An Unlikely Metal Mash-up: Elvis Metal Covers

When it comes to influences on heavy metal, speed and beyond, one name that few instantly think of is the king of rock ‘n roll himself, Elvis Presley. However, the unexpected was what Elvis excelled at. Indeed, Elvis has inspired artists in the music industry as unexpected as Eminem, who includes several references to him in the song “Without Me”, while Elvis’ tunes have been sampled to create numerous dance remixes over the years. Continue reading “An Unlikely Metal Mash-up: Elvis Metal Covers”

Into the Vojd: Joseph Tholl talks about continuation of Black Trip as Vojd

Amidst the limitless plethora that is the Swedish heavy music scene, there was a band called Black Trip, featuring two members of Enforcer, a group well-known among traditional metal enthusiasts all over the world. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Joseph Tholl led Black Trip to create two fantastic albums ‘Goin Under’ (2013) and ‘Shadowline’ (2015), musically much different from Enforcer and more in the vein of contemporary-sounding classic hard rock. But complications with the name led to Black Trip becoming Vojd. The first album under the new name is called ‘The Outer Ocean’ and is set for worldwide release on February 23 via High Roller Records. Joseph Tholl spoke to Metal Assault recently to discuss all things Vojd. Enjoy the chat below, listen to the single to get a taste of the new album, and be on the lookout for the best new musical offering from Sweden! Continue reading “Into the Vojd: Joseph Tholl talks about continuation of Black Trip as Vojd”

Album Review: Painted Doll – Self-Titled

According to Painted Doll co-founder, Dave Hill, “The Painted Doll record was a blast to make.”

That’s good to hear, because the Painted Doll record is a blast to listen to; a modern day Monkees-esque act with light-hearted, pop-driven rock in the vein of ’60s era bowl cuts and Ed Sullivan. The self-titled debut features a beach/pop rock atmosphere that calls back to the original era of rock without any irony or self-indulgence. It’s almost like Ghost without the overt, gimmick driven metal sheen laid atop the pop-rock foundation. Continue reading “Album Review: Painted Doll – Self-Titled”

Interview + Ticket Giveaway: Enslaved

Norwegian progressive extreme metal giants Enslaved released their stellar 14th full-length studio album ‘E’ via Nuclear Blast Records in 2017, and are now gearing up to headline the 7th annual Decibel Magazine package tour across North America, the lineup also featuring Wolves In The Throne Room, Myrkur and Khemmis. Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson recently spoke to Metal Assault about all things Enslaved, and was as insightful, candid and articulate as ever. Enjoy the conversation below, and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the article, for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Orange County stop of the Decibel Tour, Saturday March 10 at The Observatory! Continue reading “Interview + Ticket Giveaway: Enslaved”

Album Review: Long Distance Calling – Boundless

The German four-piece Long Distance Calling adds their latest studio album ‘Boundless’ to their already impressive discography. While it’s easy to call the band a quartet of rockers, the truth is far more complicated. At the surface it may seem like your standard metal affair, war-like drums and a blaring bass set off the initial mood of ‘Boundless’. “Initial” is the best word for this situation, because the moods and feelings throughout this record are constantly shifting throughout different spectrums of emotion to bring forth an incredibly diverse piece of instrumental, atmospheric rock/metal. Continue reading “Album Review: Long Distance Calling – Boundless”

The Metal Army: Sabaton & Kreator visit Los Angeles on co-headline tour

February 9 2018, The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA: Sabaton, still high from releasing a very successful record ‘The Last Stand’ and touring internationally to support it, came back to Los Angeles for a full headlining set, to much anticipation amongst metalheads in town. German heavyweights Kreator were performing as the co-headline act scheduled second to last on stage, and neoclassical thrash juggernauts in Exmortus were in the opening slot. Continue reading “The Metal Army: Sabaton & Kreator visit Los Angeles on co-headline tour”

Album Review: King Witch – Under the Mountain

Scotland based doom band King Witch releases the follow-up to their debut EP with their debut full-length album, ‘Under the Mountain’. An incredible mixture of thrash metal with heavy doom undertones, King Witch delivers their own unique take on doom metal with this one. This record is very reminiscent of works such as ‘Among the Living’ by Anthrax and ‘Painkiller’ by Judas Priest. It’s a very dark ambiance that stays within its intense thrash roots while fusing doom undertones to the high-speed music. Continue reading “Album Review: King Witch – Under the Mountain”