The hardcore scene is a beautiful place, my friends, filled with wholesome people and music that makes you want to absolutely destroy something, What isn't to love about it? Sadly, spaces to host shows like this one are closing faster than they can pop up.
There are many words one could use to describe the sound produced by Seattle based "funeral" doom metal two-piece, Bell Witch. Monolithic, dripping, oppressive, haunting, all of these would suffice and retrospectively carry throughout the band's early efforts and into 2015's Four Phantoms album, but with Mirror Reaper they've hit an entirely new level and pushed their sound to new, lofty heights.
In my previous article, I provided coverage for modern-day thrash bands that are worthy of your attention and respect. These results were based on bands that moved thrash forward in the current times as opposed to bands that keep thrash stuck in the 80s. While this does thrash no favors today, the 80s and early 90s remain the golden age of not only thrash, but metal as a whole. Other articles do provide earnest coverage on notable albums throughout the genre's history, but the top spots are usually clogged up by The Big Four, often resulting in a coin flip for Reign In Blood and Master of Puppets over the #1 spot. While 80s metal is vast and complex, there are several bands I always felt deserved a second look. While a few bands may be recognizable to die-hard thrashers, many of these bands survived by word of mouth during their time coupled with increased availability in the digital media age. Submitted for your approval, 10 Obscure Old School Thrash Bands.
It's about that time of the year. October is right around the corner, and the season of Fall is coming around faster than it seems. This is the time where metalheads start to come out to play, and with that comes some amazing new albums. In this article we will be talking about the most anticipated albums that are being released this month. Please understand that this is a highly opinionated article, and I would love to know what those reading this believe are some highly anticipated releases this September.
Legendary German metal stalwarts Accept have just released their new album Rise of Chaos, the follow-up to their 2014 release Blind Rage and their first since yet another lineup change. On the final track "Race To Extinction," vocalist Mark Tornillo sings, "We can change this story, adapt and compromise, balance is mandatory, open your eyes. Is this the race to extinction... a race to the end." He's singing about deeper world issues of course, but in the opinion of some longtime fans, he might as well be singing about his band and their place in the 2017 metal landscape.