When Brazilian thrash legends Sepultura parted ways with frontman Max Cavalera in 1996, many thought that would be the end of the road. An acrimonious divorce that seemed to favour neither party, the remaining members auditioned several well known musicians before eventually choosing Ohio born Derrick Green as the man to replace the outgoing Cavalera brother.
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One of the great success stories of the last ten years or so, the inexorable rise of occult rockers Ghost has been nothing short of astonishing. From their inception in 2006 and the release of full length debut Opus Eponymous (Rise Above Records) four years later, the act from Linköping have gone on to become one of Sweden’s greatest ever exports.
Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Among the artists well wishing are members of of Metallica, Korn, Slayer, System Of A Down, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Exodus, Behemoth, Lamb Of God, Halestorm, Trivium, Fear Factory, Kreator, Hatebreed, Black Stone Cherry, Death Angel, Fit For An Autopsy, Repentance, Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, and many others. The band also released a 30th anniversary shirt via their merch company which you can order below. Watch the clip here
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It had been 511 days, 16 hours, and 42 minutes, and 57 seconds since my last show, but who’s counting? I had fseen one local show, filled with riffs, crowd surfers, headbanging, booze, but mostly stress and trepidation. Still, I needed to see shows again, and see this tour in particular. The Metal Tour of The Year with Megadeth – Lamb of God – Trivium, and Hatebreed was coming and I was excited for it. Not just because this was the first major metal of this scope tour since the abyss that was the last year and a half, but because of the greatness of the bands, We are by no means out of the water with regards to the pandemic, but for a few hours we could forget about our troubles and enjoy some metal for a while.
Arguably the most divisive album in the history of metal, no other record seems to split opinion quite likeMetallica’s The Black Album (Elektra). Otherwise known simply as Metallica, whenever the San Franciscan act’s fifth studio album is mentioned even in passing, the results are usually the same. Like a red rag to a bull, loud and vociferous “true fans” are still guaranteed to leap straight in with comments like “only the first four albums are real”, “sell-outs” and “commercial bullshit” etc.
Super7 Toys has announced their new summer line of toys and figures for their Spectacular Kinda Sorta Still at Home-ic-Con in place of San Diego Comic Con, which is still virtual this summer. In their mega announcement video they unveiled a new Ghost ReAction Figure of Papa Nihil, complete with his saxophone from “Miasma”, as heard on the their album Prequelle (Loma Vista Recordings). Watch the video below and be lone the lookout for the pre-order link online. The brand sells their toys and merch at their site or at their two locations in their home base of San Francisco, or San Diego. In addition to the ReAction figures, Super7 has released a Slayer Live Undead playset as well as figures based on classic albums by Black Sabbath, Queen, Biggie Smalls, and more! Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Misfits, Ghost, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Motörhead, Venom, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.Continue reading
Super7 Toys has announced a new series of ReAction Figures with packaging and design that pays homage to old import metal albums! New figures for Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Venom join their line of music legends and toys. In addition to the figures, Super7 has released a Slayer Live undead playset as well as figures based on classic albums by Black Sabbath, Queen, Biggie Smalls, and more! Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Misfits, Ghost, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Motörhead, Venom, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.
With a gap of eight years since their last studio album and boasting a new, reshuffled line-up, UK thrashers Evile are back with an absolute vengeance on their fifth full-length release. And as its title suggests, listening to Hell Unleashed (Napalm Records) is much like letting an angry, unfed Rottweiler loose in a roomful of overweight and particularly slow-moving children.
Machine Head performed another of their lockdown-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 ” fan favorite “My Misery” from the Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight Soundtrack, hits, and covers of Pearl Jam, White Zombie, and Slayer. You can watch every Friday live on that bands’ YouTube or Robb Flynn’s Twitch channel.