Posts Tagged ‘Thrash Metal’

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Alright Metal heads, today is a day to be excited because the first half of the knockout stage round of the Pedal Cup has commenced. The Pedal Cup is our alternative to the Pedal To The Metal Tournament this year as it is our World Cup styled tournament. The matches for today are Portugal (represented by Moonspell) taking on Egypt (Crescent), France (Rep. by Gojira) taking on Norway (rep. by Dimmu Borgir), Brazil (rep. by Sepultura) taking on Germany (rep. by Kreator), and Belgium (rep by Leng Tch’e) taking on Japan (rep. by BABYMETAL). We have given you guys several options as far as ways to vote in this tournament with one by visiting the Facebook page and the second by visiting my twitter page @Themonsterhour. Now you can go ahead and do it that way or you can also vote here, but you only have 24 hours to do so. So support your favorite metal bands and let the best bands win. Phase two of the first round matches will come tomorrow.

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new orderOne of my all time favorite and most underrated thrash metal bands of all time is the mighty Testament. There a band that while they may have gone through their trials and tribulations are still standing tall to this very day and that is why I love them. I remember as a kid, my brothers always tried to engrave in my head that one of the best Testament records is the band’s sophomore release The New Order which was released on May 5, 1988. While I do agree with them on that statement, I realized the other day that I had not yet covered the album for the album of the week and it’s this week’s album. The band at the time of the release was made up of Chuck Billy (Vocals), Alex Skolnick (Lead Guitar), Eric Peterson (Rhythm Guitar), Greg Christian (Bass), and Louie Clemente (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it established them on the scene as it peaked at number 136 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, but obviously the follow up is what broke them through on the Thrash scene. Alex Skolnick talked about the record to Metal Injection saying, “We barely got done with our first couple of tours on that first album cycle when we were informed we have to have another album, soon! […] We got spooked in a way, because we never had to come up with music on the fly. […] By the time we finally recorded the album, we neglected to look at our recording contract. We actually had it in our contract that there’s a minimum of 40 minutes of music, and we clocked in under that! […] Our album was promptly sent back…we added the Aerosmith tune, we added those little instrumentals, we extended a couple of sections…that was all done so we wouldn’t be in breach of contract.”

new order back1. Eerie Inhabitants– The track slowly fades in with some eerie wind and thunder sounds while Skolnick and Peterson lead us in with some amazing clean channel guitar work before the track launches forward. I feel like the track is talking about how there are those who toil with life while other suffer and to them life is a game. 4.5/5

2. The New Order– Skolnick opens up the track shredding away in this amazing track that tackles the idea of the New World Order. 5/5

3. Trial By Fire– One of the best tracks on the album that is supercharged and in your face as I believe Chuck Billy is singing about a man who is accused of a crime he has not committed. Some believe that just because of the band’s name that there is a religious connotation to it, but I am not buying that. 5/5

4. Into The Pit– a thrash classic that has that in your face mentality that we love from that era and it features an incredible solo work from Skolnick in a track that could be talking about hell or moshpits. 5/5

5. Hypnosis– the first of two instrumental tracks on the album and a very cool one. 4/5

6. Disciples of the Watch-a very cool thrash song that I believe is about the film Children Of The Corn, but I could be wrong. This is probably one of the best Testament songs in their catalog in my opinion along with Souls Of Black and Perilous Nation. 5/5

Testament-The_New_Order-CD7. The Preacher– Nostradamus is a very popular figure in metal and he first gets his due in this all out metal assault that could be about him or someone who possessed the visions like he did. Chuck Billy also has a unique pitch in this track when he screams out The Preacher that I had not heard before. 4/5

8. Nobody’s Fault– A last minute addition to the album as the band chose this Aerosmith song to cover and I actually dig it, but my only criticism of it is Billy trying to do rock vocals on the track.  4.5/5

