Posts Tagged ‘Thrash Metal’

kreatorWhen you think of iconic thrash metal bands, you would instantly name the Big Four of Thrash Metal and all of it’s members, but meanwhile in Germany the era of Teutonic Thrash was being born as well called The Big Teutonic Four of Thrash (Sodom, Destruction, Tankard, and Kreator). While all of the bands remain active even to this day, I only know of one releasing a brand new album in 2020 in Sodom, while this week’s Metal Single Of The Week comes from Kreator who are gearing up to release a live album in 2020 entitled London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse. The band has unleashed a track from the live album and it’s their track Satan Is Real which comes from the band’s previous studio album 2017’s Gods Of Violence. The studio version is fierce and in your face bone crushing metal, but the live track is not far behind as it perfectly catches all of that into a live recording which is amazing. This very London show was the last show on the long trek that featured Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, and Bloodbath. Singer/Lead Guitarist Mike Petrozza said, “Hordes! Welcome to London Apocalypticon’! This is the culmination of a long and epic touring cycle in support of Gods Of Violence’ — over 150 shows, five continents and many amazing memories made! We’re very proud to share this amazing piece of KREATOR history with you; three professionally shot shows, plus professionally mixed and mastered audio; all of which has been meticulously laboured over to produce the best-ever KREATOR live release! But if this is still not enough for you…you can witness the real thing this spring when we embark on the ‘State Of Unrest’ tour with the mighty LAMB OF GOD and POWER TRIP! Respect!” Check out the track below:

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sep 2This past Friday was a huge week for metal fans as we were treated to so many great things from Slayer releasing The Repentless Killogy Blu Ray, Ozzy Osbourne releasing his first single in ten years in Under The Grave, and King Diamond releasing his first single since 2007 in Masquerade of Madness. Those were not the only things to be joyous about as Brazilian Thrash legends Sepultura just unveiled the music video for their new single Isolation which is coming off their new album Quadra (it means Block in Portuguese) which will be released in 2020. The video is primarily a performance based live concert video that was filmed at one of the festivals they played at, but the most important thing to me is the music itself. Guitarist Andreas Kisser reminds us of why at one time Sepultura was being considered the Brazilian Slayer as he brings the ferocity in his guitar riffs whjich is matched by Paulo Jr.s amazing bass playing and Eloy Casagrande thunderous machine gun like drum playing. I know that there are a lot of people out there that will say it’s not Sepultura because of the fact that Max Cavalera is not there, but this is by far my favorite effort from the group in the post Cavalera era.

sepAndreas spoke to Blabbermouth.net and he explain the title of the album saying, “Quadra, among other meanings, is the Portuguese word for ‘sport court’ that by definition is a limited area of land, with regulatory demarcations, where according to a set of rules the game takes place. We all come from different Quadras. The countries, all nations with their borders and traditions; culture, religions, laws, education and a set of rules where life takes place. Our personalities, what we believe, how we live, how we build societies and relationships, all depends on these set of rules that we grew up with. Concepts of creation, gods, death and ethics. Money, we are enslaved by this concept. Who’s poor and who’s rich, that’s how we measure people and material goods. Regardless of your Quadra, you need money to survive, the prime rule to play this game called life. Hence the coin. The coin is forged with the senator skull, who represents the set of rules and laws we live by; the world map on his head delimiting the borders of all nations, imaginary lines separating people by concepts of race and the sacred.” Be on the look out for the album when it comes out February 7, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records and check out the video below:

