Steve Savage

About Steve Savage

I am a writer and music enthusiast based out of the SF Bay Area, California. I’m always interested in discovering new and different music no matter what the genre so feel free to hit me up anytime if you know about something I should be listening to or if you just wanna talk music in general. Peace!

Review: INCITE – ‘Built To Destroy’ [Track Stream]

Returning with their fifth studio album, Incite brings the heavy with ‘Built to Destroy’ – scheduled for release on January 25th, 2019 via Minus Head Records. Veteran producer Steve Evetts (Suicide Silence, The Dillinger Escape Plan), who also produced the band’s previous release ‘Oppression’ (2016), lends his hand once again on the new record. The sound is straight ahead groove/thrash for the most part on ‘Built to Destroy,’ in the vein of heavyweights like Machine Head, Devildriver, and Slipknot, minus any cringeworthy tough guy posturing sometimes found in such acts – largely in part due to Richie Cavalera’s authentic, yet outright punishing, vocal delivery and lyricism that avoids all possible pitfalls of going over-the-top in a forced attempt to sound “extreme.” The extremeness of the music comes through in its own organic way without any gimmickry or image to maintain – it’s just flat-out, badass metal. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Missouri’s ECHOES FROM ASHES [Track Stream]

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state. This month’s state is Missouri.*

Hailing from Saint Louis, Missouri, Echoes From Ashes delivers their soulful hard rock tinged with early 2000s post-grunge sensibility. The four-piece, consisting of Matt Kelly (guitar/vocals), Michael Wallis (guitar/vocals), Dan Stefl (bass/vocals), and Derek Keller (drums/percussion) formed the band in 2017 and have just recently released their debut self-titled EP in 2018. With the help of Michael Bivens as engineer and producer, along with Stefl, the five-track EP was recorded at Redwood Studios and released to solid local airplay and rotation on major streaming platforms. One of the more powerful singles from the release is “Victim (In Your Hands)” that starts off with a Pantera “5 Minutes Alone”-influenced opening riff and progresses into a melodically heartfelt verse and chorus, reminiscent of genre veterans Chevelle and Breaking Benjamin. Continue reading

Top 10 Albums Of 2018 [Assistant Editor Picks]

With so many great metal album releases in 2018 to choose from, it was no easy task to narrow them down to the 10 best. Last year seemed to offer something for every musical taste, with standout record drops representing every current sub-genre. For my list, I went in with the intention of exploring as outside-the-box as I could, while still honoring the albums which I believe to be some of 2018’s strongest that mostly fall under the vast umbrella of metal. This list will no doubt seem like an eclectic one for some, as it does cover a fairly wide range of styles from technical death metal, hardcore, progressive metal, black metal, and funeral doom (just to name a few). So, with that in mind, here are my picks for top 10 metal albums of 2018: Continue reading

Exclusive Premiere: HEARTSICK – “Loveletter” [Official Video]

Exclusively at Metal Nexus, Heartsick premieres their brand-new music video today for the emotional ballad “Loveletter” off the band’s upcoming album ‘Sleep Cycles,’ scheduled for release on February 1st, 2019. The clip predominantly features vocalist Alfonso Civile, in a distinctly heartbroken state, roaming the cold streets in search of new direction. Just in time for winter, the song which was produced by Josh Schroeder and the music video which was directed by Zach Bridges, are the perfect melancholic mood and chilling atmosphere for those long, late-December nights. Continue reading

Review: JINJER – ‘Micro’ [Video Stream]

Ukrainian prog/metalcore act Jinjer return with ‘Micro,’ the band’s newest offering that essentially packs an entire album’s worth of punch into five devastating tracks. The EP, scheduled to be released on January 11th, 2019 via Napalm Records, combines many of the familiar elements that fans have come to know and love while, at times, diving a bit deeper into the prog realm, primarily in the form of more technical experimentation. ‘Micro’ is a clear indicator of Jinjer’s maturation as musicians and a solid milestone for what appears to be a band entering their sonic prime. Continue reading

BATTLE BEAST Reveals Release Date & Details For New Album ‘No More Hollywood Endings’

Finnish heavy metal act Battle Beast have finally dropped the news about their upcoming studio album ‘No More Hollywood Endings,’ scheduled to be released March 22nd, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band also recently announced a six-week headlining European tour with power metallers and fellow countrymen Arion for Spring, 2019 to support the new record. Continue reading

REBEL WIZARD Premieres Video For “Mother Nature, Oh My Sweet Mistress…” [Video & Album Stream]

Rebel Wizard just premiered the brand-new video for “Mother Nature, Oh My Sweet Mistress, Showed Me the Other Worlds and It Was Just Fallacy,” off of the new album ‘Voluptuous Rapture of Worship and Response’ via Prosthetic Records. Continue reading

Just Announced: BUCKCHERRY & JOYOUS WOLF Warpaint Tour 2019 Dates

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Southern California rock veterans Buckcherry are hitting the road for leg one of the Warpaint Tour 2019 for 40 shows this spring, with the can’t miss, up-and-comers Joyous Wolf as their special guests. Buckcherry will be touring in support of their upcoming new album ‘Warpaint,’ scheduled to release March 8th, 2019, just as the tour is getting underway. The trek will begin in Northern California on March 6th, 2019, making its way up through Canada, then nationwide all across the rest of the US, and winding up in Southern California on May 5th, 2019. According to Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd, “There will be multiple legs to the tour, so any markets we miss on the first one, we will definitely be in your town somewhere down the line.” Tickets on sale today! (12/21/2018). Continue reading

Just Announced: 2019 VANS WARPED TOUR Dates

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Vans Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman confirms dates for the show’s 25th anniversary via tweet this morning. As 2018 marked the end of its annual outing as a major touring entity, 2019 will feature only limited dates in honor of Vans Warped Tour’s impressive 25-year long run. Continue reading

Breaking News: Maynard James Keenan Vocals Confirmed On New TOOL Track

In the most recent issue of the band’s official newsletter from December 4th, 2018, webmaster Blair confirms that drummer Danny Carey played a new Tool track for him in his Porsche, referred to simply as “track 3.” “Hellboy,” admin of Fourtheye.net, a popular resource and web forum for all things Tool-related, wrote in a recent post that he subsequently spoke to Blair personally and reports: “I asked Blair if there was Maynard [James Keenan] on what he heard, and the answer was yes. I didn’t ask (nor will I) for further information.” In the rest of the post he goes on to describe a possible timeframe for a new Tool release in 2019: Continue reading