Video of the Day: ARMAGEDDON is Playing Death Metal Again

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!

Versus: SEPULTURA and Max Cavalera Cover CHICO SCIENCE and NAÇÃO ZUMBI

In an interesting twist to the SEPULTURA saga, the band recently released their music video for their cover of CHICO SCIENCE and NAÇÃO ZUMBI‘s “Da Lama Ao Caos.”  Guitarist Andreas Kisser is on lead vocals.  The cover also appears on the band’s latest album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart.

Interestingly enough, Max Cavalera, following his resignation from SEPULTURA, covered the same song albeit with NAÇÃO ZUMBI 18 years earlier.  It should be noted that SOULFLY‘s first lead guitarist was actually NAÇÃO ZUMBI’s Jackson Bandeira.

Both covers are interesting for many different reasons and it’s likely a coincidence that both parties covered the same song, which undoubtedly is a well known song by a well known Brazilian band.

“Our relationship with NAÇÃO ZUMBI is very cool,”  commented guitarist Andreas Kisser. “When SEPULTURA was starting to use Brazilian percussion, CHICO SCIENCE was emerging at the same time, doing almost the opposite. While we were incorporating Brazilian music into the weight of heavy metal, they were adding the weight of rock guitars into the unique sounds of Pernambuco’s regional music. The song ‘Da Lama Ao Caos’ is an example of that.”

SEPULTURA version:

Max Cavalera with NAÇÃO ZUMBI version:

Video of the Day: Watch ALLEGAEON Take the Piss

One of the best bands from the green state of Colorado, ALLEGAEON, have a new album coming soon, Elements of the Infinite.  If you follow the band on social media, you’ll know that they are hilarious and know when not to take themselves seriously.  Check out their new video for “1.618,” in which they figuratively take the piss and literally take a piss.  There’s a lot of truth to the points they bring up.  Haha.

Song of the Day: The Brilliance of Marty Friedman and Jørgen Munkeby

The new Marty Friedman album, Inferno, comes out on May 27, 2014 and there is a great track which features SHINING (NO)’s Jørgen Munkeby on saxophone and vocals.  It’s funny though, anyone who tries to match shredding with Marty usual loses.  Check out the track, “Meat Hook“:

Jørgen and Marty explain how the collaboration came about:

Song of the Day: THE OATH May Be the next GHOST

Extreme metal legend, Lee Dorian, has hit quite a few homeruns with his label, Rise Above Records, particularly with GHOST.  Well, it looks like he has another superstar band in the making with THE OATH.  Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis teamed up to write some excellent classic metal with a dark feel.

Check out the song, “All Must Die,” from their debut full-length, The Oath, which is out now.

Video of the Day: IMMORTAL’s Abbath Tears It Up with MOTORHEAD Tribute Band

Big time IMMORTAL nerds are aware that vocalist/guitarist Abbath also has a side project called BOMBERS.  The band is a great tribute to classic MOTORHEAD with Abbath doing the best impersonation of Lemmy possible.  Pretty awesome that BOMBERS has been around since ’96 and is still playing shows.

Check out this clip from a show they did in 2011.  They run through “No Class,” “Killed by Death,” “Jailbait,” and “I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)“:

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2014 Show Report

The month of January brings excitement to the City of Anaheim every year, and the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2014 show is no exception!  Let’s cut to the chase this year!  A few highlights of the gazillions of musical instruments and gadgets are found below…enjoy!
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Song of the Day: MANES’ “Solve Et Coagula” Featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth

In 2009, Norway’s MANES put out a six-song compilation called Solve Et Coagula, which featured a new song plus old demo material from the band’s black metal days.  MANES got none other than the uber talented Niklas Kvaroforth from SHINING (SWE) to sing guest vocals for the title track.  [Update: The song also features XASTHUR‘s Malefic.  Thanks to MANES for the correction.  Proof that websites don’t have all the answers.] Listen to this masterpiece of doom laden darkness:

Video of the Day: DARKANE’s New One for “Mechanically Divine”

Sweden’s melodic death/thrash kings, DARKANE, recently posted their new video for “Mechanically Divine.”  It’s more or less a standard metal video filmed inside an empty, darkened warehouse but who cares.  The song is very good and there is no typical metal video cheese.

If you haven’t done so already, check out their latest release, The Sinister Supremacy.  Good shit.