METAL MONDAY

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     The Shepherd of Fire Tour went on sale today at 10AM Eastern Time.  This Tour will span the United States and Canada as Avenged Sevenfold will promote their latest release “Hail to the King.”  I have reviewed this album numerous times in past posts and every time I listen to this album it gets better and better.  The Tour will include 20 Shows at many big venues throughout Canada and the US.  Avenged Sevenfold will kickoff the tour in British Columbia, Canada at the EnCana Events Centre on April 12th.  They will then proceed to the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia.  The tour will also visit Saskacthewan, Winnepeg, Minneapolis Minnesota, Huntsville Alabama, Tampa Florida, Jacksonville Florida, Lafayette Louisiana, Hollywood Florida, Virginia Beach, Charlotte North Carolina, Knoxville Tennessee, Hershey Pennsylvania, Bangor Maine, Montreal Quebec, Syracuse New York, and will end in Columbus Ohio on May 17th.

     For those of you that have never saw Avenged Sevenfold, I strongly suggest you purchase tickets to one of these shows.  Sevenfold, otherwise known as AX7, has been a band on the rise for the past ten years and this latest album, Hail to the King is by far their best material to date.  Synester Gates is like the modern day “Slash.”  He plays the same kind of guitar style as the former Guns N Roses standout and matches his intensity.  Johnny Christ on the Bass guitar is equally ferocious.  M. Shadows has become quite a vocalist and has raised his game.  Zacky Vengeance compliments Synester Gates and together they are like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest combined.  By that, I mean they share the heaviness of Priest and the dual guitar melody of Maiden.  The band rounds out with new comer Arin llejay who takes over for “The Rev”, who was AX7’s world class drummer.  The Rev died in 2009, however his legacy lives on and his talent still influences the Band.  Hail to the King reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in both the United States and the U.K.  To date, AX7 has sold over 8 Million Albums world wide.  This tour should be special, as the band has stepped up its game.

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    In other Metal news, Motley Crue Drummer Tommy Lee has gotten engaged to his girlfriend Sofia Toufa.  He announced the news to 430,000 of his Twitter followers.  This is the fourth time that the Rock Star will be married.  The 51 Year old Lee has been previously married to Elaine Starchuk, Heather Locklear, and Pamela Anderson.  Lee insists that this is finally his life partner.  This news comes amidst the Crue’s latest news that they will be doing a farewell tour and album.  I don’t know about you, but I put the over/under on the length of this marriage at Five Years.  Tommy Lee has always been outspoken and is probably second to Vince Neil in female attraction.  

     It was also announced that former Megadeth Guitarist will be releasing a new album called “Inferno.”  This should be interesting as Friedman had lost interest in Metal when he left Megadeth.  AC/DC will also be releasing a new studio album and going back out on the road.  I love Angus Young.  He is like the energizer bunny.  He just keeps going and going and going.  Brian Johnson has lost some of his vocal power, but he can still sing with the best of them.  There is a DIO tribute album being released in March that will include covers from Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera and others.  Sebastian Bach is ready for the release of his new album, which should be KICK ASS!!!!!

     Finally, we will play This or That:

1) Black Sabbath w DIO vs Black Sabbath w Ozzy.

2) Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets.

3) Cowboys from Hell or Vulgar Display of Power.

4) Deep Purple or Thin Lizzy.

5) Bon Scott or Brian Johnson.

6) Cinderella or RATT.

7) Testament or Overkill.

8) Bad Company or Foreigner.

9) Dave Mustaine or Kirk Hammett.

10) Alice In Chains or Soundgarden.

OK….Now for my answers.  1) Black Sabbath w DIO, 2) Master of Puppets, 3) Cowboys from Hell, 4) Thin Lizzy, 5) Brian Johnson, 6) RATT, 7) Overkill, 8) Bad Company, 9) Dave Mustaine, 10) Alice In Chains.  So what were your picks??  Anyways, rock on mates.  Stay tuned for more Metal Mania.

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THE BIG FIVE: WHO WOULD BE YOUR NEXT BIG FIVE?

 

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    When it comes to Heavy Metal, there are so many subdivisions and styles.  These styles and subdivisions are constantly changing and adapting to changes in society and mingling between the lines of Mainstream and Underground.  As a teenager, I grew up in the eighties during the initial rise of Heavy Metal Music to the forefront.  During my early dabbles in the Metal Music community, I became enamored with the Thrash wave which was the beginnings of “THE BIG FIVE.”  Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, and Testament quickly became my favorite bands.  I could not get enough of this music and of course, like a drug I became addicted.  Don’t get me wrong, the depths of my Metal likes goes far beyond The Big Five.  Pantera came to the forefront much later but they quickly became one of my favorites.  

