Interview With HIBRIA’s Eduardo Baldo

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Brazilian Power Metal powerhouse Hibria are a globally known sensation that tours around the world but they have yet to fully conquer America in person. That is all about to change during September and October when the band will finally come to the U.S. for their first ever run of dates and one of those outings is the prestigious ProgPower USA Festival XVI (Atlanta, Sept. 11th). The band is already a well known, well respected entity that has achieved ever – increasingly more popularity in places throughout Europe and Japan while somehow retaining a “cult” like status in the USA but their upcoming North American journey with support act Unleash The Archers should serve many purposes. One, it will give that aforementioned cult following a chance to finally see this incredible band play live in their faces and in their ears. Two, it shall expose a whole new group of unknowing music fans to a band that have an amazing body of work rendered from their natural raw talent and three, the fame and mythological legacy of Hibria shall reach critical mass and finally establish their sonic supremacy around the globe. Continue reading

40 Below Summer Release New Track “Mangina” [Now Streaming]

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New Jersey natives 40 Below Summer released a new song off their upcoming album “Transmission Infrared”. The track entitled “Mangina” and will be on of the tracks on the new album that has a release date scheduled for October 16th. The band reformed in 2011 after initially breaking up in 2006. The last release was “Fire At Zero Gravity” back in 2013. With all the other nu-metal bands currently dominating the airwaves we expect this album to take off. The song sounds as you would expect any 40 Below Summer song to sound. It has aggressive and melodic parts which is what always made the band stand out. The band is just one of many 90’s and 2000’s nu-metal bands re-emerging with new releases. The band is playing some East Coast shows leading up to an album pre-release show on October 10th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

State Of The Art: Illinois’ SPILLAGE

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“This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the state of the month*

This month’s state is Illinois!

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The name Spillage may not mean a thing to you unless you live in the Chicago area itself or perhaps in the State of Illinois. But then again it might also mean something to you if you’re well-versed in the notion of Six Degrees Of Separation, that being the belief that you can connect almost anyone or anything in the world to someone or something else within six (or sometimes fewer) degrees, or steps, so that all things are connected somehow in a relative way. That could be said about the Chicago-based classic Metal inspired band Spillage, whose name is a play on guitarist Tony Spillman‘s name, and whose band membership at one time or another has contained alumni of such notable Windy City acts as TroubleSacred DawnEarthen Grave, and more. The current line up is made up of the aforementioned Spillman along with bassist Willie Max, guitarist Nick Bozidarevic, drummer Chris Martins, and vocalist Lothar Keller. Spillage itself has been an active band since 2002 but it was not until this very year, 2015, that the band managed to finally get it’s official debut full length self-titled album Spillage released. Continue reading

Interview: Pissing Razors Guitarist Mathew Lynch!

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The band Pissing Razors is the biggest name in metal in El Paso, Texas, but their name is known much further than the Lone Star State. The band was formed in 1996 and three of the founding members are in the current line up. Eddy Garcia on drums, Mathew Lynch on guitar and Joe Rodriguez on vocals. No one has come close to creating a sound anything similar to Pissing Razor, and they likely never will. The band has this brand of music they refer to as “Psycho Punko Groove Metal” and that really is the perfect name for it. They can’t fit into a genre because the music they make is always evolving and has completely different influences from track to track. Even though they can’t be pigeon holed into a genre they have still managed to create this signature sound they call their own. Often you would hear the band heralded as the closest thing to Pantera or that the two bands sound very similar. Those are some very big shoes to fill, but the band has ran with it and managed to be some of the most humble musicians I’ve had the chance to meet. When I seen them in Nashville, Tennessee on the Revolution Tour in 2004 and each member took the time to speak to every fan there. The band has been on a hiatus since 2004 and have just reformed in the last year. We are very pleased to know they are back and spreading their infectious groove to the masses from stages all over the country. Can’t wait to see them live again, it’s been far too long.

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Unsigned Band Review: SHEPHERD

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The California-based band Shepherd could easily be quickly labeled as just another Death Metal band by someone if they weren’t too intelligent of an extreme music fan. If they did so they would be making a big mistake right from the start too because the band really is a mash of varying styles and genres all brewed up together into one strong elixir. The band definitely has roots stemming from the U.S. Death Metal scene but it also manages to successfully draw out obvious elements of Speed Metal, Thrash, and even some Groove Metal and combine them into a very solid, cohesive outing on their first official, band sanctioned 3 song demo released earlier this year. Shepherd itself started with one man, a guitarist named Blaise Mikkelson, in it’s earliest original state and a few years afterward guitarist Adam El-Gerbi, bassist Danny Cabrera, and vocalist Carlos Lopez came aboard. Unfortunately the band has had some trouble in keeping a permanent drummer in place and are currently seeking a new drummer after the recent departure of Jeff Seif (and Ben Yeo previously). Continue reading

State Of The Art: Illinois’ ION VEIN

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“This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the state of  the month*

This month’s state is Illinois!


