ALBUM REVIEW: Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

It appears that Protest the Hero have got some thoughts on today’s, let us say shit, political climate. When your opening track is called ‘The Migrant Mother’ it’s a bit of a tell that Palimpsest (Spinefarm Records) has some issues it wants to address. I mean, regardless of subject matter I’d still be all for Palimpsest. Come on, it’s Protest the Hero, I could listen to songs about cooking bacon as long as it’s a new album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lamb Of God – Lamb Of God

Every now and again, a record captures the mood of an era with such frightening accuracy that even though it might not be the greatest thing you’ve ever heard, it resonates so profoundly that you have no alternative but to sit up and take notice. Not since the ’80s, when the burgeoning thrash scene was fuelled by a world living in fear of murky politics and the threat of nuclear war, has the timing been so perfect for such a scathing indictment of present times. Continue reading

Watch Lamb of God Play at Their Intimate Chicago Show at House of Vans

Last night in Chicago at House of Vans, Lamb of God played their first show of 2020. Performing at the intimate venue, with openers Harm’s Way, the band performed a set of hits, including their new single ‘Checkmate’, performed live for the first time ever. The free event included a photography exhibit featuring photos from singer D. Randall Blythe that will be included in the artwork for their upcoming self-titled album, due out on May 8th via Reprise Records. Continue reading

The Machinist – Confidimus In Morte

Hardcore music, and its derivatives, are going through something of a renaissance. With the release of 2017’s Forever (Roadrunner Records), Code Orange astonishingly brought a fresh ideation to a genre already brimming with brilliant bands. It wasn’t so much a reinvigoration as it was a rewriting of the rulebook in a manner that has seen many bands attempting to play catch up or ape the style. Not every Hardcore influenced band is trying to rip off the Pennsylvanians however, and one such example is New York quartet, The Machinist. Continue reading

Eluveitie – Ategnatos

Formed in 2002, Swiss Folk Metal act Eluveitie were thrust almost immediately towards the front line of the burgeoning, so-called Viking Metal/Battle Metal scene as it erupted around them during the middle of that decade. Metal inspired by Vikings and Folk music can be traced back to the likes of Bathory and Skyclad, if not before, but such was the explosion of bands around this time, you couldn’t get out of bed for tripping over accordions, fiddles, animal skins and antlers. Continue reading

Mark Morton – Anesthetic

Solo projects are notoriously difficult. Sometimes they are born of internal conflict within a band leading to splintering factions looking to pave their own way. More often than not it proves that a part is not greater than the sum of the whole: who can honestly say they prefer Serj Tankian’s solo work to the output of System of a Down? They can also be the result of an ego attack, a misplaced sense of superiority with often disastrous results. Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, however, seems to fall into neither category, so his debut solo release, Anesthetic (WPP/Spinefarm Records) can only be viewed as a long-awaited labour of love. Continue reading

Hear Phil Anselmo’s New Theme Song For Tom Araya’s “Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre”

Phil Anselmo has created a brutal new song for the theme song of Slayer’s Tom Araya’s upcoming “Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre” project! Check out a teaser for the track, out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Art Is War Records, is available below. Directed by Joshua Allan Vargas, who has worked on music videos for Down, Soil, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals and Warbeast, the film is about a hair metal band that, while struggling to find its own identity, decides to record its first full-length album is a creepy cabin located in the middle of a notorious cemetery. Written by Joshua Allan Vargas and Jvstin Whitney, based on a story by Jvstin Whitney, “Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre ” features cameos by Araya, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) and David Vincent (Morbid Angel). Film narration was provided by actor Norman Reedus. Continue reading

Members Of Lamb Of God, Animals As Leaders, Sworn Enemy Members Unite In Supergroup Over It All

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes, Sworn Enemy guitarist Lorenzo Antonucci, 33 & West Booking Agency co-founder JJ Cassiere and Mediaskare Records head Baron Bodnar have created a new supergroup called Over It All. Blythe posted to his Instagram news of the band and that they seem to be touring, but it’s unclear to or for what. He also thanked Sumerian Records, hinting that label is behind the band and may have already signed them. We are excited to see what music this group can make and we will post updates when we can. Continue reading

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton Streams New Single, New Album Due In March

Acclaimed guitarist for Lamb Of God, Mark Morton will release his debut solo album on March 1st, 2019th. Anesthetic will be a collaborative album bringing stars from across rock and metal such as his bandmate D. Randall Blythe, Alissa white-Gluz, Chuck Billy, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Mark Lanegan, Jake Oni, and the late Chester Bennington among others. The project will release on Morton’s new label Wpp Records/Spinefarm Records. Blast the dope new single right now, ‘The Truth Is Dead’, feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz. Continue reading

Slayer – Lamb of God – Anthrax: Live at Arena, Birmingham (UK)

So, this is it then. The end of an era. A bruising, sweaty, and sometimes controversial, earache-inducing era which spanned over three and a half decades ends with the three words I never wanted to write:  Slayer are retiring. Continue reading