9. A Day of Reckoning– This is the last track on the album to feature vocals and they get a little political on this one as he sings about how the president literally controls our destiny and safety in the times of the cold war. Another track that features some solid guitar work from the duo and an amazing solo from Skolnick. 5/5

10. Musical Death (A Dirge)– The last track on the album and it’s an instrumental to finish things out. The track showcases what the band was capable of and why they belonged on the scene. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– In my opinion, this is one of the best albums the band ever recorded besides Practice What You Preach although I rank this one a little higher. My favorite tracks on the album are Disciples Of The Watch, Into The Fire, and Trial By Fire. My least favorite track on the album is The Preacher and Hypnosis, but I don’t hate the tracks. It’s just not my favorite of the bunch. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

20479994_1139189879558610_2094935528623702243_nIf you are like me then you are always trying to find that band that gets you pumped up about the future of Metal n metal what sub-genre it could be. That is one of the big reasons that I started doing the Unsigned Band of the Week and I have to say that it’s worked because I have discovered some great bands. That is definitely the case when it comes to this week’s Unsigned Band which comes to us from the Windy City, Chicago, IL in Beyond Deth. If you love your Thrash Metal served up with a nice healthy dose of Death, Black, and a hint of melodic metal then these guys are what you are looking for. The band started in 2006 when Jon Corston found the inspiration to start writing music. The band officially formed towards the end of 2012 and into 2013 and they have been going strong ever since writing and recording some demos. Earlier this month, the band recorded a full length album entitled The Age Of Darkness and our feature track this week from it is The Cold. The track is everything you would expect from a band that describes themselves as Thrash/Black/Death and Melodic metal. The track is absolutely incredible as it incorporates all of those elements. I don’t understand for the life of me how these guys are unsigned because they are the total package. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, and Reverbnation. 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.

sanctuaryI am always looking for new bands to cover, but there is always that unfortunate circumstance when a member of a band passes away and I cover the band’s album as a tribute. Warrel Dane, the lead singer of the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away this morning in Brazil of a heart attack. He was in Brazil recording his second solo album when the incident happened where he was staying. So, I wanted to pay tribute to Warrel Dane by covering an album from the band that introduced me to him in Sanctuary. The album that I chose for you guys is the band’s 1988 debut record Refuge Denied which was produced by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Paul Lani. You may be asking how in the world did they get Mustaine to produce the album? Apparently, after they recorded a demo, they approached Mustaine who had just performed with Megadeth in their area and they handed it to him. Mustaine was impressed enough with the band that he agreed to produce the album. The album featured Dane, Lenny Rutledge (Guitar), Sean Blosl (Guitar), Jim Sheppard (Bass), and Dave Budbill (Drums). Initially, the album had sold 7,000 copies on Vinyl, but has since sold over 200,000 worldwide.

sanctuary-refuge-denied-1988-japan-back1. Battle Angels– The band launches into overdrive with some chugging riffs right from the get go in a track that has some amazing battle fantasy lyrics. 4/5

2. Termination Force– The track starts off with that typical 80’s thrash melodic sound that is a little eerie with the guitars made to stand out the most before the rest of the band launches in and the song features some cool bass playing from Sheppard. It seems to be a song about rebelling against your government and the need to feel like you have to before it’s too late. 4/5

3. Die For My Sins– This is a kick ass song that has that trash metal sound with the power metal vocals in a track that is about someone who doesn’t have the will to live, but wants you to have fun for him. That is what it seems like anyways to me because I am not picking up a religious tone. 4/5

4. Soldiers of Steel-A track that has that Megadeth/Mercyful Fate to it with some killer guitar work with more of those fantasy inspired lyrics. 4/5

refuge-denied-515ccee9558bb5.  Sanctuary– Every great band has a song named after them right? Well, Iron Maiden did and so does Sanctuary. The track helps kick off side two of the vinyl and it does with this melodic riff that fades in and at first I was worried because of the intro, but the band turns up the tempo and they save the song. 4/5

