Review by Jeff Maki
Being the die-hard thrash metal fan you are, you’ve watched The Grinding Wheel album trailers, checked out the lyric videos for both “Mean Green Killing Machine” and “Our Finest Hour,” the music video for “Goddamn Trouble” and, hopefully, read our new interview with frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. There’s been a hell of a lot of promotion for this album–incredibly, Overkill’s 18th of its career—and we’ve been part of it. With good reason, because this is one of the finest hours of thrash metal in recent years. Blitz said the band “thinks it’s better” than new albums by Anthrax, Megadeth or Testament. You know what? He might be right. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘New Releases’
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, D.D. Verni, New Releases, nuclear blast, Overkill, The Grinding Wheel, Thrash, thrash metal
Review by Jeff Maki
Tags: deathcore, Eddie Hermida, extreme metal, New Releases, nuclear blast, Ross Robinson, Suicide Silence, Tour Dates
The wait is finally over, as Suicide Silence have triumphantly returned with their truly career defining moment in the form of their self-titled new, full-length album set for a Feb 24th release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The new offering was hailed by Alternative Press and Guitar Player Magazine as “One of 2017’s Most Anticipated Albums.” The offering was produced by the world-renowned Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age). Pre-order bundles can be purchased at the link below.
The brand-new, crushing track, “Silence,” can also be streamed now inside. All photos in this clip were shot by Randy Blythe (Lamb of God vocalist). Blythe’s photography is also featured in-depth across the band’s new album layout. (more…)
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, album trailer, Amorphis, Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, Death Metal, extreme metal, Interviews, Live Metal, New Releases, Nile, nuclear blast, Official video, Overkill, Swallow the Sun, The Grinding Wheel, Thrash, thrash metal, Tour Dates
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, will unleash their upcoming 18th studio album, The Grinding Wheel, on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. To date, the band has revealed a series of album trailers for the album discussing the artwork, lyrics, musical direction and much more. Today, the band revealed their fifth trailer in which vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth talks about his heavy metal charity organization “Rock Against Dystrophy.”
Check out all the trailers for The Grinding Wheel inside. And in case you missed it, be sure to read our brand new interview with Blitz here! Straight from the gutter, the frontman tackles everything from current-day-competition, Overkill history and, of course, more info on The Grinding Wheel than you can withstand!
Arch Enemy release new live video for “War Eternal”; DVD/Blu-ray ‘As The Stages Burn!’ out March 31stPosted: January 30, 2017 by Jeffrey Maki in News, Videos
Tags: Alissa White-Gluz, Arch Enemy, As The Stages Burn, BluRay, Century Media, Death Metal, DVD, extreme metal, female-fronted metal, melodic death metal, Michael Amott, New Releases, sweden
The new video was filmed at Wacken 2016 and is featured on the Arch Enemy’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray As The Stages Burn!, which comes out March 31st. As The Stages Burn! will be available as a Ltd. Deluxe CD+DVD+Blu-ray Box Set (EU), Ltd Edition CD+DVD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+DVD, and as digital album. Watch it inside and pre-order now! (more…)
Tags: 80s metal, Anton Kabanen, Battlebeast, Bringer of Pain, female-fronted metal, Finland, heavy metal, Helloween, Helsinki, Interviews, New Releases, Nitte Valo, Noora Louhimo, power metal, Sabaton, Sonata Arctica, Twisted Sister, Unholy Savior
Battlebeast—how can that name not bring a smile to a metalhead’s face? The Finnish band combines power metal and traditional ’80s metal into something special: anthemic songs with big hooks and choruses to bring out that inner headbanger in us all. Formed in 2008 and originally featuring vocalist Nitte Valo, the band was left in a compromising position in 2012 when she had to leave the band prior to a coveted opening slot on a tour with Sonata Arctica. In stepped the wild-haired, big voice of a frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, who up until this point had never performed in a heavy metal band. Well, Noora (or as she had me pronounce it, New-rrr-a, with an emphasis on the tongue roll) now has become the heart and soul of Battlebeast, as the band prepares to release its third album with her as vocalist, Bringer of Pain (Feb. 17, 2017, Nuclear Blast Records). The band—rounded out by bassist/vocalist Eero Sipilä, drummer Pyry Vikki, guitarist Juuso Soinio, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and his brother, guitarist Joona Björkroth—will serve as openers, along with Leave’s Eyes, for Sabaton on a U.S. tour this spring. Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with Noora about Bringer of Pain, the interesting story of how she joined the band, it’s ’80s metal style and much more. (more…)
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, Andy Sneap, Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, heavy metal, Horrorscope, I Hear Black, Ironbound, Mean Green Killing Machine, Megadeth, Metallica, New Jersey, New Releases, nuclear blast, Our Finest Hour, Overkill, Slayer, Testament, The Grinding Wheel, The Years of Decay, Thrash, thrash metal, Under The Influence, Wrecking Crew
From the first time I heard the thrash metal anthem “Hello from the Gutter,” off of the 1988 album Under the Influence, I was hooked on Overkill. Then came “Elimination” and “Time to Kill” and “Horrorscope,” and you get the idea. The New Jersey band formed at the same time as other bands in the United States, from coast to coast, and around the world, were creating the new, chaotic subgenre devoid of rules and against the grain of what was considered heavy metal at the time. It would come to be known as thrash metal. With a notable winged-skull mascot named “Chaly,” and releases like The Years of Decay (1989), Horrorscope (1991) and I Hear Black (1993), the band was a regular on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, toured and became known all over the world. There’s even a strong sentiment among fans and metal purists that the “Big Four” should be expanded to include the likes of Overkill, Testament, Exodus, and others. Yes, Overkill is that important, and, in other words, they can be considered living legends. Throughout the turbulent metal scene in the ’90s, the band continued to crank out albums, and kept going strong in the 2000s.
