Well, my friends… The time has come. Relapse Records has now released the long-awaited vinyl reissue of Necrophagist’s Epitaph– the monumental second album by the technical death metal titans. It’s been over a decade since this masterpiece has seen an analog release, and I know it will be a great pleasure for Necrophagist followers to spin this timeless gem on the phono. I, myself, did not preorder the LP via Relapse, as money is tight at the moment; however, I do envy those who are spinning Epitaph today. It has to be refreshing to hear an official, newly pressed release from the innovative tech death masters. Without a doubt, the announcement of the Epitaph reissue ignited a small spark of optimism within all of our pessimistic hearts – that we may someday hear new material from the beast that is Necrophagist. Continue reading →
Hardcore punk, thrash-punk, and death metal fans alike are in for a treat! Tomorrow, 03/16/2017, starts the beginning of this extreme music trifecta hitting the road together for this 18 date, 17 city tour that’s sure to be a monster. Nails is a hardcore punk band from Oxnard, CA currently signed with Nuclear Blast. Currently with 3 full lengths and a couple of EPs under their belt, band members Todd Jones (ex Terror), John Gianelli, and Taylor Young meld elements of grindcore, powerviolence and death metal to create their own exclusive taste of hardcore. They will be supported by the intense but fun thrash punkers Toxic Holocaust. TH has won recognition from metal publications across the board who all agree that they are among one of the most important and entertaining thrash bands in the modern era. Originally founded as the solo effort of frontman Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust now claims Nick Bellmore on the skins with Charlie Bellmore stepping in the role of touring guitar support since 2015. Last but certainly not least are their Relapse Records label mates Gatecreeper who saw the release of their first full length album last fall. The quartet of Chase Mason, Eric Wagner, Seth Mears, and Matthew Arrebello have a primarily death metal sound that’s interwoven with a peppering of thrash and punk elements, but one that maintains death metal as it’s core. The three bands combine on the same bill to form the Voltron of the hardcore/punk/thrash/black metal scenes, a juggernaut of a tour that’s sure to please old fans and invite curious new ones. Don’t make excuses; make plans instead to catch this as it’s definitely gonna be a highlight of the touring circuit this year! Dates and locations are posted below:
3/16/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL 3/17/2017 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 3/18/2017 Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC 3/19/2017 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC 3/20/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA 3/21/2017 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA 3/22/2017 Music Hall Of Williamsburg – New York City, NY 3/23/2017 Middle East (Downstairs) – Boston, MA 3/24/2017 Foufounes Electriques – Montréal, QC 3/25/2017 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON 3/26/2017 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI 3/27/2017 Park Street – Columbus, OH 3/28/2017 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL 3/29/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA 3/30/2017 Analog Theater – Portland, OR 3/31/2017 New Parish – Oakland, CA 4/01 & 02/2017 The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA
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The classical Roman poet Virgil wrote in ‘Aeneid’, one of his most well known epics, to “be wary of Greeks bearing gifts”. Of course, Virgil was referring to the historically significant delivery of the subterfugeTrojan horse by the Greeks in order to gain access inside the fortified walls of the Trojan stronghold in the midst of a ten year siege. Ol’ Virgil, though, never could have, in all his poetic grace, imagined the Greeks handing the metal world the offerings of Hellenic Acid Death.Floga Records announced on March 10th that they were releasing the long buried first album from the legendary death/thrash/prog/tech metal collective known to the world as Acid Death. This album is finally seeing the light of day after a quarter of a century (25 years!) of staying in the shadows ofsomeone’s long forgotten stash.The band originally formed in 1989, and “Balance Of Power” was recorded in 1992 by the fledgling group who would go on to release several albums:“Pieces Of Mankind” (1997), “Random’s Manifest” (2000), “Eidolon” (2012), and most recently “Hall Of Mirrors” (2015). The gorgeous grounds of Greece spawned this apocalyptic philosophical quartet, apropos, considering the rich history of the country. Comprised of Savvas Betinis (ex-Brainfade and ex-Kinetic) on vox and bass, Kostas Alexakis (ex-Braindfade and ex-Kinetic) keeping the beats busting on drums, John Anagnoston (ex-Released Anger and ex-The Crucifier) on rhythm guitar and last but certainly not least is axe slinger Dennis Kostopoulus (ex-Infidel) on the lead.Despite some breaks over the years, the band returns to its’ core roots more often than not and have firmly cemented themselves as one of the major innovators and mainstays of the Greek metal scene. Acid Death have shared the stage with suchtitans as KREATOR, THE HAUNTED, IMPALED NAZARENE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ROTTING CHRIST, MAYHEM, PESTILENCE,andSEPTIC FLESH over the years,alongside some epic and raved about performances on the festival circuit. Continue reading →
Heads up, Metal Nexus followers! Decibel Magazine’s 2017 Tour is close to kicking off with a lineup featuring metal giants Obituary and Kreator as the headliners! Stalwart metal label Nuclear Blast USA is sponsoring the tour and the contest via Instagram, and the winners get to pick which show they’d like to attend! Also on the bill are Midnight and Horrendous with regional support to boot in select markets. All you have to do is re-post Nuclear Blast‘s post and hashtag it according to the instructions; tagging a friend nets you extra entries! What are you waiting on?! Get it on this immediately as the tour opens 03/17 in Charlotte, NC! Best of luck to you, and if you win, remember us here at Metal Nexus and let us know by tagging us in a post!
