also on their We Sold Our Souls To Metal Tour with Soilwork, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun, Check out the dates here. While you’re at it, check out our Facebook page here and give the page a like.