     I was always a Glam Metal fan as well.  I also have become a fan of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, DIO, and Faith No More.  My Metal Catalog grows larger everyday.  In the days of new technology and the ability to listen to all of your favorite bands on outlets such as Pandora, Amazon, ITUNES, Satellite Radio and such, we as a society have been spoiled.  I am probably one of the rare fans that still enjoys buying the CD and reading the lyrics and admiring all of the cool artwork i the albums jacket.  There is no secret who the “Big Five” in Metal is.  This leads me to my next question…what bands would make the next Big Five??

     Well, as much as I am a fan of the original Big Five, my Metal List would not be complete without the mention of OVERKILL!!

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     Overkill has been one of my Favorites since Day One.  Overkill is cut from the same mold as The Big Five.  I also cannot deny the local connection as OVERKILL hails from the “Ironbound”, Newark New Jersey.  Overkill has a ton of material, and unlike the other previous big five, they never went mainstream.  Overkill can Thrash with the best of em.  They are extremely good live and they are also very talented.  Overkill would definitely make my next Big Five.

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     The Metal Community would never be the same if it were not for Pantera.  Pantera was the one band that came during the rise of Alternative Metal and the fall of Thrash Metal.  Pantera is just one of those bands that you could never stop listening too.  With the screeching vocals of Phil Anselmo, the dominant double bass drums of Vinnie Paul, the power bass chords of Rex Brown, and the dynamic guitar artwork of Dimebag Darrell.  Pantera was one of the best bands ever during their heyday and they definitely make the next list.  Who knows how far Pantera would have went in popularity and notoriety had Dimebag not been murdered.

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     Lamb of God is like Pantera on steroids.  Many people do not think that Lamb of God could possibly belong on a list like this but I will fight anyone on that assumption.  Lamb of God has some of the most talented musicians today.  Lamb of God has taken Thrash Metal at its core and really branched out to make an amped up version.  They are always one of the largest draws today for a live show.  Lamb of God has some of the sickest Pits known to man.  Ashes of the Wake put them on the map and Wrath solidified their place on this list.

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     Tool makes this list.  Tool is really not a Thrash Band but they combined the Thrash style with the Progressive Style.  Anyone that has never heard the band Tool, I highly suggest a hardcore listening session.  Tool is just one of those bands that has non-stop action and keeps the crowd on the seat of its pants.  Maynard, the vocalist, is one of the greatest Power Metal Vocalists of today.  Tool is definitely in my next Big Five.

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Image  Killswitch Engage and Sevendust round out my next Big Five!  Both of these bands infuse the old Thrash Metal sound with the new age hooks and progressive styles of todays music.  I am sure I forgot a few bands and maybe left some out.  I will give an honorable mention to Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold.  I highly suggest Metal Church also.  The new Metal Church album “Generation Next” is phenomenal and may be one of the greatest albums of 2013.  Stay tuned for more Metal News and talk.  Don’t forget to check out the new season of That Metal Show.  There are so many awesome stories going on in the Metal World.  I also highly suggest the new Metallica Movie…Through the Never.

 

OVERKILL: METAL TO THE CORE

     WHEN THE BAND OVERKILL IS MENTIONED, MANY PEOPLE DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE BAND OR ANY OF THEIR MATERIAL.  THIS IS A DAMN SHAME BECAUSE OVERKILL IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EAST COAST METAL BANDS BEHIND ANTHRAX.  OVERKILL IS A LOCAL THRASH BAND THAT ORIGINATED IN OLD BRIDGE NEW JERSEY IN 1980.  OVERKILL CAME ABOUT AFTER THE PUNK BAND “THE LUBRICANTS” BROKE UP…AND D.D.VERNI AND RAT SKATES PUT AN ADD OUT LOOKING FOR A NEW LEAD VOCALIST.  THEY QUICKLY RECEIVED INTEREST FROM A SINGER NAMED BOBBY ELLSWORTH.  THE EARLY VERSION OF OVERKILL CONSISTED OF MOSTLY COVER SONGS.  THEY COVERED BANDS LIKE MOTORHEAD AND JUDAS PRIEST, WHILE ALSO PLAYING PUNK STYLE MUSIC WITH ADDED DISTORTION AND SPEED.

