Sunday, December 26, 2010
One of my most anticipated returns of 2010 was that of Polish death metal dynamos Decapitated. This band originated back in 1996 when most of the band was in their teenage years. Undoubtedly no one would realize that this young band would create some of the heaviest death metal ever to have the pleasure of demolishing the world’s aural sensibilities. They created some of the most technical death metal without sounding snobbish and simply noodling all over the place. Back in 2007 tragedy struck; a car accident occurred that killed the 23 years young drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka and put singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek into a coma. Most thought that there was no way that the band would continue. However, through perseverance, the band has reunited with a new drummer and vocalist to bring the masses untold brutality. They played shows in the UK, Australia, and the US and completely destroyed everyone in their path. The world anticipates new music from this uncompromising and goal-driven band.
Tragedy plagued the world when on May 16, 2010, one of the leaders of metal, one of the originators, possibly the greatest vocalist of all time, Ronnie James Dio passed away as a result of stomach cancer. Truly one of the saddest days of my life was when I heard of Dio’s passing. Truth be told, I had been drinking the night before and I read rumors on the internet of his passing and I simply did not believe it. When I told my friend that night of what I read, we both scoffed and treated it as simply another internet rumor. However, when I got up in the morning and started to see all that was written about Dio and his passing, it all started to hit home. I called my friend and informed him of the tragedy and was beside myself. Holy Diver did not leave my stereo for days because I wanted to breathe in all that I could from one of metal’s masters. From his days with Black Sabbath, to Rainbow, to his own self-titled bad Dio, he has consistently put out great music and never lost his vocal abilities, even in his later years when most vocalists do. The world truly mourned when they heard of his passing, and they still do to this day.
Another metal legend passed away this year, one month before Dio did, Type O Negative lead singer, bassist, and composer Peter Steele. He helped create and continue goth/doom metal that even lead its way to the mainstream as most people have at least heard of Type O Negative. With hits such as “Black No. 1” and “Christian Woman,” doom metal and gothic music combined and invaded the mainstream. Peter Steel became a star and made a subculture popular. As a result of heart failure, he passed away on April 14, 2010, and left an indelible mark on the world of heavy music.
One of the biggest pieces of news of the year was the fact that the Big Four of thrash were finally going to play shows together. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax were four of the seminal bands that started thrash metal and they were finally going to play shows together after almost 30 years of playing as bands. They each have had their own moments of brilliance and have stood alone on their own merit. Across the board they have all been deemed as standards that new bands today try to live up to. To a lot of people this was fantastic news, those people all lived in Europe, because that was the only place they were going to play. Even though all the bands are from America, none of their announced shows were in the US. There is still hope though as they announced that there will be more shows in the summer of 2011. Even though they are in Europe again, there is a glimmer of hope that they will put together some shows here in the United States.
On Tuesday, December 7, the world was told that one of the originators of heavy metal, a constant heavy hitter of power metal, Judas Priest announced that they will soon be retiring. They told the world that there will be one final world tour and that would be the last we will ever see of this amazing band. There are plenty of skeptics that believe this is one of those farewell tours that are not as they seem. Some people think that the band will reunite in a couple years to do more shows because the world does not seem the same without JP. Even so, we all need to go out and see these shows in order to give these titans of metal a proper send off. Long Live Judas Priest \m/
Nergal, main man of the Polish blackened death metal titans Behemoth announced that the band would take a little hiatus from touring and recording due to a tragic health scare. This leader of the darkness has been brought down to earth from the debilitating disease leukemia which ravages a person’s white cell count in their bone marrow. However, through the power of the metal community, awareness of this disease has spread and a great deal of money has been raised. Marrow drives have been organized and one metal fan found out that he was a perfect match to donate blood marrow to Nergal. Rumor has it that a successful surgery has been undertaken and Nergal is resting comfortably.
