Posts Tagged ‘thrash metal’

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…)

Bay Area thrash pioneers Exodus announced their co-headlining Battle Of The Bays American Tour with Tampa Bay Florida Death Metal Godfathers Obituary. The tour kicks off on September 14 in Durham, NC making stops in Sayreville, Columbus, and San Antonio before ending in Baton Rouge, LA on October 15.. Joining the two American legends on the road are Power Trip and Dust Bolt. View tour dates and info inside! (more…)

Review by Jeff Maki
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Sister Sin had a fairly successful 13-year career, which saw the Swedish hard rockers sell thousands of records and play all over the world, including the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where we interviewed vocalist Liv Sin (read here), who also stakes claim as one of Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Metal.” When Sister Sin unexpectedly called it quits in 2015, Liv Sin—the band—was born. And what a rebirth it is. Follow Me sees Liv transforming into full-on-metal, while channeling the classic sound from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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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…)

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Scott Ian of Anthrax

LIVE PHOTOS: Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Jasta
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Review by Greg Maki
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One of the most anticipated metal tours of the spring–dubbed the “Killthrax” tour–brought together bands–and fans–of different eras. On one hand, there was Anthrax, one of the “big four” of thrash and possessing a history of more than 35 years. On the other, there was Killswitch Engage, one of the pioneers and leaders of metalcore, but also with a lengthening history of its own–its seminal, subgenre-defining album, Alive or Just Breathing, turns 15 this year. It’s all metal in the end, though, and ultimately the bill, which also featured The Devil Wears Prada and Jasta, was a testament to how this powerful, empowering, often misunderstood style of music has shifted and endured through the years. (more…)

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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…)

Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Review by Jeff Maki
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DevilDriver, the headliner of the Bound by the Road Tour, now has seven studio albums under its belt. Yes, seven. The band has been around that long, and I’m getting that old. But the band in direct support on the tour has been around way longer—Death Angel. Thirty-five years to be exact.

Death Angel has been an absolute machine in recent years, churning out its style of Bay Area thrash metal with albums Killing Season (2008), Relentless Retribution (2010), The Dream Calls for Blood (2013) and last year’s The Evil Divide, which earned an honorable mention on my “best of the year” list. I also interviewed frontman Mark Osegueda in 2010 (read here) and again in 2016 (read here). Both times, his excitement and enthusiasm was unlike anyone I’ve interviewed. It turns out he carries this enthusiasm over to the stage (more…)

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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…)