Often heralded as one of heavy metal's more outspoken personalities, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has decided to hit the road in a stand-up/spoken-word format. His "Speaking Words" tour began with a few shows in the U.K. and spiraled into a short North American tour and a live DVD. Ian, who's in the middle of a two-week U.S. run, is running a Pledge Music campaign to fund the release of the Speaking Words In Glasgow DVD.
On September 18, Halestorm pulled into downtown Los Angeles to headline a show at the Wiltern. Their powerful 19-song, 90-minute set included an assortment of tracks from the band's two studio albums, along with selections from their upcoming ReAnimate 2.0 covers EP, leaving the fans beyond satisfied.
Below is an exclusive track-by-track rundown of Exhumed's new album, Necrocracy, by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey. Necrocracy was released August 2 via Relapse Records. For more about Exhumed, check out their Facebook page.
Following a full North American tour last year, heavy metal giants Iron Maiden returned to the US for one final leg of the Maiden England tour. The final show took place in San Bernardino, California, on September 13.
Based out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake area, the Vim Dicta is a three-piece rock band that strives to bring the "psycho groove" to the masses. Judging by their two most recent shows (July 15 at the Satellite and August 7 at the Silver Lake Lounge), it's fair to say they're moving in the right direction.
Not only was their guitar playing impressive, but they also used the guitars as percussion instruments by tapping its body. The set had songs from all of their studio albums, and some new, unreleased material as well. These new songs sounded perhaps even more intense than anything they’ve ever put out, and treated this very well behaved and appreciative crowd with a great teaser for the next album due out in 2014.
Unrepentant brutality from a gang of murderous rhythm & blues maniacs. Mick Brown, Greg Smith and Derek St. Holmes create the most intense, ferocious and tightest R&B&R&R anywhere anytime. My guys are so good, it’s stupid. We are the last of James Brown's illegitimate mongrels and damn proud of it. If I wasn't me, I'd definitely go see me.
Having undergone some lineup changes in the recent past, Virginia tech-death metal band Arsis released their fourth studio album 'Unwelcome' on April 30th in America via Nuclear Blast Records. Listen to the 9-minute chat below, and visit Arsis on the web at http://www.facebook.com/arsis.
"Please Read the Letter," from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, was one of the highlights of the non-Zeppelin segment of the set and was performed with real expression by Plant. Songs like "Tin Pan Valley," "Spoonful" and "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" sounded delightful as well.
Finnish progressive metal band Amorphis released their 11th studio album, Circle, April 30 via Nuclear Blast Records in the US. It's refreshingly more guitar-oriented than any of the band's previous efforts, and it has producer Peter Tägtgren's signature touch all over it.