In today’s universe of metal, with so many new age bands breaking into the scene, pushing genres and breaking old ones to create new ones, very few classic old school metal bands receive the limelight and keep the strength to survive and move forward. Apart from the ever green Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, one such classic hard rock/heavy metal band that has managed to row through the giant waves of inevitable change is the German classic metal act, ACCEPT. Almost on the verge of turning 40, ACCEPT has belted out undiluted classic German metal one after the other. They are one of my favourite and have always been excellent. As they say a fine old wine tastes better with age. ACCEPT has revealed yet another upcoming album and it’s details, to be out this summer.
*Every Thursday from now until Chicago Open Air gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*
This week’s artist is Norma Jean.
On Sunday, July 16th, pioneer metalcore titans Norma Jean join a stacked lineup at Chicago Open Air at Toyota Park. Norma Jean is known for their melodic, heavy sound that is perfect for driving a crowd into a frenzy. The band formed all the way back in 1997 in Georgia and there are no original members left. Former vocalist Josh Scogin left the band in 2002 right after the first full length album ‘Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child’ featuring tracks like “Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste” and “Creating Something Out of Nothing, Only to Destroy It.” Scogin went on to form acts like The Chariot and ’68. Current vocalist Cory Brandan Putman joined in 2004 and has been in the band for the longest period. Continue reading →
Thrash metal band Prayers Of Sanity from Potugal brings old school thrash back in 2017 with their latest album ‘Face Of The Unknown’! They have been around since 2007 and made their first EP ‘Tuned To Thrash’ the same year. After that they released their debut album ‘Religion Blindless’ in 2009, this album has been the most important album for the band. It was filled with insanely fast guitar riffs and vocals that will hurt your brain. This gathered a lot of old school thrash metal lovers and the band has been getting more and more attention ever since. 3 years later they came back with their album ‘Confrontations’ that would literally punch you in the face when you listen to it. On the 28th of April this year they have released ‘Face Of The Unknown’ with the help of their label Rastilho Records. It is recorded and mixed by their own vocalist and guitarist Tião Costa. You are probably wondering, doesn’t that make the quality worse? Well I got the answer for you: It doesn’t. It actually makes the album 10 times better. It creates an unique sound and brings more creativity.
There is no reason why someone wouldn’t mention the song ”Face Of The Unknown”. It’s the intro song to the album and it gives you exactly what you would expect from Prayers Of Sanity, guitar riffs that go as fast as the speed of light with vocals that will kick your ass. Best way to start an epic old school thrash album!
”Dead Alive” is a song that will give you so much energy you will probably die from it. The intro is just a Prayers Of Sanity classic, it starts with a fast guitar riff that will later be assisted by the drum. Ever felt like you were dead from the inside eventhough you were walking, breathing or even reading the news paper? Then I have good new for you because this is the perfect song to relate to and what is more important then finding a good metal song you can relate to? Probably listening and buying the whole album HERE but for now let’s just say this is the most important thing.
The only thing this album needs more of is a lot of agression but don’t worry because the song ”Someday” listens to our calls and brings us more than we could ever expect. This is the perfect song to showcase that they are heavily influenced by punk bands. The vocals are screaming for attention and the lyrics are to die for. Politics and religion are the biggest lyrical themes for the band and this song doesn’t skip that at all. To listen to this brutal song click HERE. It will blow you away!
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Lyrics made of themes such as politics and religion. A vocal style that is heavily influenced by punk. Riffs that will trow you off the edge of the Earth. This band has it all! They have been around for about 10 years but they haven’t lost their touch with writing, they only got better and that is one of the powers behind this amazing release called ‘Face Of The Unknown’. They really are bringing old school thrash metal back and that’s not something every band can say. Sure they are a few bands out there that are doing it as well but this band is doing a fantastic job at it and are only rising higher and higher. Tião has bone crushing vocals and is also the guitarist for the band. He deserves way more attention because his vocals are tight and his guitar skills are just insane. But let’t not forget that he wouldn’t be anywhere wasn’t it for their bassist Carlos and their drummer Artur who also played for bands such as Deep Odium, Enlighten, Fungus and many more.
Prayers Of Sanity has a facebook page, go check it out!
