Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Too Many Gone To Soon

The music never dies but unfortunately the musicians do succumb to the futility of nature. It is inevitable that we all will one day pass on to the other side. So far in 2011 this has definitely been the case as it seems that almost on a weekly basis we hear news of another metal soldier passing away. It is always with great regret that we have to report this news but it comes with the times as we grow older. We tend to think that our favorite bands will always be around, but we all know that this is not true. Here are just a couple of the great musicians that have been taken to the biggest metal festival of them all.


Gary Moore – Thin Lizzy

Henrik Frykman – Disfear

Frankie Sparcello – Exhorder

Mike Starr - Alice In Chains

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NW MetalHead YouTube Channel

We wanted to make sure that everyone is staying in contact with our YouTube channel to see our latest videos. We have uploads from Auberon, Divine Empire, Rammer and more. We also have a couple videos to guide your metal experience with songs from Witchery, Tard, Abysmal Dawn, Mantic Ritual, and much more. Keep your eyes out on the channel as we continue to expand NW MetalHead Productions!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Coroner is reuniting!

Probably one of the most anticipated reunions in the metal world this year, for this writer THE most anticipated reunion, Coroner is gettin the band back together. While only playing a handful of shows, people the world over are hoping and praying that they will do a full world tour so that we all may witness the majesty that is Coroner. Some people are still in disbelief over their announcement, so here is proof that these legends are playing again.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today's Greatest Metal Album of All Time \m/

Into Eternity - Buried in Oblivion

One band that most people seem to at least know about but rarely pay much attention to besides when they drop a new album is Into Eternity, an amazing band out of Canada that combines death, power, and prog metal into one killer package. Released in 2004, the album produced the band's first single as well as its first music video in "Spiraling Into Depression," a song which made its way onto compilations and pushed the band into metal's forefront for the time being. The album has songs that range from blisteringly fast to the soft touch accoustic that brings the listener on a wild journey. Death metal growls and clean vocals give the band a great dynamic, one that shows a different vitality than the metalcore trend hoppers that don't do either vocal style justice. We pay tribute to this great overlooked album in order to get their name out to a broader range of fans. Enjoy!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Here's a few songs from metal bands from Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for all you drunken sods out there!

Mass Extinction - Bodies for the Slaughter

Primordial - Empire Falls

Mourning Beloveth - The Sickness

Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song

Altar of Plagues - The Titan Skies

Monday, March 14, 2011

Booze and Metal Playlist

If there are two things that will always go together, its booze and metal. Since its inception, metal has been the working man’s music and the working man is one who loves a cold drink at the end of a long day. Be it beer, whiskey, Jager, or any other alcoholic beverage of choice, it seems like any album is made slightly better with a little booze in your system (or maybe that’s just me \m/). So here are some songs about booze, mention booze, or are simply songs that go better with booze. Tip one back and enjoy some ripping metal songs!

Korpiklaani – Happy Little Boozer

AC/DC – Have A Drink On Me

Municipal Waste – Drunk As Shit

Abigail – Beer! Metal! Sex!

Atrophy – Beer Bong

Alestorm – Nancy The Tavern Wench

Metallica – Whiskey In The Jar

Alkoholizer – Alkoholik Metal

Tankard – Space Beer

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Trap Them Review

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Death/grind is rapidly becoming one of my favorite sub-genres. It combines the ferociousness of grind core, that spastic chaos that makes it so invigorating and compelling, with the brutality of death metal, the unrelenting heaviness that can bury the listener into an early grave. A relatively newer band that more and more people seem to be getting into lately is the NW’s own Trap Them. Their latest offering just came out and it is every bit as violent and unruly as the critically acclaimed Seizures in Barren Praise, the band’s 2008 full length that really brought the band to everyone’s attention. The raging speed of Trap Them’s aural assault starts from the very first second of the album. A lot of bands tend to lead into the album with an acoustic intro or an eerie atmospheric wall of sound that lulls the listener into a sense of safety before ripping their colons out with blast beats. Trap Them does not do this, they start off their album with the audible version of a crack head running across a dark alley thinking he sees fresh rock lying on the ground. The band does, however, sometimes bring the tempo down to a crawl in order to create a breakdown that is enough to completely rip the listener’s neck clean from the rest of their body. This is expertly seen on “Evictionaries,” a track that is almost completely comprised of one continual breakdown. The breakdowns that Trap Them write are not what most people think of these days, the ones that deathcore bands have raped and made so boring and simplistic that if you don’t enjoy karate kicking in the middle of 200 sweaty, shirtless dudes, they have no use entering your ear canals. While they do create a slower beat, Ryan McKenney, the band’s vocalist, continues his normal throat shredding roar that is so primal and raw that it makes you want to take a shower just to clean the grime off that he spews forth from the speakers. The album continues in much of the same fashion with high speeds that every once in a while let the listener breathe during a short breakdown that quickly moves back into the caustic shredding that will melt the skin off your arms just from holding the album in your hands. If you enjoy total pandemonium that whirls around your head, enters your eardrums, envelopes your body, and rumbles your inner self, then this is definitely an album you should check out.

Onslaught Review

Saving for longevity......

The latest offering from the British thrash legends Onslaught has been released to the masses and its bringing their music to a whole new generation of metal lovers. With this whole thrash revival taking part in metal these days, its great to have the old guard show the young kids that metal did not just form in the last decade but has been kicking ass since the 70s (in the case of Onslaught 1983). From the opening intro, militaristic drumming starts the show off right and gives the listener a great idea of what is to come. On the first proper track, Sy Keeler’s vocals are in top form, a raspy squeal that is enough to send chills down any true metalhead’s spine. It brings the listener back to a time when everything was not over produced in a studio, a time when auto tune was not the way to record every vocal performance. His voice drives along with the beat of Steve Grice’s drums and is powerful enough to match up to the guitar duo of Nige Rockett and Andy Rosser, a tandem that has only been playing together since 2008 but sound as tight as anyone else in thrash metal today. And in bringing people back to the old school of metal, the next track “The Sound of Violence” starts off with a very familiar sound, the harmonic tritone that begins Black Sabbath’s eponymous song “Black Sabbath.” This is a kick back to the roots of metal that I think gives a nod to the forefathers of metal that kids who are just now getting into metal need to pay more attention to. The song then kicks off into hyper speed in order to bash the listener over the head with pure fury and intensity. The rest of the album is much of the same with dueling guitars, immaculate solos, thunderous drums, and venomous vocals that all add to the thrash legend that Onslaught has been crafting since the early 80’s. The only exception to the high speed of this album is the plodding “Code Black.” This mid-tempo number seems to be the typical mid album track that allows the listener to catch their breath in order to make the other tracks seem that much more ferocious. To me, this track really stands out from the rest because it doesn’t really stand out at all. By that I mean this track is rather boring with metalcor-ish type riffs that all seem to just be thrown together as filler. As unsatisfying as this track is, it does not diminish the rest of the album which is typical thrash metal, which is not a bad thing. In order to really stand out in the thrash genre these days a band has to really do something different, something that hasn’t been done to death over the years. While not groundbreaking, Sounds of Violence is a solid effort and a great introduction to this band. However if one wants to really understand the greatness of Onslaught you really need to check out The Force and Power From Hell.