Posts Tagged ‘Thrash’

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Chuck Billy of Testament

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…)