Archive for November, 2015

Review by Greg Maki
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Maybe the biggest compliment I can pay September Mourning’s Volume I actually carries the tone of a criticism–it’s too short!

The six-track EP serves as a thrilling introduction to the world of September Mourning, and I say “world” because this is much more than a band. It’s a multimedia musical, theatrical art project with characters (portrayed by the band members) and a storyline. September herself told us about it in an interview earlier this year: (more…)

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Megadeth will be releasing its new 12-inch single, “The Threat Is Real”, tomorrow as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday, but you can stream the track now! The single will include the title track and a cover of Fear’s “Foreign Policy”, both of which are taken from Megadeth’s forthcoming fifteenth studio album, Dystopia (January 22, 2016).

Listen to “The Threat Is Real” inside. (more…)

Here’s something that headbangers, metalheads, and moshers can be eternally thankful for as America prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday! New Jersey’s Toothgrinder have premiered the video for “Lace & Anchor” from the band’s Spinefarm Records debut Nocturnal Masquerade, which lands on January 29.

The band will immediately hit the road in early 2016 on The Crucible Tour. View tour dates inside. (more…)

Born of Osiris have released the official music video for the track “Illuminate.” The song comes off of the band’s new release, Soul Sphere (read review). Watch the Egyptian-themed video now and stream the entire Soul Sphere album here.

danzig-skeletons-coverReview by Jeff Maki
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Skeletons is the long-awaited covers album from the one and only former Misfits/Samhain frontman, Glenn Danzig. Of course, his own band, Danzig, has recorded 10 studio albums, while Danzig himself became one of the most recognizable names and voices in rock and metal since the band formed in 1987. (more…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs
(FROM LEFT) CHUCK BISCUITS, GLENN DANZIG, EERIE VON AND JOHN CHRIST MEMBERS OF DANZIG.

(FROM LEFT) CHUCK BISCUITS, GLENN DANZIG, EERIE VON AND JOHN CHRIST

With legendary frontman Glenn Danzig set to release his Skeletons covers album (read review), it’s time to take a look back at the early Danzig recordings, featuring the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active from 1987 to 1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994). Not to discredit Danzig’s later recordings, but much like the songs on Skeletons were a huge part of Glenn Danzig’s youth, songs from these albums were of mine, and they helped to shape me into the metalhead I am today. Here are my top 10 Danzig songs.

View the list here.

Abbath to headline the Decibel 2016 Tour

Abbath to headline the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

Over the last four years, Decibel Magazine has redefined what a metal tour can accomplish. Creative and ambitious curation has unified artists from far reaches of the extreme universe who would never have the opportunity to tour North America together. The 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour continues that proud tradition, as Norwegian black metal legend Abbath takes his new band of the same name to war with Bay Area metallic institution High on Fire, Ohio thrash powerhouse Skeletonwitch and Swedish progressive black/death prodigies Tribulation (with regional openers in select markets to be announced soon). See tour dates inside. (more…)

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4(1994).

Danzig2na1. “Her Black Wings”
(Danzig II: Lucifuge, 1990)

For myself, “Her Black Wings” is the signature Danzig track. It encompasses all the evil and occult nature of this band, along with being a perfectly executed song. The music video is also iconic. Lyrically, Glenn seems to be enchanted by a Demoness of which he’ll be taken to Hell, under “her black wings.”

Honorable mentions that could have very easily cracked the Top 10: “Twist of Cain” (Danzig) “Snakes of Christ” (Danzig II: Lucifuge), “Sistinas” (Danzig III: How the Gods Kill), “Bringer of Death” (Danzig 4)

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig2na2. “Killer Wolf”
(Danzig II: Lucifuge, 1990)

This song didn’t start out as one my favorite Danzig tracks, but the bluesy and equally creepy “Killer Wolf” grew on me and has stood the test of time. Danzig had said that “Killer Wolf” is his version of an old blues song about a guy who wolfs around the door of every girl in town.” I remember this video originally airing on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball nearly as much as “Mother.” On a side note, Danzig sure did make a lot of music videos back in the day, didn’t he?

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_cover3. “Mother”
(Danzig, 1988)

Most casual fans would probably have guessed “Mother” as the No. 1 Danzig song in this list. Well, I’m no casual fan. Don’t get me wrong, the song is fantastic and is still the band’s most well known song, but there’s a couple a like even more. This was, however, the first song I ever heard from Danzig on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball way back in 1988. My initial feelings were mixed, as it was like nothing I had ever heard. I was even more shocked when the song became a smash in 1993 when a live version appeared on Thrall/Demonsweatlive and another music video was made.

 

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_III_How_the_Gods_Kill4. “How the Gods Kill”
(Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, 1992)

As I previously stated, How the Gods Kill is Danzig’s most complete album. Slotting in a track no. 4 and clocking in a nearly six minutes long, the title track is one of Danzig’s most epic recording achievements. From Glenn’s lyrics and slow, quiet parts, to the uproar of another classic riff from John Christ, it’s easy to get lost in this song. “Would you let it go?”

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig2na5. “Devil’s Plaything”
(Danzig II: Lucifuge, 1990)

Danzig’s debut album had already perked my interested in the band, but it wasn’t until Danzig II: Lucifuge that I was a true Danzig fan, and later a “fiend.” From Danzig’s channeling of Jim Morrison to the bluesy metal riffs, Lucifuge has a unique and nostalgic sound from start to finish. “Devil’s Plaything” is one of the only Danzig songs I can see the ladies getting into. I know it’s weird for me to say this, but it’s a song tailored made for strip clubs and it’s sexy in it’s own way.