Posts Tagged ‘Thrash’

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…)

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…)

Metallica even released an album in 2016!

So the ball may have dropped long ago on 2016, which many deemed a dreadful year for entertainment due to many high-profile celebrity deaths. While our genre has lost some legends in recent years, hard rock and metal continue to thrive. I see bands rising and carrying the torch. We have the “world’s loudest month” in the U.S. for rock festivals. Metal is the most streamed genre on Spotify. Newer bands of all types of rock and metal subgenres continue to open eyes and ears not just here, but as always, worldwide. As usual, my list came down to the albums that not only initially knocked me on my ass, but also had me coming back time and time again. It mostly comprises reliable favorites, but there are a couple new surprise entries, as well.

First, we’ll start with a few honorable mentions: (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

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release (read review). Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers Sepultura and genre defying stalwarts Prong.

“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal Sepultura and Prong?! See ya’ in the PIT!”

View tour dates and ticket info inside. (more…)

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Chuck Billy of Testament

Fresh off the heels of our recent Testament coverage, the official video for “The Pale King” from the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans can be seen inside. The clip was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (Slayer, Death Angel, Kataklysm) for Videohammer Studios. (more…)

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…)

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Overkill

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…)

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Testament, 2016

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…)

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Testament

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.

We also discussed more details about the album, including its theme and individual songs. Look out for the interview in its entirety in the near future, but for now, watch the lyric video for Brotherhood Of The Snake inside:

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Band performance times have been announced for the second annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance will feature a lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, led by rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains, along withSlayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat and many more. In addition to three stages of top rock bands, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance features a craft beer and Gourmet Man Food experience celebrating what makes Philadelphia cuisine famous, unique and delicious. Look for Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s “Liquid Metal” and “Ozzy’s Boneyard” meeting fans and hanging out at the festival all weekend long.

Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets—as well as a limited number of single day tickets—for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance are available atwww.RockAllegiance.com. View the performance times inside! (more…)