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This entry is part 7 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-Soulfly#7: Soulfly – “Eye For An Eye”
(Soulfly, April 21, 1998, Roadrunner Records)

After an ugly split with Sepultura, Soulfly was born and its debut album released. The album was largely a continuation of the tribal sound of the Roots album with more guest musicians and an extra dose of aggression. A example of the carnage is the track “Eye For An Eye.” Check out this killer live version below:

 

This entry is part 8 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.

Soulfly-Primitive#8: Soulfly – “Back to the Primitive”
(Primitive, September 26, 2000, Roadrunner Records)

Primitive is the second studio album by Soulfly and has sold over 226,569 copies to date. The first track is “Back to the Primitive,” which plays berimbau (a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil) to begin the song and the album. If anyone remembers MTVX (which was available beginning in 1998, exclusively to digital cable subscribers), this channel played “Back to the Primitive” non-stop upon the album’s release. Lyrically, the song is about demoting national government back to local tribal society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3LE6_y8J0s

This entry is part 9 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.

soulfly-archangel#9: Soulfly – “Sodomites”
(Archangel, August 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

“Sodomites” is the newest track to be featured in this list, taken off of Soulfly’s 2015 album, Archangel. A strong argument can be made that many Sepultura, Nailbomb, other Soulfly or Cavalera Conspiracy material should be ahead of “Sodomites,” but the track is a representation of Soulfly’s current style and Max’s musical evolution. Max, himself, describes the album—inspired by The Old Testament—as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal.”

 

This entry is part 10 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.

killer-be-killed-cover#10: Killer Be Killed – “Wings of Feather and Wax”
(Killer Be Killed, May 13, 2014, Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

Killer Be Killed is a metal supergroup, featuring Max on guitar and vocals, The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist/guitarist Greg Puciato, Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Saunders and ex-The Mars Volta drummer David Elitch. Partially inspired by Max’s former project, Nailbomb (Point Blank, 1994), the band released its debut self-titled album in 2014 to critical acclaim, and if Max has his way the band will tour and make more albums in the future. Check out the interview we did with Max just as the album was released, getting all the dirt about Killer Be Killed and more here.

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, vinyl is back big time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, 2014 mid-year report, sales of CDs and digital downloads are down. Revenue from streaming services and vinyl album sales are up. Vinyl LP sales increased an impressive 43 percent over 2013, to $146 million. Vinyl sales account for 4.6 percent of total music sales. Signs seem to point to the CD soon becoming extinct the way of the 8-track and cassette tape .

So that brings us to Record Store Day. Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

But did you know that Record Store Day has also expanded to Black Friday? This year Black Friday takes place on Friday, November 28th, and while Black Friday isn’t technically “Record Store Day II,” it’s really more of a special release date than a one-day “holiday.” Check out the Black Friday FAQ here.

This year Black Friday will see several rock and metal special releases from the likes of Green Day, Judas Priest, Korn, Mastodon, Metallica and more. So get out to your nearest Record Store and start your Christmas shopping off right. Check out a few of the titles below: (more…)

Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

By Greg Maki
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During the past decade and change, there may not be a musician—in any genre—more prolific than Wednesday 13. Whether in a band or as a solo artist, he’s seemingly always writing and releasing new music. Since 2002, he has released two Murderdolls albums; five solo albums, three EPs, a live album and an unplugged record; two outlaw country albums under the moniker Bourbon Crow; and an album with the glam-rock-influenced Gunfire 76. On my playlist (which probably is missing something), that’s more than 150 songs. And before all this, there were an EP and album with Maniac Spider Trash, and a five albums and six EPs with Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 (though many of those songs resurfaced on later releases). He’s branched out at times from his horror rock roots, but that always will be what he’s best known for, and there’s no better time to count down our top 13 Wednesday 13 songs than the spooky Halloween season. (more…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

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With Nirvana’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought we would put a twist on the band that changed rock music forever. Browsing the Web, I discovered it is difficult to find a list of rock and metal bands that had covered the band’s songs. But that wasn’t the hardest part—finding any Nirvana covers that were good proved to be the biggest challenge. So I have assembled 10 of the best and/or different Nirvana covers that exist from rock and metal bands, the heaviest appearing toward the top. There are some really good and just plain different interpretations here, so take a listen for yourself.  (more…)

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

10. Evile – “Lounge Act” (Kerrang! presents Nirvana Nevermind Forever)

The U.K. bands covers the Nevermind track, turning into a thrashfest.

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

9. Thou – “Something In the Way”

The Baton Rouge sludge metal band churns out a version of this song that’s like Type O Negative playing black metal.

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

8. Evanescence – “Heart Shaped Box”

After hearing Kurt Cobain on this track countless times, it’s quite different hearing Amy Lee’s version. She stays mostly true to the original but adds her own style toward the end.

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

7. Foxy Shazam – “Drain You” (Spin Magazine’s Newermind, 2011)

Often compared to Queen, My Chemical Romance and The Darkness, don’t be fooled by Foxy Shazam’s flamboyant style. I’ve seen these guys live and they rock. This was the band’s contribution to Spin’s Newermind tribute in 2011, and here’s what bassist Daisy Caplan told the magazine about recording the song:

“I’m the Nirvana guy in the band. Right away I knew ‘Drain You’ would be best for us. We’re more of a vocally oriented band than anything else, and the melody line lets us showcase that.” Well, that and “it would’ve been intimidating to do one of the big hits.” Instead, he says, five minutes after the band chose the song, “we were getting drunk and jamming out on it.”

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

6. Flyleaf – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Much like Evanescence’s Nirvana cover, I picked Flyleaf because of Lacey Sturm’s vocal contrast to Kurt Cobain. It’s not necessarily that good but worth a listen even if you never have to hear it again.