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With only 3 months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill released their highly anticipated album, The Grinding Wheel (read review) followed by a US tour that ended one week ago. The band have also now released the music video for “Shine On,” which can be viewed inside. And finally, in case you missed it, we recently conducted an extensive interview with vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth on the new album, history of the band and more! Read that here. (more…)

Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence

When I interviewed Suicide Silence vocalist, Eddie Hermida in October 2015 (read here), he had a strong statement for fans about the direction of the band’s new album:

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.

With the release of the new self-titled Suicide Silence record (Feb. 24, 2017,  Nuclear Blast) (read review), Eddie and the band kept their word. Actually, two words: clean vocals. And that’s just the start. Yes, the new album is not safe at all. It all but abandons the band’s deathcore sound and has turned into one of the more controversial metal releases in recent memory. In fact, it’s facing St. Anger/Risk/Illud Divinum Insanus-levels of fan backlash. Acclaimed nu-metal producer Ross Robinson, who was integral in the beginning for bands like Korn, Fear Factory, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot in finding their signature styles, takes Suicide Silence and transforms it into a different band. 

As Suicide Silence is about to hit the road supporting the new album, Eddie called into Live Metal’s Jeff Maki to discuss the stylistic changes of the band, fan reaction to the album and his recent online feud with Australian deathcore band Thy Art is Murder. (more…)

In Flames

In Flames has released the official lyric video for the song “Here Until Forever,” which can be viewed inside. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, Battles (review), which was released last November via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S. (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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When I interviewed vocalist Eddie Hermida in October 2015 (read here), the band was opening for Korn on its self-titled album’s 20th anniversary tour (read review). Produced by Ross Robinson—the producer of the new Suicide Silence album, as well—that album changed the face of metal. Even in the Mitch Lucker-era, the band showed its admiration for Korn, as the band’s 2011 album, The Black Crown had obvious influences. But this new album isn’t strictly influenced by Korn—it takes Robinson’s body of work, combined with Suicide Silence’s vision, and the band undergoes a complete metamorphosis. (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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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…)


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…)

Overkill

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!
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Overkill

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…)

Suicide Silence

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…)

Sepultura

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!

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Testament_Brotherhood-coverReview by Jeff Maki
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After The Gathering was released in 1999, Testament went on an extended hiatus, not returning until 2008 with The Formation of Damnation. That album and its successor,  Dark Roots of Earth (2012), weren’t just comeback albums, they also saw Testament honing its strengths: Chuck Billy’s powerful, melodic vocals, Alex Skolnick’s guitar playing, songs with catchy hooks, and lyrics that were intelligent and aware. It’s Testament’s classic thrash metal style, only modernized. After years of chasing after other leading metal bands, whether it was Metallica in the late ’80s and early ’90s, or Fear Factory and Machine Head in the late ’90s, Testament finally came to the conclusion that it is a legendary band in its own right. So does Brotherhood of the Snake stand up to Testament’s recent output? (more…)