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New Heavy Metal CD Releases: May 14, 2013
May 14th, 2013 at 5:45am

New Metal ReleasesAdoran - Adoron (Consouling)
Ape Machine - Mangled By The Machine (Ripple)
Arckanum - Fenris Kindir (Season Of Mist)
Artizan - Ancestral Energy (Pure Steel)
Beyond Creation - The Aura (Season Of Mist)
Beyond Mortal Dreams - Dreaming Death (Lavadome)
Black Cowgirl - Black Cowgirl (Restricted Release)
Cultura Tres - Rezando Al Miedo (Devouter)
Death Dealer - War Master (Steel Cartel)
Death Ray Vision - Get Lost Or Get Dead (Bullet Tooth)
Devil - Gather The Sinners (Soulseller)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer (Sumerian)
Enshine - Origin (Rain Without End)
Entrails - Raging Death (Metal Blade)
Escape The Fate - Ungrateful (Eleven Seven)
Extinction Protocol - Aeonic Obliteration (P2)
Fatal Smile - 21st Century Freaks (FS)
From Far Away - Recover Repeat (At Your Command)
Gravewurm - Infernal Minions (Hells Headbangers)
Heart In Hand - Almost There (Siege Of Amida)
Hexvessel - Iron Marsh EP (Svart)
Immolation - King Of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast)
Intoxicated - Rock N Roll Hellpatrol (Hells Headbangers)
Kadavar - Abra Kadavar! (Nuclear Blast)
Killing Joke - The Singles Collection (Spinefarm)
Kings Destroy - A Time Of Hunting (War Crimes)
Lifeforms - Multidimensional (Lifeforce)
Mortal Form - The Reckoning (My Kingdom)
The Monolith Deathcult - Tetragrammaton (Season Of Mist)
My Dying Bride - The Manuscript EP (Peaceville)
Negator - Gates To The Pantheon (Prosthetic)
Ocellus - Departure (Pavement)
Orchid - The Mouths Of Madness (Nuclear Blast)
Pop Evil - Onyx (eOne)
The Resistance - Scars (Armoury)
Steve Von Till - As The Crow Flies Re-Release (Neurot)
Thinning The Herd - Freedom From The Known (Saint Marks)
Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death (Invictus)
Trucker Diablo - Songs Of Iron (Ripple)
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control (Metal Blade)
Utopium -Vicious Consolation / Virtuous Totality (Bleak)
Vindictiv - Cage Of Infinity (Escape)
Zolle - Zolle (Supernatural Cat)
Zombiefication - At The Caves Of Eternal (Pulverised)

Happy Mothers Day
May 12th, 2013 at 9:00am
Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day To All the Mothers out there!

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: May 7, 2013
May 8th, 2013 at 8:11am

Amber – ‘Lovesaken’ (Halo of Flies)

Amber - 'Lovesaken'
Halo Of Flies

Genre: Post Metal
Lovesaken is the first full-length from Maburg, Germany’s post-metal outfit Amber, following a promising self-titled EP released in 2012. The five-piece combine the strange, elliptical songs structures favored by hands like Isis with heavy, exploratory and occasionally sludgy riffs, delivered with a post-hardcore grandness that recalls Cult of Luna.

While much of the instrumental is solid, even monumental in places, it is the light and ethereal quality of the vocals and occasional guitar experiment that defines Lovesaken. Each song on the five-track record is vast and full, most clocking in around six minutes and the title track reaching ten and a half. Each track listens like a novella, unraveling at its own pace and making the most of the time and weight Amber allow. If their debut piqued listeners’ interests, Lovesaken seals the deal.

Rating: 3.5
(Natalie Zed)

The Amenta – ‘Flesh is Heir’ (Listenable)’

The Amenta – 'Flesh is Heir'
Listenable Records

Genre: Industrial Death Metal
Aussie extremists The Amenta have unleashed Flesh is Heir, their third full length and first since 2008. Moving away from the blackened aspects of previous albums, The Amenta are now firmly based in industrial death metal territory.

Mechanical samples and a general robotic feel augment their death metal machinations. Powerful, crunchy riffs steamroll the listener while multi-textured vocals scream and howl. The kick drum is especially prominent and speedy, following the riffs as is common now. It’s exquisitely executed and plays to the sort of aspects young metalheads are looking for. Flesh is Heir is not your boring old death metal, yet neither is it overly complicated.

Rating: 3.5
(Matt Hinch)

Blowsight – ‘Life & Death’ (Eclipse)

Blowsight - 'Life & Death'
Eclipse Records

Genre: Hard Rock
The Swedish band Blowsight has a gift for writing radio friendly hard rock, and their latest album Life & Death is packed with potential chart-toppers. Their harder edged tracks like “This Pain” use some harsh vocals, and on the other side of the coin they also are able to pull off ballads.

