Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 10/03/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 2, 2014

A summary of heavy metal news for week ending 10/03/14 including HAVOK, ENSIFERUM, DECAPITATED, WITHIN TEMPTATION, PIERCE THE VEIL, FOZZY and more.

HAVOK’s David Sanchez Shatters Left Wrist Due to unforeseen circumstances, HAVOK is forced to cancel select dates on their current North American tour. David Sanchez (guitars/vocals) comments: “Due to injury, we have been forced to cancel a few shows on our current tour with CROWBAR, REVOCATON, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE.  We [...]

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GORMATHON Following The Beast: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on October 1, 2014

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Finally, a newer melodic death metal band that understands what it’s all about.  Gormathon’s Naplam Records debut, Following The Beast, blasts off right out of the gate with heavy riffs, great death metal vocals and solid guitar harmonization.  The best part about the album is that the band knows that the harmonized guitar should be there [...]

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Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground: 09/29/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 30, 2014

New music from the best underground heavy metal bands the week of 09/29/14 with Promethean Horde, Sludge Hammer, Testimony, Hellpie, and more.

I.O.’s PICK OF THE WEEK PROMETHEAN HORDE Ashes of the Empyrean (Metal Swarm Productions) Florida black metal, like Florida “water,” is a mysterious concoction that draws you in. Like all genres, black metal has evolved–from its pretentious, “you can’t see me” roots into a night orchid that will open if the moon is right and [...]

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This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases – 09/30/14

by Mike Lawrence on September 29, 2014

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  Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars (Progressive Metal/Technical Death Metal) Album available HERE       Butcher Babies – Uncovered EP (Groove Metal) Album available HERE       Decapitated – Blood Mantra (Technical Death Metal) Album available HERE       Internal Bleeding – Imperium (Death Metal) Album available HERE   [...]

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BLACK CROWN INITIATE The Wreckage Of Stars: Album Review

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 28, 2014

A review of progressive technical death metal band BLACK CROWN INITIATE's new album The Wreckage of Stars out September 30, 2014 via eOne Music.

BLACK CROWN INITIATE’s Prog-Tech-Death metal has all the elements of technical death metal: tremolo picking, blast beats, growled vocals and an exacting finesse but all cloaked in a well-tailored mantle of innovation, jazz elements, and clean vocals of progressive metal. After the first three measures of the first song, I knew I would enjoy the [...]

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Dave Sanchez of HAVOK: Interview

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 28, 2014

An interview with Dave Sanchez of Havok, a Denver, CO thrash metal band, in which he discusses gear, touring, a new album and old METALLICA vs. new.

Dave Sanchez is the guitarist and vocalist for HAVOK, a thrash metal band out of Denver, CO. They are currently on tour in support of CROWBAR through October 10th after which they’ll head down to Mexico with a final date on Halloween in their home town. I had the opportunity to chat with Dave outside [...]

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The Top 8 New Metal Music Videos Of The Week: 09/26/14

by Mike Lawrence on September 26, 2014

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With so many big new releases coming over the next six weeks or so, we were absolutely flooded with a myriad of excellent new songs and videos this week.  Unlike last week where we featured mostly underground bands, the majority of the best songs this week come from established acts.  Also as you will soon [...]

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INTERNAL BLEEDING Imperium: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on September 25, 2014

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The 5th full length and first album in ten years from New York death metal veterans, Internal Bleeding, reunites drummer Bill Tolley with guitarists Brian Hobbie and Chris Pervelis.  The three are back together for the first time since 1999′s Driven To Conquer.  Tolley was the only original member of the band to play on the [...]

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Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 09/26/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 25, 2014

A summary of heavy metal news for week ending 09/26/14 including MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH, DRAGONFORCE, JOB FOR A COWBOY, MESHUGGAH, ENABLER and more.

NEW RELEASES MACHINE HEAD Announces Release Date of Bloodstone & Diamonds Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD, has released the fifth video blog documenting the making of their eighth full-length album Bloodstone & Diamonds, HERE. The band’s Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be released on November 10th on several physical and digital formats. Bloodstone & Diamonds was produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan [...]

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The best underground heavy metal bands battle for supremacy: Brimstone Coven, Merkabah, Warlord, Darkness Divided, Swine Overlord, and Cross Examination

We are now on Round II of the Heavy Metal Underground Battle of the Bands. Readers are encouraged to listen to the following six I.O.’s Pick of the Week and vote for their favorite. Voting will close after 4 weeks. As each set of I.O’s Picks are voted, the bands that garner the highest ratings [...]

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