Progressive power metal band The Silent Wedding has just premiered the music video for their new song, “Silence”. The video was directed by Ioannis Psychos. They also possess a symphonic sound here as they headbang their way through the remarkable performance video. There’s a wicked keyboard solo in there that fits perfectly. It is possibly the most metal a keyboard has ever been. Having shared the stage with bands like Saxon, Firewind, and Fates Warning, The Silent Wedding shows strong prowess that is rare in the large sea of metal today. The band from Greece will be releasing their second full length album on March 10th via FYB Records (Belgium). It’s titled ‘Enigma Eternal’ and you can pre-order that here. The cover art of it was created by Travis Smith, who has also done work with the likes of Opeth, Katatonia, and Nevermore. You can view the music video below. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook.
Darkening was originally formed in 2004 by guitarist Oscar Pita in Havana City, Cuba, but is now based in Louisville, Kentucky. The band recently finalized their sophomore release ‘In Exile United’ and it released on December 9, 2016. We reviewed the album and became immediate fans of the band. (Read Review And Stream Album Here) The album was produced by Artifex Pereo guitarist Jordan Haynes (We Were Giants, Greyhaven, Intent To Kill) at Earlygrayce Studios in Louisville, Kentucky. The band also recently recorded a music video for the track “Time” from the EP. The video was filmed and directed by YoYo Lopez. Darkening boasts gut wrenching growls and some of the most technical and vibrant guitar playing to date. This band is truly putting Louisville on the map for brutal and technical metal. We will also have an interview coming up in the future with band founder and guitarist Oscar Pita, until then enjoy the new video for “Time” below. Continue reading →
Australian natives THE FUROR prepare an explosive concoction of death, black and thrash metal and the result is scathing to say the least. The bands not so secret weapon, drumming phenomenon Dizazter is part of Singaporean legends IMPIETY, but with THE FUROR he’s taking it to a different extreme. Mind-boggling drumming aside, his skills with guitars too are no less impressive and he has laid down all the songs for this album. Aided by guitarist Hellhound and The Grand Impaler on bass, THE FUROR whip up a storm of biblical proportions. From start to finish, the album is absolutely unforgiving but it has its share of clever variations and deft tempo changes without derailing the entire momentum. ‘Cavalries of the Occult’ will go down as one of the most venomous albums of its time. THE FUROR’S explosive ‘Cavalries of the Occult’ release, due out March 5th on Transcending Obscurity Records. The album was produced by Nizam Aziz of IMPIETY at Studio 47, in Singapore. The band just released the stream for ‘Rampage Upon the Rational’, and were already streaming 2 other tracks from the album which are ‘Death Manifest’, and ‘The Flames of Fate’. These 3 tracks will give you a head start on the album before it releases tomorrow. This is an album you will not want to miss. ‘Cavalries of the Occult’ has instant appeal and will surely be a cult classic for years to come. Continue reading →
Let’s talk about Russia! And let’s leave the politics out of it. Moscow’s REMARK has garnered a tremendous amount of attention with their video for the track “Falling” from their recent self titled album. The video has been out for a period of time but is still circulating heavily. The band released their debut ‘REMARK‘ in January 2016, it was produced by Andrew Konoplev. The band has stated that “Our first album was about finding our sound, style, manner of execution, and ultimately how REMARK should sound and look on stage”. I’m not sure what sound they were striving for but they hit a home run with the outcome. A true rock n roll record with a gritty edge. The 5 piece band is able to add melodic and aggressive notes within their style along with a rhythm that has that instant classic appeal. REMARK with Kuper Kukunchikov (METAMORPHOSIS Production) released two new music videos; the first one, “Falling,” brought REMARK to national attention and pushed them to the next level, winning the “Ultra Music” radio contest and a performance on Russian TV. In 2016 they appeared in rotation on many internet radio stations, and performed on many major Russian radio stations such as the RSN, L!FE, MAXIMUM live. The band raised the standards for rock n roll. Check out the video for “Falling” below. Continue reading →
DREAMCAR was a really surprising super group that was formed almost 2 years ago, but only became public knowledge over the past 6-7 months. The band features No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young along with the vocal domination of A.F.I.’s Davey Havok. The band hasn’t really said much about what type of music they set out to make. Davey recently spoke about the bands first meeting together saying “just sitting at the table with them and hearing their thoughts on what they wanted to do which was essentially just have fun and create music in a very free open environment so I told them I’m in.” The word experiment has been thrown around in regards to the bands sound. I like most people assumed their sound would be a mix of rock, ska and punk influence. Tony Kanal stated “we had no idea where this was gonna go, this was just about getting in a room and making music together, and just having fun, and the beautiful thing is it’s been that ever since, for the last 2 and a half years. Like I don’t feel like that feeling ever changed.” The band had already accumulated thousands of fans before even releasing any music. Today the band launched their first single “Kill For Candy” from their upcoming yet to be titled album. “I can’t stop listening to it, so that’s always a good sign for me,” Kanal says, while noting the band is in the “final stages” of wrapping up the album. The song boasts a heavy 80’s pop rock influence, that could be reminiscent of Depeche Mode and maybe even Duran Duran. At this point I think DREAMCAR have a lot more up their sleeve than they are willing to show, I would be willing to make a large wager that the album as a whole will have an incredibly broad style. The band has also booked some tour dates on the West Coast. Until we are able to hear more enjoy the first single now streaming below. Continue reading →
Source, who reached the top of my Best of 2016 list a couple of months ago has just released their long awaited video for one of my favorite tracks on their “Return To Nothing” album entitled “The Serpent”. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Gleason, bassist DanCrisafulli and drummer GeorgesOctoBous again show what great music wrapped around wonderfully lyrical themes can spiritually achieve between artist and listener. With the third dimension of visual cuing added, this already moving song takes on a life of its own, again reminding us all just how damned good Source is! Great way to start a Tuesday morning! Enjoy!!!
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