Caustic long-running New Jersey thrash legends Overkill have announced their 2017 U.S. touring trek with their labelmates, the Egyptian themed technical death metal band Nile. The 25-date tour will kick-off on February 14th at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, make stops in Chicago, Anaheim, and Washington, DC before ending at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth comments, “Can’t wait to roll ‘the wheel’ down the road. This February & March, USA, coming to a stage near you! Let’s make it another one to remember! Onward! Upward!”
Joining Overkill and Nile for select shows are melancholic progressive metallers Amorphis and melodic doom/ death merchants Swallow The Sun.
Friday, December 2nd was the recent day that the mighty Backwoods Payback made a triumphant return to our beloved underground music scene with their newest studio offering, “Fire Not Reason” (review here). It has been a long five years since the band’s last effort, Momantha, graced us with this underrated band’s greatness and in that time, multi-instrumentalist Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy, Hail!Hornet, Birds Of Prey) took up the drum kit alongside guitarist/vocalist Mike Cummings and bassist Jessica Baker in the group. After an earlier video released via the highly visually stunning “Dirge“, Backwoods Payback are back and paying it forward with their latest Official Video for “You Don’t Move“.
It has been exactly a year and one day since Metal Nexus reported on the union of ex-Fates Warning guitarist and original founding member Victor Arduini teaming with vocalist Brian ‘Butch‘ Balich of Argus and Penance fame in a project. That project, Arduini/Balich, have finally announced the fruits of their labor, the “Dawn Of Ages” debut, will be issued via Cruz Del Sur Music on February 24th, 2017. The band is rounded out by Arduini’s former Freedoms Reign bandmate, drummer Chris Judge, and the trio have reportedly created an ambitious, emotional masterpiece that is destined to astound listeners like no other album has in recent times.
“Dawn Of Ages” will be released in a deluxe 6-panel digipack embellished with a wonderful, original Michael Cowell (Alunah) artwork. The vinyl version will be released in a gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus, they are Uriah Heep’s “Sunrise“, Beau Brummels’ “Wolf Of Velvet Fortune“, and Black Sabbath’s “After All (The Dead)“.
Sweden’s hard rocking Horisont recently announced their upcoming new album, “About Time“, will be released via Century Media Records on February 3rd, 2017. They even issued an Official Video in the form of “Electrical” which is streaming below and now today comes further details of the anxiously awaited new album from the band including its formats, tracklist, and cover artwork.
“About Time” will be available as Special Edition Digipak (Europe only), Jewel Case CD (North America only), Gatefold LP and as digital album. Continue reading →
Seattle’s amazing duo of Amy Tung Barrysmith and Jon Barrysmith, otherwise known as Year Of The Cobra, have issued a new Official Video from their incredible recent STB Records release, “…In The Shadows Below” (my recent review here). The song is one of my favorites from the release, “Persephone“, and its performance video was filmed back in November at The Funhouse in Seattle by Dead Cowboy Productions. Amy had the following to say about the song/video:
“Persephone is one of my favorite songs to play. We wrote it about two weeks before we went in to record our full-length and had a ton of fun playing around with the idea of doing something that touches on our hardcore background, but then settles into a killer riff. This video was recorded at our record release show on Nov. 12, 2016.” Continue reading →
Metalville Records has released a most stellar compilation tribute to Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) titled “Snaggletooth: A Tribute To Lemmy” which includes an amazing grouping of bands playing their favorite Motorhead tracks. Bands like Overkill, Monster Magnet, Ugly Kid Joe, Destruction, and others deliver fine renditions of their own beloved songs from the iconic band and its legendary frontman. Lemmy himself is on three of the songs here as well with Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down“, a duet with Doro Pesch “Love Me Forever“, and a team up with Rammstein’s Richard Kruspe on “Rock City Night“. The full tracklist is below.