pedal to the metal 6 posterI have been doing the Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM for the last five years and every year I generally played the same material as I did when I was a full time DJ at the station back in 2012 with Pedal To The Metal Radio. This year I wanted to do something a little different than usual and it was I wanted to showcase my love for music that is a little more extreme than what rock radio stations are playing. So that is exactly what I decided to do with my sixth appearance at the station when I hit the airwaves last night at 9PM to close out night one of two after following the longest running radio show in non commercial college radio history in The Basement. Right now, I want to thank the Alumni Association for putting together the Alumni Takeover event because the man behind the scenes in Peter Q does an absolute terrific job putting this together. Without him and the help of other alums, this wouldn’t be possible. I also want to thank all of the current DJ’s who were so courteous to give up their shifts for one weekend so that all of us could relive our glory days for one night. I also want to thank fellow Metalhead Matt Rau who usually has his radio show on Fridays from 7PM ET to 10PM ET for giving up his spot so that I could do my show. I appreciate it a lot and thank you. It was a fun show to do even though I had a little bit of a hiccup with the wrong song playing at the wrong time a couple of times, but other than that I thought it went pretty well. Also I want to add that below you will see Radio Premiere next to a track by the band Sodom and that is because I think I’m the only DJ in America to play that on the radio. It definitely got the blood going and the idea of wanting to get back into the game, but that is a discussion for another day. I definitely look forward to this every year and I ope that it continues happening for another 100 years and beyond. Check out the playlist and some of the artwork below:

PLAYLIST for 10/18/2019

1. Delusions of Saviour/Repentless by Slayer

2. No More Room In Hell by Possessed

3. Night Of The Shears by Axeslasher

4. The Eagle Flies Alone by Arch Enemy 

5. Layers Of Time by Lacuna Coil

6. Needled 24/7 by Children Of Bodom

7. Down On Your Knees by Sodom (Radio Premiere)

8. Head Of A Pin by Overkill

9. Rats by Ghost

10. Blood Eagle Wings by Anthrax

11. The Pale King by Testament

12. Twilight Of The Thunder Gods by Amon Amarth

13. In Waves by Trivium

14. Count The Dead by Abbath

15. Third Depth by Whitechapel

16. March Of The Norse by Demonaz

17. Iron Man (Live Vocal Medley) by Black Sabbath featuring Tony Martin, Dio, & Ozzy Osbourne

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exhorder singleWhen you think of Groove Metal, the first band that pops into the minds of most metal heads is that of Dallas, TX’s Pantera. After all, they made the genre popular and they took it to new heights back in the 90’s, but what if I told you there was a band that pre-dated them in the groove metal genre. Would you believe me? Well, you should because the band that is considered the progenitors of the groove metal scene is none other than New Orleans Exhorder. The Groove metal titans returned to action back in 2016 when they reunited and now in 2019 have released their first album in 27 years (The Law was the last one) in Mourn The Southern Skies which was released on September 20TH via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by Duane Simoneaux. The lineup now features former Superjoint Ritual guitarist Marzi Montazeri, Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Forbidden’s Sasha Horn on Drums with vocalist Kyle Thomas and guitarist Vinnie LaBella as the only two from the original lineup that returned. The track I am presenting to you is the title track which is a nine minute epic that starts off very ominously with wind in the background as a clean channel guitar plays before Kyle Thomas comes in. The track does not disappoint as they bring the thunder and you should check it out below:

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LAs I had said before, back in September of 2018, we started tackling Loudwire’s 50 Best Metal Albums of All Time list and 35 albums later and we are finally at the finish line. Back when I reviewed Metallica’s Ride The Lightning, I said that was the greatest thrash metal album of all time because it still had the fury of the first record matched with the talented writing of Cliff Burton. Now I present to you what could be considered one of the greatest metal albums in Metallica’s third album Master Of Puppets. The album once again featured James Hetfield (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Kirk Hammett (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), but unfortunately this was the last album to ever feature Cliff on Bass Guitar as he died in the bus accident. It was rather unfortunate because this was Metallica in their musical peak as far as being a metal band was concerned. Cliff was an amazing contributor to the band and this was the pay off of all that work. The album was such a success for the band that it peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and was the first thrash metal record to go Platinum as it did six times.

metallica-master-puppets-digipak-imported-cd-discplayer-1809-13-F1198959_21. Battery– The track starts off with an acoustic guitar intro before it kicks into metal overdrive in this track that is all about battery as in assault and battery. 5/5

2. Master Of Puppets– The title track and one of Metallica’s greatest songs that features a song structure similar to The Four Horsemen as far as how it is set up (2 verse/chorus set, lengthy interlude, verse/chorus set). The track is bad ass, but it’s about cocaine addiction. 5/5