Chicago’s Prog-Metal powerhouse Ion Vein are a technically masterful unit that has repeatedly produced great material while sharing the stage with some of Metal’s biggest acts throughout their 20 year career. The origins of the band stem from an earlier project that was named Latent Fury with guitarist Chris Lotesto and in 1991 that band released a self-titled 3-song demo that was highly praised by fans globally. But in 1994 some line up changes caused that band to abruptly end so Lotesto, along with remaining Latent Fury members John Ashe, Dan Charatin, and Mike Holewinski, became the early version of Ion Vein. However, continuing internal strife and other various circumstances led Lotesto to disband and later re-form the band yet once again under the same moniker at the end of that year, 1995. Continue reading

Sable Beldam

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the state of  the month*

This month’s state is Illinois!

Sable Beldam is a vicious and brutal death metal band from Chicago. They formed in 2007 and have had numerous lineup changes over the years but the band is releasing some great material. They have toured throughout the U.S. and even played with another of our favorite bands Diamond Plate. So I’m sure the band has devastated fans, created some chaotic mosh pits and melted faces off with their all up in your grill brand of metal.

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Weedeater, Kings Destroy, Horseflesh Asheville Show

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This is a tour that I’ve been on pins and needles awaiting for a few months now. Not just because I love the fellas in Weedeater like brothers and am proud to call “Dixie” Dave Collins a friend but no, there is another reason altogether entirely…Kings Destroy! I have been a nearly fanatical fan of this band for nearly three years now, ever since I first heard their second release, 2013’s A Time Of Hunting. I then went and sought out their first release And The Rest Will Surely Perish (2010) and quickly snatched up this year’s self-titled third album as well, all while harboring an impulsive desire to see them live. That chance finally arrived this past Sunday night, August 16th at The Mothlight in Asheville, N.C. and I made damn sure I was there. It was made even better by meeting the two guitarists of Kings Destroy, Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski, within minutes of arriving and getting to BS with them both about a variety of musically-related things. For example, Blue Oyster Cult. Nuff’ said!

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Interview: John Aragonez of Long Beach Vagrant!

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Recently I was able to hear two of the new songs from the forth coming Long Beach Vagrant album “Death Be Thy Name” that released this week. Immediately I was impressed and was fortunate enough to get in touch with one of the members of the band. Drummer John Aragonez took the time to speak with me about everything going on with the band and what the future may hold for the California based metallers. (There was a technical problem when we were speaking on the phone the call was supposed to be recorded so I could later write the information out, Due to the error I’m not able to quote everything exactly, so the following is in my own words). As some of you may or may not know Long Beach Vagrant (formerly Vagrant) has been around since the 90’s and has opened for some amazing acts in their long tenure. John spent some time in the band about 5-6 years ago. He was living in the high desert and the distance from the other members in the band made it difficult for him to commit to the band. However, now he is fully invested in the band and brings a great amount of experience to the band. He has an amazing drumming style which you can hear on each song. Some drummers that he looks up to are Joey Jordison formerly of Slipknot and All That Remains drummer Jason Costa. The one original member of the band is Mike Pain, who is greatly influenced by horror movies. He also is a renowned artist and because of that the band has a lot of horror related lyrics. They have spent time touring with other horror based bands. We also mentioned that a lot of horror based bands perform at horror conventions around the country as well. It really helps define their audience and fan base since they have horror based lyrics. Instead of trying to garner the attention of a broad audience they can narrow down the field to people that are already passionate about the subject matter. The band also has two new members in Randy Blount on vocals and Rob Gresham on bass. John mentions that these two guys have really brought some new life into the new band, and the fact that they are younger has brought some new influences into the band as well.

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Asheville, NC: Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Jasta & More….

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After finally releasing their first studio album in over 13 years Coal Chamber has organized one of the best touring lineups in recent years. Of course you have Coal Chamber, and co-headlining is Fear Factory who have a new album releasing August 7th entitled “Genexus”. The Devil You Know was on select dates of the tour and it features Howard Jones formerly of Killswitch Engage. On the date we were attending at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina we got Jasta. The band of course features the namesake of the band Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow fame. If you thought this was enough there are still two bands left. Motor City Metal band Saint Ridley was immediate support for the bands. They were also on Coal Chamber’s previous tour with Filter and Combichrist. The opening band was Los Angeles based nu metal band Madlife, who became the pleasant surprise of the night.

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