Portugal’s finest mercurial sons Moonspell‘s knack for reinvention while still holding true to their core elements is scarcely paralleled in all of dark music; a master class in constant growth. They have always deserved to be considered one of the most important world metal bands. “Metal” however is also too limiting a boundary for them, even though it is in the blood which beats through their lycanthropic hearts.
Last year, UK metalcore masters Architects showed a new side of their souls with their ninth album For Those That Wish To Exist (Epitaph Records). Now with their performance at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, each song shines in its full potential for a historic mark in the band’s career.
It’s been thirty years since Symbol of Salvation (Metal Blade Records) first landed on record shelves around the world and to celebrate, LA metallers Armored Saint present Symbol of Salvation Live (Metal Blade), a show recorded at New York’s Gramercy Theatre in 2018 where the 1991 classic was played in its entirety to an overjoyed and packed house.
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 →
Recorded in front of twelve thousand rabid fans at the Berlin Velodrom in December 2012, Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin (Silver Lining Music) is the sound of British rock legends Motörhead doing what they did best. Playing rock ‘n’ roll at the loudest possible volume and making lots of drunk people bang their sweaty heads until they either threw up or passed out. Motörhead shows were fantastic, weren’t they?
Doom Metal legends Conan will release a live album, Live At Freak Valley, on March 12, 2021 via Napalm Records. Following their 2013 live album, recorded at Roadburn festival, and the self-released Live At Bannermans, their third live album could not have been recorded at a better place than Freak Valley Festival. Pre-orders are live below. Watch a performance clip for “Hawk As A Weapon” now!
Ah, gigs. Remember them? Well, I Am The Empire – Live From The 013 (Napalm Records), the new live release by veteran power metal act Kamelot is a welcome reminder of what live entertainment looked like in a pre-Covid world.
If there’s one thing that Teutonic thrashers Destruction enjoy, it’s a live album. The sixth of their career to date, Born to Thrash (Live in Germany) (Nuclear Blast Records) was recorded at Partysan Open Air, a metal festivalheld at Schlotheim’s Obermehler Airport during August last year, and catches the band in, ahem… full flight.Continue reading →
Nonpoint will release a new live album tomorrow on all DSPs! The record Alive and Kicking for May the 4th(Be With You Day) from their online series of “Quarantine Sessions”, in which the band played live online and interacted with fans. You can see the slick Star Wars artwork and some sample posts the band shared online. Continue reading →
Florida true-school DIY hardcore band Prison has surprise-released a new live album,Live In Texas, via their Bandcamp page. The bad has released the digital album for a low price for fans missing shows during the quarantine due to the coronavirus. Recorded in Ft. Worth, TX in the spring of 2019, the album was mixed and mastered by Austin Coupe. Prison is one of the best live bands on the scene right now, and we caught them live with Soulfly last fall, in a review you can read here. The band is also selling its full catalog at a low price, so please support them if you can! Purchase and stream Live In Texas at the link below. Continue reading →