To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their now-iconic debut album NOLA (Elektra Records), the band Down originally planned a tour at select venues worldwide before a global pandemic shut down the normal cadence of life as any of us ever knew it for the foreseeable future. Not to be silenced on such a momentous occasion, the guys took to the stage at a private location instead to stream The Quarter Century Throwdown as a global virtual concert. Featuring vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower and Pat Bruders on bass, the event aired live with two encore performances in the days following the livestream for ticket holders.
When Pantera’s album Reinventing The Steel (Elektra Records) was released on March 21st, 2000, no one at the time thought it would be the final album from the band that dominated the metal sphere in the 1990s. But with the break up of the band and the murder of Dimebag Darrell Abbott in 2004, it proved to be their final transmission. Previously announced via Rhino Records, the album is getting a new release with two new versions, featuring an unreleased mix by producer Terry Date. The band has released three songs with the new mix, 30 and will also be available through digital and streaming services. Three of Date’s new mixes “Revolution Is My Name”, “Death Rattle”, and “We’ll Grind That Axe For A Long Time’ you can hear right now. These tracks, from the CD version will be released on October 30th. Also coming early next year, “Reinventing The Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition” will also be released as a double-LP set on silver vinyl that features the new Terry Date mix on one album, plus eight rare bonus tracks making their vinyl debut on the other. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 180-gram audiophile vinyl collection comes in an embossed, foil jacket and will be available on January 8th 2021.
Formed in 1989, but with less than a handful of full-length studio albums to their name, Canadian thrashers Entropy aren’t exactly the most prolific act in the universe. A seventeen-year absence from 1995 to 2012, and a gap of eight years since their previous album hasn’t helped, but whenever the two remaining original members, vocalist Ger Schreinert, and guitarist Dan Lauzon, do eventually get together, the results are always worth waiting for. Continue reading
Pantera’s legacy social media pages have brought awareness to the plight of former roadcrew member Chris Reynolds, who is suffering from bile duct cancer. Chris worked for Pantera for many years and the band is trying help support the GoFundMe launched to help Chris with his medical bills, made worse by the downturn of the music and touring industry due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
Alice In Chains saw their stellar 1990 debut album Facelift turned 30 today, August 21st. The band themselves will be honoring the outing with a thirty-day look back at the album which will eventually culminate in a deluxe 30th-anniversary edition deluxe box set for the record. The band commented: Continue reading
Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” album turns 30 this week and they are celebrating their record release event with a collectible poster! Iconic By Collectionzz has released a new official screenprint celebrating their show at The Basement in Dallas, the unofficial home base club in the early days of Pantera, which shot three music videos in one day there: “Psycho Holiday”, “Cemetery Gates” and “Cowboys From Hell”. Three days before the release of “Cowboys From Hell”, Pantera played a record release party for everyone at The Basement, for which guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott created the original flyer. Iconic By Collectionzz is remembering that event 30 years later with a new limited-edition poster by Vance Kelly which incorporates many of the original design elements Dimebag created in the flyer, such as the barbed wire and dripping-blood Pantera logo.Order at the link below. Continue reading
David Bowie is getting three more jigsaw puzzles from Rock Saws this year! In addition to three previously announced Bowie puzzles for September, Zee Productions will now add to that with three more coming in October. “Aladdin Sane”, “Heroes” and “Hunky Dory” are due for release on October 9. “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, “Tonight” and “Never Let Me Down” will be made available on September 4. Continue reading
The music world still has a Texas-sized hole in its heart following the death of Vinne Paul Abbott in his Las Vegas home in 2018. He was only 54 years old. The drumming legend most famous for his time as a founder of Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, and Hellyeah was taken from us too young due to “dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.” We have mourned his loss hard as Vinnie was a beloved as a figure in recent metal history for his outgoing personality, his giving spirit, and his incredible talent. Last year Hellyeah released their final album with Vinnie, Welcome Home, and completed a short tour, paying their respects nightly. You can read a comprehensive memorial piece we published about Vinnie at the time of his passing and watch these highlights from his career below. Continue reading
Many times in music journalism, we writers are given to hyperbole, often because it is the low hanging fruit of the field to gush about the classics with a torrent of compliments. You often read words like genre-defying, and frankly, a lot of the time they don’t land as they are meant to. However, in the case of the entire career of Fear Factory and certainty of the album Demanufacture (Roadrunner Records), the words can never do proper justice to the music. Simply stated, Deamnfacture is one of the most important, unique, and unapologetically brutal albums in heavy metal history. Continue reading
Glasgow may not be considered a heavy metal hub, but the band Bleed From Within proves that Scotland can produce some pretty extreme musicians. Formed fifteen years ago, this young, charged-up group of guys sought to make a spectacle of aggression and severity. Their early works took on a very vengeful edge that was mainly categorized under the Deathcore genre. Now, these fresh-faced Scots present a more sophisticated take on the ‘Core’ genres while merging it with Modern Metal on their new fifth full-length album, Fracture (Century Media Records). Continue reading