3. The Thing That Should Not Be– The heaviest track on the album with it’s down tuned Black Sabbath influence is all about the monster Cthulhu made famous by H.P. Lovecraft. I read that the main riff is supposed to sound like the beast dragging itself back into the sea. 5/5

4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)– Metallica set the pace for Power Ballads with Fade To Black and they crushed it with this track that alternates between 4/4 and 6/4 time signatures. The track’s lyrics are based off of the book One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey referring to patient trapped in a metal institution. 5/5

119071737-35. Disposable Heroes-a track that is just absolutely in your face intensity from start to finish that is an anti-war song about a soldier whose fate is decided by his superiors. The cool thing I read is that the end of each verse, the riff Hammett plays is supposed to imitate music found in war films. 5/5

6. Leper Messiah– The track starts with the band counting down until the freigh train intensity hits you in this song that is all about the explosion of TV Televangelists in the 1980’s and how people were so blindly willing to throw money at these frauds. 5/5

7. Orion-an instrumental track on the album that is meant to highlight the brilliance of Cliff Burton and his amazing bass playing featuring parts that were written and orchestrated by him. 5/5

8. Damage, Inc.- The last track on the album that starts with bass riffs that were based on parts of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Come, Sweet Death before exploding into a riff written in E that was influenced by Deep Purple according to Hammett. The song is all about senseless violence. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-As I said before that this may be one of the greatest Metal albums ever written as Loudwire ranked it 2nd on their 50 Best Metal Albums of all time list. Every track on the album kicks ass so back and enjoy this lesson in metal greatness. Thew album gets Five stars out of five for a final grade.

118933420One of the greatest thrash albums of all time in my opinion has always been Metallica’s second album Ride The Lightning which was released on July 27, 1984 via Megaforce Records (later re-released by Elektra Records). The album in my opinion still featured some of the fury and rawness of the previous effort Kill ‘Em All, but it was a step forward in their sound that would eventually be featured on their next effort Master Of Puppets. The album also still featured traces of former guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth who has writing credits on the album. The band once again featured James Hetfield (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Kirk Hammett (Lead Guitar), Cliff Burton (Bass), and Lars Ulrich (Drums) while the album was produced by Flemming Rasmussen as well as Metallica. The album was a critical success for the band as it established that they were the alphas of the Metal scene that was emerging in the US as it charted at Number 48 on the Billboard Top 200 while being certified platinum six times. The change in style of this album to the previous was all due to Cliff Burton who apparently introduced musical theory to the band and they allowed him to have more input as far as writing was concerned.

main_1525890639-James-Hetfield-Jason-Newsted-Signed-Metallica-Ride-the-Lightning-Vinyl-Record-Album-Inscribed-04-2013-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.com1. Fight Fire With Fire– The opening track starts with an acoustic riff that Cliff Burton had been playing around with before the all out metal assault hits you like a freight train. The track is all about denouncing the idea of an eye for an eye with the fear of nuclear attacks being an option. 5/5

2. Ride The Lightning– the title track is one that Mustaine helped write, but that Metallica had to slow down because neither Hammett or Hetfield could match the speed of Mustaine. The track is about the corruption of the justice system as told by a man facing the electric chair. 5/5

3. For Whom The Bell Tolls– a church bell kicks off the track that is one of my personal favorites and the opening chromatic riff that you hear is actually Cliff Burton playing with distortion and a wah wah pedal and not the guitars. The lyrics and track were based off of Ernest Hemingway’s book of the same name in the matter of the dishonor and all of the horrors associated with warfare. 5/5

4. Fade To Black– The track is a ballad of sorts, but it deals with a very touchy subject matter of suicide. Apparently. the track is about the emotions that Hetfield went through when he and Metallica had discovered that someone had stolen all of their equipment before a show in Boston, MA in January of 1984. 5/5

118875110-35. Trapped Under Ice– This was a track that was based off of a demo that Hammett had written with Exodus called Impaler. They tuned it up and fixed it and turned it into this track that is all about a man that wakes up after being trapped in a cryogenic state and the helplessness that he goes through after. 5/5

6. Escape– While I am a fan of this track, apparently James Hetfield hates this song because this track was the result of the label telling them they had to write a more radio friendly song. I really like this track. 5/5

7. Creeping Death-This is probably the most famous Metallica song ever written besides Fade, Bell, and even Master Of Puppets. The track is about the story of Moses and the plagues that engulfed Egypt. 5/5

8. The Call of Ktulu– The instrumental track was named after the H.P. Lovercraft book The Call Of Cthulhu and features the intro written in D Minor by Mustaine (He used again in Hangar 18) and is followed up by a bass solo by Cliff Burton. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason that Loudwire ranked this album 8TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums of all time list and that is because it is one of the greatest albums written by Metallica. The album gets five stars out of five stars because it belongs in the five star album club.

R-1113013-1349122345-6756.jpegThere was once a time when four bands in the thrash metal world would each release an album that would go down in infamy and put the scene on the map. You see those bands would go on to be known as the Big Four of Thrash Metal and those bands are Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica would release Master Of Puppets, Slayer would release Reign In Blood, Anthrax would release Among The Living, and our album of the week this week was Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? by Megadeth. The album was released on September 19, 1986 and it was the second album to feature Dave Mustiane (Lead Vocals/Guitar), David Ellefson (Bass), Chris Poland (Guitars), and Gar Samuelson (Drums). Unfortunately, this was the last album to ever feature Gar on Drums as he would pass away in 1999 and this was also the last to feature Chris Poland until 2004’s The System Has Failed Us as a session guitarist. The album was hugely successful for Megadeth at the time as it charted and peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Top 200 Chrtas as well as being listed in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Martin Popoff’s  Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. Most importantly the album was ranked 9TH on Loudwire.com’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list.

megadeth-peace-sells-but-whos-buying-3-cd1. Wake Up Dead-The song just kicks right off into overdrive with Ellefson’s help as Dave tells us a story of a man who is cheating on his wife, but is afraid that if she finds out she’ll kill him. The track is autobiographical of a situation that Mustaine was in at one time. 5/5

2. The Conjuring-An interesting track that is all about black magic and according to Dave even has instructions on how to perform hexes. 5/5

3. Peace Sells– That world famous bass riff starts off the track before Mustaine and co. come in with one of the fiercest riffs in this track that is all about Mustaine’s distaste for the way American culture was at the time. That last stanza of the track where Dave sing Peace Sells along with all the guitar solos is one of my favorite moments in a track. 5/5

4. Devil’s Island– They are relentless as the fury continues into this track that is all about the French prison island French Guiana about a man who was imprisoned there, but after being spared by God he is forced to live out the rest of his days there. 5/5

megadeth-peace-sells-but-whos-buying-4-cd5. Good Mourning/Black Friday– The very melodic and eerie Good Mourning is the instrumental part of the track before it leads into Black Friday which is a track about a serial killer. The track was apparently inspired by the band’s original drummer Dijon Carruthers who had friends that practiced Occultism. 5/5

6. Bad Omen– The song is about Occultism as Mustaine once described the track as being about, “two happy campers who have stumbled onto a Satanic orgy in the middle of the woods.” He basically ends it by saying that, “they see these fools waiting around for Satan’s blessing.” 5/5

7. I Ain’t Superstitious– This is Megadeth’s cover of the Howlin’ Wolf track that was written by Willie Dixon. I love how Megadeth put their own twist on this bluesy track. 5/5

8. My Last Words– Is the last track on the album and a track that a lot of people believed proved that Megadeth were purveyors of speed metal and some of the best at it. The song is about the game of Russian Roulette and the fear that goes into playing this interesting game. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I will always argue with anyone that I truly believe that this is the best Megadeth record ever released because this was a band that was hungry and ready to prove all the naysayers that they meant business. Listen to the whole damn album because this gets the perfect five score and is in the perfect five album club.