So the speculation has finally been laid to rest and all that Dave Mustaine, your father of thrash metal, ever said about re-issuing their iconic thrash metal debut album is coming true. Yes, you heard it right! MEGADETH will be unveiling the deluxe re-issue of their debut album, “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good: The Final Kill” this June 8th, pre-orders of which are already up and running.
SKELETAL REMAINS, the boys from California will be unleashing yet another horrendous(in a good way) record this coming week on the 13th of April, via Century Media Records and Dark Descent Records. This will be the group’s third studio album, titled ‘Devouring Mortality‘, it is going to be an out and out assault on your sonic taste buds. With just a week remaining for the official release, SKELETAL REMAINS today has put out yet another nerve wracking single, “Parasitic Horrors” from the upcoming LP, with two tracks, the title track and music video, “Seismic Abyss” already out to the masses. Mixed & mastered by Dan Swanö (OPETH, BLOODBATH) and featuring impressive art by Dan Seagrave (ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, DISMEMBER), SKELETAL REMAINS promises to deliver a mind numbing, ear splitting crushing opus, while maintaining diversity and remaining true old school at heart. The album was tracked at Trench Studios (ABYSMAL DAWN, EXHUMED, HIRAX, etc.) in their home state, California.
Last year, Bay Area thrash vetsTRAUMAannounced their long-awaited comeback and new member additions. In advance of finishing their upcoming third album,TRAUMAare set to hit the road on a brief headline tour beginningApril 13in Cool, CA. Additional east coast and mid-western dates have also been added.
TRAUMAwas born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate thatTRAUMAdeveloped a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet ofLED ZEPPELINandBLACK SABBATHand shared a love ofJUDAS PRIESTandIRON MAIDENwith original guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there wasTRAUMA’slegendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.
Metal and tattoos, it’s a perfect marriage isn’t it? This July Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival will bring to you the ultimate summer holiday getaway. It is a a one-of-a-kind destination event that presents to you heavy and hard rock music from over 30+ plus bands on two stages, with some big names from the industry, such as the likes of RISE AGAINST, A DAY TO REMEMBER, BUSH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CLUTCH and many more. It’s a star studded line-up. Adding more to the festival’s appeal, it will also host a tattoo festival inside of one of the country’s most infamous prisons, plus so much more. Continue reading →
They always say there is a great woman behind every man and that couldn’t be more true with Wendy Dio, wife of the late great Ronnie James Dio. The legendary front man who spent time fronting the bands Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf, and Dio. Ronnie James Dio is the man who popularized the metal horns we all throw in the air to show our love and support. Wendy and Ronnie were married in 1975 and in addition to being his loving wife she was also his manager as well. In the 80’s, she managed the Los Angeles rock bands Rough Cutt, and Hellion. In 2009 Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer. At the time Dio had just began working with Heaven & Hell again. The following year in 2010, Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s illness. Unfortunately we lost our great metal warrior on May 16, 2010. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since his death Wendy has kept his name alive by forming The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public. It’s not surprising that Dio himself was a very charitable person as well. He was a passionate supporter and contributor to charitable work, including his commitment to “Children of the Night” for over 25 years, as well as numerous animal charities. Thus far has The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has raised 2 million dollars. Some of the ways in the past they have raised funds is the Ride For Ronnie which is on it’s 4th year this year which will feature Steven Adler’s All Star Band, Dio Disciples, Beasto Blanco and more. Last year’s ride raised over $40,000. They have also started an annual Bowl For Ronnie event as well. You can check out information about the Ride For Ronnie and other events here.
California Christian deathcore veterans, Impending Doom announce brand new single, “The Wretched and Godless” along with official lyric video. The new track is off the band’s upcoming sixth full-length studio album entitled ‘The Sin and Doom Vol. II,’ set for release on June 22nd, 2018, via Entertainment One. It can be pre-ordered here. Continue reading →
Delivering hard hitting metal from Salisbury NC, BLACKWATER DROWNING have made a name for themselves playing on some of the biggest stages in the underground scene. With their mix of technical musicianship and brutal vocals, the band has shared those same stages with many international recording acts.
With the start of the New Year, the band made their way back into the studio to begin working on their follow up to their debut release, “Deity”. The first track from the band’s newly announced “Ruthless“ EP, “Violent Ends”, shows an evolution of the band, shining more light on their drummer, Chris Peavy, along with the addition of a rhythm guitarist, Chris Jones. Lead guitarist Jeremy Bennett shows off his fretboard pyrotechnics, with vocalist Morgan Riley delivering her signature brutal vocal delivery as well as added screams from Bassist Aria Novi. The new track is really borderline death metal vocals with almost the same temperament as that of death metal. The drums are hit with significant intensity, more than that the riffing is heavy, tuned down and perfectly blends together with Morgan’s tight vocal delivery.
Atlanta’s Fozzy formed in 1999 by lead singer Chris Jericho who is widely known as one of the most recognizable figures in wrestling and guitarist Rich Ward. The band is signed to Century Media Records and has released two studio albums through this label. The band’s current lineup consists of Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Frank Fontsere, Billy Grey and Paul Di Leo. Jericho has characterized the band by saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy.” Originally started as a cover band, Fozzy produced their self-titled debut album, and it featured mostly covers of bands such as Dio, Krokus, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe and Judas Priest. In 2005 they released “All That Remains” which included all original content. As of now the band has released 7 studio albums and one live album. Their newest album “Judas” is probably one of the best albums the band has released. The title track “Judas” is not only a hard rocking single but the video is by far one of the most entertaining videos I have seen in quite some time. Fozzy has dates scheduled on tour from now until the end of April and also a couple already booked over the summer in July and August. Continue reading →
Finland’s finest export and homegrown metal stars CHILDREN OF BODOM have good news for all of us. Word is out that the melo-death outfit from Espoo, are currently working on a new album as you read this article. The forthcoming album will be their much anticipated one after 2015’s highly acclaimed,’I Worship Chaos‘. The guys just entered their ownDanger Johnny Studio with producer Mikko Karmilato kick off the recordings of their brand new studio album. The upcoming album marks the continuation of their partnership with Mikko Karmila who worked both on ‘I Worship Chaos‘ and 2013’s ‘Halo Of Blood‘.
American power trio PRONG has premiered the official music video for “Forced Into Tolerance,” off of their 2017 released “Zero Days” via Steamhammer Records. The band’s chief Tommy Victor explains the rebellious nature of the new music video, as follows,
“It represents the no frills, “in your face” relentlessness of the track. It’s our response to being told what to think and believe by everyone. Enjoy!“