Today (11/11) is National Metal Day and for today’s From The Vault here are my top 11 choices from the 80′s: Continue reading
Good morrow, Hearers of Evil! It’s Throwback Thursday, and you know what that means, don’t you? In the immortal words of Overkill, here’s to the old school!
Mercyful Fate, “A Dangerous Meeting”
Witchfinder General, “Burning A Sinner”
Black Sabbath, “Sweet Leaf”
Testament, “Alone In The Dark”
Znowhite, “War Machine”
Overkill, “Electro Violence”
Diamond Head, “Lightning To The Nations”
Warlock, “All We Are”
Saxon, “20,000 Feet”
Today is guitarist Bobby Gustafson from Overkill’s 48th birthday, so let’s take a trip back to 1988 to the third studio album by Overkill, Under the Influence released on Megaforce Records. Continue reading
According to a news item on the official Graspop Metal Meeting website made earlier today, W.A.S.P. and Overkill have dropped off of the festival’s roster. Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P.’s frontman, was involved in a car crash and suffered a broken leg, causing the band to withdraw. Here’s the band’s official statement:
Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being.
Iced Earth will be taking the place of W.A.S.P. on the roster. Overkill’s reasons for dropping out are not yet known, but they will be replaced by young Belgian up-and-comers Steak Number Eight.
Graspop Metal Meeting is a festival that takes place every year in Dessel, Belgium. The festival runs from June 28 to June 30, 2013. Tickets are still available on the Graspop official website.
Unlike most of our Hails, Magus Beast actually has a very long history. They started out in 1985 as a band called Aggressor — not the most original name, but it was the mid-80s and that’s the way things were. Aggressor made a name for themselves in the local NYC scene, eventually opening up for legendary bands like Nuclear Assault, Overkill, and Testament. The band changed their name to Magus Beast 15 years into their career, and solidified their current lineup in 2010.
If you’re wondering why I’m writing about a band with so many years under the belt, it’s because I only just now heard of them and they’re already probably in my top five local thrash bands ever. I’m unsure how Magus Beast go to be NYC’s best-kept secret — people should be shouting about them from their rooftops. After their electrifying (and likely glass-shattering — Ron Scauri’s vocals are an out-of-this-world combination of King Diamond and Bobby Blitz) performance at Wednesday’s U.D.O. show at Gramercy, I was shocked to discover that the band had such a modest following.
I’m still a n00b so I don’t know the name of the song below, but neither does the person who uploaded this awesome video! Better buy all of Magus Beast’s albums just to be sure.
Rock N’ Roll Heaven Record Store and Old Bridge Metal Militia are uniting to present the highly anticipated Reunion Concert and Fundraiser to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The concert will be held on May 11, 2013 at Encore Event Center in Freehold, NJ. Continue reading
I’m going to be sad when it’s like, 2041 and lists with titles like this will no longer make sense. In the meantime…
Ensiferum took their time with this one, and it shows. 2012 didn’t see a whole lot of folk metal releases, but the few I got to hear were pretty great.
Grave Digger have proven that they are still relevant after 32 years in the scene. Clash Of The Gods sounds like it was ripped straight out of the ’80s, and brand new all at the same time.
I was more excited than anyone I knew for Christian Mistress’s sophomore album, and it did not disappoint. Possession is fantastic from start to finish, and losing it in a hard drive crash was a low point in this otherwise great year.
You knew it was coming. The Chinese Democracy of Finnish melodeath, Time I was hyped to the extreme and mostly delivered on its awesomeness. Forget about how the album was supposedly so complex that there are hundreds of track sper song and crashed Jari’s computer — it is an enjoyable album to listen to, and that’s all that mattered.
2012 was the year that I fully explored my stoner side (I discovered Red Fang and Dozer in late 2011). Dismal Hollow came along in January, which couldn’t have been a better time. If I had gotten it on tape, the magnetic strip would have been WAY worn out by now.
Hearing Now And Forever made me extra excited about the upcoming Doro/Sister Sin North American tour! I only discovered the band this year, but I fell in love immediately.
Thrash will never die, not as long as Overkill are still holding down the fort. The Electric Age is proof that Overkill haven’t lost a bit of their edge, and when I saw them live in May, it’s clear that they can still command a crowd too.
I’m going to catch so much shit for putting Helvetios over The Electric Age, I almost don’t want to say anything. I loved the album as a folk metal fan, and I loved the concept as a history nerd.
Metal Underground’s review of Stalingrad calls it an “instant classic” and “just the breath of fresh air required to jump start the band’s career,” and I wholeheartedly agree. As a bonus, I saw Accept in September and, while I loved Swallow The Sun and Kreator as well, they stole the show.
Silverthorn is power metal at its finest. New singer Tommy Karevik sounds a lot like Khan, but by the end of the album, you can see his own style shine through. Silverthorn fits right in with their older albums, and shows that Kamelot haven’t missed a beat.
I pretty much ran out of good things to say about Red Horse when I reviewed the album in October. Holy shit, this album is so great. Consistent, brutal awesomeness was hard to come by this year, but Early Graves delivered it in spades.
