APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

motorheadWhen looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.

Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene.  Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts.  You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.

Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years.
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The Power of the Riff Festival: Set Times Announced and Info

The set times for this Sunday’s The Power of the Riff Festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles have been announced…

Echo Stage:
SPIDER FEVER: 1:00pm-1:30pm
RATS EYES: 1:45pm-2:15pm
SEMEN SUNDAE: 2:30pm-3:00pm
THE FUCKING WRATH: 3:15pm-3:45pm
LECHEROUS GAZE: 4:00pm-4:45pm
NAILS: 5:00pm-5:45pm
EAGLE TWIN: 6:00pm-6:45pm
NIGHT HORSE: 7:00pm-7:45pm

Echoplex Stage:
RIGHTEOUS FOOL: 3:30pm-4:15pm
BLACK BREATH: 4:30pm-5:15pm
COLISEUM: 5:30pm-6:15pm
TRAP THEM: 6:30pm-7:15pm
FROM ASHES RISE: 8:00pm-8:45pm
REPULSION: 9pm-9:45pm
GOATSNAKE: 10:00pm-10:45pm
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III: 11:00pm-12:00am

Also, Converse, who are sponsoring the event, will be giving away a free pair of shoes to the first 30 people through the door. There will also be a treasure hunt for an additional 15 pairs of Converse shoes. Clues will be on the back of the event schedule, which will be handed out at the door.

Doors open at noon. Once capacity is reached, it will be one in, one out. Ins and outs will be allowed before 6pm only. And of course RSVP does not guarantee entry.

RSVP now if you haven’t already!

The Power of the Riff Festival Comes to Los Angeles on August 8th; Free with RSVP

On Sunday, August 8th, a host of loud, riff-heavy bands will descend upon Los Angeles for The Power of the Riff Festival. Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (NIGHT HORSE), The Power of the Riff Festival was assembled with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music.

Festival lineup:
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III
GOATSNAKE
FROM ASHES RISE
REPULSION
COLISEUM
TRAP THEM
BLACK BREATH
NIGHT HORSE
EAGLE TWIN
EARLY GRAVES
NAILS
RIGHTEOUS FOOL
SEMEN SUNDAE
THE FUCKING WRATH
RATS EYES
SPIDER FEVER
*DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (HARASSOR/Vacation Vinyl)

A record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature popup stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings, and more.

Lastly, the fest will feature food trucks including Sweet Vindication, Grill Em All, Canters Deli, and more.

The all day, all ages event will take place at neighboring venues in Echo Park, The Echo and Echoplex, from 12pm-12am. Admission is free with RSVP!

RSVP Now!

Fine print:

  • RSVP is strictly required
  • Entry is not guaranteed
  • Lineup subject to change
  • No ins and outs after 5pm
  • Set times announced day of the show at Echoplex

(via City of Devils)

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (Animosity-Era Lineup) Mini-Tour with EAGLE TWIN, BLACK BREATH, GOATSNAKE Announced

Southern Lord Recordings has announced a small tour featuring the recently reunited CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (circa-1986’s Animosity album lineup) consisting of Woody Weatherman (guitar), Mike Dean (bass, vocals), and Reed Mullin (drums).

The three-show tour will also include EAGLE TWIN, BLACK BREATH, the return of GOATSNAKE, and RIGHTEOUS FOOL (featuring Mike and Reed from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY).

Dates and info below:

8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest (REPULSION, TRAP THEM, more)
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [buy tickets]
8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA [buy tickets]