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Bad Seed Rising

Bad Seed Rising

In support of its debut EP, Charm City, Baltimore-based quartet Bad Seed Rising will release four lyric videos over the next six weeks starting today with the release of the video for the track “Wolves at the Door.” This is the second video from the EP following the April release for the track “Hey Kid.” (more…)

LOS ANGELES — The long-awaited third release from Sixx:A.M., the band comprising James Michael (vocals), DJ Ashba (guitar) and Nikki Sixx (bass) is titled Modern Vintage. Produced by James Michael, the album will be available on Oct. 7, 2014, with the first single “Gotta Get It Right” hitting iTunes and radio on Aug. 5. (more…)

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Bay Area Metal Titans, Machine Head, continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of their 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, due out this fall.

With a devastating line-up that features support from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse Children of Bodom, Dutch symphonic metallers Epica, and American melodic death/thrash openers Battlecross, this epic trek launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st. View tour dates inside: (more…)

Machine-Head-Burn-My-EyesBy Jeff Maki
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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 thrash 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. (more…)

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. (more…)