It’s rare to find a band with absolutely no lulls (and I do not count their ’90s troubles as a “lull,” per se) over a decades-long career, yet here we have Testament. How can one band put out so many amazing albums? Dark Roots Of Earth was not only wildly successful with fans and critics, it also charted higher than any other Testament album (but is #1 in our hearts) and for good reason — it is everything a thrash album should be. Thank you, Testament, for staying inspired, brutal, and brilliant over all these years!
Carol and I worked together to generate what we believe to be a fairly uncontroversial and HIGHLY accurate list. Feel free to prove us wrong in the comments section below!
In case you haven’t noticed, straightforward, “traditional,” heavy metal is making a serious comeback. It’s tempting to dismiss the bands participating in this resurgence as worshippers, but Ahab’s Ghost, a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are putting their own unique spin on the sounds that old school fans like me have grown to love. Continue reading
How did I go this long without writing a nice big list of shit that pisses me off? Has life been treating me THAT well lately?
Dear every band ever,
A men’s medium just barely accommodates my boobs (and good luck keeping it from rolling up at the bottom), and a men’s large might as well be a pajama top. Why do you think so many of us show up to your shows with butchered and sewn-back-together-wrong t-shirts? Does it really cost you that much to include women’s sizes in your merch store?
an UNhappy medium
You like to go to shows looking cute? You must be a groupie. You like to go to shows looking pretty much average? You’re a poser, and you probably stole that awesome shirt from your boyfriend.
Regardless of your own gender, there’s nothing wrong with liking or even preferring female-fronted bands. That said, about 25% of my music collection is bands fronted by women. It would be nice if people let me tell them what I like instead of trying to figure it out themselves. It would be ESPECIALLY nice if people were nicer about the assumptions they make! “I bet you’re into that Lacuna Coil shit” is way uncalled for, especially since I am not, in fact, into that Lacuna Coil shit.
Women at shows are like islands. You can’t explain how they got there, they’re just kind of there — floating in a vast sea of dudes. There’s no way in hell a woman would buy a ticket to a show, then use the ticket to attend said show, then enjoy herself listening to the bands at said show. That just doesn’t happen ever. Obviously you just came to quench your thirst with $15 venue beer before skipping merrily home and blasting Dark Passion Play on your Hello Kitty boom box, which brings me to my next point –
God forbid you have actually been caught committing the sin of enjoying female-fronted bands while female. Be prepared to rattle off at least six “no”s while your conversation partner tries to figure out which bands are your favorites. Be prepared to look like an elitist if you mention Blood Ceremony or Skeletal Spectre. The approved list of “girl metal” starts with Nightwish and ends with about a dozen Nightwish clones.
As I said, women at shows are like islands — girlfriends and merch ladies, on the other hand, are in a whole different league! They have a purpose! They’re not dirty skank ho-bag groupies like those OTHER women! If your show uniform consists of a band shirt and jeans, you might not be there to bang a dude but you’re sure as hell there to provide some kind of support to a dude. Why else would you be there? To rock the fuck out? Madness.
I don’t crowdsurf for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I weigh more than I look like I weigh, and I don’t want to get dropped or break anyone’s arms. Secondly, I see the way the audience treats the women who dare to crowdsurf. There’s more grab-ass during an average woman’s crowdsurfing adventure than at a junior high prom. I’ll pass on that.
We’ve all experienced the crushing loneliness of a spontaneous pit dispersal. It sucks, but is somehow less insulting than when all the dudes in a circle pit slow down and maybe gently press on your shoulder blade in an effort to humor you into thinking they haven’t committed pit suicide at the mere thought of a chick entering their ranks. We know we might get hurt and those of us who can’t handle it are off in the back sipping on cranberry vodkas like little alcoholic hummingbirds. The rest of us are ready to bust some heads!
So you like metal, eh? What kind of metal? Anything before 1990? Oh, good, haha. What was that, you like Exodus? Oh well that’s fine I guess. Oh, Megadeth too. Cool. What do you listen to aside from metal? I guess Bad Religion’s pretty cool, yeah. Do you ever…uh huh. Uh huh. Whoa! Yeah, I was at the Overkill show! You like Overkill? Oh man, yeah I fucking love Taking Over, I remember this one time when I went to see Overkill at this local venue down in Virginia, and…
Once you drop the right name, male metal heads will love and accept you. Don’t expect any hints as to what the right name will be — it’s different for everyone, and you will be subject to intense scrutiny until the second you get it right. (For those of you who aren’t history nerds, let me Google the Dominican Order for you.
I don’t know when the world collectively decided to make Steel Panther (and Anal Cunt, and others) rich and famous for their idiotic sexist songs, but clearly that decision was made while I was away from my desk. These people literally sit down together and write songs about giving women STDs, and we still are buying up their shit like it’s going out of style. Check out the lyrics for “That’s What Girls Are For,” and tell me again that I need to learn to take a joke. There’s a local band that’s into this kind of “humor” too, but I forgot their name — they have a song called “Maggot Cunt,” and they’re even less funny than Tenacious D, which is quite a feat.
So what pisses you off most about being a metalhead lady? Inquiring minds would like to know!