Sonic Temple Spotlight: AVATAR

Each week we’re bringing you several different spotlight segments from the Summer’s biggest rock festivals including Epicenter Festival, Chicago Open Air, and, of course, Sonic Temple!  This week, we’re showcasing Göthenburg, Sweden’s Avatar – a melodic metal act with demented circus theatrics, making for one hell of a show! Continue reading

KORPIKLAANI Release Lyric Video for Digital Single “Bier Bier” feat. TANKARD’S Gerre!

Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI are currently touring Europe alongside Turisas and Trollfest in support of their latest studio album Kulkija’. To celebrate, the band released a special tour edition, which includes the ‘Beer Beer’ CD, featuring 14 different versions of the eponymous track. Taken from this CD is also “Bier Bier,” sung by Tankard‘s Gerre, who even wrote the lyrics for the adaption. Continue reading

Sonic Temple Festival Spotlight: THE JACKS

As the days start getting longer, the outside views gradually morph from gray to a more pleasant green and the world starts to liven up a little, most folks start to anticipate the arrival of Spring. To the rest of us, this time of year isn’t just about nice seasons – it also means FESTIVAL SEASON is right around the corner! As part of our festival spotlight series, we’re bringing you the scoop on the bands that maybe sometimes get overshadowed by the top-of-the-bill bands/artists and introducing you to them so when the show rolls around, there aren’t any strangers! This week we’re checking out The Jacks – SoCal’s British invasion-inspired rock ‘n’ rollers! Continue reading

THE INOCULATED CANARIES Privilege Fans With New Single “Who Are You?”

Following their 2018 release ‘Trying Times’, New York quartet The Inoculated Canaries have released their newest single “Who Are You?”, and as a fan myself, I can say for sure these guys only get better and better. The chemistry within the band is very prominent in the new single and stands alongside previously released fan-favorites like “Count Me Out” and “Jericho”.

The band’s frontman Mike Rubin states:

The [Inoculated] Canaries has felt like 10 different bands throughout its lifespan…We keep adding to our style because there are so many great influences we can learn from. I spend 8-9 hours a day with these jerks and it absolutely contributes to how tight our live shows are. I know what James is going to do before James even knows he’s gonna do it.” Continue reading

“The Bucketlist” with LILIAC!

Photo Courtesy of Liliac

We’re back again with another installment of our beloved Bucketlist segment where we pose the age-old question and find out which acts make the personal bucket lists of your favorite bands and artists! Quite often, we all get to check off on our own bucket lists and most of the time that list is ever-growing, but nonetheless, Metal Nexus will be here to keep asking that question and do our best to bring artists and fans just a little closer! This week, we’re looking at Liliac – a hard-rocking family quintet all under the age of 20! Continue reading

Sonic Temple Spotlight: DIRTY HONEY

With their debut EP is still in the works, Los Angeles CA’s own Dirty Honey have already been wowing listeners across the country with a refreshing twist on their rock roots.  The band is currently gearing up for a busy 2019, kicking off in March as a supporting act for Red Sun Rising on their “Peel” tour alongside Goodbye June, and making appearances at some of the biggest rock festivals the Summer has to offer including Epicenter and Welcome to Rockville! Continue reading

Rock Legends TESLA Recruit YEAR OF THE LOCUST As Supporting Act For The SHOCK USA TOUR!

Legendary rock band, Tesla, have announced they will be bringing New York hard rockers Year of the Locust along as a supporting act for their “Shock USA Tour”. The tour kicked off February 2nd and will run until February 23rd where it will wrap up in Orlando, FL. Year of the Locust have recently unveiled a snippet of their upcoming single “Stay Alive”. The single was produced by Brett Hestla and features Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta.  Check it out below! Continue reading

INCITE Release New Single “Poisoned By Power” Featuring Chris Barnes of SIX FEET UNDER

Image Courtesy of Jeremy Saffer

Heavy metal frontrunners INCITE – led by frontman Richie Cavalera – are set to release their upcoming fifth full-length album, ‘Built To Destroy’, on January 25, 2019.  You can check out a more detailed and insightful look at the album in a previously released article by our very own Steve Savage HERE. Produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence) and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), ‘Built to Destroy’ is a visceral, urgent, voracious distillation of modern metal with reverence for the past, and boasts a progressed, matured sound for INCITE. Continue reading

REVIEW: JASON BECKER – ‘Triumphant Hearts’

What comes to mind when you think of the term Guitar Hero?  Is it the video game? Is it your favorite guitar player?  For me, it was the obvious guitar icons like Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, etc.  It wasn’t until recently I learned the true definition of a Guitar Hero.  Two words: Jason Becker. Continue reading