The Big 4 Charity Tribute by New England Metal Bands Returns This Week

The Big 4 Charity Tribute Concert, the annual event benefitting the Music Drives Us charity in the Boston Area will host its concert this coming weekend. Taking place at Sammy’s Patio in Revere, MA, Augusts 16th and 17th it features the best metal bands from the Boston-area performing as the great metal bands to ever exist, night one is focused on Death Metal with an opening set from Dygara, while night two will see “The Big 4” of thrash music performed. Music by Death, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax! Full line-ups below. In addition to proceeds from the door going to charity, the show often has amazing donations and raffle prizes up for grabs (full list below). Continue reading

The Punk Rock MBA Examines “What Killed Death Metal?”

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

If you don’t follow The Punk Rock MBA, the YouTube channel run by music and marketing expert Finn McKenty, you are missing out! We are huge fans of his! His videos explore all of your favorite genres of music, their rise and sometimes fall. He uses the “what killed____” tag to get people interested, but clearly, he means in a commercial cultural way, not the death or a genre, as in the case of death metal. He discusses the main bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Bolt Thrower, Mortician, Incantation, and Suffocation, Cynic, Suffocation, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, Entombed, Dismember, the cultural forces that led to its popularity (Ace Venture Pet Detective and Beavis and Butthead) and more! Watch the clip below and like and subscribe to the channel. Continue reading

Origin – Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence

For twenty years the band Origin has set the standard for what excellent, American Death Metal should sound like. They have been blaring an uncommonly heavy, technical sound since the late nineties. Founding member and guitar player, Paul Ryan has been working on this signature style long before Origin was actually formed. Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence (Agonia Records) is a release of rarities from Origin’s vault that includes previously unreleased tracks from the pre-Origin era and a remastered version of Origin’s first EP. Continue reading

Misery Index – Rituals Of Power

I think as Extreme Metal fans we can all agree that we were getting a little antsy awaiting new music from Baltimore’s loudest sons, Misery Index. Watching the news every day through my fingers I know that the world and a certain leader are shit, so I figured Misery Index are in no shortage of material to convert into awesome grind sounds. But wait no more, children; Rituals Of Power (Season of Mist) is finally here. Continue reading

Death Metal Round Up: Cast The Stone, Stillbirth, Siege Of Power, Monstrosity And More

It may have taken thirteen years to follow-up their sole release, but with a cast that includes Misery Index, Cattle Decapitation and Scour alumni, the trials of time can be forgiven with Cast The Stone, and new EP release Empyrean Atrophy (Agonia) shows that this band has a lot more worth than simply being a side dabbling for them. Continue reading

Suffocation Announces Frank Mullen’s Farewell Tour

 

Death metal legends Suffocation have announced a final headline tour with their outgoing vocalist, Frank Mullen. Mullen announced his departure from the band earlier this spring to pursue other opportunities, such as acting and a solo career. Direct support on the tour will come from Cattle Decapitation, Krisiun, and. Soreption. Continue reading