Arriving in 1989 towards the tail end of the thrash metal scene, San Francisco act Mordred may have only been together for five years but showed more invention and innovation in that time than some bands achieved over a much longer period.
If you can rely on one thing it’s that legendary Norwegian twosome Darkthrone will continue to not give a flying fig about convention or what people think about them until the day they die. No live shows since 1996, an early decisive leap from death metal to black metal, a total lack of adherence to any kind of rule book, and a succession of albums which basically read as unadulterated love letters dedicated to the music on which they grew up. If you don’t get Darkthrone by now then you never will.
On July 27th, the long in the works biography of Ronnie James Dio, which hew was working on at the time of his death will be released. Coming from Permuted Press in the U.S. and Canada and Constable in the U.K. and co-written with British music journalist Mick Wall and Dio’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography” is now available for pre-order at the link below. Dio, the voice of his solo band, Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath is arguably the greatest metal singer in history, and propelled the genre forward with his talents, and his representing metal culture to the masses.
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The last of a groundbreaking run of undisputed classics, Sabotage (Vertigo/BMG), often gets overlooked during debates about the studio legacy of legendary metal pioneers Black Sabbath. Considering the seismic impact of the band’s previous five releases, this isn’t entirely surprising but Sabotage has always deserved more time in those conversations.
Returning from the grave after close to three decades, California heavy metal legends Cirith Ungol blasted back last year with Forever Black (Metal Blade), their first album since 1991’s Paradise Lost (Restless Records). Striking back while the iron remains hot, the band follows up last year’s full-length offering with Half Past Human (Metal Blade), a four-track EP that reaches back into the past, resurrecting a handful of tracks that never made it properly onto any of their existing albums.
Legendary Ministry side project 1000 Homo DJs that put out a series of singles in the 1990s will release a special 12-inch vinyl single on July 2nd. Most famous for the track “Supernaut” later heard on the Black Sabbath tribute covers album Nativity In Black, 1000 Homo DJs was comprised of 1990s Ministry core members Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, Mike Sciacca (RIP), Bill Rieflin (RIP), and a whos who of Chicago Wax Trax era industrial, post-Punk, and punk rock legends, most notably Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor and Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biafra. You can pre-order the limited edition EP on purple vinyl due out on July 2nd from Ministry’s Bandcamp page. The release features both versions of “Supernaut” with Al and Trent on lead vocals, including all the remixes of the track.
With plans to tour with their almost original line up – between the five current members of Candlemass all of them were in the band at some point across the legendary Doom Metal acts first two albums, and all were present and very much correct for 2019’s impressive The Door To Doom (Napalm Records) – on hold, Sweden’s epic morose masters ventured into the world of live lockdown streaming, capturing their 2020 performance from Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl for release on multiple visual and audio formats under the title of Green Valley Live (Peaceville). Continue reading
Machine Head performed another of their lockdown-era “Electric Happy Hour” sessions where Robb Flynn is often joined by bassist Jared MacEachern. They perform a new set every Friday. This week featured “Locust”, Block”, “The Burning Red”, and the deep cut “Heavy Lies The Crown”, plus covers of Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”, and Green Day – “Welcome To Paradise”, plus Robb proposes a challenge/ experiment for the ladies, and gave a shoutout to Ghost Cult!
It should be clear by now that inertia and complacency are words that simply don’t exist in the vocabulary of French progressive death metal act Gojira, and with the latest album Fortitude (Roadrunner Records) the band have made some of their biggest and most diverse strides to date.