     IN 1981, THE BAND RECRUITED GUITARISTS RICH CONTE AND BOBBY GUSTAFSON.  THEN RICH CONTE LEFT THE BAND AND OVERKILL WENT FORWARD WITH JUST ONE GUITARIST.  OVERKILL PLAYED NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY CLUBS…THE STAR LAND BALLROOM AND L’AMOURS TO NAME A FEW.  AT THIS POINT, BOBBY WAS GIVEN THE NICKNAME “BLITZ” DUE TO HIS OUT OF CONTROL LIFESTYLE.  IN 1984, THE BAND RELEASED A FOUR TRACK SELF-TITLED DEMO.  “OVERKILL” GAINED INSTANT CLOUT AND THE UNDERGROUND METAL COMMUNITY WAS ALL OVER THIS BAND.  AT THIS POINT, OVERKILL CAUGHT THE EYE OF JOHNNY ZAZULA, WHO ALSO PRODUCED METALLICA AND TESTAMENT AS WELL AS MEGADETH AFTER DAVE MUSTAINE LEFT METALLICA.  ZAZULA’S MEGAFORCE RECORDS SIGNED OVERKILL TO A MULTI-ALBUM RECORD DEAL.  IN 1985, OVERKILL RELEASED THEIR FIRST FULL LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM “FEEL THE FIRE.”  THE ALBUM WAS HAILED AS A METAL MASTERPIECE BY MUSIC CRITICS AND THRASH FANS ALIKE.  OVERKILL SPENT 1985-1986 AS THE OPENING ACT FOR MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, AND AGENT STEEL.  

     IN 1987, OVERKILL RELEASED ALBUM #2 “TAKING OVER.”  THIS ALBUM HAD MUCH BETTER SOUND AND PRODUCTION.  AT THIS POINT THE BAND WENT ON A EUROPEAN TOUR OPENING FOR HELLOWEEN.  THROUGH 1989, OVERKILL REMAINED ON CONSTANT TOUR MAKING THEM ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT LIVE METAL BANDS IN THRASH.  THEN IN 1989, THE BAND RELEASED “THE YEARS OF DECAY”, AND THE ALBUM WAS PRODUCED BY TERRY DATE WHO ALSO PRODUCED WHITE ZOMBIE, PANTERA, AND SOUNDGARDEN.  THE SONG “ELIMINATION” BECAME A REGULAR VIDEO ON HEADBANGERS BALL.  IN 1991, OVERKILL RELEASED “HORROSCOPE”, ITS FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM.  THIS WAS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR THE BAND AS THE ALBUM WAS MUCH HEAVIER AND DARK THAN PRIOR ALBUMS.  THEN THE BAND THROUGH FANS THROUGH ANOTHER LOOP WHEN THEY RELEASED “I HEAR BLACK” IN 1993.  THIS ALBUM WAS INFLUENCED BY BLACK SABBATH AND HAD A BLUES ROCK TONE.  

     IN 1998, ELLSWORTH WAS DIAGNOSED WITH NASAL CANCER AND HAD IMMEDIATE SURGERY.  IN FEBRUARY 1999, THE BAND RELEASED ITS TENTH STUDIO ALBUM “NECROSHINE”, MAKING THEM THE FIRST THRASH METAL BAND TO PRODUCE TEN ALBUMS.  THEY ALSO RELEASED “COVERKILL” THE SAME YEAR WHICH FEATURED COVERS OF BANDS LIKE KISS, MOTORHEAD, BLACK SABBATH, AND THE RAMONES.  THE NEXT FEW YEARS SAW TURMOIL WITHIN THE BAND AND BROUGHT ON A FEW LINEUP CHANGES.  BOBBY ELLSWORTH EVEN SUFFERED A STROKE ON STAGE DURING ONE TOUR.  IN 2010, OVERKILL RELEASED “IRONBOUND”, WHICH ACTUALLY REFERS TO THE NEWARK AREA WHERE THE BAND ORIGINATED. IRONBOUND WAS ALSO HAILED AS A TRUE METAL CLASSIC.

