OVERKILL ‘The Grinding Wheel’ Review & Select Track Streams

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The biggest underdog of Thrash metal, but one with as much standing and respect as any of those in the supposed Big Four, is the New Jersey neck-wreckers Overkill. The earliest origins of Overkill date back to 1980 and despite regular line-up changes, revolving record labels and what have you, Overkill‘s two longest constant members, vocalist BobbyBlitzEllsworth and bassist D.D. Verni, always keep their vision alive with the band. Referred to as the “Motorhead of thrash metal” due to their uncompromising need to stay true to themselves, their music and their fans, the band continues to forge ahead with some of the best metal on the planet. The latest example of that dedication is the recently released eighteenth studio album from Overkill, “The Grinding Wheel“, which is out now from Nuclear Blast Records. Alongside Ellsworth and Verni on this latest salvo from the band once again are drummer Ron Lipnicki and guitarists Dave Linsk (lead) and Derek Tailer (rhythm) and we are here to break down this latest offering from this iconic band.


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Descendants Of Crom Fest Announces More Bands Added To Line-Up Including Headliners PENANCE

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The one-day Descendants Of Crom Festival recently announced to occur on September 30th at Cattivo Nightclub in Pittsburgh has announced more bands that have been added to perform. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the additions is the legendary Pennsylvania-based doom band Penance will headline the event with their first live show in 15 years! Other acts now participating include Karma To Burn, The Midnight Ghost Train, Solace, Cant, Ol’ Time Moonshine, Monolith Wielder and Archarus. These are besides already confirmed bands Earthride, EYE, Horseburner, Wasted Theory, Stinking Lizaveta, Foghound, Brimstone Coven, and Valkyrie. Needless to say, this one-day, two stage blow-out is something not to be missed!

Visit the Descendants Of Crom website for all the details.

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Croatia’s DRONE HUNTER Release Video For “Wine Dick”!

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Photo Credit: Patrick Kreling

Croatian instrumental trio DRONE HUNTER have released a video for the song “Wine Dick” which is from their November 15, 2016 release ‘Welcome To The Hole’. The album was recorded and mixed by Tomislav ‘Tompa’ Novosel at E Minor Studio in Varaždin, Croatia during the summer of 2016. Mastered by Igor ‘Meister’ Malečić at Meisterwerk Productions Studios in Zagreb, Croatia in November 2016. The footage was filmed throughout the year 2016 and covers DRONE HUNTER’s tours and journeys in Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Malta. The video is like seeing through the eyes of the band as they make their way through various countries. It comes across like a tourist video and includes amazing sites from the various cities that they visited along their tour stops. The music is a stellar soundtrack to the video and pairs well. DRONE HUNTER’s “Wine Dick” creates varying grooves, stoner rock elements and truly worship the. If you are a fan of riffs and especially instrumental bands look no further, DRONE HUNTER has arrived. Continue reading

BRANT BJORK Announces U.S. Tour With ROYAL THUNDER & BLACK WIZARD Supporting; Select East Coast Dates With PENTAGRAM

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Hot on the arid heels of announcing his participation in the upcoming Desert Generator Fest, Brant Bjork has unveiled plans for a full-on U.S. tour. Support on the trek will come from Atlanta psyche rockers Royal Thunder and the stoner-fied fuzzers Black Wizard..but wait, it gets better. Select east coast dates will see the addition of the legendary Pentagram to the shows! 

BRANT BJORK: TAO OF THE DEVIL TOUR
with Royal Thunder & Black Wizard; PENTAGRAM select dates:

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THE BROWNING Forced To Cancel Tour Due To Theft Of Gear, One-Of-A-Kind Music Files, Etc.; GoFundMe Launched

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The techno-industrial metal band The Browning suffered a huge loss while in Milan, Italy this week. Someone robbed their van of musical gear, personal items and a hard drive containing the files required to play the band’s music live was also taken. The group estimate that the theft has cost them upwards of $10,000 and they have been forced to cancel the remainder of the tour as a result of the crime. The band has launched a GoFundMe campaign and released the statement and video below about the tragic turn of events:   Continue reading

Review: KEMEROV – ‘FMKD’ [Album Steam]

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Photo Credit: Kwstas Kartelar

