Archive for August, 2014

Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, Anaal Nathrakh, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length on October 28, 2014 (U.S.). Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas (review) was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts eleven emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, sonic deviance embodying the crux of pure evil. Click inside for full album info and artwork and stream the brand new track, “Idol” now! (more…)

Fresh off it’s much-talked about run on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem festival (view live photos here), everyone’s 1st or 2nd favorite mask-donning nu-metalheads (depending on who you ask) have released a new, disturbing video for “Out of My Mind,” the lead track from its new album, The Righteous & The Butterfly. The band is also set to headline the Shockfest Tour with Insane Clown Posse in what will likely contain the most eclectic collection of misfits in terms of fan base and artists. The Shockfest Tour will make its way throughout the U.S. this fall. Watch the new video and view tour dates inside. (more…)

Asking Alexandria have come a long way in a short amount of time. And I’m not just talking about the trip over from the U.K. I wasn’t too impressed with the band and their live performance going back to Warped Tour 2011, but in the time since they’ve released their excellent third album, combining metalcore and melodic rock on 2013’s From Death To Destiny (In fact, I liked it so much I bought the 2LP Vinyl version), and most recently they had their biggest break to date, playing the main stage on the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. One of the standout songs from their set was the power ballad, “Moving On” and now the band has released an official video of the track. Check it out inside. (more…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Slipknot will release its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, on Oct. 21, and launch its North American “Prepare for Hell” tour immediately following the band’s Knotfest (Oct. 24 to 26).

.5: The Gray Chapter is available now for pre-order from the iTunes Store, with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads of the songs “The Devil In I” snd “The Negative One.”

The new album is also available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs (two bonus tracks and expanded packaging), as well as a limited edition, colored vinyl double LP set. (more…)

King 810 vocalist David Gunn performs Aug. 3, 2014, at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. - See more at:

KING 810 vocalist David Gunn performs Aug. 3, 2014, at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.

By Greg Maki
KING 810 released its debut album, Memoirs of a Murderer (review), this week, and it’s hard to remember a new band (new on the national scene, at least) generating such a buzz and such extreme reactions from fans and foes alike. Much of it is due to the Roadrunner Records publicity machine hyping the Flint, Michigan-based quartet’s back story, which quickly has grown to near-mythic proportions. (more…)

North Carolina’s Wretched (without a “The”) had its biggest break as a band playing the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, supporting its latest release,
Cannibal (June 10, 2014, Victory Records). It’s safe to say they were one of the more extreme bands on the bill, but when it comes to categorizing Wretched’s music into a particular metal subgenre, it’s nearly impossible. When I wandered over and saw them on the first-ever Victory Records Stage, I thought this same thing. I was at a loss for words (and hearing), either because I was worn out from the long drive to Bristow, Va., or because my ears were being obliterated by this sonic mayhem. With machine-like drumming, dual guitarists churning out nonstop evil riffs and a singer who looked like Phil Anselmo after a trip to hell and back, Wretched left a lasting impression. So when I met up with guitarist Joel Moore after their set, we at least had a little to talk about for a band I was otherwise unfamiliar with. Until now …  (more…)

San Diego, CA death metal outfit Carnifex, has made the music video for the song “Hatred and Slaughter” available for viewing inside. The track comes from their latest album Die Without Hope (review), which recently reached #98 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release last March via Nuclear Blast Records. The record also reached #8 on the Hard Rock Charts. Enjoy. (more…)