Arriving in 1989 towards the tail end of the thrash metal scene, San Francisco act Mordred may have only been together for five years but showed more invention and innovation in that time than some bands achieved over a much longer period.
Okay, so watching streamed performances over the internet isn’t the best way to enjoy live shows. That’s a given. Every one of us would rather be in the middle of a sweaty moshpit, getting drunk with friends while being accidentally kicked in the head by overenthusiastic crowd surfers. Yes you would. Don’t lie.
Bay Area Thrash legends Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel will embnark on the “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” USA tour this fall! The 30 date trek will kick off on October 6th at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA and will make stops in Austin, New York, and Detroit before concluding at The Fox in Oakland on November 27th. General admission tickets for the tour will go on sale on Thursday, July 1st at 10:00 AM local time. Blabbermouth will have a ticket pre-sale starting Tuesday, June 29th at 10 am local until Tuesday, June 29th at 10 pm local (PW: TITANS).
Legendary Thrash Metal band Flotsam And Jetsam have announced a brief tour of the USA, focusing on West Coast dates this summer. The “Brace For Impact Summer Tour 2021” kicks off on August 17th at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and ends on August 28th in Mesa, Arizona. Flotsam And Jetsam released its 14th album, Blood In The Water (read our review here), on June 4 via AFM Records.
While all things toxic (waste; holocausts; um, waltzing) have long been a regular bedfellow for the lyric writers and album cover artists that inhibit the pungent worlds of Thrash and Death Metal, it also lurks in another sense; behind the scenes and pervading the environment of many bands relationships. Escaping the cryptic realms of one such biohazard of a relationship was a necessity for legendary bassist Terry Butler (Obituary, Death, Six Feet Under), guitarist Taylor Nordberg (Wombath, Ribspreader), and vocalist/drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom-Inc, Goregang, The Absence). Continue reading
It’s been a long time coming but Flotsam and Jetsam finally look to have reasserted themselves among the top of the speed metal elite. After arriving on the scene with two undisputed classics back in the late ’80s, the Arizona thrashers fortunes dipped and for a while it seemed that they would only be remembered for those releases and supplying Metallica with bassist Jason Newsted.
New Jersey metallers Behind The Horror have been keeping busy in 2021. With a series of covers (recently Sepultura, Audioslave, and Nightwish), playthrough videos, and now their new Podcast series, the band has been keeping their fans entertained and themselves sharp, as they work on new music for their next release. In the first few episodes, which you can see below, the brothers Gabriel and Lucas Alves continue to explore their earliest years as fans, their first forrays into making music, and much more! Watch it now and be sure to like and subscribe on YouTube to support the band!
Anthrax bassist Frank Bello will release his memoir Fathers, Brothers, And Sons will be released this October 12th via Rare Bird Literature. The full title is Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax written by Bello and Joel McIver. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.
Project: Roenwolfe occupies a prime position in one of the Heavy Metal world’s more overlooked niches. Their Power/Thrash Metal fusion provides a trifecta of melodicism, intricacy, and aggression that is most directly in line with Iron Savior while also triggering associations with Helstar and Heathen, among others. Edge Of Saturn (Divebomb Records) is their first album since they debuted with 2013’s Nightmare Dreamscape. And as expected, there have been some upgrades in that eight-year timeframe.
Modern Thrash powerhouse Crawling Manifest will release their new full-length album this Friday, May 14th, 2021. You can stream all of Radical Absolution today at Ghost Cult Magazine! The band has cut their teeth playing live with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Soulfly, Soilwork, Carach Angren, and Kataklysm, with founding members remaining members Andrew Gladu and Trevor Layton still driving the band since 2014. Fans from bands like Havok, Warbringer, Lamb of God, and Power Trip will love Crawling Manifest! Jam out to Radical Absolution now!