When Dez Fafara announced DevilDriver was going on hiatus back in 2014, I felt it was the end of the band. Long-time band members were dropping off the roster like flies while Dez’s other band, Coal Chamber, was making a momentous comeback. I was beginning to think Winer Kills was the last album we’d see from DevilDriver. But, that was not the case. With Mike Spreitzer being the remaining musician with any sort of tenure, they recruited Austin D’Amond, Neil Tiemann, and a bassist (Diego Ibarra – listed as touring bassist) and began working on new material in 2015. It was a short-lived hiatus and for DevilDriver fans, it’s a good thing because Trust No One takes DevilDriver in a slightly different direction than we are used to.
For some reason, I was lost on the vocals the first time I heard Act of Defiance on YouTube. Now that I have had the album experience blasted through my skull, the vocals are stronger and more complimentary than I remember. After listening to Birth and the Burial, it leaves me to believe that Broderick and Drover were looking to play something much heavier than were authorized on Super Collider, their last effort with Megadeth before moving on. If you are a fan of early Big Four-era thrash then Act of Defiance should interest you greatly. With a vibe that reminds me of classic Testament and Exodus, there is no shortage of tight riffs, guitar solos and pure, raw thrash appeal. 3.75 out of 5.
Label: Metal Blade
Release Date: 21 Aug 2015
Length: 48 Minutes
Genre: Thrash Metal
Previous Albums: This is their debut.
Location: United States
After 2013’s Temper Temper I was a bit skeptical about a new Bullet For My Valentine album. When initial reports spread that Venom was more reminiscent of earlier BFMV, I thought it was enough of an excuse to buy new music and give it a try. In short, what I heard was accurate. The new material is much less “pop” sounding than Temper Temper. This can only be a good thing. After numerous spins, I find the first half of the album is stronger than the latter. As the album played on, my interest dwindled a little bit. However, tracks such as No Way Out, Army of Noise, and Broken really kick up the adrenaline. Worthless is one of their anger-management-I-hate-you power ballads BMFV does well. Overall, Venom is a solid BFMV album that should please long-time fans. 3.5 out of 5
Label: RCA Records
Release Date: 14 Aug 2015
Length: 58 Minutes
Previous Albums: The Poison (2005); Scream Aim Fire (2008); Fever (2010); Temper Temper (2013).
Location: United Kingdom
It was An Evening With Machine Head. I think this is the fifth time I have seen An Evening With (insert band name here) and it is well worth it. Why? Because you get to see, Machine Head in this case, play an assortment of songs they would never have time to play during a normal 75-90 minute set on any other headlining or festival tour. The only problem with a tour like this is that you really have to like the band a lot to want to go see just them. Sometimes a strong headlining act supported by decent bands is a nice package that makes the trip worth it. Machine Head proved plenty capable of going it alone. They rocked Tokyo’s Club O-East in the Shibuya district on 6 July 2015 for 2 ½ hours.
Surprisingly, Flynn and Co. did not open the set with a song from Bloodstone & Diamonds. I kind of expected Now We die to start the show. It seems the song was built for that with its intro and thrashy cadence. I mean, they are supporting their new album; it makes sense to kick things off with a new song. Instead, they began the night with Imperium, which worked out quite well. It wasn’t until the third song we were treated to new material in the form of Now We Die…another crowd pleaser. Read the rest of this entry →
Release: 1 Nov 14
Length: 28 Minutes
Previous Albums: Join or Die (2010); Seasons of Hate EP (2012)
FFO: Lamb of God, Testament, Exodus, Pantera
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
For those that feel an album must be of a certain length, Southern Front’s Death Throes is probably going to disappoint you before it even begins. It’s a quick album and you’ll have to get used to it. Southern Front is not about pumping their albums full of anything irrelevant. Therefore, it’s quality over quantity on this one. It’s just metal and quite heavy metal at that. I’ll admit it even falls a bit short on whether I would call Death Throes an album or an EP, but for eight songs and the punch they pack, it’s an album. Following up their Seasons of Hate EP, Death Throes is a no frills experienced mixed with growling (Lamb of God-like) vocals, copious double bass drumming, and enough guitar solos that give them a more thrashy edge. Read the rest of this entry →
Honor in Anarchy, a young band from the Atlanta, Georgia, sent us their debut single yesterday. It’s a different type of bouncy, groovy thrash and so off-the-wall that it’s a total hoot. The music is pretty cool too.
Before we play the song, let’s put things in context.
First, the band. They started in 2013 as a groove metal band called D-MOD. Playing the same kind of music as many other bands in one of the most competitive genres wasn’t moving them along very fast. After a rethink they disbanded, then reformed under their current name and rebranded themselves. Their new approach introduces a different way of writing lyrics, for one thing.
In “Nice Tits, Bitch!” the lyrical structure could be called narrative comedy or parody.
The song pays harsh but humorous tribute to the opening scenes of a strange movie titled “ThanksKiller”. Grit your teeth and watch the trailer.
The premise of the movie is that a turkey named Turkie, raised from the dead by a necromancer called Feathercloud, reappears every 505 years to slaughter Caucasians. When it slew its first victim in 1621, it spoke to the corpse: “Nice tits, bitch!”
One of its many targets 505 years later is a guy named Darren. I confess in shame that I haven’t seen the movie and therefore don’t know why Darren is anatomically endowed in the way he is described in the song.
“ThanksKilling” was a low-budget horror-comedy flick. Some critics said it was so badly made, and its humour was so bad too, that the movie was irresistibly enjoyable. It’s become a minor cult classic.
Honor in Anarchy don’t want to be a minor anything. As their spokesman, Chase Kopp, has stated: “HIA is on a mission to dominate the world one bleeding ear at a time.”
Click here for the Bandcamp page where you can listen to “Nice Tits, Bitch!” You need to see the page because it shows all the lyrics. Happy listening.
Find out more about Honor in Anarchy on their Facebook page.
Label: Metal Blade
Release Date: 10 Oct 2014 (US)
Length: 53 Minutes
Previous Albums: Empire of the Obscene (2008); Existence is Futile (2009); Chaos of Forms (2011); Revocation (2013); Deathless (2014).
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For decades I’ve dreamed of doing a culinary tour of India, home of my favourite types of food. Imagine what fun it would be to combine that with a musical tour of India.
The south-western coastal state of Kerala would be a good place to start. We’d fill ourselves with something irresistible like that Kerala spicy fish, then charge off to mosh away the calories in an evening with Chaos, a home-grown thrash band which has quickly risen to prominence on the Subcontinent.
For Western metal fans, India is a largely untapped source of quality music. In thrash, Chaos deserves a much, much bigger audience in Europe and the Americas. Ask them if they play old-school or modern thrash and they’d probably answer, “Screw the tags. We play thrash our way.” They do it solidly, powerfully and splendidly.
This song comes from their debut album, “Violent Redemption”, which was a complete sell-out in India. The album will be re-issued in January. Write that down. Chaos are also planning a new album for later in 2015. Write that down too.
Meet Chaos on Facebook and follow all their important links from their page:
Release Date: 22 July 2014
Songs: 13 (including two bonus tracks)
Length: 61 Minutes
Studio Albums: Seventeen of them
Location: New Jersey, U.S. Read the rest of this entry →
It’s 1995 this week. The only reason it starts with the end of 1994 is that I cunningly posted part of 1995 instead of 1994 one day last week. How that happened can only be explained as one of the paradoxes of time travel.
1994, #2: The 3rd And The Mortal – Death Hymn
Album: Tears Laid In Earth
Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal
1994, #1: Megadeth – À Tout Le Monde
Genre: Heavy/Thrash Metal