For many people a live album is hardly worth bothering with. The performances can vary from being exact replicas of the studio recordings to blandly and barely played. However, a great live album is a thing of beauty, and any naysayers of the format are hard pressed to deny the electricity that jumps out of one’s speakers or headphones. Think of how enthralling Slipknot’s live material sounds, or how well crafted an Iron Maiden set-list can be and you’ll find the value in live recordings. Continue reading →
The new record was recorded at Phil “Landphil” Hall‘s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new homebase in Seattle, WA to track vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley captured his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, FL and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, NY.
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX (L to R: Bob Pantella, Finn Ryan, Chris Kosnik)
New Jersey riff rockers The Atomic Bitchwax (aka TAB) will release their sixth full length album Gravitron on April 21, 2015 via Tee Pee Records. The record was recorded at Shorefire Studios (Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi) in Long Branch, NJ and mastered by Alan Douches (Motörhead, Tombs).
Since its formation in 1993, The Atomic Bitchwax has inspired hundreds of developing rock and metal bands, but no group of musicians has come close to matching TAB’s unique style of fun, frenetic and formidable R’N’R! Now featuring TWO members of Monster Magnet — bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella — alongside shred-tastic gunslinger Finn Ryan, the band has perfected its unique style of NYC “thunder-boogie” hard rock.
On Gravitron, The Atomic Bitchwax’s Rush-like riff mazes and carpal-tunnel-inducing riffs are on full display; every note bleeds with urgency. There’s far too much exuberant energy on the record to lazily tag this as “Stoner Rock”; this is high-octane, ’70s-based hard rock infused with stabs of psychedelia and landslides of Tommy Bolin-inspired guitar heroics! Gravitron is an A-level masterclass in bad ass Rock ‘N’ Roll and cements the The Atomic Bitchwax as an undeniable force in today’s heavy music landscape.
Gravitron track listing:
02.) No Way Man
03.) It’s Alright
04.) War Claw
05.) Coming in Hot
07.) Proto World
08.) Down With the Swirl
10.) Ice Age “Hey Baby”
Salt Lake City metallers Visigoth has released a Dave Brodsky directed music video for the title song for their new album The Revenant King, out now via Metal Blade Records, and can be viewed here.
The album’s title track is streaming HERE, and the ten minute track “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy” HERE.
VISIGOTH plays heavy metal that hearkens back to the golden age of ironclad riffwork and powerful vocals. They pay tribute to the titans of steel that left their mark on the history of the genre, and their earth-shaking sound echoes with a deep reverence for their roots. VISIGOTH goes above and beyond mere imitation, making their own musical mark on the genre they lovingly embrace. In VISIGOTH ‘s realm, there are no frills, no gimmicks; there is only heavy metal.
The band’s brand of heavy metal fit perfectly within the ranks of Metal Blade Records, who brought the band on board to release their debut full-length album. After signing with the label, VISIGOTH recorded The Revenant King. The collection of heavy metal tracks was engineered, mixed, and produced by Andy Patterson at Boar’s Next Studio in Salt Lake City. Alan Douches at West Westside handled mastering to offer a final product that truly represents the finest in true metal.
The collection of heavy metal tracks was engineered, mixed, and produced by Andy Patterson at Boar’s Next Studio in Salt Lake City. Alan Douches at West Westside handled mastering to offer a final product that truly represents the finest in true metal.
Visigoth will be releasing their debut full length album The Revenant King via Metal Blade Records on January 27, 2015. The album was engineered, mixed and produced by Andy Patterson at Boar’s Next Studio in Salt Lake City, UT and Alan Douches at West Westside mastered the record. Check out the artwork here.
The Revenant King Track Listing:
1. The Revenant King
2. Dungeon Master
3. Mammoth Rider
4. Blood Sacrifice
5. Iron Brotherhood
8. Creature of Desire
9. From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy
Dallas extreme metallers Baring Teeth is streaming their Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins album now here. It is out November 25, 2014 via Willowtip Records.
Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins was captured by Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You) at Elmwood Recording, mixed by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (The Body, Battles, Daughters), and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Swans).
Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Hawkins of the recording,
“This album was a really difficult one to make. We pushed ourselves as songwriters and as musicians, but I think the extra focus we placed on crafting a complete, focused album really paid off. Every song plays into the larger whole while still being brutal and catchy, and we wrote much more concertedly this time around. Our goal was to make an album that pushes the extremes of [debut full-length] Atrophy as far as possible, and we’re really happy with the result.”
The band has booked these upcoming shows:
Dec 05: The Lost Well – Austin, TX
Dec 06: The Scorpion’s Den – Midland, TX
Dec 13: Liquid Lounge – Dallas, TX
Dec 20: Gatsby’s Mansion – Denton, TX
Jan 09: TBA – New Orleans, LA
Jan 10: Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA