Steve Savage

About Steve Savage

Writer and music enthusiast based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, always interested in discovering new and different music no matter what the genre. 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: BLACK FAST ‘Spectre of Ruin’ [Video Stream]

This Friday the 13th, St. Louis thrash metal quartet, Black Fast are set to release their third full-length LP entitled ‘Spectre of Ruin’ via eOne Music. Just like a machete to the jugular, this record is track after track of eviscerating ferocity, and for the listener, never a moment of sanctuary is offered. It’s just pure, balls-out metal in the form of blistering, technical, death-infused thrash with nuanced layers of gothic, black metal coldness that find a way to ooze into the music at just the perfect times. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Indiana’s WOLFTOOTH [Album Stream]

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

This month’s state is Indiana!

What do you get when you mix equal parts ‘Master of Reality’-era Black Sabbath with ‘Stained Class’-era Judas Priest, and then add a few generous splashes of ‘Meantime’-era Helmet? Hailing from Richmond, Indiana, Wolftooth are delivering bluesy stoner metal through a fuzzy haze of modern freshness. Continue reading

Mikey Doling On Second SNOT Album Rumor, “We Didn’t Have Any Songs That Were Put Together Yet”

Mikey Doling (Snot, Soulfly, Channel Zero) is Joshua Toomey’s interview guest for this week’s episode of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast. Among other topics, their discussion puts to rest rumors that the ‘Strait Up’ tribute album consisted of songs originally intended to be the follow-up to Snot‘s debut album ‘Get Some.’ “We didn’t have any songs that were put together yet,” says Doling. “Some of the riffs on ‘Strait up’ are some of the riffs we were writing. But as far as songs go – not one of them.” Continue reading

SCATTERED HAMLET Release “Stay Hungry” Music Video and Summer Tour Dates [Video Stream]

Southern hard rock/metal band, Scattered Hamlet release the official music video for their cover of the Twisted Sister classic, “Stay Hungry.” The track is a heartfelt tribute to the band’s drummer, Jake Delling Le Bas, who is currently in a coma. They have also just announced the schedule of the North American Stay Hungry, Stay Free Tour. Confirmed dates below. Continue reading

NONPOINT Release Two New Songs and Details for Upcoming Album ‘X’ [Track Streams]

Nonpoint drop two new tracks today (June 22nd, 2018), “Chaos and Earthquakes” and “Dodge Your Destiny” off of their upcoming new album entitled ‘X’ – scheduled for release August 24th, 2018 on Spinefarm Records. The new record, ‘X’ is pronounced ‘Ten,’ referring to it being the veteran nu-metal band’s tenth studio album. Continue reading

Cody Quistad (WAGE WAR), “We’re Gonna Try to Make the Best Record Ever”

On this week’s episode of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast, Toomey is joined over the phone by both Cody Quistad (vocals/guitar) and Briton Bond (vocals) of Wage War. With two answers for the price of one question, how can you go wrong? The discussion covers opening vs. headlining on tour, finding the unlikely commonality with country music in metal, a severely sunburned forehead, and much more. Also, be sure to catch Wage War this summer as part of the massive lineup for the final run of the Vans Warped Tour, which they also discuss. Continue reading

Indie Rockers, THE DOSE Release New Single – “Vervain” [Video Stream]

Los Angeles-based, indie rock duo, The Dose release “Vervain” – the first track and official video off their upcoming full-length debut album, anticipated for release later this year. Produced by Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) and mixed by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden), the single is an adrenaline-fueled grunge rocker with a nineties feel that fans of bands like Foo Fighters and Nirvana will surely want to check out. Stream or download the audio here. Continue reading

Robb Rivera (NONPOINT) On Technical Ability vs Great Songwriting, “Tell That to Nirvana”

Photo Credit: Brenda Daniels

Robb Rivera is Joshua Toomey’s guest on this week’s episode of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast. All while having a near-death Uber ride experience and site-seeing in Venice Beach, California, Rivera chats up Toomey over the phone extensively about the upcoming Nonpoint album; as well as opening vs headlining, second generation fans, collecting vinyl, and much more. Continue reading

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS and KING PARROT US Tour Rescheduled for This Fall [Official Trailer]

Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals and Housecore labelmates, King Parrot are set to head out on a US tour this fall. The Choosing Mental Illness US Tour was originally scheduled for spring but has been officially postponed following Anselmo’s recent back surgery. Anselmo commented of the decision: Continue reading

Remembering Ralph Santolla 1969-2018

Metal guitarist, Ralph Santolla has just passed away yesterday, Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 at age 48. After entering a coma following a heart attack last week, it was confirmed on Tuesday that he would be taken off life support the following day. Santolla’s mother, Sue Santolla-Rocha made this statement yesterday on her Facebook page: Continue reading