Dragon

About Dragon

As the elder statesman of the Metal Nexus staff, I have been witness to the rise of Classic Rock in the 70s, the Thrash/Death/Punk/Hardcore movements of the 80s, the birth of Grunge, Nu-Metal, and Industrial in the 90s, and champion of Doom, Stoner/Retro Rock, Psychedelia, Crust, Fuzz, Sludge and everything else in recent years. As a supportive fan, musician, and artist myself, I have attended 1000s of shows and have many friends within the music community. And yes, it's true: I am more Metal than you!

SWEAT LODGE Streaming ZZ Top Cover From Departing EP ‘Tokens From Hell’

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Texas rockers Sweat Lodge are sharing a new song from their upcoming Tokens From Hell EP which will be issued through Brutal Panda Records on March 10th. It will be a bittersweet offering as the band has announced they are disbanding after its release and some select live appearances. You can read that news and hear another new song from the EP in another Metal Nexus article here. Today we are presenting Sweat Lodge‘s version of ZZ Top’s “Precious And Grace“, also from the EP, below.

BLACK CAT BONES ‘Down To The River’ EP Review & Select Track Streams

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From across the pond, Liverpool to be exact, comes the late 2016 release from Black Cat Bones, their 5-song “Down To The River” EP (Broken Road Records LTD).  It is the follow up to the band’s preceding EP “False Promises & Wasted Time” and what the band has crafted here is nothing short of fantastically bluesy, boogie ‘n groove-infused Southern Rock. The guys, singer/harmonica player Jonnie Hodson, guitarists Alan Rimmer and Adam Kerbache, bassist/bkg. vox Jamie Hayward, and drummer/bkg. vox Ash Janes have captured the essence of 80’s hard rock ala Guns & Roses, Junkyard or Dangerous Toys. Clearly not satisfied with sitting on those influences, BCB mash that oldschool vibery with tinges of modern rock similar to what acts like Rival Sons or Monster Truck are putting out and the result is an infectious sound indeed.
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Oldschool Sunday: DBC (Dead Brain Cells)

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Multi-instrumentalist Erik Larson (Backwoods Payback, Alabama Thunderpussy, Birds Of Prey, Hail!Hornet) recently brought to mind a band that had not actually crossed my mind in many a year: Dead Brain Cells, or as they’re commonly known, DBC. The band itself was a Montreal-based thrash metal band that originally formed in 1986 after beginning under the name of Final Chapter in 1985 with guitarists Eddie Shahini and Gerry Ouellette. The pair began looking for a drummer and soon entered former Unruled and Vomit & The Zits drummer Jeff Saint-Louis and guitar player Phil Dakin, who switched to bass for the band. Also joining at the time was former Vomit & The Zits singer Dave Javex Ray-O-Vac (David Leone) as the band’s vocalist. Realizing they were on to something serious, the guys took the new name of Dead Brain Cells, one of three suggestions by Leone, the other two being “The Mental Pukes” and “The Retarded Assholes”. However, before the band could really get going or perhaps even record, Leone had to exit due to employment commitments and so Dakin decided he would sing and play bass at the same time in DBC. By 1987 Dead Brain Cells were signed to Combat Records for whom they would record their landmark debut self-titled full-length album, Dead Brain Cells, that very same year. Produced by the famed Randy Burns (Nuclear Assault, Ludichrist), the album contained 13 tracks of ferocious, well-executed thrash metal with elements of hardcore and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The album elicited positive reviews from the likes of Metal Hammer, Burn and others as it quickly gained acceptance with fans in the metal underground as well.
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COLOUR HAZE Set To Release ‘In Her Garden’ On Vinyl In May

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Long-running German psychedelic masters Colour Haze have announced the vinyl format of their new album, “In Her Garden“, is set to be released on May 17th. At 75 minutes of glorious sonic trippery, the vinyl edition of the release will come as a double album via the band’s very own Elektrohasch Schallplatten label. The album artwork is visible above but extensive information about the offering is minimal currently and expected to be added to soon. We do know that Colour Haze will be hitting the EU. roads soon with My Sleeping Karma and purportedly there will be CD formats of this release available at those tour stops.   Continue reading

OVERKILL ‘The Grinding Wheel’ Review & Select Track Streams

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The biggest underdog of Thrash metal, but one with as much standing and respect as any of those in the supposed Big Four, is the New Jersey neck-wreckers Overkill. The earliest origins of Overkill date back to 1980 and despite regular line-up changes, revolving record labels and what have you, Overkill‘s two longest constant members, vocalist BobbyBlitzEllsworth and bassist D.D. Verni, always keep their vision alive with the band. Referred to as the “Motorhead of thrash metal” due to their uncompromising need to stay true to themselves, their music and their fans, the band continues to forge ahead with some of the best metal on the planet. The latest example of that dedication is the recently released eighteenth studio album from Overkill, “The Grinding Wheel“, which is out now from Nuclear Blast Records. Alongside Ellsworth and Verni on this latest salvo from the band once again are drummer Ron Lipnicki and guitarists Dave Linsk (lead) and Derek Tailer (rhythm) and we are here to break down this latest offering from this iconic band.


