Based out of Miami, Florida, technical death metal band Abiotic released their debut album, Symbiosis, on Metal Blade Records in late 2012 and are now preparing for a busy touring cycle even as they continue to write more new material. I recently caught up with guitarists John Matos and Matt Mendez to talk about the debut album, gear and other things. Read the conversation below, and check out Abiotic here for more info.
Canadian heavy metal quartet Bison B.C. released their fourth studio album, Lovelessness, October 22 via Metal Blade Records. Musically as well as lyrically, the six-track effort is more intense than the band's previous efforts and presents yet another facet of their creativity.
Austin, Texas-based heavy rock quartet The Sword released their fourth studio album, Apocryphon, October 22, their first release on Razor & Tie. It’s a contrasting follow-up to the concept album, Warp Riders, in every sense.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based metal band Corrosion Of Conformity have presented various facets of their musicianship to fans during their 30 years of existence. They've dabbled in stoner, thrash, sludge, crossover and other genres.
Dethklok — who are widely popular in their animated form on the Adult Swim TV series Metalocalypse, as well as in their real-life form — released their third studio album, Dethalbum III, October 16 via Williams Street Records.
American heavy metal giants Lamb Of God have been through a lot during the past couple of months, and it's been well documented. Thankfully, things have been sorted for the time being, and the band is gearing up for an extensive U.S. headline tour with support from In Flames, Hatebreed and Sylosis, starting October 30 in Phoenix, Arizona, followed by a Halloween-night show in Los Angeles and set to go well into December.
The Shrine are a trio based out of Venice, California, who play a no-frills, organic style of music they describe as "psychedelic violence rock and roll." Characterized by massive riffs, pristine solos, a heavy rhythm section and expressive vocals, their music finds instant appreciation among fans of classic rock. It's not surprising that the band has enjoyed an ever-increasing local following in the LA area.
Rejuvenated British rock veterans Savage have made a strong comeback this year with their sixth studio album, Sons Of Malice, a solid 13-track effort that captures the vibe of Savage's classic sound but with a modern approach.
After welcoming back guitarist Dino Cazares into the band and putting out a successful seventh studio album Mechanize in early 2010, modern metal giants Fear Factory have returned. Their follow-up album, The Industrialist, is ready to release early next month. This conceptual record also features bassist Matt DeVries on bass, who has replaced Byron Stroud.
Led by master shredder Gus G, Greek power metal band Firewind have enjoyed a loyal fan following in Europe for more than a decade, and their fan base in other territories is always growing. They've come a long way since Gus started the band as a small project, and they're ready to release their seventh studio album, Few Against Many.