The last few years have been very good for Trad Metal bands and their fans. Be it the maturing of the old school heavy metallers, or the young hipstery bizarro mustachio, vest metal crew that have formed a new age fanbase, it’s been heartwarming to see a horde of fans support so many worthy bands of late. One that has gotten on my radar the last few years is Lavaborne; mid-western warriors who eschew the vanilla tropes of the style in favor of originality, top songcraft, and true Trad reverence.
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.
Let’s take a minute and talk about hype. We all have a vague notion of what it is, but how does one obtain it? Can it be harnessed long term or is it a matter of riding that wave while it’s marginally available? For instance, how did Job For A Cowboy use it to jump from MySpace unto Metal Blade? Beats me. Whatever the case may be, it appears abundantly clear that Spiritbox know how to tap into it and are doing so on Eternal Blue (Rise Records). But can Spiritbox carry this momentum all through an album? Continue reading
When yet another massive riff, this time during the early stages of track nine ‘World Eater’, hits – you know the sort… the type of riff that makes your face do the same involuntary wince/”oooooo” combo as sucking a lemon straight after brushing your teeth might – the smile can’t help but break out on your face: The Conquering (Spinefarm Records) isn’t just Employed To Serve upping the ante; their fourth album goes deeeep.
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.
Triple B (BBB) Records has a cool stable of artists we dig, such as Fuming Mouth, Fury, Nudie Mag, C4 and more! They will hold a sale for merch, rare vinyl and more tomorrow, Saturday, 7/10/2021 at the excellent Wanna Hear It Records of Watertown, MA. Check out the flyer and show some support!
Vancouver’s Thrashy and Melodic Metalcore band Blood of The Phoenix has dropped a crushing new song and lyric video for the track “Signs of War.” The track comes from their forthcoming debut EP From What We Used To Know due out July 2nd, 2021,, and will leave you needing to hear more. Featuring dramatic, heavy songs, Blood of The Phoenix is buoyed by the powerful and inspiring vocals of Jess Escobar. Jess has one of the best voices we’ve heard in a long time and is complemented by killer hooks and heavy parts for all the kids to mosh to in your bedroom or your first shows back in the world. Check out the lyric video, right now!
Swedish Thrash and Rock leaders Leach are back with a brand new full-length album, Lovely Light of Life, due out on May 21st on Brutal Records. The band checks in today with a new single and lyric video for “Serenade (For The Broken Brave).” Produced by Christian Silver at Studiomega (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Soilwork, Dragonforce), the album, like the single, is an adrenaline shot to the slow beating heart of the scene, giving it a needed jab of energy and freshness. The video is unique and does a good job illustrating the lyrics which have a hardcore delivery and sense to them. Check it out here at Ghost Cult and pre-order the album today!
Modern Thrash Metal band War Curse has shared a new single and video for a cover of Anthrax’s 1990s metal classic “Only.” the trach comes from “The Big 4 of Thrash Metal” founders’ platinum-selling album The Sound of White Noise. The trach is a stand-alone single for War Curse, unrelated to their upcoming new full-length album, due out for Blacklight Media, a sub-label of Metal Blade Records later in 2021. Check out the clip here: