Like every year, we have been inundated with tons of killer, new Metal in 2017. Thankfully, we here at MetalNexus have the freedom to share what we personally liked over the course of the year. No sales numbers. No record label affiliation or pressure. No sub-genre infighting. No BS. Just an honest list of what struck us individually. Like past years, my list is as broad as my musical tastes and covers everything from instrumentals, to TechDeath, to PowerMetal, to Thrash and even a top-notch ProgressiveRock band. Hopefully, some of my favorites will become yours and will propagate the audience for each and every band listed below. I sincerely hope that 2018 brings bands and albums this good. Enjoy and continue expanding our Metal family!
On an extremely hot and humid summer Tuesday, The Reaching Into Infinity World Tour by DragonForce, arrived at Washington DC. This show certainly delivered with one of the most intense & intimate shows I had ever witnessed! We had recently reviewed ‘Reaching Into Infinity’, the latest album of DragonForce that hit the shelves during mid May (read review here). This was the first time I had attended a show at Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington DC, and I did not really know what to expect of the venue. Well, I have been to a lot of concerts of big bands, and let me tell you, for the crowd in the front rows, a concert cannot get any more intimate. The tiny stage at the venue means that you can nearly touch the band members with your nose. I had to literally lean backwards with my camera glued to my eye to make sure that my camera does not end up touching the guitars, or worse I get hit by the guitars. Just take a look at the photographs and you will see that even with my wide angle lens, I could barely get the musicians in the frame. These are the kind of shows in which I depend upon the kindness of metalheads attending the concerts to give me 5 minutes in a good spot to get the photographs, and then I move out of the way. It would have been damn near impossible to photograph this event, without the kindness and help of front row crowd. If you were one of the guys who helped me get the photographs, a big shout out to you, thank you for all the help, Metal Nexus & I really appreciate it!
With 2016 just barely behind us we are looking at the upcoming releases in 2017. Some of these albums already have specific release dates and titles and some haven’t been announced yet. These albums are not only by bands that we like but a release in which the band is reuniting or hasn’t released an album in a while, or just an album we think will have a huge impact on the band’s career. The albums that follow are in no specific order and our staff has all had input on the albums in which they think are the most anticipated of 2017.
Can’t wait for Evolution, the followup to 2015’s The LifeI Remember, due to drop early next year? Well, Once Human has just released their second video from the album for “Gravity”, which follows “Eye of Chaos” from last month. Vocalist Lauren Hart, guitarists Logan Mader (Soulfly and Machine Head) and Skyler Howren, bassist Damien Rainaud and drummer Dillon Trollope continue their killing spree, putting out some of the most lyrically and aurally brutal music that can be found anywhere on the planet! We are already anxiously chomping at the bit to get our copy for review as soon as these Metal monster finish recording this beast! Stay tuned, because we are just as excited as you are!
Los Angeles, California’s Once Human has recently dropped their new single “Eye of Chaos” on iTunes along with an accompanying video in preparation for their upcoming album Evolution. Who is Once Human, you may ask? Well, take the guitarist-turned-vocalist butchery of Australian born, Lauren Hart, the guitar wizardry of Logan Mader (Soulfly and Machine Head) and Skyler Howren, wicked bass of Damien Rainaud and penultimate drum skills of Dillon Trollope and throw them off a bridge to be mixed in blood on the rocks below and you have one of the most brutal and blunt forces in Metal available today. Promising to top their 2015 release of The LifeI Remember, Evolution is due out sometime in 2017! We have a standing request for album upon its completion so stay tuned!
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*
This month’s State is California!
Hailing from Los Angeles, Once Human is a brutal force in Metal to be reckoned with and not for the faint of heart. Formed in 2014 by music producer and guitarist extraordinaire Logan Mader (of Soulfly and Machine Head fame) after joining forces with Australian guitarist-turned-singer Lauren Hart, bassist Damian Rainauld and drummer Ralph Alexander. Shortly after the release of their debut album, The Life I Remember in August of 2015, Alexander was replaced on drums by Dillion Trollope. With the addition of Skyler Howren on guitars, the current line up was complete. Already touring with Fear Factory and soon with Death Angel, Once Human is proving that they have what it takes to propagate their very dark brand of music in the Metal world.