The Obsessed and its enigmatic founder, guitarist and vocalist Scott ‘Wino‘ Weinrich, are an undeniable rock and roll institution at this point in music history. Originally formed in 1976 under the name Warhorse, the band that eventually transformed in time to The Obsessed have had a somewhat storied existence in the band’s ongoing incredible evolution. The band was one of the few ever to cross every imagined line and perceived genre-based barrier by endearing themselves to fans of all styles of music, from the punk and hardcore scene on across into those such as the doom, stoner, metal, and plain ol’ rock and roll realms. Like most long-running entities, The Obsessed has had its ups and downs, its ins and outs, offs and ons and what have you but through it all, the beloved band has always maintained a massive base of support from fans. Much of that reverence is garnered due to Wino himself, someone who I myself have more or less idolized since I lived in Maryland during the early 1990’s and first saw his other well known group, Spirit Caravan play a gig during that period. We all, as music fans, have certain bands or artists that we identify with for whatever reasons, mostly because their music speaks to us and we relate to it on some level. Wino is and has been that artist for me for decades now and that appreciation for him, from my end of things, has only been bolstered and strengthened by crossing over quite a few years back and becoming an actual friend with him. Getting to know him as I have in recent years has been an incredible allowance that has given me both insight and ever-increasing respect for him and I have a feeling that same respect is about to be amplified for many fans of his and The Obsessed. Continue reading →
Helsinki, Finland’s Zombie Rodeo recently issued their 5-song “Cult Leader” EP, the follow-up to 2014’s “Dia De Los Muertos” EP. The riders within this rodeo, Thomas Vee (vocals), Miika Partonen (guitar, vocals), Mika Rissanen (guitar), Mikko Puhakka (bass), and Mikko Mustonen (drums), have evolved their groove-driven Fuzz/Hard Rock sound immensely since their earlier release. Their are touches of both Metal and Doom in some places and the result is a rocking outing from this band that’s only been active for a short five years since 2011. With a heavy, thick production sound these five tracks, “Nameless Rider“, “Silver Medicine“, “Cult Leader“, “Personal Hell“, and “Replacement Memories“, are all top notch songs covering a lot of musical territory. One listen to this EP and you will have found your latest rock ‘n roll addiction, so much that you will want to immediately sign up to join this cult, I assure you.
Philly’s retro blues rock outfit Ruby The Hatchet have shared the news that they have completed the recording of their currently still untitled next album. The band, vocalist Jillian Taylor, guitarist Johnny Scarps, bassist Lake Muir, drummer Owen Stewart and organist Sean Hur, recorded this album in a centuries-old estate deep in the Pennsylvania woods with engineers Joe Boldizar (Retro City Studios) and Zach Goldstein (Kawari Sound). Taylor comments:
“Setting up shop and recording ourselves in an 1800’s era estate has been a pleasure and a labor..we built the studio in house from the ground up..mostly Sean (organ), with help from our friends at Kawari Sound and Retro City Studios. From homemade pre-amps to third floor room mics hidden in echo chambers, the tones on this album are truly vintage. Putting ourselves into seclusion provided a process that influenced the album’s sound, allowing us to create our own pocket of deep space rock inside of a time warp where everything else stopped..politics, personal shit, the day-to-day worries that tarnish the soul…all gone. This album is like nothing we have ever made before.” Continue reading →
As is usually the case every holiday season, several bands and artists are getting into the spirit with new metallic flavored offerings to celebrate the season. The ugly sweaters have started popping up and along with them and other goodies comes brand new musical offerings from Wolfsbane (and former Iron Maiden) singer Blaze Bayley and the U.S. power metal outfit, Corners Of Sanctuary.
The first offering is Blaze Bayley‘s “Crazy Christmas“, which Blaze co-wrote with singer/songwriter Michelle Sciarrotta, who also performs under the name Fall Girl, and Chris Appleton who is lead guitarist in Blaze’s own recording and touring band (and also singer/guitarist in British metal band Absolva). Check out Blaze Bayley‘s “Crazy Christmas” now: