Last week, Gene Hoglan (Testament) joined Joshua Toomey for an in-depth interview on an episode of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast. The conversation covered a wide range of topics including playing as a session drummer for some of the biggest names in metal, the inspiration for creating his own artwork, weight loss, and much more. Continue reading →
The 5th annual Louder Than Life festival announces massive music lineup for 2018 including Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, and Deftones. The World’s Largest Rock n’ Roll Whiskey Festival has expanded to three days – Friday, September 28th; Saturday, September 29th; and Sunday, September 30th – at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Louder Than Life features a selection of award-winning bourbons, whiskey, spirits, craft beer, and some of the best food Louisville has to offer; along with a powerful music lineup of rock legends and breaking talent performing on three stages. The festival celebrates the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city. Continue reading →
Brisbane Melodic Hardcore legends WILDHEART are dropping their latest and most searing cut from their brand new EP, ‘We Are‘. The five-track release is out on Friday August 31 2018 and in a twist of fate and perfect timing, the band have been added to theBIGSOUND lineup in Brisbane – Australia’s largest music conference and showcasing opportunity – alongside other heavy music crews BAD JUJU, GRAVEMIND, BARE BONES, THE BEAUTIFUL MONUMENT, BETTER HALF, ARTERIES, WINDWAKER and more!
Progressive metal band The Contortionist have announced the upcoming Reimagined Tour. This tour will be in support for their upcoming EP and will include two sets. One set will be a full production while the second will be a more intimate set. The entire show will feature two hours of old, new, and “reimagined” music. Coming along the tour will be Canadian prog metallers The Intervals. Continue reading →
Heavy metal fans all over the world have grown up to their favorite bands’ music and sang along to every word. Sometimes, we form our own bands and cover some of our favorites. Other times, there are new bands which come out and release covers of their own. Some of our favorite metal bands today started out by covering their idols, and now their very own songs are sung by millions.
Sure, there are times we hear a cover that we don’t quite like, but others we end up liking more than the original! The point is, all cover songs come from a place of love and respect for the artist. Our love of metal is what brings us together, so here we’ve put together a list of the top five most covered metal songs to remind you of some old classics beloved by all. Continue reading →
WARBRINGER have continued to evolve throughout their 5th album into the most lethal band in modern thrash! With their latest effort ‘Woe to the Vanquished‘(2017, Napalm Records) the US based thrashers have delivered a monumental record and are now ready, in fact already conquering and marching ahead in European shores with their explosive live appearances over hot summer festivals & exclusive support shows with the mighty SEPULTURA!
This week, Joshua Toomey is joined by guest Bobby Burns, guitarist and co-founder of Primer55 for a special edition of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast. The impromptu interview comes fresh on the heels of the tragic news about the passing of longtime Primer 55 vocalist, Jason “J-Sin” Luttrell due to severe health issues just hours prior. Toomey (also of Primer55 alumni) reminisces about the good times had with Luttrell while a noticeably shaken Burns shares his memories of the band and feelings about the vocalist’s untimely passing. The interview is a somber yet heartfelt tribute to the life and times of Luttrell and the ups and downs of the extreme nature of being in a band like Primer55. Continue reading →
With two weeks to go before the arrival of the new ALICE IN CHAINS album ‘Rainier Fog‘(BMG), anticipation is ramping up with yesterday’s release of new single “Never Fade“. “Never Fade” is the third ‘Rainier Fog‘ song release following “So Far Under” and “The One You Know” and all three tracks are available as instant downloads by clicking here to pre-order the album ahead of its August 24th release date.
Jason “J-Sin” Luttrell was the vocalist of Primer 55, the celebrated nu metal based in Louisville, Kentucky. Jason or “J-Sin” was the vocalist of the band from 1997–2003 and then came back for a short period of time in 2007. However, after only three weeks of touring J-Sin was forced to exit the band due to poor performances and costly antics caused by continued drug and alcohol addictions that would eventually land him in rehab. As of August 10th, Jason was in the ICU at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto in Southhaven, Mississippi. At around 10:00 AM Central time a relative of the singer stated “As most of you know Jason has been sick for a long time. He is currently in the ICU at Baptist Desoto and is not expected to make it through the day. They are making him as comfortable as possible at the moment.” As of 8:31 PM Central time J-Sin has passed away, our deepest condolences are with his family, friends and band mates past and present. Continue reading →
Well here we are finally and I say this reluctantly, who would have thought we’d live to see this? Back in March, Frank Mullen the legendary original vocalist of NY death metal pioneers, SUFFOCATION announced that he would be hanging up his boots as their full time member. In a video posted on his Facebook page then, he alongside with Victoria formerly of WWE fame can be seen talking and that’s when Frank says he will be seeking for “new beginnings” and pursue full time acting and a few other projects in the future. And now the time has come for Frank Mullen to actually say goodbye to the legions of death metal and SUFFOCATION fans all over the globe. But.. but, before he calls it a day, he and his band will be trekking all across North America for a final farewell tour, aptly named “Death Chopping North America – Farewell Frank Tour 2018” with sick support coming in from misanthropic gore grinders CATTLE DECAPITATION, Brazilian death metal legends KRISIUN, and Swedish tech-death sensations SOREPTION. All of this crazy stuff happening this upcoming October / November.