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Founded by vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn (formerly of thrash metal band Vio-lence) and bassist Adam Duce in 1991, Bay Area thrashd metal titans Machine Head will leave behind a surefire legacy as one of the only bands I can recall having two successful eras dominating the metal scene—one from 1994 to 1999 and then again from 2003 to the present day. The Machine Head we all know today—the one that is working on its yet-untitled eighth album—is not the same Machine Head that first broke on the scene. The band started as a formidable street metal act, eventually winning over audiences worldwide with its first two releases, only to ultimately hit a wall with two much-maligned albums, 1999′s The Burning Red (I’m sorry, but I think it’s damn good) and 2001′s Supercharger. After lineup changes and a battle with record labels, they came storming back with a trio of epic thrash metal albums, Through the Ashes of Empires (2003), the now-classic The Blackening (2007) and its most recent studio effort, Unto the Locust (2011). So as we wait for the next album and chapter in Machine Head’s long career, let us celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, Burn My Eyes, by telling you the experience I had with the album and how it helped changed the face of metal for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

You_Can't_Stop_Me_(Suicide_Silence)Review by Jeff Maki
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Former Suicide Silence vocalist Mitch Lucker’s accident that claimed his life on Halloween night 2012 was tragic and unimaginable for his band and family to endure. Many probably figured it was the end for Suicide Silence and rightfully so. But in the following months, after a grieving period and a tribute show for Lucker, the band announced its intention to continue, ultimately recruiting All Shall Perish frontman Eddie Hermida to “Inherit the Crown.”

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Maryland-based rock group Clutch has released Summer Sound Attack, a 10-song compilation of its most popular songs for streaming and download on iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/k9pfxjz) via its label, Weathermaker Music. Summer Sound Attack includes “Electric Worry,” “The Regulator,” “50,000 Unstoppable Watts,” “Earth Rocker” and more key tracks from the seminal group. Read the rest of this entry »

The battle is on, as the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands returns to the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival for a fourth consecutive year in 2014. The annual competition is underway now for most dates on the touring rock music and lifestyle festival, and runs through Sept. 12 (deadlines vary by market). Bands can enter the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands—and fans can vote for their favorite band—at http://uproar.battleofthebands.com. Bands will be chosen one week prior to the venue they’ve selected to play. Read the rest of this entry »

rt-mayhemRevolver Magazine has teamed with Razor & Tie to offer you a free download sampler featuring some of the latest tracks from the label’s artists including All That Remains, Protest the Hero, Kyng, Chelsea Grin, Attila, and more. You can check it out, listen, and download inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Overkill has debuted another all new music video for their newest single “Bitter Pill,”  from its seventeenth LP White Devil Armory. The effort is the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Electric Age, released in 2012. Directed by long time collaborator Kevin J. Custer, the video is the fourth time the veteran director has directed an Overkill video including “Armorist,” released most recently.

17 albums for Overkill now? Are you kidding me?! I remember in the late ’80′s/early ’90′s seeing their videos for “Hello From the Gutter” and “Elimination” on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. I became a fan back then and needless to say, I’m getting back into this new Overkill music now.

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