Machine Head performed another of their quarantine era “Electric Happy Hour” sessions where Robb Flynn is often joined by bassist Jared MacEachern. They perform a set every Friday and this week they deep cuts like “Spine”, hits like “From This Day”, as well as covers of Dio-era Black Sabbath – “Die Young,” Tool – “Sober” and Metallica – “The Memory Remains”. Watch now!
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From ‘War Pigs’ to the present day, metal and politics have gone hand in hand and Sacred Reich has never shied away from the subject. As far back as their Draining You of Life demo in 1986, the Arizona thrashers made it abundantly clear that fascism is bullshit, Nazis are the enemy, and that oppression in any form should not be tolerated. This steadfast opposition to dictatorship, corruption, and social injustice has served them well for over thirty years, but recently the band has found themselves in the unbelievable position of actually having to defend those views. Swamping their social media pages with insults and demands to “stop making everything political”, some of their so-called “fans” really seem to have missed the entire fucking point of Sacred Reich.
Originally released back in 2005 (although a DVD had come out a couple of years before), Evil or Divine – Live in New York City (BMG) was recorded on Dio‘s 2002 world tour and still holds up as a great live representation of the band at that point. Promoting the Killing the Dragon (Spitfire) album, the title track is joined by ‘Push’, ‘Rock & Roll’ and ‘Guilty’, with ‘Fever Dreams’ and ‘Lord of the Last Day’ from Magica (Spitfire) making up the rest of their more modern entries.
The estate of late Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls has released a previously unreleased rehearsal recording of Sabbath rehearsing an early version of their classic song “Heaven And Hell” in 1979 during the pre-production sessions for the album of the same name. The track, which features Nicholls on bass, was uploaded to YouTube by Geoff’s stepson and executor of his estate, Gary Rees. Continue reading
Japan’s Sonic Flower began in the early 2000s as an offshoot of Church of Misery. They released one self-titled album in 2003 and then broke up in 2005 following some aborted recording sessions. Reforming briefly in 2007, only to break up again the same year, Sonic Flower lay dormant for 14 years until they finally reformed again in 2019. A full-length album with a new lineup including a vocalist is scheduled for later in 2021. To whet their fans’ appetite in the meantime, the band are first releasing Rides Again (Heavy Psych Sounds Records), which consists entirely of tracks recorded in 2005 from the aforementioned aborted sessions.
Formed in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2016, five-piece thrash outfit High Command follow up their 2017 debut full length Beyond the Wall of Desolation with digitally released single Everlasting Torment(both Southern Lord).Continue reading
To continue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fathers of Heavy Metal Black Sabbath, the band has announced the release of the Super Deluxe Edition of their classic Volume 4 album (Mercury/Vertigo).It includes the newly remastered original album, plus 20 previously unreleased studio and live recordings. It will be available on 4-CD And 5-LP formats through BMG on February 12th 2021.
Magnetic Eye Records is ready to keep killing it with their Redux series with their upcoming Black Sabbath Vol. 4 tribute album. Hot on the heels of their full-album cover of Sabbath’s debut Heavy metal genre-defining opus, Vertigo, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne) and Zakk Sabbath are back with a cover of “Under The Sun”! Listen to it now!
In a new interview with legendary Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler spoke Ricky Aarons from Australia’s Wall Of Sound, in a new interview about how he is spending his time during the pandemic. According to the interview, Geezer lives in Los Angeles and has done some traveling, but mainly he is writing a memoir of his time growing up in the UK. You can read a quote from Geezer on this below. As we previously reported,Butler’s three solo albums — “Plastic Planet” (1995), “Black Science” (1997), and “Ohmwork” (2005) — will be made available for the first time ever on vinyl, with both CD and LP using newly updated cover artwork, via BMG on October 30.