By the time Floridian thrashers Trivium released their second album, Ascendancy (Roadrunner Records) in 2005, the band were locked firmly into an upward trajectory which promised nothing short of global domination. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out as planned but the four-piece still remain one of the most successful metal acts around today despite having to constantly push against an unrelenting tide of haters who decided sometime during the mid-late ’00s that Trivium just weren’t metal enough any more or something.
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.
One of the titans of the North American summer Music Festival season is Riot Fest, and we were damn glad to see it come back strong in 2021. Especially after Lollapalooza did such bang up numbers coming back, and kept the safety methods strongto minimize the effects of the pandemic, you knew Riot Fest was going to go hard, and bring it big time. Even with the departures from the lineup of Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, and others, it was as stacked a lineup as the fest has ever had. If you’ve ever been to Riot Fest, Lollapalooza, Coachella or any other festival, you’ve witnessed the power of live music bringing people together. At Riot Fest 2021, we learned that even a global pandemic is no match for a community this passionate and devoted. What makes Riot Fest particularly special, though, is the integration of bands and artists from several generations, and the consequent mingling of their fans. Whether you’re twelve or sixty years old, there’s someone on the lineup for you.
A lot has changed in metal over the last thirty years but you wouldn’t know that by listening to the latest release from German thrash veterans Paradox. A sequel to their 1989 classic, Heresy (Roadrunner Records), Heresy II – End of a Legend (AFM Records) continues the story of the Cathars and the 13th century Albigensian Crusade, an ambitious conceptual endeavour that actually pays off.
If you are missing some new Thrash Metal then I would gladly invite you to give the new album from Bay Area Thrashers Infex a listen. I came into this review with no idea at all who Infex was, but now I know! This album is in a word, thrashtastic. I love to write about a band that’s all about riffage and crafting around said riff. This album took me back to when I was playing in a “Threath band” (thrash/death metal), a term coined by my former singer.
Thrash Metal originators Exodus has shared another new single and lyric video for “Clickbait! The track is the second song from the bands’ new album Persona Non Grata, due out in November in 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records! Watch they lyric video now!
Thrash Metal veterans Pirosaint have released their debut album, Know Thyself (Self-Released), their first full-length record since the bands’ inception in 1989. Listen to the album below, and stream a lyric video for “The Debt” right now!
Thrash Metal originators Exodus has shared an explosive new single and album artwork for their next release! “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)”. This is the first track from the bands new album Persona Non Grata, due out later in 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records, with details to follow soon. The band is performing at Psycho Las Vegas this Sunday, August 22nd, 2021. Listen to the track now!
Thrash Metal masters Anthrax has booked a headline tour of Europe, their first European tour since the summer of 2019. Celebrating 40 years of Anthrax in 2021, the band will start the trek in September 27, 2022 in Birmingham, England, the band will play 27 dates in 15 countries, wrapping up in Zurich, Switzerland on November 5. Municipal Waste will support on all dates. The band has said they hope to release a new album in 2022.
Starting their fortieth anniversary celebrations a few months early, German thrashers Sodom prepare to enter their fifth decade with the release of Bombenhagel (Steamhammer / SPV), a three track EP featuring two brand new songs and an updated version of an old classic.