I literally jumped off my seat when I saw my YouTube notification pop up. Try pinching yourself, cause hell yes, this ain’t no dream. It is damn real. POSSESSED, arguably the first death metal band, although there’s always this ceaseless debate whether Chuck Schuldiner’s DEATH should be crowned with that title, but for me POSSESSED has been the pioneers of this extremely raw and rugged genre. After releasing their debut on 1985, ‘Seven Churches’ and then following it up with a quick sophomore ‘Beyond the Gates’ the following year, POSSESSED have been dormant for almost an eternity, well that’s how long you feel when you’re their fan. But thou shalt not wait any longer. Continue reading →
Riki Rachtman has been an ambassador for hard rock and heavy metal since the late 80’s. Most notably known as the host of MTV’s Headbangers Ball from 1990-1995 Riki has also helped the rock and metal world in various ways. He owned the hard rocking night club The Cathouse in Hollywood and brought various bands to play on his stage. The legendary Guns N Roses was also his house band. After helping the music industry Riki has now turned to helping others in such a tremendous way. Starting on June 1st Riki Rachtman will be riding his motorcycle through all 48 states without a chase vehicle, producer or any real plan. The ride is all about raising donations & spreading awareness for Claire’s Place Foundation which provides heart felt help to children and young adults diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, as well as their families, for the purpose of improving their quality of life. Riki will be documenting his journey and there is also live tracking on his website as well. You can keep up with his journey as he raises money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Riki is also calling out to fans and wants your input on where he should go. You know a great scenic road or highway? An excellent diner? Or a must see landmark? Let Riki know on Twitter and who knows, he may just stop in your neighborhood. Continue reading →
Swedish death metal masters, PAGANIZER who is pretty famous among the death metal legions has been wrecking chaos ever since they arose from the ashes of TERMINAL GRIP in 1998. They are known to play the trademark and classic Swedish Death Metal, a style which was created by veterans such as Entombed, Morbid, At The Gates etc, and like most if not every Swedish Death Metal band they also encapsulate the essential character of the distinct genre, the buzzsaw guitars. It is the trademark sound of most bands hailing from the viking north. Having released nine full-lengths, two best of/compilation albums, three splits and five EPs, they are ready to pulverize the masses with a tenth studio album, adding in to the ever increasing brutality of their warchest. ‘Land Of Weeping Souls‘, their upcoming tenth installment is ready and recorded and is slated for a summer release, on August 5th, 2017, out via Indian record label, Transcending Obscurity. Continue reading →
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*
This month’s State is Oregon!
Like shooting fish in a barrel for this month’s StateoftheArt: Oregon series. No matter how extreme your Metal tastes, Oregon has something for you. Digging 80’s PopMetal? Gotcha covered. More into old school Thrash and PowerMetal? You got it. Think these are for wusses and desire to hit the extremes? There are more good Death and BlackMetal bands in Oregon than you can shake a stick at. If there is one niche that stands out in the upper, West Coast, however, it is going to be ProgressiveMetal. Incidentally, this stands among my favorites, so this week let me introduce you to Increate.
Seether, the South African metal band, is set to release their new album ‘Poison The Parish’ May 12th 2017. The first single and video released is “Let You Down”. This is also the first album released under front man Shaun Morgan’s label Canine Riot Records.
Motionless In White is a band that I have loved from their beginning EP ‘The Whorror’ in 2007 all the way to their latest release ‘Graveyard Shift’ that came out just 2 days ago on the 5th of May via Roadrunner Records. After that glorious EP they released another one called ‘When Love Met Destruction’ in 2009, the coolest part about this EP is that there are only 1000 copies around so if you have one you should consider yourself lucky! ‘Creatures’ is their debut album which came out just 1 year after their second EP and it’s unbelievable how many fans Motionless In White got from that album alone. It’s truly a masterpiece from them that no one will ever forget about. 2 years later they already released another full album ‘Infamous’ and I got to tell you for that year (2012) there was nothing around like this album at all and that’s why the album became such a big hit. It got inspired by a lot of bands such as Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Korn, with this information alone I would already get my stuff and run to the store. ‘Reincarnate’ is their 3th album that came out in 2014 and it was the last album that got released via Fearless Records. Since then the band got their new label Roadrunner Records,Fearless Records really helped the band get through their early stages but Roadrunner Records is for sure a label which the band can grow on.
When someone asks me what the most brutal band on this damn earth is I would always answer with Enterprise Earth but after Slaughter To Prevail released their new album ‘Misery Sermon’ today I am not sure what to answer. Alex Terrible really improved his vocals a lot since their first ever EP ‘Chapters Of Misery’ that got released just 2 years ago. After just starting to listen to deathcore I stumbled upon this breathtaking EP and it instantly caught me in it’s web. I never heard anything like it. The brutalness was one of a kind and the fact that the vocals are mostly in russian makes it even better. After listening to this EP over and over again for 2 years now they eventually made their debut album ‘Misery Sermon’ which got released on this exact date by their label Sumerian Records. When people hear the words ‘Slaughter To Prevail’ they immediately think of their vocalist Alex Shikolai but there is more to the band then just the vocalist. Jack Simmons takes care of the striking solo’s and guitar riffs where Anton Poddyachy is busy showing everyone what he is capable of on the drums. Not to mention the amazing masks that they created themselves. Click HERE if you want to be part of the Misery Crew!