IRON REAGAN – Worse Than Dead

Iron Reagan - Worse Than DadCrossover bands have always been in short supply  so we are all blessed to have IRON REAGAN‘s debut full-length, Worse Than Dead.  Composed of one half MUNICIPAL WASTE and one half ex-DARKEST HOUR members, the band tear through 19 raging tracks.

You may ask, “Well, isn’t MUNICIPAL WASTE a cross over band?  What’s the difference? Why should we care?”  Yes, you have THE WASTE‘s Tony Foresta on vocals and LandPhil Hall on bass.  However, IRON REAGAN do not incorporate melodies, overt SLAYER influences, or party themes.   Additionally, the sound, lyrics, band name, and artwork are focused more on early 80′s prototypical hardcore themes and style.  And no, this isn’t some heartless, fake attempt at being retro.

Worse Than Dead includes two tracks from the band’s four-song demo alongside 17 new tracks.  The bottom line is that every song rules.  Tons of energy, hooks, beefy riffs, and perfect production.  Don’t be a fool and gloss over IRON REAGAN as being a “mere side project.”  This is the real shit.  (Magic Bullet Records/A389 Records)

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2013 Show Report

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2013 has now concluded, and many new and innovative products were featured on the massive lot at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Many of these products pertain to musicians in the Metal scene, and some of the products are just plain cool.

The turnout was crazy as usual – some were there to do business, while others were there to be seen.  Metal remains one of the best represented genres of music, as members of SLAYER, ANTHRAX, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, NILE, MONSTROSITY, MEGADETH, and more were checking out the latest and greatest gear as well. Without further ado, let’s get started with what APESHIT thought were the best products NAMM had to offer for our metal fans out there.
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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Promise Return to Roots with Torture

CANNIBAL CORPSE will unleash their twelfth studio offering March 12, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. Aptly titled Torture, the follow-up to 2009′s Evisceration Plague offers up 12 tracks.

While Torture marks the latest progression in the band’s sound, it also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms “the frenzied attack of Butchered At Birth (1991) or Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992).” Adds bassist Alex Webster on the outcome of the record: “We’re extremely happy with how Torture turned out. Erik Rutan did an amazing job with the production, and the songwriting and performances may be our strongest yet. We can’t wait until our fans get to hear the whole thing!”

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DYING FETUS – History Repeats…

Maryland based veterans DYING FETUS were heavily influenced by the underground death metal scene in the early 1990’s, so it’s quite fitting that the band pays homage to their influences on History Repeats…

FETUS has covered ground from the most popular bands in death metal, such as with CANNIBAL CORPSE’s “Born in a Casket” or NAPALM DEATH’s “Unchallenged Hate,” but they don’t forget about the underrated bands, either.

Their cover of BOLT THROWER’s “Unleashed Upon Mankind” might even sound better than the original, and the PESTILENCE cover of “Twisted Truth” is up to par as well. Some bands deserved more credit than they received, such as BROKEN HOPE, and FETUS’ rendition of “Gorehog” is brutal and sounds extremely close to the original. The band also covers an obscure but heavily underrated slam/groove/death metal band from New York, called DEHUMANIZED, and they nail “Fade Into Obscurity” to a T. Throw in “Rohypnol,” an original DYING FETUS track exclusive to this EP, and you’ve got yourself another worthy release from this hard working trio.

While some bands try to experiment or change the original songs too much, things can get a bit blurry, but DYING FETUS sticks to the originals as closely as possible. It’s a treat for old school death metal fans to hear these classic tracks updated in DYING FETUS fashion, and at the same time gives the younger generation a feel for how great these original songs were. (Relapse Records)

CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Pat O’Brien to Fill in for SLAYER’s Jeff Hanneman

CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O’Brien will fill in for EXODUSGary Holt when Holt leaves the SLAYER European tour to play with EXODUS at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.

Holt‘s last show with SLAYER will be April 4 in Padova, Italy. O’Brien will join the band for the April 6 show in Croatia, and will finish the European dates with SLAYER that wrap up on April 14 in Holland.

