What a glorious year in metal we just experienced. After the sheer amount of quality albums that were released in 2018, there is no question that the genre is as healthy and full of life as ever. Thus, making our top albums lists harder than usual.
For the APESHIT goons, 2018 was the year where the legends all shined. JUDAS PRIEST led the charge with their best album since 1990’s Painkiller. DIMMU BORGIR finally emerged from a long slumber and did not disappoint. VOIVOD remain the gods that the mass metal media won’t acknowledge as such. We can’t really think of any letdowns. Can you?
When 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. Continue reading →
Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY, will return to North America once againthis May for a headlining tour in support of their upcoming album, End of Disclosure. Joining them are Brazilian brothers in death KRISIUN, Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED, and ARSIS with AUTUMN’S END and STARKILL will also support them on their metal crusade across the continent on select shows. Check out tour dates here.
“Hi freaks! I’m proud we can finally announce the North American part of the ‘End of Disclosure World Tour’,” commented PeterTägtgren. “It’s going to be great to come back again! Don’t worry it won’t be any visa problems this time either as I stayed in NYC this Summer. We’re looking forward to bringing our stage set from Europe, plus playing a lot of new songs and old songs that we’ve either never played, or haven’t played for years. Enjoy the new video for now and see you soon!”
Brazilian gods KRISIUN have posted their brand new video for “The Will to Potency” online. The song comes off the band’s latest album, The Great Executioner, which is available now. Watch it below:
The director and producer of the video, Tommy Jones, comments:
“The band had originally contacted me to do a live video on the ‘Conquerors of the World Tour‘. We filmed every night live, however the day before the last show of the tour, we had a day off on a drive through New Mexico towards the last show in Texas. I had the idea of filming the band out in the middle of the desert because I love that area and always wanted to do a desert shoot. So I convinced the driver to pull over in the middle of nowhere at 9AM. We filmed for about 2 and a half hours out there, using a laptop as audio playback. We caught the attention of the Mexican Border Patrol who came to check out what we were doing. They sent about 3 SUVs out to check us out. Once they made sure we weren’t doing anything ‘too illegal’ they got a kick out of it and were taking pictures on their iPhones because they said in all their years, they haven’t seen a band set up in the middle of the desert.
“When it was all said and done, we filmed every night on tour, but it ended up that the majority of the video was filmed on that day off in the middle of the New Mexican desert in about 2.5 hours.
“It was a fun video, and I’m glad we got to do it this way, we all are really stoked how the desert stuff came out.”
The world’s first extreme metal cruise, Barge to Hell, featuring 40 bands of extreme metal’s best bands is set to depart from Miami, Florida on December 3, 2012 for Nassau, Bahamas and back on December 7, 2012. Tickets are now on sale. The luxury cruise will feature two performances from each band on three different stages, karaoke, and more.
So far 21 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:
ARTILLERY AT THE GATES BELPHEGOR ENSLAVED HACKNEYED HYPOCRISY KAMPFAR KRISIUN LOUDBLAST MOONSPELL MORGOTH PARADISE LOST POSSESSED ROTTING CHRIST SACRED REICH SANCTUARY SEPULTURA SIX FEET UNDER SODOM SOILWORK SOLSTAFIR
“We are so excited to go back to North America,” commented SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. “Last year was great but this time we have the new album Kairos out and people already know the new stuff. Plus, it’s the first time we are touring with our long time friends in DEATH ANGEL and our brothers from Brazil KRISIUN. Finally we have a chance to tour with a Brazilian band outside Brazil; a long time wish! So prepare yourselves for an amazing and historical tour. North America deserves some real extreme and intense metal! See you all soon on the RELENTLESS WORLDWIDE TOUR, DESTROY!”
2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.
We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!! Continue reading →
ABYSMAL DAWN have emerged from the Los Angeles underground in a relatively short amount of time. But like any young band, they’ve faced their share of adversity. Through tough times, the band pioneered by mainman Charles Elliot, have channeled those opposing energies through a creative and inspirational outlet resulting in the best album of the band’s career. Album number three, Leveling the Plane of Existence, has taken the band to the next level in every facet, songwriting, technicality, lyrically, and production-wise. APESHIT chatted with Charles regarding the album, his guitar playing, his new doom band, BEREFT, and more. Continue reading →
KRISIUN‘s upcoming album, The Great Execution, has been set for a November 1, 2011 release date. It is the band’s eighth studio album and musically expands KRISIUN‘s trademark high speed death metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity, ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars and even flamenco parts.
The band only used analog gear and instruments while recording this album to avoid the compressed sound that so many musicians produce today.
“With our new record we managed to capture the sound and the vibe that we were always looking for,” adds vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo. Going back to Stage One Studio in Germany and working with Andy Classen again was the right choice. The album came out with a very distinctive and natural sound, shattering the boundaries of the style once more.