6. White Rabbit– I wonder how much of an influence Dave was when the band decided to cover this Grace Slick written Jefferson Airplane track. Nonetheless, I have to say that this is a pretty decent cover, it’s better than Megadeth’s cover of These Boots. 4.5/5

7. Ascension To Destiny– This might musically be the best track on the whole record in my opinion. The band is on fire as the duel guitarists get it right on this one and it fits with Dane’s powerful vocals. 5/5

8. The Third War– It’s an all out metal assault on this track which is about, you guessed it, the possibility of World War III which is nuclear war. 4.5/5

9. Veil Of Disguise– I love the clean guitar channel, slow tempo’d track that this is because it just has that evil feel to it. I think lyrically, we are in ancient Egypt maybe just from the nature of the lyrics. Don’t fret because the distortion does come back at some point in the track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a pretty decent debut for the band, but it was their next album that would top this one’s sales. Nevertheless, I love the mixture of thrash with power metal because it was something a little different even though you can hear the Mercyful Fate influence in it. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

ghostbloodIt has been our mission with the Unsigned Band Of The Week post to do two things with one being to try and give some exposure to some deserving bands and the other being to have a band from all 50 states. I think that we have done a pretty good job so far and after covering Michigan last week, we are going all the way to the west coast for our very next band. When most people think of Seattle, Washington, they think of Grunge music, Heart, and Queensryche, but they fail to recognize the diversity in the scene. The band that we chose for today can be best described as, “Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!” which is a direct quote from the heavy metal power trio GHOSTBLOOD. These guys are the real deal as they mix in punishing elements of thrash metal (maybe even a little Crossover?), Black, and even death metal all in a rage filled harmony on the track I provided for you today in Eviscerama. The track is amazing and is leaving me wanting to listen to more. So, if you want to check out more from the band, pay their Facebook page a visit and give it a like. Otherwise, check out the track below:

unnamed-34As you can see above, we are still doing our thing and we now have the Metal Video Of The week for you guys and this is a special one. In 2015, Kreator was able to break the stranglehold that Judas Priest had on the Pedal To The Metal Tournament by winning the whole thing that year and they have been killing it as a band for the last 35 years. Back in January of this year, the band unleashed their monstrous 14TH studio album in Gods Of Violence and have recently announced a US tour planned for spring in 2018 which sees them continuing to sport the album with the help of Sabaton. All of this couldn’t be possible without the continued support of the fans and the band is paying them back with their latest performance based music video for Hail to the Hordes. The video was filmed at a concert the band put on in their hometown of Essen, Germany and it showcases exactly what you are missing or what you will be missing if you do attend one of their shows. Check out the video below and make sure you check out Gods Of Violence. Below the video is the list of tour dates for the North American tour with Sabaton.

North American Tour 2018 with Sabaton

Feb. 8 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
Feb. 9 –  Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
Feb. 10 – Berkeley, Calif. @  The UC Theater
Feb. 12 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
Feb. 13 –  Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox
Feb. 14 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Vogue Theater
Feb. 16 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Union Hall
Feb. 17 – Calgary, Alberta @ The Palace
Feb. 19 – Boise, Idaho @ Revolution
Feb. 21 – Denver, Colo. @ The Gothic Theater
Feb. 22 – Kansas City, Miss. @ The Truman
Feb. 23 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Myth
Feb. 24 – Madison, Wis. @ Orpheum
Feb. 26 –  Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe
Feb. 27 – Chicago, Ill. @ House of Blues
March. 1 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Phoenix
March. 2 – Montreal, Quebec Metropolis
March. 3 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
March. 4 – Huntington, N.Y. @The Paramount Theater
March. 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
March. 7 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
March. 8 – Raleigh, N.C. @The Ritz
March. 9 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theatre
March. 10 – Tampa, Fla. @ Jannus Landing