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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. The division that we are looking at today is brand spanking new which means that it has a clean slate heading into this tournament. It is called the Metal To The Core division for either it’s metal and hardcore influences that are laced into Deathcore, Metalcore, etc. The first match of the division features New Wave Of American Metal band All That Remains taking on a band whose publicity stunt may have been a bit brash, but it worked for Upon A Burning Body. Deathcore giants Whitechapel look to shred through the competition, but they’ll have to do so against the flag bearers of metal in Lamb Of God. Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive look to make a splash in the tourney, but they’ll have to beat metal veterans Trivium first. The last match of the division pits iconic New Wave Of American Metal giants Killswitch Engage as they take on a band with a lot of heat on them in the Deathcore world Suicide Silence. You have until March 18TH to vote and choose wisely.

all that remains vs upon a burning body

whitechapel vs lamb of god

parkway drive vs trivium

Suicide Silence Vs Killswitch Engage

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!!!

2017-bracket

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)

-Megadeth

-Slayer

-Death Angel

-Testament

-Sepultura

-Suicidal Tendencies

-Exodus

-Metallica

Dio/Kilmister Division

– Judas Priest

-Saxon

-Iron Maiden

-U.D.O.

– Primal Fear

-Accept

-Ghost

-Queensryche

Chuck Schuldiner Division

-Entombed A.D.

-Destruction

-Kreator

-Cannibal Corpse

-Behemoth

-Vader

-Witchery

-Amon Amarth

Metal To The Core Division

– Killswitch Engage

-Trivium

-Upon A Burning Body

-Lamb Of God

-Whitechapel

-Suicide Silence

-All That Remains

-Parkway Drive

 

When it comes to the genre of Deathcore, there is absolutely nobody better than Whitechapel in my opinion. They are the vets of the genre and the absolute elite of the genre. That is why the band has decided to call out all the haters in the world which has a lot of them in their new music video for the track Elitist Ones which comes out the band’s new record Mark Of The Blade (which is out today). Jim Foster directed the band’s video and he comments saying, “As fans of Whitechapel, my entire team and I were stoked when Mike Faley (Metal Blade Records) asked me to write a treatment and direct for the band. As a director, my job is always easier when the band is rippin’…and holy s–t are these guys RIPPIN’!” The video features the band playing in a warehouse while a woman who looks to be donning some face paint in the style of a snake while a snake that dons the bands new cover wraps himself around her arm. The thing about the video is that the track also signifies a huge change in sound for the band from the breakdowns to a more groove metal oriented sound. Guitarist Alex Wade talked about it saying, “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.” Check out the band’s video below:

 

Pasted-image-at-2016_05_12-04_56-PMThere was some very big news that was announced yesterday (May 12) and I have it here for you guys. Since it was kind of hinted that there would be no more Mayhem Fest after last years debacle, the summers were kind of left with nothing leaving metal fan asking the question of what was going to take over? Earlier in the week, it was announced that Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Ozzy Osbourne had an announcement to make. I immediately thought that it was either going to be about Ozzfest or Knotfest, I never thought that it would actually be about both. Apparently, they are calling it Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and it’s happening on a weekend in September in San Bernardino, CA. Ozzfest happens on September 24 while Knotfest happens on September 25 at the  San Manuel Amphitheater with some real heavy hitters. Ozzfest features bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and many more. Knotfest features heavyweights like Slipknot and Slayer co-headlining while it also features Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Overkill, Sabaton, Death Angel, and many more. Tickets go on sale May 20TH and for more information on the fest, please go here. I’m going to insert a little bit of my opinion here and say that while it’s cool that this is happening, it doesn’t help anyone that doesn’t live in California. If a metal fan can’t afford to fly out to California to see this then he is left with nothing for the summer. I’m just saying that I hope either one of these becomes a travelling festival next year. Here are the full lineups below:

Ozzfest: Sept. 24

Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25

Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
Oni

MisfitsAdmatRevThe next piece of news that I have is something you should be really excited for especially if you are either a fan of horror punk or Glenn Danzig in general. For the first time since 1983, the original lineup of The Misfits is going to reunite for a couple of gigs. That is right, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on the same stage at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago. We all know that Doyle has on occasion go on stage with Glenn and so the real issue was between Jerry Only and Glenn. Jerry Only once said this in an interview, “What I feel is that, I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s–t at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.” I would have loved to be in the room when those two met, but they obviously have broke some ground considering the band is back for a couple of gigs. Tickets for Riot Fest are available as we speak and you can get them by going here.

As promised, here is your second Single Of The Week which brings us the metal side of it and what a band to have. There has been quite some controversy with Whitechapel lately ever since there was an announcement that there would be some clean singing on the band’s upcoming album Mark Of The Blade which gets released June 24TH via Metal Blade Records. Apparently, the clean vocals is only in a couple of tracks in certain places because this week’s single of the week which is also the title rack proves they are not getting soft at all. Maybe just a little more polished, but the band still has the fury. Guitarist Alex Wade talked about the album saying, “It’s the most dynamic record we’ve done, in the sense that one song can be very aggressive while the next one will be softer and sentimental. At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.” You can’t really blame thew band for wanting to evolve, but this track should give you faith that they still have it. Whitechapel will be hitting the road for their Decade Of The Blade tour which celebrates their tenth anniversary with Fit For A King, the Plot in You and Enterprise Earth until May 22ND before they hit the road for The Warped Tour. Check out the track below and check out the track listing and album cover below that.

Whitechapel-Mark-of-the-BladeMark of the Blade by Whitechapel Track Listing

01. The Void
02. Mark of the Blade
03. Elitist Ones
04. Bring Me Home
05. Tremors
06. A Killing Industry
07. Tormented
08. Brotherhood
09. Dwell in the Shadows
10. Venomous
11. Decennium