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”

The Role of Heavy Metal in Gaming

If you’re asked to think of an iconic video game soundtrack, what is the first that comes to mind? Is it the cheerful chip-tune melodies of Super Mario Bros. or perhaps the sinister orchestral music of Dead Space? Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is not a score, but rather a series of popular songs added to the game, like the Billboard Hot 100 floor-fillers of the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. Whichever it may be, chances are that heavy metal music rarely features. While the Guardian reports that video games account for billions of dollars in revenue for musicians and bands, these numbers haven’t yet been broken down by genre. One thing that is certain is that the biggest video game releases very rarely feature heavy metal soundtracks from the likes of Metallica or Iron Maiden. Continue reading “The Role of Heavy Metal in Gaming”

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”

Appetite For Destruction – The Debut That Changed the World

Guns ‘N Roses is one of the most famous hard rock bands to ever grace the planet. They made their debut over well over 30 years ago and in that time have recorded and released some iconic music which includes tracks such as Paradise City, Live and Let Die, November Rain and Sweet Child o’ Mine. Guns N Roses is more than a successful band though, they have had a massive influence on modern music as well as other genres in the entertainment field. In fact, the reach of the band has been so prolific that they have even managed to serve as inspiration to an online slot game. Continue reading “Appetite For Destruction – The Debut That Changed the World”

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’”

Ozzy’s Final London Visit in Jeopardy

As the vocalist of the now defunct heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne was never too far away from controversy – and if recent events are anything to go by, the drama looks set to follow Ozzy until the very end of his musical career. The 69-year-old rocker’s plan to take his final solo worldwide tour to London looks set to be compromised due a legal dispute with the O2 arena’s operator, Anchutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who insists that Osbourne will not be allowed to play at the London venue unless he also agrees to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Ozzy’s Final London Visit in Jeopardy”

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”