California-based heavy metal outfit DevilDriver has enjoyed a healthy fan following over the years. Their music can be described as a blend of melodic death metal and groove metal, but despite being associated with those terms, their latest album "Beast" is more of a death metal album than anything else, and I consider it to be the heaviest among the five studio albums they have released till date.
Los Angeles' very own progressive metal outfit Intronaut has been making waves in the scene ever since they started out in 2004, through three full-length albums and numerous tours that saw them hit the road with huge acts like Mastodon, Cynic, Animals As Leaders and the like.
Guitar World made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011, by getting Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Slayer’s Kerry King and Anthrax’s Scott Ian to pose for group photos — the first photos ever to feature all the guitarists of thrash metal’s Big Four tour.
Legend has it that Joe Elliott met guitarist Pete Willis by chance after missing a bus, and upon auditioning it became apparent that Elliott had a pretty special set of pipes on him, and that's why you've raised a glass to "Pour Some Sugar On Me," gazed forlornly out of the bus window to "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" and banged your head to "Rock Of Ages."
Every so often, a band bursts onto the scene like the perfect storm. When conditions are right, lives will forever be changed and said band will — pardon the expression — fuck your shit up. This is what happened when Fishbone hit the scene during the early 1980s. Equipped with an arsenal of influences ranging from punk music to soul and funk, six black teenagers from Los Angeles (Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher, Phillip “Fish” Fisher, Chris Dowd, Walter Kibby II and Kendall Jones) would carve a niche for themselves within the largely homogenized world of rock.
Despite recent hardships involving the passing of bassist Mike Alexander, Evile chugs forward to do what they know best in hopes of earning a living and honoring those who have shaped them to their current status. Considerable protégées to the thrash pioneers in Metallica, the shredders in Evile neglect to lose momentum in the weeks to come before the album release. Lead guitarist, Ol Drake, gives us a bit of insight to the thrash throwback world of Evile.
If shoegaze doom metal was a genre, Junius would most certainly be the kings of it. As I can't say enough positive things about the band's new album, Reports From the Threshold of Death, and space is limited, it's probably just best to let the music do the talking. You can stream a brand new track from Junius, titled "A Universe Without Stars," below.