     THE ONE CONSTANT WITH OVERKILL IS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HEAVY SINCE DAY ONE AND THEY NEVER WENT MAINSTREAM LIKE MOST OTHER METAL BANDS SUCH AS THE BIG FOUR.  IN 2012, THEY RELEASED “THE ELECTRIC AGE”, ANOTHER FULL SPEED ONSLAUGHT OF THRASH METAL.  AFTER THE RELEASE, THEY JOINED A TOUR WITH TESTAMENT ON THE “DARK ROOTS OF EARTH” TOUR.  BOBBY ELLSWORTH ONCE AGAIN HAD HEALTH PROBLEMS AND THE BAND HAD TO DROP OFF OF THE TOUR.  THE BAND IS CURRENTLY DOING A MINI TOUR WITH ANTHRAX AND TESTAMENT WHICH WILL CULMINATE IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, WHICH WILL ALSO FEATURE MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, DARK ANGEL, AND IRON MAIDEN.  THE BAND IS ALSO READY TO ENTER THE STUDIO TO WORK ON IT’S SEVENTEENTH STUDIO ALBUM.  OVERKILL IN MY OPINION IS EXTREMELY UNDERRATED.  ANY TRUE METAL FAN SHOULD DABBLE IN THEIR CATALOG.  MY PERSONAL FAVORITES ARE HORROSCOPE, ELECTRIC AGE, AND IRONBOUND.  OVERKILL HAS NEVER “SOLD OUT’ AND HAS BEEN BANGING OUT TRUE THRASH METAL SINCE 1980.  THIS IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE CONSIDERING THEY ARE NOT FEATURED IN THE MAINSTREAM METAL COMMUNITY LIKE METALLICA, MEGADETH, AND ANTHRAX.  EVEN TESTAMENT HAS MORE OF A MAINSTREAM FOLLOWING THAN OVERKILL.  

     IF THERE WAS A BIG SIX, IT WOULD BE METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, AND OVERKILL.  THE FUNNY THING IS THAT THE FIVE BANDS ARE WELL KNOWN WHILE OVERKILL IS BARELY ON THE MAP.  HOWEVER, THIS IS ALL OF THE MORE REASON WHY THIS BAND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE TRUE THRASH GREATS.  ELLSWORTH HAS A DISTINCT VOICE THAT RIVALS OTHER METAL SINGERS LIKE ROB HALFORD AND BRUCE DICKINSON.  OVERKILL IS AN AWESOME BAND AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANY TRUE METAL FAN TO DIVE IN AND PURCHASE A LOT OF THEIR MATERIAL.  THEIR EARLY MATERIAL IS EXTREMELY HEAVY AND THEY ARE DEFINITELY INFLUENCED BY THE OTHER EAST COAST METAL BANDS AND WEST COAST THRASH MOVEMENT.  OVERKILL ALSO SHARES A PROMINENT MASCOT, A FLYING BAT WITH SKELETON FACE, HORNS, WINGS AND GREEN EYES.  OVERKILL IS A MUST HAVE FOR ANY TRUE THRASH FAN.  GO GET EM!ImageImageImage

CRASH COURSE IN METAL: MY HEAVY METAL JOURNEY

     For most of you that know me…Metal Music is a passion for me.  As a 37 Year Old, I have pretty much lived through every Heavy Metal genre besides the very beginning.  Its funny because in my current career…I see many young kids that have once again chose Metal as their passion.  For awhile, it may have seemed that Metal was on its decline…but any sort of thought has been blown up like a bomb in Baghdad.  Heavy Metal is once again on a DRAMATIC rise and there is no sign of this phenomenon going away.  In Fact, although Metal may never reach the peak that it did during the mid eighties to early nineties when different forms of the music grew offspring.

     During the mid seventies to the early eighties, Heavy Metal began to form a pillar of Iron.  Beginning with Black Sabbath, the “God Father’s of Metal” in just about anyone’s opinion…Heavy Metal began to branch out with light speed.  During the late seventies and early eighties…the British wave of Heavy Metal was taking the world by storm.  I was only four years old in 1980…but I can still remember when AC/DC released “Back in Black.”  My father made such a big deal about buying that album.  It marked the return of the band, after parting ways with Bon Scott and the emergence of Brian Johnson as it’s frontman.  At that time, I didn’t know what Heavy Metal was or even had a clue what the different styles of music were.  Bands such as Iron Maiden, KISS, Judas Priest, DIO Motorhead,Van Halen, Def Leppard and many more began to make waves in America as well as Europe.  

