Playlist: Best Songs of 2018

Last week, we revealed the editor’s picks for the best albums of 2018, and now it’s time to go deeper into our year-end listathon. Some albums are meant to be listened to in their entirety, while others offer songs that stand out on their own. Then there were some EP releases that could not be considered for the best albums list but boast fantastic songs. This list spotlights the editor’s picks for the best songs of the year. Listen to it using the Spotify player below, and give Metal Assault a ‘Follow’ if you’re a Spotify user. Continue reading “Playlist: Best Songs of 2018”

A Modern Pinnacle of Live Concert Films: Opeth’s ‘Garden Of The Titans’ is Breathtakingly Brilliant

Swedish progressive metal group Opeth is without doubt one of the greatest bands, if not the single greatest band, over the period of the last two-and-a-half decades. Through 12 studio albums, the band has continuously explored new dimensions of their creative expression, and even though they always maintained an instantly recognizable Opeth flavor in all of their work, they never shied away from experimentation and change in musical direction. For better or for worse, the death-metal-Opeth versus clean-singing-Opeth debate and division will always exist, but all fans and critics agree in unison that Opeth still remains one of the finest live acts going around, still able to deliver material of all varieties with equal precision and power. To present this quality of their musicianship, the band released three concert films with corresponding live albums, in 2003, ’07 and 2010 respectively. On Friday November 2 2018, Opeth unveiled the fourth release of this kind, Garden Of The Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, on DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and vinyl. A special, exclusive, one-off theatrical screening of the concert film was held at The Montalbán in Hollywood on the eve of the full release. One could not have imagined a more apt way to get the first taste of what is truly a brilliant offering by a brilliant band. Continue reading “A Modern Pinnacle of Live Concert Films: Opeth’s ‘Garden Of The Titans’ is Breathtakingly Brilliant”

More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See

There are heavy metal documentaries. And then there’s this. For starters, ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is not Iron Maiden’s film. It is not Bruce Dickinson’s film. It is not even a concert film. Written and directed by Tarik Hodzic and produced by Adnan Cuhara, it is the story of a Bruce Dickinson concert that took place in 1994 in Sarajevo, but it encompasses a whole lot more, and transcends far beyond the scope of your run-of-the-mill rock/metal documentary. Continue reading “More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See”

A Timeless Classic: 30 Years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’

The genre of heavy metal as we know it today, began to take shape in the 1970s and early ’80s, but one band that formed in 1982, took inspiration from their heroes and created something undoubtedly groundbreaking, is Queensrÿche. Their self-titled debut EP and the first two full-length releases ‘The Warning’ (’84) and ‘Rage For Order’ (’86) clearly showed what they were capable of. But they brought about a storm with their third album, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, released on May 3 1988, exactly 30 years ago to this day. The world of heavy metal, and that of progressive metal, was never the same again. Obviously, a lot of praise has been heaped on this album over the past three decades and rightly so, but I still feel the need to once again stress the importance and sheer magnificence of what is and will always be one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Continue reading “A Timeless Classic: 30 Years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’”

Review + Giveaway: Opeth Comic Book

By Andrew Bansal

Metal and comics: a match made in heaven. And when these two worlds collide, it usually offers something delightful for metalheads and comic book enthusiasts alike. Metal-themed stories fit the pages of a comic book rather perfectly, but the company Rock and Roll Biographies takes it a notch further, by depicting entire careers of bands within a mere handful of pages of stunning artistry. Their latest release is a fantastic new comic book, based on the life of a little-known Swedish band called Opeth. Continue reading “Review + Giveaway: Opeth Comic Book”

Best Live Performances Of 2017

By Sebastian Vazquez

Let me preface this by saying that it was ultimately difficult in determining what would make my top twenty. So much can affect one’s concert experience, such as being slightly ill, hung over, attending with different people amicable or not, various intoxicants etc. I strongly believe that one could attend the same exact show, if it was even possible under the most perfect circumstances to replicate, and experience it in many different ways. Thus, I decided to omit any personal, subjective factors that influenced my experience at any concert. I also was at loggerheads if I should factor sound quality, as it greatly determines how an artist’s performance will be heard, but I ultimately determined that I should. Sound quality actually knocked down my favorite concert of all the year from number one to number two, so more on that later. Continue reading “Best Live Performances Of 2017”