Announcing their return to the metal world this year was Swedish thrash trio Coroner. This was huge news as they had been retired since 1996. Coroner released such legendary albums as Punishment for Decadence and No More Color. Having been around since 1983 Coroner began at the same time as most of the seminal thrash bands of our time and their reputation as an unrelenting tech-thrash band lives on today. The metal world rejoiced news came that they would reunite for France’s legendary Hellfest music festival. Coming shortly after that announcement was the news that they would hit the shores of the US for more tour dates such as playing Maryland Deathfest.
This has truly been a diverse year for metal with legends passing, great bands reuniting, amazing albums being put out, and any many intense tours. For a list of some of those great albums check out our favorite albums of the past year. Let’s hope that 2011 brings us as much joy as 2010 did by getting much more great new albums and tours. Be sure to support the scene by buying the albums, going to shows, and buying the merch. Be sure to continue to follow us here at NW MetalHead Productions presents \m/ All Metal All The Time \m/ as we will be sure to bring you new music, more reviews, and more metal fun. We hope to add new features to the site in order to give you all a better place to get all your metal news.
Keep those horns up !!!!!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour - hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!
With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!
JUDAS PRIEST will be starting their world tour in Europe - we have just confirmed the following festivals for 2011 -
9th June Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
11th June Sauna Festival, Finland
17th June Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June Hellfest, Nantes, France
22nd June Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
25th June Graspop Festival, Belgium
23rd July HIgh Voltage Festival, London, UK
5th August Wacken Festival, Germany
Stay tuned as we announce more dates - information will be forthcoming soon - so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable JUDAS PRIEST!!
(Quoted from Judaspriest.com)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Eluveitie - Everything Remains As It Never Was
Coming back strong this year with a new album of folky goodness is Eluveitie, the Swiss powerhouse that never fails to deliver. Strong songs such as the title track and “Quoth the Raven” show off the death metal side as well as their clean folk side. This band has several dimensions that work well together that made this album a must have.
Blasphemophagher - ...For Chaos, Obscurity, and Desolation
Stepping up this year with a heaping blast of death/black metal pandemonium is Italian hate mongers Blasphemophagher. These beasts created an album of extreme metal magic that seems like it could blast through the speakers and rip out your soul right out of your body. Tracks such as “Fleshripping Terrordeath” display the evil constructions that this maniacal band has spewed from their puke ridden bodies. An album for the whole family!
High On Fire - Snakes For the Divine
Stoner metal maestros High On Fire came back this year with one of my favorite albums I have listened to in ages. This album is so bottom heavy and so full of amazing riff after riff that you will want to listen to it back to back to back. The album never gets boring and stays heavy after repeated spins. This one will definitely be on many year end lists this year.
Immolation - Majesty and Decay
New York’s own Immolation put out an album of pure death metal. These legends have been around for so long it is reasonable to think that they have lost their touch and would simply put out a decent album that people would buy based on their name alone. However, Immolation did not rest on their past success and put out an amazing album. Incredibly heavy, loud, and punishing, Majesty and Decay fits right along with the rest of Immolations illustrious back catalogue.
Hour of Penance – Paradogma
Brutal death metal has been flooding the scene for awhile now and there are many bands out there that are terrible, playing simplistic music that offers nothing innovative or original. Hour of Penance are not one of those bands. Their newest album Paradogma is a brilliant follow-up to the incredible The Vile Conception. Tackling the issues of religion and society, they are not afraid of raising issues of controversy that might get them in trouble with certain groups of people. However, that anger fits perfectly along with their heavy sound. Definitely a band to follow in the next few years.
Misery Index - Heirs To Thievery
Death metal, grindcore, and organized chaos; all ways that one can use to define Misery Index. Their newest album is one that surprised a lot of people by just how good it was. The mastery that they use to combine death metal and grind is very impressive and no one, in my opinion, has put out a death/grind album of this caliber in awhile. I can’t say enough good things about this album.
Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy
What can I say about Nevermore that has not already been said by countless others. Combining thrash and prog into one tasty treat, The Obsidian Conspiracy displays the undeniable talent that these Seattleites continue to demonstrate with each album. The incredible vocals of Warrel Dane and the beauty of and intricacy of Jeff Loomis’s guitar are never more evident than on this album. Do yourself a favor and buy this album, along with the rest of their albums.
Witchery – Witchkrieg
Witchery are a “super-group” that has been around for 5 albums and they continue to get better with each release. Witchkrieg shows off the newest addition to the band, former Marduk frontman Legion. His black metal style of singing brings an added dimension of heaviness that makes this incarnation of the band an undeniable force. This is possibly my favorite album of the year.
Allegaeon - Fragments of Form and Function
A relatively new band, only putting out an EP in 2008, Allegaeon burst out onto the scene with a tremendous melodic tech death album. I purchased this album on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. From beginning to end, this album is unrelentingly brutal with enough technical ability to impress the most hardened critic. Showing the new wave of young brutality while not conforming to the deathcore grave, Allegaeon have proven that they can be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
Electric Wizard - Black Masses
If you don’t know who Electric Wizard is by now, then you would be hard pressed to call yourself a metalhead. True purveyors of doom, this quartet of metal heavy hitters always put out some of the year’s best music time and time again. Black Masses is no exception, bringing the as low as possible. The weight of their music cannot be measured as it constantly gains more heaviness with each listen. Straight from the bowels of the center of the earth, Electric Wizard never disappoint.
Some honorable mentions include: Ares Kingdom – Incendiary, Nominon – Monumentomb, The Ocean – Heliocentric, Arsis - Starve For The Devil, Athiest – Jupiter, Melechesh - The Epigenesis, Dark Fortress – Ylem, Orphaned Land - The Neverending way of OrwarriOR, Watain - Lawless Darkness
Friday, November 26, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"Hello everyone! I’m still in the hospital but in quite a good shape so I write to let you know about my health and the further stages of treatment. I’ve been through four planned chemotherapies and have stayed in hospital for over 3 months now. I’ve gone through the whole therapy smoothly, though I also had a couple of difficult moments. All this means I finish the stage of pharmacological treatment and I am about to start the irradiation and then the marrow transplant. Yes, we’ve found a donor! Having searched for months, the fundation has found a person whose genotype is identical to mine. It would have been difficult to achieve if it wasn’t for the support of so many people. Most of all, I want to express my admiration for Dorota - my wonderful and devoted fiancée. She did everything she could to help me and many other people, regardless of adversities and comments which were often unfair. Your help is invaluable! Thank you! I love you. On behalf of me and all other people ill I thank everyone who registered in the bone marrow bank regardless of origin, skin colour or religion. The concerts for charity have been organised all over the world and people of show business, bands and, most of all, the fans got deeply involved. You are beyond great! One of you made my transplant possible, but remember, your attitude may save many others in need. So I appeal to everyone: don’t stop the madness! The march for victory continues! Horns up!'"
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Integrity – To Die For
Bleeding Through – Just Another Pretty Face
Heaven Shall Burn – The Weapon They Fear
Despised Icon – The Sunset Will Never Charm Us
Through the Eyes of the Dead – Malice
Nodes of Ranvier – The Years to Come
Impending Doom – My Nemesis
Converge – Eagles Become Vultures
Botch – Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb
Dillinger Escape Plan – Panasonic Youth
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Municipal Waste vs Gama Bomb
Blood Red Throne vs Man Must Die
Barathrum vs Urgrund
Trap Them vs The Berzerker
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Imagine you are the quarterback for the Washington Redskins and you are lined up against the Dallas Cowboys and you see just across your front line a lion stalking you , never taking its eyes off you, and making you want to just throw the ball down and run for your hotel room. That lion is Demarcus Ware and he his waiting to burst through the line and completely obliterate you until you are nothing but a bleeding pile of putrid puss and feces. And there is no better soundtrack to that than Dying Fetus!
Dying Fetus – Justifiable Homicide
Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans is one of the best running backs that the NFL has seen in a long time. He is always capable of darting off on an 85 yard run and is always in danger of ripping well over 100 yards against any defense. The speed and technicality of his runs are reminiscent of thrash and all its glory. What else would make more sense for Chris to run against than Gama Bomb!
Gama Bomb – Zombie Blood Nightmare
The craziness that can come from offensive lines and defensive lines battling in the trenches is one that if filled with blood and sweat (and prrobably some other unmentionable fluids.) The O-line trying to push back the oncoming hordes of the enemy and the D-line trying to storm the castle that is the opposition can be a battle for the ages. With all the dirtiness and working man ethics of these two embattled opponents, grindcore would be the perfect music to ramp up their energy.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When discussing folk metal, there seems to be a couple different sounds a band can have. There are those that go for the upbeat, humppa style that can put a smile on the darkest of all metalheads, and there is the grim, earthy style that embodies one’s heritage. It can be mixed with black, power, thrash, death; just about any style of metal, and still come out sounding fresh and inspiring. Here is my new playlist featuring that new subgenre that is sweeping the metal world, folk!
Alestorm – Over The Seas
Eluvietie – Quoth The Raven
Hollenthon – Y Draig Goch
Svartsot – Drekar
Windir – Todeswalzer
Suidakra – The IXth Legion
Primordial – Empire Falls
Blackguard – Allegiance
Equilibrium – Blut Im Auge
Falkenbach – Heathen Foray
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
There has been a lot of news hitting the metal world lately. First off, perhaps the biggest is Mike Portnoy leaving prog geniuses Dream Theater. This was incredibly shocking news because this band was his creation and to see someone with such immense talent walk away is simply disheartening. In addition, it makes it all the more worse when he is sitting in as drummer for metalcore poster boys Avenged Sevenfold. Does this mean that he is joining this group of youngsters that don’t deserve a drummer of such gift? I think that I am on the same level as most true metalheads in saying that it is absurd that a terrible band such as A7X does not deserve Portnoy as he has consistently been a true musician with DT for 25 years and A7X is nothing but a wannabe Guns n Roses in that they are more about looks than their music. Although Portnoy says it has nothing to do with his joining of A7X it is hard to believe it.
"I BEG of the fans to please NOT hold A7X responsible for MY decision...they are just as shocked as you guys..I had been contemplating this and desiring a 'break' (not split) as long ago as last year...everything else is fully explained in the press release...thank you all for your support and understanding...this is the hardest thing I've ever done..." (metalunderground.com)
No matter what is said by all parties involved, this is a truly said day for one of the greatest bands of our generation. Hopefully this is just a temporary split as DT will not be the same without its heart and soul.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Darkened caves, frozen tundras, pits of hellfire, and of course, Satan! This is all part of what the mind conjures up when thinking of black metal. Dim lit, thinking man’s metal that came about from a frame of mind that was upset over the single minded nature of the mass majority. Here is a small look at the grim, frostbitten genre that has scared thousands for decades.
