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.
Phoenix-based speed/thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam returned to Metal Blade Records for the release of their 11th studio album, Ugly Noise, which came out April 16 in the US. The album features the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums.
Based out of Tempe, Arizona, science-fiction-themed progressive thrash metal band Vektor have caught the attention of the genre's true fans. They could be called "the intelligent man's thrash band," and their sophomore album, 2011's Outer Isolation (Earache Records) supports that title.
Guardians of the good ol' classic metal sound, Toronto, Canada-based Cauldron have been going places of late. Following the April 30 North American release of their third studio album, Tomorrow's Lost via Earache/Century Media, they toured with Diamond Head and did a headline run of their own, after which they made an appearance at Metallica's Orion Music + More fest in Detroit.