Posts Tagged ‘nuclear blast’

Municipal Waste

When I first saw Richmond’s Municipal Waste thrashing out onstage during the 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour, I thought they had warped straight out of a time machine. Sporting denim vests and patches, bandanas and swinging their hair around the stage, this was something out of 1987. I liked it enough, but little did I know at the time that the Waste would go on to jump start a trash metal revival in the late 2000s, with other bands like Toxic Holocaust, Warbringer and Evile emerging. Yes, there were some shitty ones, too, but the good ones have stuck around. And Municipal Waste has stuck around for six albums now. But after its fifth album, 2012’s The Fatal Feast, the band took a five-year hiatus to focus on other projects (the Waste dudes are in a bunch of other bands), but now they’re back to fuck us up with Slime and Punishment (review), a new album of 14 songs and 28 minutes of crossover, skater-thrash metal that has been its trademark since day one.

Speaking of being warped, Municipal Waste is on this year’s Warped Tour, playing with some other metal bands you may have heard of, like Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain, Emmure and GWAR. As the band made its initial trek from Richmond, Virginia, all the way to Seattle, Washington, by van for the first date of the tour, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki checked in with vocalist Tony Foresta while the guys had stopped to check out Mt. Rushmore. (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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In a 2012 interview, I asked Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta if he thought the thrash metal resurgence at the time meant the immensely popular ’80s subgenre was back for good. He replied that the good bands will stick around, while the shitty ones while disappear. And that’s kind of what’s happened. In recent years, I haven’t been seeing many album covers with “Garbage Pail Kid”-style cartoon characters with their eyeballs popping out, oozed in slime, while hanging out at nuclear power pants. There hasn’t been anywhere near as much radioactivity as was present in say, 2007 to 2010. But the good ones indeed stuck around, and the band largely responsible for the revival, Richmond’s infamous, crossover thrashers Municipal Waste, is back five years after 2012’s The Fatal Feast. (more…)


Amsterdam based metal band The Charm The Fury have released the full set of their show at this year’s Pinkpop in Landgraaf, Netherlands.  The biggest national music station, 3voor12, voted their show as the #3 performance of the weekend. Watch the live set and view tour dates inside!

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Nightwish

In March 2018, Nightwish will begin their 9-month-long ‘Decades: World Tour 2018’ starting with 34 shows in North America. Nightwish will have a very special set list for the tour, featuring rarely heard material from the earlier era, and excitingly for both band and fans, they will revisit the old songs with some new twists. This set list will be a “one-off” and only performed on this ‘Decades: World Tour.’ View inside for tour dates and ticket information! (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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The past year has been a celebration of all things Glenn Danzig. Last September, the legendary horror punk band The Misfits—featuring bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle, with help from guitarist Acey Slade and drummer Dave Lombardo—finally reunited live with Danzig on vocals for the first time in 33 years. 2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Danzig classic (and my favorite of his albums) Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and a subsequent celebratory tour also was announced. Finally, Danzig recently hosted a two-day festival version of “Blackest of the Black” (formerly a tour) May 26 and 27 in Silverado, California, that featured Danzig headlining a lineup that featured Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Vamps, Marduk, Suicide Silence and many more. Got all that? Just as the past six months have celebrated the living legend, his 11th studio album, Black Laden Crown, makes the strongest attempt of a Danzig album in years to do the same.

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Chuck Billy of Testament

LIVE PHOTOS: Testament, Sepultura
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Review by Jeff Maki
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It’s been 30 years since the formation of Bay Area thrashers, Testament—30 years since it released its debut album, The Legacy. The band’s current label, Nuclear Blast Records,also is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. And let’s not forget the fantastic new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake (read review). It was the perfect storm for Testament—forever in the shadows of “The Big Four”—to showcase its own impressive discography and different eras of the band. After 30 years and thousands of live shows, this one could have been its last—it was that good! (more…)

New York death metal pioneers Suffocation will release their new album …Of The Dark Light on June 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has released the first single, “Your Last Breaths”, in the form of a 360º track video.  Check out the video, tracklist and details inside! (more…)

Wednesday 13 has revealed the video for “What the Night Brings,” the first track taken from his forthcoming album, Condolences. The album will be released June 2 on his new record label home—Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The track is now available at iTunes, Amazon and all good DSPs. Fans can pre-order Condolences in an array of digital and physical formats, including a few limited-run, colored vinyl versions, here.

“I’m really excited to unveil the new video for ‘What the Night Brings,’ the first track from our upcoming album, Condolences,” Wednesday 13 said“It kicks off our new album and really sets the tone for the rest of it. We worked on the video with director Matt Zane (Society One), and he really helped bring a spooky vibe. The song reminds me of a heavy metal version of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ theme.” (more…)

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…)