5B Artists and Media, Wicked Craniums Team Up for NFT Project with Slipknot, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, The Distillers, King Diamond, and More

5B Artists and Media, best known for managing the careers of Slipknot, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, The Distillers, King Diamond, as well as Slipknot’s Knotfest events, and Knotfest.com among other business ventures has announced a partnership between 5B Artists with Wicked Craniums and its parent company, Reckless Labs. They will provide their thousands of holders, referred to as ‘Skulls’, with unprecedented utility which will include access to over 50 ‘real world’ music festivals and concert events around the globe annually as well as a host of exclusive music-related events within the metaverse.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Malevolence – Malicious Intent

The very title of Malevolence’s new record should tell you all you need to know about what to expect.

Malicious Intent (Nuclear Blast) is the third full-length release from the groove-meets-metalcore five-piece outfit hailing from the UK and follows up 2017’s Self Supremacy. Boasting all original members, Malevolence has returned with a vengeance, though one that is tempered.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ibaraki – Rashomon

Ibaraki is the new solo project from Trivium’s Matt Heafy, and Rashomon is released through Nuclear Blast, having been over a decade in the making. The name translates as “Wild Trees”, but is also taken from a terrifying Japanese demon of feudal legend, and the concept is a profound affirmation of Heafy’s Japanese-American heritage, incorporating a number of different musical styles. Although the main inspiration clearly sits within the black etal genre, taking influence from the experience of Emperor’s Ihsahn, who co-produced, and whose quirkier ideas from his solo work are peppered throughout the release. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pyrithe – Monuments to Impermanence

So, we have got to sit down and talk about how subgenre crazy the extreme metal world has become. It seems like with every week that goes by another fresh batch of new “subgenres” enter the metal lexicon. You see Deafheaven can’t be filed under Black Metal because they’re really a Post Existential Crisis Alternative Shoegaze Latte outfit. Ice Nine Kills’ early stuff was metalcore, but nowadays they’ve drifted over to Slasher Showtunes. I wish good luck to whoever has to classify whatever Pyrithe’s Monuments to Impermanence (Gilead Media).

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CONCERT REVIEW: Megadeth – Lamb of God – Trivium – In Flames Live at American Bank Center Arena


Ooohhhh what’s this?!?! Another Metal Tour of The Year! Thank you, may I have another! Last year I made it to the first show of the Megadeth and Lamb of God combo and this time I’m catching their fourth concert of the tour. My city stop was initially scheduled last year but was canceled, so as soon as I saw the tickets go on sale this time around I bought mine immediately. One benefit for tonight’s show was not having to drive six hours, my drive took twelve minutes from home to the venue.

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Watch Lamb of God Perform with Guest Singers (Chimaira, Trivium, In Flames) in Place of Randy Blythe

Lamb of God had to perform without their frontman D. Randall “Randy” Blythe on “The Metal Tour of The Year” with Megadeth, Trivium and In Flames for the band’s concert Tuesday night (April 19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan after testing positive for COVID-19. Fill-ins for Randy included Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy and In Flames‘ Anders Fridén, as well as Mark Hunter of Chimaira, who toured with LoG back in that bands’ heyday. Blythe reported on social media he is already feeling better and hopes to rejoin the group this week. Watch footage of the performances, uploaded by the Brewtally Speaking podcast.

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Trivium’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy’s Ibaraki Shares Video For “Akumu” ft. Nergal From Behemoth

Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has shared more details about his long-awaited and much-anticipated Ibaraki, and his debut album Rashomon will be released on May 6th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has shared the video for “Akumu” featuring Death Metal legend Nergal of Behemoth. Watch it now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Annihilator – Metal II

There’s a fine line between “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “there’s always room for improvement”, and more often than not the re-recording of old albums usually falls snugly into the former category. No matter how much more accomplished the revised version might sound from a technical standpoint, the overall results rarely change. Lightning in a bottle cannot be captured twice.

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Dave Mustaine Says The New Megadeth Album is Now Due Out This Summer


In a new interview with Forbes discussing the “The Metal Tour of the Year”Dave Mustaine says that Megadeth’s new album due in 2022, The Sick, The Dying And The Dead, will be released this summer and that the band will soon announce another major tour. “The Metal Tour Of The Year’ will kick off on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada and run through May 15 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Trivium’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy Shares New Single and Video for Ibaraki – “Tamashii No Houkai” Feat. Ihsahn Of Emperor

Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has released the very first single from his highly-anticipated Ibaraki Black Metal project. Today, Ibaraki has shared the video for “Tamashii No Houkai,” featuring special guest Ihsahn of Emperor. Watch the video here.Continue reading