Overkill

From the first time I heard the thrash metal anthem “Hello from the Gutter,” off of the 1988 album Under the Influence, I was hooked on Overkill. Then came “Elimination” and “Time to Kill” and “Horrorscope,” and you get the idea. The New Jersey band formed at the same time as other bands in the United States, from coast to coast, and around the world, were creating the new, chaotic subgenre devoid of rules and against the grain of what was considered heavy metal at the time. It would come to be known as thrash metal. With a notable winged-skull mascot named “Chaly,” and releases like The Years of Decay (1989), Horrorscope (1991) and I Hear Black (1993), the band was a regular on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, toured and became known all over the world. There’s even a strong sentiment among fans and metal purists that the “Big Four” should be expanded to include the likes of Overkill, Testament, Exodus, and others. Yes, Overkill is that important, and, in other words, they can be considered living legends. Throughout the turbulent metal scene in the ’90s, the band continued to crank out albums, and kept going strong in the 2000s.

That leads us to the present, when Overkill is about to release its 18th album. The Grinding Wheel is as heavy as it is diverse and dangerously fun. Members have come and gone, but the instantly recognizable voice of the band, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, remains. Blitz recently called in to say hello from the gutter, talk about the new album and Overkill’s three decades of thrash metal with Live Metal’s Jeff Maki.  Read the rest of this entry »

September Mourning

The dark alternative, hard rock transmedia project September Mourning has released its official music video for “20 Below,” from its debut full-length album, Volume II, which is out now on Sumerian Records. “20 Below” follows the continuing story of human-reaper hybrid September through parallel story lines as she is pursued between two worlds.

“’20 Below’ is about ending the cycle of abuse within our own lives, whether it’s self inflicted or from an outside source,” September said. “We’ve all had those relationships where someone has gotten close to us, abuses us in some way … knocks us down so hard it diminishes our self-esteem. Read the rest of this entry »

The Agonist

The Agonist released their latest album and Napalm Records debut Five this past September. The record, which was met with global critical acclaim featured The Agonist’s own special take on the chart topping Hozier single “Take Me To Church”. Today the band is pleased to present the video for the song. Watch it inside! Read the rest of this entry »

Hammerfall

Hammerfall have been masters of groundbreaking metal anthems since the start of their remarkable career back in 1993. Today the brand new music video for the title track of their latest effort is being premiered! Built To Last boasts a programmatic title and brilliantly displays the strengths of the band. Highly melodic anthems with aggressive lead guitars turn this oeuvre into one of the most consistent, exciting and passionate Hammerfall ever recorded!

Watch the brand new music video inside! Read the rest of this entry »

Extreme metal giants Arch Enemy have now launched the first trailer for their upcoming live DVD/Bluray “As The Stages Burn!” which will be released on March 31st, 2017.

Featuring footage of their headline performance at WACKEN OPEN AIR 2016, marking the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal, “As The Stages Burn!” highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! Read the rest of this entry »

Xandria

German Epic Symphonic Metal stalwarts Xandria have found lineup stability with singer Dianne van Giersbergen and are ready to take things to the next level with their seventh studio album Theater of Dimensions. The album is a hyper-emotional affair that digs deep, lyrically speaking. It’s also an incredibly metallic effort. There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. You can experience it for yourself with the brand new music video for the track “Call Of Destiny” inside! Read the rest of this entry »

Walls of Jericho

Eight years after The American Dream, Walls Of Jericho have found new allies in Napalm Records and released their latest and highly anticipated record (and Jeff’s #10 album of 2016No One Can Save You From Yourself (review) in 2016.

There`s definitely no space for soft nuances! The band centered around power fronter Candace is famous for maddening riffing, downbeats and HUGE breakdowns. Fans worldwide count on the unmatched aggression and integrity of Detroit`s daughter and sons – be it at their brutal live shows or on record!

Just in time for the European EMP Persistence tour together with Suicidal Tendencies and Agnostic Front to name just a few from this killer line-up, the band released a brand new music video for the track “Forever Militant”! Watch the video inside: Read the rest of this entry »

The second annual Chicago Open Air festival will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature more than 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count and many more.

Tickets for go on sale at noon CST Friday, Jan. 20, at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Zakk Wylde

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde has debuted the music video for “Lost Prayer,” from his latest solo album, Book of Shadows II. Directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich, it is the second video from BOSII.

Last summer, Wylde released the “Sleeping Dogs” video, featuring Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. That track has become the most successful active rock radio single of Wylde’s career, reaching number 15 in the U.S. and number five in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary

Florida death metal legends Obituary return with their self-titled, 10th studio album, further cementing their legacy as one of the most important metal bands of all time!

Picking up where 2014’s Inked In Blood left off, Obituary show no signs of slowing down as they continue to reign as Kings of death metal. Recorded at their home studio in Tampa, FL, Obituary is a 10 track tour-de-force of bone-pulverising death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising and infectious as anything they’ve released in their historic, nearly 30-year career!

Obituary is due out March 17th, 2017 on CD/LP/Digital. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now via Relapse at bit.ly/ObituaryST. Get the gory details inside! Read the rest of this entry »

Simone Simons of Epica

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica have launched the new music video for”Beyond The Matrix” taken from the band’s latest album The Holographic Principle.

Frontwoman Simone Simons comments: “The energy that lives within “Beyond the Matrix” is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of Epica. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky”

Watch the video inside! And be sure to check out our recent live coverage of Epica live December 1st at Baltimore Soundstage:

Epica Live Recap Baltimore Soundstage
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John 5

Guitarist John 5 has announced the track listing of his upcoming eighth full-length solo album, Season of the Witch. The fully instrumental album, which features his band, The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter), is set to hit stores on March 3. The album features experimentation with various genres, including western swing, Spanish flamenco and heavy metal. Pre-orders will become available via iTunes in early February.

John 5 took a different approach with the release of Season of the Witch, choosing to share his new music with fans throughout 2016 by releasing several tracks individually in the form of various music videos. Tracks/videos released include the fast-paced “Black Grass Plague,” downtempo, introspective “Behind the Nut Love,, hard rocking “Now Fear This,” jazz fusion marathon “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” (featuring a bit of “monkeying around”), heavy metal claymation shredfest “Making Monsters” and the whiskey-soaked “Hell Haw.” The videos have garnered nearly a million views, collectively. Read the rest of this entry »