Oldschool Sunday: DBC (Dead Brain Cells)

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Multi-instrumentalist Erik Larson (Backwoods Payback, Alabama Thunderpussy, Birds Of Prey, Hail!Hornet) recently brought to mind a band that had not actually crossed my mind in many a year: Dead Brain Cells, or as they’re commonly known, DBC. The band itself was a Montreal-based thrash metal band that originally formed in 1986 after beginning under the name of Final Chapter in 1985 with guitarists Eddie Shahini and Gerry Ouellette. The pair began looking for a drummer and soon entered former Unruled and Vomit & The Zits drummer Jeff Saint-Louis and guitar player Phil Dakin, who switched to bass for the band. Also joining at the time was former Vomit & The Zits singer Dave Javex Ray-O-Vac (David Leone) as the band’s vocalist. Realizing they were on to something serious, the guys took the new name of Dead Brain Cells, one of three suggestions by Leone, the other two being “The Mental Pukes” and “The Retarded Assholes”. However, before the band could really get going or perhaps even record, Leone had to exit due to employment commitments and so Dakin decided he would sing and play bass at the same time in DBC. By 1987 Dead Brain Cells were signed to Combat Records for whom they would record their landmark debut self-titled full-length album, Dead Brain Cells, that very same year. Produced by the famed Randy Burns (Nuclear Assault, Ludichrist), the album contained 13 tracks of ferocious, well-executed thrash metal with elements of hardcore and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The album elicited positive reviews from the likes of Metal Hammer, Burn and others as it quickly gained acceptance with fans in the metal underground as well.
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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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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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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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CIRCUS OF POWER Premieres ‘American Monster’ Official Video Featuring Guest JYRKI 69 (69 Eyes)

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Legendary NYC/L.A. biker rock badasses Circus Of Power have just released a brand new official video for the song “American Monster” featuring guest JYRKI 69 of the band 69 Eyes. The music of the new single sounds just like the traditional music of Circus Of Power who, after periods of inactivity and disbanding, reformed in 2014 with a new line up. Now in their 31st year of existence, original singer Alex Mitchell has aligned himself with lead guitarist Billy Tsounis, guitarist Joe Truck, bassist John Sharkey and drummer JK Fortyseven. Hopefully there’s a new Circus Of Power album in the works but until then there is this…

VERMILION WHISKEY ‘Spirit Of Tradition’ Review & Select Song Streams; Album Teaser Video

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Remember that ol’ battle cry “The South will rise again!”? If there was ever a specific time frame that it was alluding to I think it was probably now, the first few months of 2017. And of course I mean musically in the fact that next week, on February 17th to be exact, Vermilion Whiskey will unleash their latest studio offering, the 6-song “Spirit Of Tradition” EP.  The Tony Reed (Mos Generator) mastered effort follows the recent release of White Light Cemetery and precedes upcoming ones from Electric Age and Forming The Void..all Southern bands from Louisiana to be exact. And make no mistake, this current music from Vermilion Whiskey is pure, undiluted Southern hard rock tempered with a bit of metallic sludge for taste. With slowly unfurling, molasses-thick riffs, swampy backwoodsy rhythms, and axe-hewn drums, the musical side of this content ripples with borne-from-below-the Mason/Dixon Line vibes with every note.

The five musicians behind Vermilion Whiskey, vocalist Thaddeus Riordan, guitarists Ross Brown and Carl Stevens, bassist Jeremy Foret and drummer Buck Andrus blend a potent mash of grunge-y Stoner Rock. Powered by guitar riffs as heavy as anything by the likes of Down or C.O.C., songs like “Road King“*, the blistering blues ‘n doom of “Come Find Me” and the metal-laden ripper “Loaded Up” scream Southern by the grace of God..or Satan, somebody, heh. The solos alone in “Road King” will absolutely scorch your ears but it’s when this unit takes a header into the heavier side of things that the smoke really begins to pour. “The Past Is Dead“* is a dense, heavy-handed slab of savage doom greatness, the slower riffs churning out as Thad’s vocals wail with whiskey-drenched severity, raspy and rowdy as can be.

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EXMORTUS Premieres ‘For The Horde’ Official Video

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Classic thrash/speed metallers Exmortus have just debuted an official video for the song “For The Horde” from the 2016 Prosthetic Records release “Ride Forth“. The clip was directed by James Pesature with footage filmed during the band’s touring with Children Of Bodom, Abbath and Oni recently. The band are currently preparing to hit the road in EU. with Havok, Warbringer and Gorod and you can find those dates/locations listed below.

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ME AND THAT MAN (Behemoth’s Nergal) Issues New Official Video

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Me And That Man
, the project that pairs Behemoth’s AdamNergalDarski with British/Polish rock musician John Porter, have premiered a new Official Video from their upcoming debut release. “Ain’t Much Loving” follows the previously issued video for “My Church Is Black” and both are contained on “Songs Of Love And Death” which is due from Cooking Vinyl on March 24th.

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DEATH ‘Human’ Deluxe Vinyl Re-Issue Details; Album Stream & Video Trailer

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Relapse Records has announced their planned vinyl reissue of Death’s legendary fourth album, Human. The reissue will be available as a standard single LP and a limited edition deluxe 2xLP boxset. The deluxe version has been packaged into a super limited (500) vinyl box set containing the full Human album remastered on the first LP plus a bonus 2nd LP featuring instrumental studio tracks and demos from ‘91 (on vinyl for the first time) and is housed in an exclusive jacket with expanded art. Both LPs are pressed on Bone White and Aqua Blue Merge with Blood Red and Bronze Splatter. The box set is accompanied with an album art slipmat, a 22” x 22” album art poster and a 8.5” x 8.5” magnet sheet containing all of Death’s iconic album art and logos. A stream of the album can be found below.

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Unsigned Band Review: CURSED SUN ‘The Amygdala’ EP Review & Official Video

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Directly from Belfast, Ireland has come “The Amygdala 5-song EP from one of the country’s longest running extreme metal bands, Cursed Sun. After at least one full-length effort and numerous EPs, these lads are well established veterans within the the Northern Ireland music scene and for damn good reason. The music contained on this latest salvo is intense, multifaceted metal that incorporates primarily Thrash, Death Metal, Hardcore and Metalcore along with some hard Rock into the mix, and all with an endless supply of grooves. The guys themselves, vocalist Jones, guitarists Jonny and Ciaran, drummer Chris and bassist Monty, run like a well-maintained engine of pummeling savagery. It’s easy to hear what bands have probably both inspired and influenced them to play metal themselves, the primary comparison is to Pantera pure and simple. You can hear that nod to the legendary band in the savage introduction to this release, the opening cut “Breeding To Bleeding“. It’s a mid-tempo, chunky and heavily beefed-up hard hitter that chugs along with some killer guitar-fueled grooves, solid drumming, and great gravelly vocals that are full of angst and aggression. What’s really interesting is the band’s ability to merge somewhat tranquil, more melodic elements into things such as the emotion-evoking title song “The Amygdala” and its alternating harsher and cleanly sung vocals. They fluidly interchange nicely as the song’s music is equally diversified and able to provide varying types of energy, like a rollercoaster ride basically.

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