Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

By Francisco Zamudio

Longevity is an admirable quality almost lost in today’s music (and when we say “music” here on Metal Assault, 99.9% of the time we’re talking solely about rock and metal). Many factors contribute and affect a band, let alone a musician’s livelihood. To be able to say a band has survived and established a healthy career, one that allows you to live off of and for a span of 30 years – that speaks volumes. Dedication is also an admirable characteristic. The loyal death metal fanbase, “cvlt” or not, stays dedicated to this specific underground genre. Few underground bands can say they have reached mainstream status in a world where remaining “underground” is a badge of honor. Of those few, Cannibal Corpse has helped set the bar for what a successful death metal band can be. Now on their 14th full length release, CC is set to beat you with that bar that is ‘Red Before Black’, out November 3rd on Metal Blade. Continue reading “Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black”

Sci-Fi Death Metal Exploration: In Conversation with Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith

Interview by Jason Williams

Long Island NY technical death metal group released a highly impressive sophomore full-length ‘Infrared Horizon’ earlier in 2017 via Profound Lore Records, and are currently on a North American tour supporting Cattle Decapitation, Revocation and Full Of Hell. As part of this tour, they played a show at The Regent in downtown Los Angeles, and our writer Jason Williams sat down with vocalist Will Smith for an interview. Check out the conversation below. Continue reading “Sci-Fi Death Metal Exploration: In Conversation with Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith”

Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 13 @ The Viper Room

Photos by C. Jones

October 25th 2017, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Vol. 13 of our series of Metal Assault Night events at The Viper Room took place last Wednesday October 25th, and featured the power-packed lineup of hometown favorites Huntress and Edge Of Paradise, UK all-female hard rock group Joanovarc, and San Diego traditional metal duo Tzimani. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 13 @ The Viper Room”

Judas Priest announces New Album and North American Tour with Saxon & Black Star Riders

Metal gods Judas Priest have announced that their 18th full-length studio album ‘Firepower’ will be released in early 2018. In addition, they have revealed North American tour dates, with support acts Saxon and Black Star Riders. Check out the dates below. Continue reading “Judas Priest announces New Album and North American Tour with Saxon & Black Star Riders”

Megadeth announces ‘A Tout Le Monde’ Beer Anniversary Party & Dave Mustaine Meet-n-Greet at Grill ‘Em All Alhambra

Megadeth have just announced that frontman Dave Mustaine will make an appearance at the metal-themed Grill ‘Em All restaurant in Alhambra, California on Monday October 23rd between 8 and 9 PM, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Megadeth’s ‘A Tout Le Monde’ beer. Please note, Dave will be signing free promo photos only, and no other merch items. Continue reading “Megadeth announces ‘A Tout Le Monde’ Beer Anniversary Party & Dave Mustaine Meet-n-Greet at Grill ‘Em All Alhambra”

Album Review: Jason Kui – Absence of Words

By Ryan Falla

Jason Kui is a Hong Kong based virtuoso guitarist and product of inspirations spanning from John Petrucci to Eddie Van Halen. With his debut solo record, ‘Absence of Words’ finally coming to America, we get to experience the culmination of many dreams finally come true. Jason Kui has spent much of his young career as a session guitarist both live and in studio, in fact he just finished a 100+ date tour as the lead guitarist for a popular Hong Kong based act. Continue reading “Album Review: Jason Kui – Absence of Words”