That leads us to the present, when Overkill is about to release its 18th album. The Grinding Wheel is as heavy as it is diverse and dangerously fun. Members have come and gone, but the instantly recognizable voice of the band, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, remains. Blitz recently called in to say hello from the gutter, talk about the new album and Overkill’s three decades of thrash metal with Live Metal’s Jeff Maki. (more…)
Tags: 90s metal, Death Metal, Decibel Magazine Tour 2017, Donald Tardy, extreme metal, Florida death metal, Horrendous, John Tardy, Kreator, Midnight, New Releases, Obituary, self-titled, Tour Dates, upcoming releases
Florida death metal legends Obituary return with their self-titled, 10th studio album, further cementing their legacy as one of the most important metal bands of all time!
Picking up where 2014’s Inked In Blood left off, Obituary show no signs of slowing down as they continue to reign as Kings of death metal. Recorded at their home studio in Tampa, FL, Obituary is a 10 track tour-de-force of bone-pulverising death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising and infectious as anything they’ve released in their historic, nearly 30-year career!
Life Of Agony confirm April 28th release date for Napalm Records debut ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’Posted: January 7, 2017 by Jeffrey Maki in News, Tour Dates
Tags: 90s metal, A Place Where There's No More Pain, heavy metal, Keith Caputo, Life of Agony, Mina Caputo, Napalm Records, New Releases, Tour Dates
Reactivated Brooklyn hard rock legends Life Of Agony are hard at work on their new album and Napalm Records debut A Place Where There’s No More Pain. Today the band has confirmed an April 28th release date and have debuted the album’s artwork. The track listing along with pre-order options will be made available soon.
Tags: 300, Firewind, Greece, Gus G., heavy metal, Immortals, New Releases, Official video, power metal, upcoming releases
Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, are releasing their eighth studio album, Immortals, on January 20th, 2017. In order to give you a next preview teaser for the upcoming album, a bombastic video clip, which was produced by the iCODE Team (Kamelot, Devin Townsend Project, Moonsorrow, etc.), as well as a digital single for the album track “Ode To Leonidas” are available now. Check out the video and read more info inside! (more…)
Tags: 90s metal, deathcore, Doris, Eddie Hermida, extreme metal, Jose Mangin, Korn, Mitch Lucker, New Releases, nuclear blast, Ross Robinson, Sepultura, Slipknot, Suicide Silence, upcoming releases
The wait is finally over, as Suicide Silence have triumphantly returned with their truly career defining moment in the form of their self-titled new, full-length album set for a Feb 24th release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Here’s what vocalist Eddie Hermida told us about the album in an interview (read the full interview here) we did with him prior to recording:
We’re looking to burn bridges, man. We’re looking for kids to either sink or swim with us. If you’re at all hesitant about our band, if you don’t get our motives and if you don’t get our position in the world and you don’t get where our music comes from, then you’re gonna be one of those fans that gets left behind. It’s one of those things where this next future, this next road for us is gonna be something that is really gonna put us to the test for ourselves more than anybody else. It’s almost one of those things where it might even completely bomb, and we don’t care. It’s one of those things where we’re literally at a point that we’re not allowed to not take chances anymore. We’re not allowed to play the safe road anymore.
So Eddie holds nothing back here, saying that this album will be way different. And yes, “Doris” does have clean vocals and the signature Ross Robinson production, but the core Suicide Silence sound is still intact. Check out the video and more comments from the band inside. (more…)
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, Andreas Kisser, Brazil, Derrick Green, extreme metal, hardcore, heavy metal, Lyric video, Machine Messiah, New Releases, nuclear blast, Sepultura, Thrash, thrash metal, upcoming releases
Brazilian heavy metal icons, Sepultura, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have released the lyric video of first digital single, “I Am The Enemy.” Check it out below!
Tags: alternative metal, Anders Friden, Battles, Björn Gelotte, Daniel Svensson, Howard Benson, In Flames, Jesper Strömblad, melodic death metal, New Releases, Peter Iwers, pop metal, Reroute to Remain, Siren Charms, Sounds of a Playground Fading, Soundtrack to Your Escape, sweden
Review by Jeff Maki
There was a turning point in the evolution of In Flames’ sound in the early 2000s. Fans cite either 2002’s Reroute to Remain, (which featured more clean singing, melody and even a borderline country music song) or 2004’s Soundtrack to Your Escape (an industrial metal album, which, at the time, was its most commercial-sounding release to date) as the albums that “abandoned” the band’s signature melodeath sound. Come Clarity (2006), A Sense of Purpose (2008) and Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011) rode the fine line of heaviness and accessibility, and even yielded some new fan favorites along the way. Then came Siren Charms (2014,) and for many of the fans still left, this was the final nail in the coffin. I’ve been a fan of most of In Flames’ post-melodeath era albums, even Siren Charms. The album had a somber mood and explosive parts throughout. But now with In Flames’ 12th studio album, Battles, and yet more drastic changes in sound and personnel, will they be able to retain me as a fan? (more…)