Hanneman has amazed his doctors with his speedy recovery from an infection thought to have been caused by a spider bite. Following surgery on his right arm, he continues his physical therapy and has already been practicing with his guitar.

AEON – Path of Fire

After a promising start by releasing their debut album on the brutal label, Unique Leader, this no frills Swedish death metal band released their first major label album with Rise to Dominate – a stagnant and predictable album on Metal Blade Records. Like their fellow countrymen in DEFLESHED, a band that wants nothing to do with the Swedish Gothenburg sound, AEON’s goal is to sound like their U.S. death metal counterparts instead.

Immediately, AEON takes no prisoners with “Forgiveness Denied,” with CANNIBAL CORPSE as a huge and obvious influence in the song structure and drumming. Once again, AEON continues to hammer the same old, and somewhat cheesy anti-Christian lyrics, along with very average death metal vocals. This time around however, the musicianship has vastly improved, with a few nice guitar licks and more intense drumming being displayed. With a few SUFFOCATION mosh riffs and quick NECROPHAGIST style arpeggios thrown in, “Kill Them All” and “Inheritance” says that while the band can be seen as a one trick pony, they are at least improving at their craft.

Total Kristus Inversus” is an acoustic interlude with a Middle Eastern vibe, which breaks up the monotony of all the brutality, and actually fits nicely as a precursor to “Of Fire.” As one of the best tracks on the album, “Of Fire,” provides an intense mix of keyboards in the background meshing with fast footwork and double bass, which as a result, sounds very MORBID ANGEL influenced. If the listener wasn’t aware of what album they were listening to, “I Will Burn” and “Suffer The Soul” could be mistaken as CANNIBAL CORPSE tracks, as the low/high vocals replicates Corpsegrinder’s style mixed with the pinch harmonics as perfected by CANNIBAL axeman Pat O’Brien. “Liar in the Name of God” has a solo that NECROPHAGIST would be proud of, and chugs along towards the end. “God of War” rounds out the decent but bland disc, with a movie-like soundtrack sequence, similar to EX-DEO samples.

With AEON, no gimmicks are involved, as it’s no secret that these guys love CANNIBAL CORPSE, and like their heroes, AEON is no nonsense, straight forward death metal. Their song titles and lyrics can be juvenile at times, but Path of Fire shows maturity and better songwriting. While there is huge potential for this upcoming band, whether they evolve or release the same albums determines to be seen. (Metal Blade Records)

Stream 1349′s Demonoir in its Entirety

Demonoir, the fifth full length from Norwegian black metal titans, 1349, is now streaming in its entirety here. The album will be released in North America on April 27th via Prosthetic Records and was recorded at Studio Nyhagen, deep in the woods in Norway with Tom G. Warrior serving as co-producer.

1349 are currently on tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE in North America.

CANNIBAL CORPSE Digital Box Set of Entire Discography Now on iTunes

Death metal stalwarts, CANNIBAL CORPSE, have released their entire discography in one digital package on iTunes. The 16 album package contains 196 songs and costs $99.99.

Here’s a list of all the albums included:
Eaten Back To Life (12 Tracks)
Butchered At Birth (10 Tracks)
Tomb Of The Mutilated (10 Tracks)
Hammer Smashed Face (3 Tracks)
The Bleeding (11 Tracks)
Vile (11 Tracks)
Gallery Of Suicide (14 Tracks)
Bloodthirst (11 Tracks)
Live Cannibalism (18 Tracks)
Gore Obsessed (11 Tracks)
Worm Infested (6 Tracks)
The Wretched Spawn (13 Tracks)
Kill (13 Tracks)
Evisceration Plague (12 Tracks)
Bonus Demo Tracks (18 Tracks)
Bonus Live Tracks (23 Tracks)

Click here to buy the lot (link opens in iTunes).

CANNIBAL CORPSE are currently in the midst of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.  Go here for tour dates ane more info: http://www.mayhemfest.com/