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Descendants Of Crom Fest Announces More Bands Added To Line-Up Including Headliners PENANCE

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The one-day Descendants Of Crom Festival recently announced to occur on September 30th at Cattivo Nightclub in Pittsburgh has announced more bands that have been added to perform. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the additions is the legendary Pennsylvania-based doom band Penance will headline the event with their first live show in 15 years! Other acts now participating include Karma To Burn, The Midnight Ghost Train, Solace, Cant, Ol’ Time Moonshine, Monolith Wielder and Archarus. These are besides already confirmed bands Earthride, EYE, Horseburner, Wasted Theory, Stinking Lizaveta, Foghound, Brimstone Coven, and Valkyrie. Needless to say, this one-day, two stage blow-out is something not to be missed!

Visit the Descendants Of Crom website for all the details.

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BRANT BJORK Announces U.S. Tour With ROYAL THUNDER & BLACK WIZARD Supporting; Select East Coast Dates With PENTAGRAM

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Hot on the arid heels of announcing his participation in the upcoming Desert Generator Fest, Brant Bjork has unveiled plans for a full-on U.S. tour. Support on the trek will come from Atlanta psyche rockers Royal Thunder and the stoner-fied fuzzers Black Wizard..but wait, it gets better. Select east coast dates will see the addition of the legendary Pentagram to the shows! 

BRANT BJORK: TAO OF THE DEVIL TOUR
with Royal Thunder & Black Wizard; PENTAGRAM select dates:

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THE BROWNING Forced To Cancel Tour Due To Theft Of Gear, One-Of-A-Kind Music Files, Etc.; GoFundMe Launched

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The techno-industrial metal band The Browning suffered a huge loss while in Milan, Italy this week. Someone robbed their van of musical gear, personal items and a hard drive containing the files required to play the band’s music live was also taken. The group estimate that the theft has cost them upwards of $10,000 and they have been forced to cancel the remainder of the tour as a result of the crime. The band has launched a GoFundMe campaign and released the statement and video below about the tragic turn of events:   Continue reading

An Interview With THANE FARACE Of Rabid Assassin, Pillbilly & Toxic Rabid Films

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Thane Farace is a wild man! At least that is the impression I get anyway and yes, while it is true that I have never met Thane in person, there’s enough stuff out in the cybernetic realm to come to that conclusion. He’s an integral member of Pennsylvania-based, oldschool heavy metal-influenced Rabid Assassin along with being a co-conspirator in the Pillbilly project alongside Dave Sherman. He is the head honcho and multifaceted force behind the independent film company Toxic Rabid Films whose very name gives you a distinct impression as to what type of cinematic greatness they create. Thane is clearly a creative dynamo that more than capably multi-tasks with a plethora of irons in the fire, juggling projects and undertakings like a skilled entertainer tossing one into the air while grabbing another elsewhere. He adroitly balances them and handles his biz like a man possessed, each endeavor a feat to be accomplished and then unveiled to the public to witness and experience. From the blistering thrash ‘n groove of Rabid Assassin to the outlaw country-fried southern rock of Pillbilly or his own ongoing solo musical artistry currently in the works, Thane Farace delivers the goods time and time again. With an exclusive endorsement through Epiphone Guitars as a shredding guitarist or the Coldcock Whiskey sponsorship of Rabid Assassin, countless people and companies recognize what a truly talented entity Mr. Farace is as do I. So, recognizing that he was someone we could all learn a thing or two from, I contacted the man and was eventually able to pick his brain about all the stuff he has going on. That includes three separate musical projects with albums in production, the films and other items planned via Toxic Rabid Films and God only knows what else so..no more hype, let’s jump right into The Metal Nexus Interview With Thane Farace!
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INDOMINUS ‘Legion Within’ EP Review & Stream

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We return to Ireland for yet another round of crushing, punishing extreme metal via Indominus‘ debut EP, the 5-song “Legion Within“. Released last September, the guys Alan Duddy (vox), Simon Cochrane (lead gtr./bkg. vox), Logan McKee (rhythm gtr.), Mark Payne (bass) and Nathan Glasgow (drums) administer a savage assault of Death Metal, Thrash, and traditional, oldschool-inspired Metal here. It is highly reminiscent of the earliest pioneering bands within the U.S.’ Floridian DM scene of yesteryear, clearly influenced by the likes of Obituary, Death, Massacre and the like. Structured upon blistering dual guitar antics, bone rattling rhythms and furiously unrelenting drums, the music is savage and abrasive. There are several vocal styles attached to things too ranging from bellowing gutturals to shriek-ish highs and the occasional aggressive Hardcore type, each adding a rather distinct flavoring to things.  
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