ALBUM REVIEW: Hellripper – The Affair of the Poisons

The reignited interest in distinctly eighties-sounding metal styles, and more specifically, the thrash revival of the 2000s, has brought with it a handful of blistering new acts, alongside a slew of respectable releases from its originators. However, as a general scene, it has also suffered from a lack of innovation and compositional creativity. Often bands of this scene are perfectly content to just emulate classic sounds long-established by Sodom, Kreator, Venom, Bathory, and Slayer. Oftentimes, I find it a dull guessing game of which thrash bands are being ripped off whenever I listen to these bands. But there are nevertheless a handful of acts that in addition to paying tribute to the old guard’s sound manage to capture that fury, excitement, and blasphemous spirit of heavy music during the proto-extreme metal era. James McBain, the singular creative force behind Hellripper, clearly loves the style of first wave black metal and Teutonic thrash but is also creative enough to blend them to create something that sounds completely fresh. The result here is The Affair of the Poisons (Peaceville Records), a sophomore effort to the more straightforward Coagulating Darkness, and a release of blackened thrash/speed metal fury that will leave you yearning even more for a destructive live experience in 2020.Continue reading

EP REVIEW: High Command – Everlasting Torment

Formed in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2016, five-piece thrash outfit High Command follow up their 2017 debut full length Beyond the Wall of Desolation with digitally released single Everlasting Torment(both Southern Lord). Continue reading

Super7 is Releasing New Slayer and Venom ReAction Figures Next Week

Super7 Toys will release new ReAction figures next week of Slayer and Venom! Slayer’s figure is based on the track “Born of Fire” from 1990’s Seasons In The Abyss (American Recordings) and comes in translucent orange. The Venom figure is the classic mascot in Glow-In-The-Dark green! Pre-orders will go live by mid-week when Super7 usually drops new releases.

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Thirty-Five Years Ago Dee Snider Defended Heavy Metal Against Censorship

The 1980s were a curious time for music. It was one of the most creative and cool times ever for all kinds of music from Rock, Heavy metal, Pop, Hip-Hop, and Dance Music. Art and music is an expression of society and what people are feeling, and rarely just artists pushing their opinions on fans. But forces were aligning against personal freedom, especially in the United States Government and the Parents Music Resource Center (The P.M.R.C.)led by Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of former Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius.

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Super7 Toys Releases a Limited “Ultimates Edition” of King Diamond

 

Super7 Toys has made reaction figures in the style of old-school G.I. Joe or Star Wars figures of Metal, Rock, and Punk legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Misfits, Megadeth Ghost, Rancid, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Venom, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and perhaps most famously King Diamond! Now they are stepping it up for the King with a deluxe “Ultimates Edition: King Diamond “1980s Mercyful Fate era KD 7-inch posable figure with a ton of craftsmanship, accessories and an amazing slipcase for storage and display. Similar to other figures the brand has made, this is extremely limited edition, made to order figure that will absolutely sell-out, so act now!Continue reading

Inferno Festival 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Restrictions

Sad news as one of the greatest metal festivals in the world, and a favorite of Ghost Cult, Inferno Festival 2020, set to take place in Oslo, Norway has been totally canceled. The fest was to feature Kreator, Mayhem, Triumph of Death, Amorphis, Venom, Gorgoroth, Marduk, Ihsahn, Kampfar, and many more! According to a message from the festival, “all public events in Norway are banned until the end of April, and this period might be extended. The health authorities estimate 4-5 months. So, there are no chance that we can make Inferno happen this year.” See a message from the fest here: Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Midnight – Rebirth by Blasphemy

It’s a bit too early to be making any proclamations of the sort, but I think Midnight may have just released the most metal album of 2020. And yes, there will likely be scores of other heavy releases this year that will overshadow Rebirth by Blasphemy (Metal Blade) in the blast beat, low tuning, or cookie monster vocal department. What I’m talking about is the mood, or more like the mean streak that multi-instrumentalist Athenar conjures up.Continue reading

70000 Tons Of Metal Adds Vio-Lence, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Toxik, Aeternam and Brujeria

House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/18/19

The 70000 Tons Of Metal is right around the corner, kicking off next week, and have confirmed some late additions to the cruise. Setting sail with the current bands on the bill and the fans are Vio-Lence, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Toxik, Aeternam and Brujeria. Round X (10) of 70000 Tons Of Metal will sail January 7 to January 11, 2020.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cradle of Filth – Cruelty and the Beast: Re-Mistressed

Twenty-one years ago, way back in 1998 when their star was on the ascendancy and the average metal fan was wondering whether they were Black Metal, Gothic Metal or That’s Not Metal, five years after the infamous ‘Jesus is a Cunt’ T-shirt made them a household name for a variety of reasons, Cradle of Filth release their third album Cruelty and the Beast on Music for Nations. A much-acclaimed tribute to non-vegan Ribena fanatic Elizabeth Bathory. It was a milestone in their developing sound and at the time, I absolutely loved it. Continue reading

Brutal Assault 2020 Adds Cattle Decapitation, Fever333, Katatonia, Life of Agony and More!

Brutal Assault has added a plethora of new bands for 2020! Among the new bands playing the festival include Cattle Decapitation, Fever333, Katatonia, Life of Agony, Shadow of Intent, Fueled By Fire, Katatonia, Psykup, Mysticum, and Imperial Triumphant. The twenty-fifth edition of Brutal Assault Festival takes place August 5 – 8th at historic Fortress Josefov, in Czech Republic and will feature 130+ bands on five stages over four days. Watch a new trailer for the fest right now!Continue reading