     For the sake of not making this a boring drawn out history lesson, I am not going to get anymore into the definition or roots of metal.  All that I know is, my first Metal album was “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns N Roses in 1987.  I was merely an eleven year old kid trying to find my way through this ever changing world.  Guns N Roses quickly became my first “favorite” band.  I quickly began to build a collection of audio cassette tapes, as CD’s were not out yet.  My catalog spread like a disease and I soon had over Forty Tapes.  At that time, I was still in Christian School, so this type of music was frowned upon.  Pretty soon, my mom stumbled upon my collection, and soon my set morphed into a measly five tapes, as my mom threw the other thirty-five out.  I couldn’t believe it…it was like I lost my new best friend.  I would liken it to someone today being an avid face book junkie and then having it stripped away from them like a tornado.

     Anyways, as the years went by, CD’s were invented and became the popular choice for music fans.  Not only did my CD Catalog increase, my tastes in Metal Music filtered out and I was finding all of the traditional sub-genres of metal…British Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Glam Metal, Stoner Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, Alternative Metal, Industrial Metal, ETC.  The Sub-Genres continue to evolve to this day and I would not be able to tell you every one nor do I care.  I just know what I like.

     My first love was Glam Rock…beginning with Motley Crue, Poison, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Warrant, RATT, Cinderella, Queensryche, WASP, Winger, Autograph, White Snake, Bon Jovi…the list is too long.  These were the bands that I could not get enough of.  I was mostly a Motley Crue and Poison fan but I developed a natural love for all of these bands as well as their CD’s.  During the same time, I was heavy into Van Halen, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and AC/DC, Skid Row.  

     Then it happened…my neighborhood buddy introduced me to a band that I had never heard of and from there it was all over.  The band was Anthrax.  The CD was an EP “I’m the Man.”  And the song was “Im the Man”.  I can remember it like it was yesterday in his back yard.  We blared that CD over and over again.  After this, I became a THRASH METAL MANIAC.  I went out and bought every CD I could get my hands on.  I started with Megadeth “Countdown to Extinction.” and Metallica “Black Album.”  After this it was every Thrash Band…Testament, Slayer, Metal Church, OverKill, and like wise this list began to grow.  Then as the music continued to evolve…so did I.  Now I was listening to Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, Slipknot, Seven Dust.  I loved “everything” metal.  YES… I am and always will be a METAL HEAD as my friend Cheryl always reminds me.  However, this does not mean that I do not like other music.  I enjoy all types, including RAP, Classic, Blues, Country, basically anything that I can jam to.  But it always goes back to Metal.

     Then it was Nirvana, Pantera, God Smack, Hate Breed, Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Typonegative, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Disturbed, Death Angel, and Linkin Park.  Every year, I have developed new likes and dislikes as far as Metal Music.  However, I still traditionally am pulled to the Eighties/Nineties Glam/Speed/Thrash/Alternative categories.  Like today, I really enjoy the band VOLBEAT.  I also like Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Hell Yeah, Lacuna Coil, Black Label Society and many others.  However, its not a secret that “Early” metal is back on the rise.  I mean, Black Sabbath just released a brand new studio album “Thirteen” with three of the original members Ozzy, Geezer, and Iommi.  WOW!!! In case you have not heard this album…go get it now!  AWESOME!  KICK ASS!  BAD ASS!  These would be the adjectives I use to describe this new album.

     As of today, my CD collection stands at 545 CD’s and Counting.  I have another 3,000 songs on my IPOD/IPHONE.  Yes, I am a music junkie.  Although music is available at the touch of a button, I still enjoy purchasing CD’s because I like the artwork and reading the lyrics and credits…call me old fashioned.  I have started sets consisting of my favorite bands.  Right now, today I own every CD for the following bands: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Slipknot, Testament, Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Lamb of God.  I am always continuing to build on my sets.  The next set that I will have complete is Black Sabbath including all Ozzy and Dio releases.  I always forget bands when mentioning my favorites.  My all time favorite band is Megadeth for my own personal reasons.  However, I am a huge fan of all The Big Four Bands, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Guns N Roses.  I hold these bands at my highest standard.  The next would be on a step down.  I am loving all of these comeback tours and new studio albums.  Metal is alive and well Folks!  I see it out in the neighborhood.  I see it in the workplace.  Its showing in the schools.  Its everywhere!!!!!!  I also attribute the re emergence to Guitar Hero…the popular video game…MTV, VH1, Facebook, Pandora and all of the other music social media outlets.  Well, this was a quick path through my Heavy Metal journey.  I am sure we all have our own tales and war stories.  All of the albums, concerts, tours, festivals, etc.  Heavy Metal will always be one of my passions and music is one of my defining attributes.  Besides listening to music, I have this blog which I write about metal, I read all kinds of books, and I am even currently taking Guitar lessons.  I also write Lyrics.  Maybe I did miss my passion……..ImageImageImage

METAL MADNESS

On Monday, it was announced that Megadeth and Iron Maiden will co- headline a US tour beginning in September. The tour will start in Charlotte, North Carolina. So far, the bill has eight shows including the final two in Las Vegas an San Bernardino, California.