In addition to crunchy guitars, Blowsight utilize electronic elements for added atmosphere, although sometimes a bit too much for my liking. If you’re a rock or hard rock fan, you’ll find plenty to like with Life & Death.Nick Red is a step above the usual generic hard rock vocalist, and Blowsight know to write catchy, memorable songs.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)


New Heavy Metal CD Releases: May 7, 2013
May 7th, 2013 at 6:55am

new-metal-releases1Acolyte - Alta (Mordgrimm)
Amber - Lovesaken (Halo Of Flies)
The Amenta - Flesh Is Heir (Listenable)
Atrocity - Okkult (Napalm)
Control Human Delete - The Prime Mover (Code 666)
Delain - Interlude (Napalm)
Dug Pinnick - Naked (MVD)
Earthling - Dark Path (Forcefield)
F.K.U. - 4: Rise Of The Mosh Monsters(Napalm)
Freedom Call - Ages Of Light (SPV)
Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes (AFM)
Gloomball - The Distance (SPV)
Grime - Deteriorate (Forcefield)
In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad (Sensory)
Kingdom Come - Outlier (SPV)
Magister Templi - Lucifer Leviathan Logos (Cruz Del Sur)
Metal Law - Lawbreaker Re-Release (Metal On Metal)
Mpire Of Evil - Crucified (Deadline)
Nordheim - Refill (Maple Metal)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Live: From Chaos To Eternity (AFM)
Sacred Gate - Tides Of War (Metal On Metal
Sadgiqacea - False Prism (Candlelight)
Sidious - Ascension to the Throne ov Self (Kaotoxin)
Sodom - Epitome Of Torture (SPV)
Temple of Thieves - Passing Through The Zeros (Goomba)
Tormented - Death Awaits
V8 Wankers - Got Beer? (SPV)
Vicious Rumors - Electric Punishment (SPV)

Winners of the Golden Gods 2013 Awards
May 4th, 2013 at 9:49am

Golden-Gods-LogoLast Thursday night was the fifth annual Golden God Awards. This included special performances by Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Danzig and Metallica. There was also a special toast by Slayer’s guitarist Kerry King that shared a toast to his fallen bandmate Jeff Manneman. All the winners are fan-voted awards (lame) and you can see the list below. There are very few I agree with.

Best Guitarist:

Winner: John 5 of Rob Zombie

Alex Lifeson of Rush
Brendon Small of Dethklok
Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
Misha Mansoor of Periphery
Stephen Carpenter of Deftones

Best Drummer:

Winner: Arejay Hale of Halestorm

Abe Cunningham of Deftones
Gene Hoglan of Dethklok/Testament
Mario Duplantier of Gojira
Neil Peart of Rush
Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour

Most Dedicated Fans:

Winner: HIM

A Day To Remember
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides

Best Live Band:

Winner: Slipknot

Five Finger Death Punch
Lamb Of God

Best New Talent:

Winner: Device

Miss May I
Of Mice & Men
Young Guns

Comeback Of The Year:

Winner: Tenacious D

The Darkness

Paul Gray Best Bassist:

Winner: Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead

Geddy Lee of Rush
Jason Newsted of Newsted
Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill
Sergio Vega of Deftones
Steve Harris of Iron Maiden

Best Vocalist:

Winner: Corey Taylor of Stone Sour/Slipknot

Chino Moreno of Deftones
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden
Maria Brink of In This Moment
Phil Anselmo of Down
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Most Metal Athlete:

Winner: Triple HHH

CJ Wilson
Clay Guida
Geoff Rowley
Tanner Foust
Tom Crabtree

Song Of The Year:

Winner: Black Veil Brides – “In The End“

Avenged Sevenfold – “Carry On“
Asking Alexandria – “Run Free“
Dethklok – “I Ejaculate Fire“
Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)“
In This Moment – “Blood“

Album Of The Year:

Winner: Deftones – “Koi No Yokan“

Gojira – “L’Enfany Sauvage“
Halestorm – “The Strange Case Of…“
Marilyn Manson – “Born Villain“
Stone Sour – “House Of Gold & Bones Part I“
Soundgarden – “King Animal“

Riff Lord Award:
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath

Golden God Award:
Rob Zombie

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award:

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies
May 3rd, 2013 at 8:07am

SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away at about 11 a.m. today on Thursday, May 2  near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael andLarry, and will be sorely missed.

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Dave Lombardo, Tom Araya

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