Hailing from the Bay Area the word thrash is used a lot when talking about the band X-Method. With this massive musical burden to carry around Martell and Shepherd tackled the band’s album Sex, Alcohol, Rebel Music in this point for point joint review.
There’s nothing like bands that you listened to since the 80s releasing new albums to make you feel old. I feel old. A number of old school groups are out with new releases, to include Running Wild, Sodom, Grim Reaper, and Vicious Rumors.
There’s a lot to be said for a light hearted approach to Metal. There’s also much for serious style of content and music. Austin, Texas based Dead Earth Politics sits firmly in the latter camp with their latest EP The Mobius Hammersmith.
After a year of deciding who should be in the final bracket of the Lords of the Stage Tournament we have reached the “Sadistic 16.” Two bands from every genre you thought worthy to fight it out for the crown of favorite live heavy metal band.
I was preparing to travel to Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks and saw that newly signed Metal Blade artist Byzantine was playing in Dayton, Ohio, just a few miles from where I was staying along my journey. Byzantine? I wasn’t too familiar with them. How bad could it be?
For someone who is very picky with the American metal scene, one group has risen up in my eyes and brought forth a refreshing injection into a genre that has needed it for a very long time. After having heard the debut album from Poison Headache, the metal beast within knew that it wanted more.
I kept seeing the name Hammer Fight on my promo list. For some reason I brushed it off. Nothing urged me to give it a try. Maybe it was the band name (were they hardcore?). Maybe the album title, Profound and Profane.
In a 2014 review of Dust Bolt’s album “Awake the Riot,” Shepherd stated, “Fans of Kreator may feel right at home.” I couldn’t agree more and from what I have heard off the new album Mass Confusion we can expect more of the same.