Satyricon announces Final US Tour, Inquisition to support

Norwegian extreme metal stalwarts Satyricon will return to US shores for one final time this Spring, in support of their latest album ‘Deep calleth upon Deep’. US-Colombian juggernaut Inquisition will serve as opening act, and the tour will also include two stops in Canada. Check out the dates below, along with a statement from Satyr. Continue reading “Satyricon announces Final US Tour, Inquisition to support”

Album Review: Machine Head – Catharsis

By Andrew Bansal

Oakland, California group Machine Head can legitimately be regarded as modern-day heavy metal giants, having formed in 1991 and carried on successfully through the past nearly 27 years, releasing 8 full-length studio albums and touring the world several times. Over the course of their career they haven’t been shy of experimentation and have copped their fair share of criticism, as from their groove-oriented thrash beginnings on the first two albums ‘Burn My Eyes’ (’94) and ‘The More Things Change…’ (’97), they swung wildly to a nu metal / rap metal recipe on the next two, ‘The Burning Red’ (’99) and ‘Supercharger (2002). Thankfully, they returned to doing what they do best on subsequent albums, i.e. playing groovy, proggy thrash, and this phase produced their best work as they hit their peak on the albums ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’ (2003), ‘The Blackening’ (2007) and ‘Unto the Locust’ (2011). The 2014 follow-up ‘Bloodstone and Diamonds’ was somewhat of a letdown from the dizzy heights of the previous three but was still fairly well-created and well-received. But now, Machine Head is ready to release their ninth album ‘Catharsis’, and it is the kind of album that is certain to leave fans scratching their heads, wondering what on earth happened to what truly was a great band not long ago. Continue reading “Album Review: Machine Head – Catharsis”

Album Review: White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive

By Sebastian Vazquez

White Wizzard, the banner band of the NWOTHM underground revival, has released its fourth studio effort, ‘Infernal Overdrive’, amidst much anticipation and excitement. If you aren’t familiar with White Wizzard, the band finds inspiration from the classic heavy metal colorations that were prominent in the 1980s, notably that of pioneers Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc. What they have been able to accomplish over the last decade is quality tracks for those who choose to swim with the underground revival of traditional heavy metal, who also enjoy the likes of Night Demon, Cauldron, Enforcer, High Spirits, Skull Fist and Sumerlands. Their recent production values have elevated the band’s mainstay sound of twin guitar leads, extended solo breaks, and the high pitched wailing and singing which we have grown to love, thanks to the forefathers Dio, Dickinson, and Halford. Continue reading “Album Review: White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive”

Warbringer announces ‘Waking Into Nightmares’ Shows

Los Angeles thrash stalwarts Warbringer have announced three very special headline shows for April 2018, wherein they will perform their 2009 sophomore full-length ‘Waking Into Nightmares’ in its entirety, as a treat to longtime fans as well as a tribute to recently deceased ex-drummer Nic Ritter. Check out the dates below, along with a statement from vocalist John Kevill: Continue reading “Warbringer announces ‘Waking Into Nightmares’ Shows”

Album Review: Anvil – Pounding The Pavement

By Andrew Bansal

The 1980s gave birth to a vast plethora of heavy metal bands. The genre was at the height of its popularity in that decade, and as a result, new bands were popping up everywhere. Not many of them survived after the initial wave, and fast forward to 2018, only a few can legitimately claim to have had a successful career throughout. But, while there is no shortage of mediocre bands clinging onto their long-gone glory days and extracting every possible ounce of cash from diehard fans with their half-baked reunions and sub-par albums, no single band can claim to be as consistently bad as Anvil. Formed in 1981, this band, for reasons unfathomable, has been able to release 16 full-length studio albums, and is on the verge of releasing the 17th. With bated breath and no positive expectations, I pressed ‘play’ on ‘Pounding The Pavement’, and I seriously wish I hadn’t. Continue reading “Album Review: Anvil – Pounding The Pavement”