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By Greg Maki
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On the business side, it might be harder for a band to exist now than it ever has been. But in the world of hard rock and metal, that hasn’t stopped countless acts from releasing album after album of quality material. Anyone who says there’s no good music today hasn’t looked past the FM dial. The previous year was one of the strongest in recent memory, highlighted by a number of veteran acts releasing albums that stand up to the best of their impressive back catalogues and newer bands still carving out names for themselves. Here are my favorites of 2016. (more…)

Metallica even released an album in 2016!

So the ball may have dropped long ago on 2016, which many deemed a dreadful year for entertainment due to many high-profile celebrity deaths. While our genre has lost some legends in recent years, hard rock and metal continue to thrive. I see bands rising and carrying the torch. We have the “world’s loudest month” in the U.S. for rock festivals. Metal is the most streamed genre on Spotify. Newer bands of all types of rock and metal subgenres continue to open eyes and ears not just here, but as always, worldwide. As usual, my list came down to the albums that not only initially knocked me on my ass, but also had me coming back time and time again. It mostly comprises reliable favorites, but there are a couple new surprise entries, as well.

First, we’ll start with a few honorable mentions: (more…)

While it’s impossible to listen to every release in a given year, the albums below provided my personal soundtrack for 2015. And with the exception of a couple bands, all the others in my top 10 are new to my year-end best-of lists. This, to me, proves heavy metal is alive and well. View the list inside. (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.

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Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs from Sepultura to Killer Be Killed

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. So as a follow-up, we have compiled a list of Max’s 10 greatest songs from all of his bands and side-projects throughout his career. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed. 
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This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-refuse-resist#1: Sepultura – “Refuse/Resist”
(Chaos A.D., September 2, 1993, Roadrunner Records)

As the opening track on Sepultura’s 1993 best-selling, fan-favorite, Chaos A.D., “Refuse/Resist” is the band’s signature song. If you were listening to rock and metal in the ’90s, then you’ve heard this track. Chaos A.D. peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Charts and has been certified gold by the RIAA.

 

 

To recap, here is the complete list of the Top 10 Max Cavalera songs:

  1. “Refuse/Resist” (Sepultura)
  2. “Wasting Away” (Nailbomb)
  3. “Beneath the Remains” (Sepultura)
  4. “Arise” (Sepultura”
  5. “Roots Bloody Roots” (Sepultura)
  6. “Dead Embryonic Cells” (Sepultura)
  7. “Eye For An Eye” (Soulfly)
  8. “Back To the Primitive” (Soulfly”
  9. “Sodomites” (Soulfly)
  10. “Wings of Feather and Wax” (Killer Be Killed)
This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

nailbomb_point-blank#2. Nailbomb – “Wasting Away”
(Point Blank, March 8, 1994, Roadrunner Records)

Nailbomb was Max’s first side-project, forming the band with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel in 1994 (the bands also toured the U.S. together the same year). The band only released one studio album (Point Blank) and played one live show ever (the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands), which was later released as Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide (1995, Roadrunner Records). Nailbomb was Minstry meets Dead Kennedys meets Sepultura, and for a time in its existence, reached a cult-like level of popularity. “Wasting Away” is the punk/thrash hybrid which starts this unique album of punk rock angst and industrial experimentation. Just as the band’s t-shirt slogan proudly stated: “Feels good to be a punk loser.” Check out “Wasting Away” live from Dynamo below:

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-beneath#3: Sepultura – “Beneath the Remains”
(Beneath the Remains, April 7, 1989, Roadrunner Records)

The No. 3 slot of this list turned out to be the most difficult. Do I include “Troops of Doom” from Schizophrenia? “Territory” from Chaos A. D., or fan favorite, “Inner Self” (also from Beneath the Remains)? Ultimately, I chose the opening title track, as this was the first song I ever heard from Max Cavalera and Sepultura. I bought the album without ever hearing a lick of Sepultura’s music after reading a review in a magazine called Metal Maniacs (this was the way it used to be done in the early ’90’s). Walking the fine line between thrash and death metal, Beneath the Remains was Sepultura’s third album and first for Roadrunner Records. At the time, the band had to translate its native Portuguese language to compose the lyrics. Beneath the Remains went on to establish the band as one of the leading underground metal acts for years to come.

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-sepultura-arise#3: Sepultura – “Arise”
(Arise, March 25, 1991, Roadrunner Records)

Arise was the first Sepultura record to enter the Billboard charts, at number 119. By 1993, the album had sold 1 million units around the globe. Here is the punishing title track.

“Obliteration of mankind
Under a pale grey sky
We shall arise”

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-roots#5: Sepultura – “Roots Bloody Roots”
(Roots, February 20, 1996, Roadrunner Records)

Roots was Sepultura’s sixth studio album and its last with Max Cavalera. Produced by Ross Robinson and highly influenced by bands like Korn and Deftones, Roots is now one of the pinnacle albums in the nu-metal genre and laid the foundation for Soulfly. The Brazilian tribal rhythms and percussion that began on Chaos A.D., were heavily incorporated into Roots. There’s no better showcase for this than the downtuned lead track, “Roots Bloody Roots.”

 

 

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

sepultura-dead#6: Sepultura – “Dead Embryonic Cells”
(Arise, March 25, 1991, Roadrunner Records)

“Dead Embryonic Cells” is Sepultura’s second single, as well as the second of three to be released from the album Arise. The B-side featured a death metal version of Motörhead’s “Orgasmatron.” The accompanying video saw heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. This is the first song I had ever heard up until this point with a breakdown as devastating as this. When I saw Sepultura play Hammerjack’s in Baltimore, MD., circa 1994, the crowd absolutely went into a headbanging frenzy for “Dead Embryonic Cells.”