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Review by Jeff Maki
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…)
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, will release their brand-new single, “Our Finest Hour,” on November 4th through Nuclear Blast. Check out the fitting lyric video for the title track inside! The track comes from Overkill’s upcoming album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released February 2017. (more…)
Instead of a long history of Testament, I’ll give you my version. Thanks to Headbangers Ball, Testament was part of my “Big Four” back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Along with Metallica, Megadeth and Sepultura, Testament’s Practice What You Preach became one of my go-to cassette tapes, with tracks like “Greenhouse Effect” and “The Ballad,” both of which had music videos that were featured prominently on the cult MTV show airing at midnight every Saturday night. I went back and discovered the thrash metal masterpiece The New Order, then came Souls of Black and Low. I had a Testament concert poster proudly hanging above my bed. In summer, I wore a black tank top displaying the band’s iconic logo. Years after their release, I was still listening to those albumsreligiously. Then in the late ’90s, like many metal bands, Testament kind of lost its way, and I kind of went down a different path musically.
Now, Testament—after disbanding and reuniting in early 2005—is about to unleash its third album of the 2000s, The Brotherhood of the Snake. And if it’s anything like its previous two, The Formation of Damnation and Dark Roots of the Earth, then fans, new and old, are in for a treat. The Testament I grew up with has been back for a few years now, and there’s no end in sight.
Vocalist Chuck Billy took a few minutes of his time to give us some dirt on the new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake. (more…)
Check out pro-shot footage of Corrosion of Conformity’s full set from the 2016 Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 11-14 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. Watch the live set inside! (more…)
Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament have released the title track for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Recently, we had the chance to chat with vocalist Chuck Billy about the new album. In the soon-to-be-posted interview, Chuck further elaborated on his recent comments that “he didn’t have fun making the album,” (read here) saying that the recording process was “something the band just maybe had to go through,” even at this stage in its career. He also described his vocal style on the album as similar to the band’s classic album, Practice What You Preach, and its previous effort, 2012’s Dark Roots of the Earth.
Legendary melodic metal act In Flames announce the release of their twelfth full-length studio album Battles, out November 11 via Eleven Seven Music in the North America and Nuclear Blast globally excluding North America. Recorded in Los Angeles, the 15-track album sees the band taking a new approach while staying true to their vision and encompassing their unique, signature sound. In Flames brought in Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, The Used) as a collaborator on Battles, creating an album that speaks to all In Flames fans alike.
“I think being in California really affected this album in the sense that we had a studio in the house that we were staying at and the vibe was really relaxed which lent itself to productivity,” says vocalist Anders Fridén. “It really helped having a producer who could make us focus on what we needed to accomplish and keep us on track,” he adds. “This was a very new approach for us because we’ve never let anyone else in the way we did with Howard,” says guitarist Björn Gelotte.
Confidence and palpable excitement is dripping all over Battles. The instantly infectious “take the power back” anthem “The Truth,” will hit radio airwaves this Friday, but fans can get a first taste of the new album with the unveiling of new track “The End” off the upcoming album. It will be available via streaming partners starting tomorrow 8/26. (more…)
This Fall, Cattle Decapitation will head back out on the road for a North American headlining tour, before joining Brujeria for a trek across the US in October with Eternal Sleep and Piñata Protest joining them on select dates. The entire stretch will run from September 22nd through October 21st. See all confirmed dates inside.
Montreal based deathcore pioneers, Despised Icon, will release their Nuclear Blast debut, Beast, on July 22. Today, the band has released a music video for the track “Bad Vibes”, directed by Jessy Fuchs of Slam Disques (Obey The Brave, Simple Plan). Watch it inside now!
Holland’s greatest symphonic metal band, Epica, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principle. Once again it’ll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de). View the cover art and more details inside. (more…)
California’s Carnifex have dropped the video for “Drown Me in Blood.” It’s the first track to be revealed from their upcoming album Slow Death, out August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch it below and view info on the new album inside.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, will release their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. In our recent interview with vocalist Mark Osegueda (read interview here), he described the album as “the wicked mother of its previous albums, Relentless Retribution and The Dream Calls for Blood.” Today, the band has released a music video for the track “Lost,” which can be viewed inside. The clip was directed and edited by Tommy Jones for Videohammer Studios.