This will mark the first time since the late eighties that Megadeth will share the same stage with Iron Maiden. This tour should be one of ten most highly anticipated this summer. Megadeth will be coming off their new release tour for “Super Collider” which is due out in June. Megadeth has been on a role since their release of Thirteen in 2012. This will also mark the first time since Cryptic Writings and Risk that the band will feature the same line up for two albums in a row.

In recent interviews, Dave Mustaine has been noted to say that this new album will be one of their best ever and that there are many “Potential Hits” on this album. Megadeth recorded this album under Mustaine’s brand new label. 2013 is an exciting year for albums and tours.

Anyways, the Iron Maiden-Megadeth show will be a hot ticket. And to add to the already huge news that these two super bands will be sharing the same stage…a huge announcement was also made. The final show in California will also feature Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton. So, two of the Big Four Megadeth and Anthrax will be together. One of the all time legends Iron Maiden will be there. And if there was such a thing as the Big Six…number five Testament and number six Overkill will all be on the same stage together on one night. This show will take place at the Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA.

Anthrax is coming off their recent release of Anthem…a cover album of some classic bands. Likewise, Testament is coming off their latest album…”The Dark Roots of Earth.” For those Metal fans that are not familiar with Overkill…Overkill is an amazing Metal band that packs power thrash and punch. They are also a local band which gives us an extra rooting interest. Sabaton is also a very good Metal Band. This concert will be one for the Ages and I hope that I can attend this show somehow. I will look forward to to others feed back of where this show can go as far as stardom.

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Old School Metal/New Vib

A recent trend has occurred the past few years with 80’s Metal Bands releasing brand new studio albums that not only sound modern…but they may be the best albums these bands have ever produced. I was talking with a buddy of mine and asked his opinion on this subject…why so many of these bands are able to put albums out with Peak Sound? His response was pretty simple…these bands have went back to their roots…they are playing what they want to and as hard and heavy that they can…they have steered away from the temptation to conform to societies standards. One perfect example of this is Anthrax. Anthrax had been quiet for a few years and although they had a very interesting sound with John Bush…it was more of a mainstream grunge metal sound. Well Anthrax got together last year…reuniting with their former Frontman Joey Belladonna and put out what you could argue maybe their best album of all time “Worship Music”. This album kicks some major ass and goes back to the core roots of thrash metal but the sound is superior due to enhancements in technology. One could argue that almost every song on the album is a major hit. Me and my buddy saw Anthrax last winter in a club setting and they played a lot of their new material. It sounded absolutely AMAZING! Another band that has stood the test of time through much adversity…highs and lows…many lineup changes…etc. Is Megadeth. Megadeth has never quite steered away from their roots unlike Anthrax…but they did get away from the more classic sound that you were used to hearing. In their new album “13” former bassist David Elleffson reunited with the band. “13” has some internal meaning…for starters it’s their Thirteenth Studio Album, it was released on November 13th, and it represents the 13x that Mustaine has come close to dying. One single “Public Enemy Number 1” stands out and has that classic hard thrash metal sound that cuts you through the bone. Megadeth has truly stood the test of time. Another band in this category is Testament. They recently released “The Dark Roots of the Earth.”. This is another stellar album and in my opinion is the best they have ever put out. It almost sounds like a Concept album..heavy swift riffs and killer guitar. METALLICA put out “Death Magnetic” which also went back to the more traditional true Thrash Sound. One could argue that this album belongs between And Justice For All and Black album. Great sound quality and its the best James Hettfield has sounded
In forever. Overkill…a local Jersey band who was popular during the 80’s
Has released two new albums. “Ironbound” is an instant classic and this song denotes the area near Newark, New Jersey where the band is from. Needless to say…Metal is back with a Vengeance…their is no stone unturned. Balls to the Wall Metal and unbelievable sound quality. I would recommend all of these albums If you are a true 80’s Thrash Metal fan then I suggest buying them all. Everyone cam have an opinion but cannot deny how good these albums sound!

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