Cape Town-based Rap Metallers Ill System have a brand-=new video for their new single “Rock Bottom” out now via Mongrel Records. Politically charged with killer grooves and great lyrical flows, the band also leans heavily on their use of native African instrumentations, such as Djembe and Bongo percussion. Rock Bottom was mixed and mastered by the legendary Andrew O’leary of Verona Walls. Watch the fiery video now!
When was the last time you saw a young band that made you excited for new music again? Fire Follows is one of those rare bands that rock out, but have amazing melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. Their new single and video for “Glass Grenade” could well be the anthem of 2021. In ten years we might be talking about Fire Follows the same way we discuss groups like Fire From The Gods, From Ashes To New, or Hyro The Hero. Check out “Glass Grenade” now!
(HED) P.E. releases a solidly decent album with Class of 2020(Suburban Noize Records). The band, hailing from Southern California, truly embodies the eclectic skater vibe of the area. The album is a mix of rock, funk, and rap. Jared Gomes, Jeremiah Stratton, Kurt Blankenship, DJ Blackard, and Chad Benekos are a tight outfit, and Class of 2020 has no wasted riffage.
Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on.Continue reading
You gotta face the facts, you will never be as cool as Ice-T. Never. He came from the streets of Los Angeles to become an iconic figure of Hip-Hop, movies and television, and Metal music. For some people, it seems like there is no mountain they can’t climb, and Ice is one of those guys. Sure, he could chill and sit back on the Law and Order: SVU Special VictimsUnit money, and all those royalties. In actuality, he has been working harder than ever on music the last decade-plus, specifically for his groundbreaking band Body Count. All the evidence you need is on their new album, Carnivore. (Century Media). Continue reading
Twenty-five years ago Korn released their debut self-titled album and changed the face of music. Yeah we know you think anything “Nu’ and metal bites. You can see yourself out right now. Whether you like all things Adidas tracksuits and Hip-Hop beats with downtuned riffs or not, what Korn put down on that first album changed heavy music for the better. All heavy music.
International Heavy Metal sensations Bloodywood have dropped a new music video for their new song ‘Machi Bhasad (Expect a Riot)’. Originally created for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Beyond Good and Evil 2”, the band ended up keeping the track themselves. The band remarks“Machi Bhasad is a track with a political message that celebrates the power of a new generation and its potential to be better than the last.” The band will play abroad this summer at metal festivals such as Dong Open Air, Wacken, and a UK headline tour. Continue reading
Often labeled as past its peak, or sometimes worse, Nu-Metal is one of those subgenres that is loathed by some and loved by others, but by some weird paradox has never failed to maintain its relevance or draw a crowd. Though djent and post Killswitch Engage metalcore is all the craze these days, I always enjoy pointing out to the naysayers that very few bands in either scene have amassed a gargantuan fanbase on the level of a Slipknot, Korn or Deftones. It is a genre that for many a metalhead such as myself and those I encountered tonight at The Bread Shed, was the first to expose them to heavy music, and its importance has clearly endured through California’s Otep, who arrive on UK shores for the first time in almost two decades for their “Art of Dissent” tour. Continue reading
Hollywood Undead, busy touring non-stop behind last years’ album Five, has released a brand new EP today, Psalms. A companion to last years’ album, Psalms features previously released tracks, ‘Gotta Let Go’ and ‘Another Level’, as well as three brand new songs: ‘Bloody Nose’, ‘Live Fast Die Young’, and ‘Something to Believe’. Stream and buy the album below. Since unveiling ‘Gotta Let Go’ and ‘Another Level’ earlier this year, the standout tracks have racked up over 10 million views and streams. The group also recently clocked over 1.1 billion total U.S. streams across their catalog, over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, and over 440 million total YouTube views.Continue reading