Two guys that grew up with old school 90’s death metal joined forces and formed the band Kemerov in 2013. The quartet hail from Serres, Greece. They could never really choose between the metal sound and the rock n’roll feeling, and their sound meshes the two together perfectly. Giving in to these schizophrenic tendencies, they are inspired by bands like Entombed, Cathedral and Turbonegro and various others. Kemerov decided to throw all their influences into the mix, which created this new hybrid sound you won’t find anywhere else. In 2013 they got the ball rolling with guitar, voice and occasionally bass and drums. By the summer of 2015, the band had acquired permanent members for both drums and bass. This would become the first ever full Kemerov lineup. The lineup was now stable and in November 2015 they released their debut self-titled EP, and they’ve began to hit the stage in support of acts like Rotting Christ, Septicflesh and Jucifer, among others. During this time the band was also working on new material for their debut full-length release. The full length titled ‘FMKD’ was released on January 31, 2017. The album was produced by Kemerov & Emmanouil Hermano Tselepis. The band recorded at various studios including Flow Recordings Studio, Galdemi Studio and Steve’s studio and then it was all mixed and mastered by Emmanouil Hermano Tselepis.   Continue reading

An Interview With THANE FARACE Of Rabid Assassin, Pillbilly & Toxic Rabid Films

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Thane Farace is a wild man! At least that is the impression I get anyway and yes, while it is true that I have never met Thane in person, there’s enough stuff out in the cybernetic realm to come to that conclusion. He’s an integral member of Pennsylvania-based, oldschool heavy metal-influenced Rabid Assassin along with being a co-conspirator in the Pillbilly project alongside Dave Sherman. He is the head honcho and multifaceted force behind the independent film company Toxic Rabid Films whose very name gives you a distinct impression as to what type of cinematic greatness they create. Thane is clearly a creative dynamo that more than capably multi-tasks with a plethora of irons in the fire, juggling projects and undertakings like a skilled entertainer tossing one into the air while grabbing another elsewhere. He adroitly balances them and handles his biz like a man possessed, each endeavor a feat to be accomplished and then unveiled to the public to witness and experience. From the blistering thrash ‘n groove of Rabid Assassin to the outlaw country-fried southern rock of Pillbilly or his own ongoing solo musical artistry currently in the works, Thane Farace delivers the goods time and time again. With an exclusive endorsement through Epiphone Guitars as a shredding guitarist or the Coldcock Whiskey sponsorship of Rabid Assassin, countless people and companies recognize what a truly talented entity Mr. Farace is as do I. So, recognizing that he was someone we could all learn a thing or two from, I contacted the man and was eventually able to pick his brain about all the stuff he has going on. That includes three separate musical projects with albums in production, the films and other items planned via Toxic Rabid Films and God only knows what else so..no more hype, let’s jump right into The Metal Nexus Interview With Thane Farace!
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Interview With Seventh Calling Vocalist/Guitarist: Steve Handel

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Seventh Calling is:

Steve Handel – Lead Vocals/Lead/Rhythm Guitars
MikeBassWalkerWalters – Bass Guitars/Backing Vocals

Chad Pliska – Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals

Hailing from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Seventh Calling is a Hard Rock/Metal outfit that has been dishing out their signature brand of music since their debut album, Monuments in 2007 on Melissa Records. Tinged with the old-school influences of Thrash and Traditional Metal, they are equally noted as having one of the best stage shows around which has continued their success with Prelude of Madness (2009 – Heaven and Hell Records), Epidemic (2010 – Heaven and Hell Records) and last years killer independent release of Battle Call. Thanks to Online Metal Promo, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to interview vocalist and guitarist Steve Handel! Please sit back and enjoy what this long standing Metaller has to say!

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INDOMINUS ‘Legion Within’ EP Review & Stream

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We return to Ireland for yet another round of crushing, punishing extreme metal via Indominus‘ debut EP, the 5-song “Legion Within“. Released last September, the guys Alan Duddy (vox), Simon Cochrane (lead gtr./bkg. vox), Logan McKee (rhythm gtr.), Mark Payne (bass) and Nathan Glasgow (drums) administer a savage assault of Death Metal, Thrash, and traditional, oldschool-inspired Metal here. It is highly reminiscent of the earliest pioneering bands within the U.S.’ Floridian DM scene of yesteryear, clearly influenced by the likes of Obituary, Death, Massacre and the like. Structured upon blistering dual guitar antics, bone rattling rhythms and furiously unrelenting drums, the music is savage and abrasive. There are several vocal styles attached to things too ranging from bellowing gutturals to shriek-ish highs and the occasional aggressive Hardcore type, each adding a rather distinct flavoring to things.  
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NIGHTRAGE Shares ‘The Venomous’ Details; Title Track Official Video Debut

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Greek/Swedish extreme metallers Nightrage will issue their new studio album, “The Venomous“, through Despotz Records on March 31st. To bring us up to speed on the band’s latest musical output, Nightrage is also debuting the Official Video to the title track “The Venomous” as well today.

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