Barathrum – Bride of Lucifer
Ceremonial Castings – When Winter Spectres Come
Negura Bunget – Dedesuptul
Dodheimsgard – Horrorizon
Ludicra – A Larger Silence
Archgoat – The Light Devouring Darkness
Rotting Christ – Nemecic
Peste Noire – Le Mesniee Mordrissoire
1349 – Sculptor of Flesh
Emperor – I Am the Black Wizardshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ks29jnKD4o
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
BEHEMOTH's Nergal answers back to the overwhelming response of those offering to set up benefits in the vocalists honor
Singer's main goal is to raise awareness and get people involved by registering to be a bone marrow donor
Since news on Nergal's recent health issues has been released, the band, management, and label has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world asking how they can directly help Nergal. In response to everyone offering his or her help in terms of setting up benefits and shows to raise money for the frontman of the Polish blackened death metal band BEHEMOTH, Nergal has issued the following statement:
"I haven't intended to manifest myself in any way and, especially at this stage, to share my feelings or any other news with the world for obvious reasons. It is simply too early for it. But it was YOU who provoked me to say a few words. Regarding my personal low opinion of humankind, I'm shocked by the reaction to my illness. I actually expected NOTHING yet received feedback which surpassed all expectations. I want to ensure you I read EACH mail I receive, although I'm unable to reply to all of them. The power of your words is pure magic and I thank you all for it. You are a gigantic indestructible army that truly inspires me in this difficult time. The fact is that a fight with this illness is going to last for many months. Most of this time I will spend in hospital and I will go through various psychophysical states. If you know the history of Behemoth you also know we achieved everything by hard work and a steely determination. The same goes for my private life. I happen to be a strong son of a bitch. I have no faith but rely on a 100% victory and I am sure I will get out of it stronger than ever. Sun Tzu in his 'Art of War' said that if you know your enemy and yourself the result of a thousand battles will not surprise you… I enter the ring with this Nietzschean attitude and I will leave it as a winner, as usual. Just watch and see!
So I want to emphasize that Behemoth will by no means goes through any hibernation state. Obviously all concert plans must be postponed until some unknown point in the future, but things are happening! Lately our newest video for '…Alas, Lord is Upon Me' has premiered and stirred up quite a storm in mass media, which fills us with utter pride. Plus we've just finished the project of our new DVD; Evangelia Heretika is a three disc release, a real encyclopedia of Behemoth with nearly 5 hours of material and a bonus audio CD that will be out in November (Metal Blade US - Nuclear Blast Europe). Expect an experience of visual madness as we went to hell and back to make it! Our official Webstore has been functional for a couple of days and official merchandise and some very exclusive stuff can be bought there. At the beginning of 2011, Peaceville in Europe and Metal Blade in US will reissue the EPs with new artwork, bonuses, liner notes, and more. As you can see, despite a complicated situation and difficult circumstances we're remaining active wherever we can.
Nergal's official view on benefit concerts, fund raisers, etc. is focused on marrow donations as a whole issue, not his specific situation. If you want to help Nergal the best thing you can do is set up a marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor. Every person that registers to be a donor increases the chances of survival for Nergal and every other person out there suffering from the same illness.
To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out:
(From Metal Blade)
(From Metal Blade)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In lew of writing up a lengthy review of the recent Exodus show I attended, I have decided to simply show you all the greatness of such an event. Through the pictures that I took of the concert, you will be able to see the pure power, fury, and intensity that only a metal show can deliver. Death, thrash, and speed metal all made an appearance that surely left everyone happy. So here it is, the grandiose nature that is METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bonded By Blood
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Angra – The Course of Nature
Cynic – Integral Birth
Amaseffer – Zipporah
Jeff Loomis – Miles of Machines
Thy Majestie – The Chosen
Into Eternity – Spiraling Into Depression
Blind Guardian – The Bard’s Song
Fairyland – A Soldier’s Letter
Sonata Arctica – The Cage
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Quite possibly my favorite of all the metal subgenres, thrash is the subject of this week’s playlist. Blazingly fast, extremely technical, and completely pure. Generating from punk and NWOBHM, thrash has been around for decades and will surely be around for many more to come.
Angelus Apatrida – Room 237
Coroner – Masked Jackal
Ouroboros (formerly Dred) – Absent From Entity
Mantic Ritual – One By One
Demolition Hammer – Gelid Remains
Razor – The Marshall Arts
Sepultura – Stronger Than Hate
Skeletonwitch – Crushed Beyond Dust
Toxic Holocaust – Wild Dogs
Gama Bomb – Zombie Blood Nightmare