Osaka, Japan’s CROSSFAITH played the Download Festival this past summer and the band recently release their performance of “Monolith.” The performance and the energy from the crowd is absolutely awesome. Wish we were there.
Try to spot the person dressed as Elmo in the crowd.
With the release of MACHINE HEAD‘s debut, Burn My Eyes, during the tail end of metal’s time in the mainstream eye, the band set its sights on the next big thing with their third album, The Burning Red. Yup, the band had gone nu metal in sight and sounds. Check out the video for “From this Day“:
The video really speaks for itself, doesn’t it? The interesting thing is that The Burning Red is actually a solid album and is better than their second album, The More Things Change.
You’ve got to wonder though that had nu metal stayed big whether MACHINE HEAD would’ve returned to playing straight up metal or continue with nu metal.
CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth is no stranger to side projects (i.e. TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON). One of his new bands, DEVILMENT, has a new music video for the song, “Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me,” posted online.
The riffing is pretty simple and the song is vocal driven. The video features a lot of close ups of Dani‘s face. What do you think?
Polish killing machine, DECAPITATED, recently performed a great set at Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, UK. Check out their near 45 minute set below. The sound quality is great and their performance is nearly perfect.
Stay tuned for a review of their new album, Blood Mantra. No spoilers for now.
The new DECAPITATED album, Blood Mantra, doesn’t come out until September 30th. But the song, “The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation,” is online. The track is a little bit of a departure as the song is a lot more simpler and more direct with less time changes or parts. In any case, it sounds pretty good.
The new TRIPTYKON video for “Aurorae” just came out and it’s a fine video. Every video that Tom G. Warrior has been apart of, whether it’s CELTIC FROST‘s return or TRIPTYKON, has done a great job in perfectly capturing the feel and meaning of the respective songs. The video for “Aurorae” is no different as it conveys the darkness and desolation of not only the song but of the entire album, Melana Chasmata.
This past weekend, the biggest metal fest in the world, Wacken Open Air, went down with another amazing line up of bands. None of us, APESHIT goons, were able to make the trip over to Germany but let’s check out some great footage.
MOTORHEAD played a short but sweet set. Make sure to check them out before the opportunity ends, you know?
KREATOR always put on a good show and their performance was top notch as usual.
EMPEROR played their second to last show in honor of the 20th anniversary of the mandatory, In the Nightside Eclipse. Ihsahn makes playing with eyeglasses cool.
The interest level in CARCASS is seemingly at all time high so let’s enjoy the band’s well deserved success.
You may not know this but AVANTASIA are huge in the metal world (outside the US). They sell tons of records. Check this out to see what the hype is all about.
I remember when APOCALYPTICA was just a novel band that covered METALLICA songs in a novel way. Look at them now. Amazing.
Not sure how many of you are familiar with the excellent music zine, Faceculture, based in the Netherlands. They cover a wide range of non-mainstream and some mainstream music. What I enjoy most about them is their insightful and candid band interviews. Check out their recent video interview with CARCASS guitar god Bill Steer. They discuss the entire history of the band and the details of their comeback. Very cool stuff.
As you may have heard, the legendary Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at age 65. He had been battling cancer. Tommy is the final original member of the RAMONES to pass away.
Aside from the band’s first three albums, you can gain great insight into Tommy and the rest of the band in the excellent documentary, End of the Century. The trailer is below.
Those first couple albums changed my life as a teenager. In the middle of all the aggro and gloom I was listening to at the time, the RAMONES showed me that I could smile and be happy while listening to something heavy and fast. Another life lesson that I learned back then was that if the music isn’t catchy, memorable, and real, forget about it. Tommy, thanks for the timeless music and for keeping the rest of the guys together when they went over the deep end. Nice guys can finish first.
Do you remember the first time you heard ARMAGEDDON‘s Crossing the Rubicon? So awesome and it still holds up to this date. Then do you remember listening to the band after band leader/guitarist Chris Amott took over on vocals and they went on the prog rock/metal path? So after a long hiatus and his exit from ARCH ENEMY, Chris Amott has resurrected ARMAGEDDON and now, they’re playing death metal again.
Check out their lyric video for the song “Captivity & Devourment“:
Pretty damn good!