Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exodus Concert

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

Holy Grail

Malevolent Creation


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Power Metal and Progressive Metal Playlist

I have combined Power metal and Progressive metal into the same playlist for a couple reasons. 1. There are many, many bands that intertwine the two subgenres together and 2. I am not an expert by any means on either genre. However, one cannot deny the enthusiasm and grandiose nature of these impressive genres. The technical abilities of the two are incontestable and should be expressed to those who put them on the back burner because they are not br0000tal enough. So here we are; this week’s playlist is the one with melody and ‘power’ (I love puns) and is sure to please even those that are trve and kvlt.

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

Thrash Metal Playlist

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


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Witchery - Witchkrieg

The newest offering from this Swedish super-group has come forth to utterly destroy any other thrash album that has come out this year. Bringing together members of The Haunted, Opeth, Merciful Fate, and Marduk gives a new background to this outstanding release. One of the biggest headlines for this album was new vocalist Legion joining the band. Tony Kampner had been with the band since its inception and has long been one of the strongest factions of their sound. A lot of people were very nervous that having a black metal singer might change their thrash sound that we have all come to know and love. I was one of the cautious many about this big change as well. However, when I first heard the song “Witchkrieg” all of my worries were soon forgotten. When Legion belts out “SATAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!” to start the song, my blood gets pumping and adrenaline courses through my body. His vocals lead to the great blending of death metal into their sound now. Sometimes, Witchery sound almost like a pure death metal band on the album, which is fine by me because the band comes from a great lineage of death metal.

One facet that Witchery does on this new album is something that can be seen as a desperate attempt to draw in listeners, which is bringing in multiple guests on half their songs. However, it does not come off as desperate because these guest guitarists bring extra layers of greatness that only add to their newer sound. Being able to bring on guest stars Kerry King, Hank Shermann, Gary Holt, Lee Altus, Andy LaRocque, and Jim Durkan shows the band’s credibility which only adds to this entertaining album. It is hard to tell if these tracks are just the strongest tracks on the album or if they are the strongest tracks as a result of these stars. Either way, these songs completely shred and help carry the album to even greater heights.

Overall, this album is one of the best releases I have heard this year. I have been a Witchery fan for years and was very excited when I heard they were coming out with a new album. And they sure delivered with one hell of an album. With strong tracks like “The God Who Fell From Earth” and “Conqueror’s Return” this album is sure to please any metal fan that gives it a full listen rather than a cursory glance.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Death Metal Playlist

Here we are with my new playlist, this week concentrating on the most brutal of all genres, Death Metal!!! Get ready for some relentless, blood soaked, evisceration!!

Aborted – Meticulous Invagination


Demilich – The Echo


Diabolic – From Astral Plane…Entwined With Infinity


Fleshgod Apocalypse – Thru Our Scars


Nominon – Mountain of Hate


Resurrection – Embalmed Existence


Ares Kingdom – Fear Itself


Funebrarum – Incineration of Mortal Flesh


Anasarca – Scorn


Hour of Penance – Paradogma