The year 2013 has proven to be a very, very busy one for Metallica. From playing sold-out shows all across the globe to just a few nights ago rocking a packed house at the intimate and legendary Apollo Theater in New York City, the legendary metal band is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. This is most obvious in the simple fact that within the same week, they are celebrating the release of their first ever full-length feature film and its official soundtrack. 'Metallica Through The Never' is a live disc fans need to add to their 'Tallica collection as soon as possible.
The first introductory strains of the “False Awakening Suite,” which kick off Dream Theater's new self-titled album (due Sept. 24) seems to actually transport the listener into a theater. Images come to mind of the lights going down in some wildly ornate medieval house of drama, the orchestra has signaled the overture, and it is time for the massive sweep of something liberating, powerful and profound to roll forth.
The intergalactic space warrior Scumdogs GWAR are back with a new album after a three-year drought. The last two years have been some of the most troubling throughout the band’s history with the passing of lead guitarist Flattus Maximus (Cory Smoot) in 2011 from a heart attack, which stemmed from a pre-ex
Following a decade of inactivity, Carcass re-united in 2007 to bring their highly influential and pioneering extreme metal back to the stage. Naturally, when a classic band re-forms, fans are either eager or terrified that the band will release new music and risk tarnishing their legacy. Carcass didn’t exactly go out on a high note with ‘Swansong’ and felt the time was right to release an album their fans wanted and expected. With guitarist Michael Amott out of the picture, Jeff Walker and Bill Steer began writing what became ‘Surgical Steel.’
Well, they’ve always said the third time is a charm, right? Ministry are back with their latest "final" album. After disbanding in 2008, mainman Al Jourgensen stated there would never be a reunion and that ‘The Last Sucker’ was indeed the last Ministry album. He said that Ministry takes up too much time, that he had six other bands he was responsible for, and could release seven albums in a year if he did not have to focus on Ministry. Two albums later, here we are with ‘From Beer to Eternity.’
At long last! After a 12 year gap between albums and three years of disbandment, Canada’s Gorguts have put together one of the metal underground’s most anticipated comeback albums. In 1998, their groundbreaking album ‘Obscura’ dropped jaws with its over-the-top intricacy and dissonant madness, setting the bar impossibly high along the technical death metal spectrum. Now, with the help of an all-star cast of musicians (Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia on guitar, Colin Marston of Krallice and Behold the Arctopus on bass, and John Longstreth of Origin and Dim Mak on drums), Luc Lemay has written the next chapter in the legendary band’s history.
Trent Reznor is one of music's most important artists of the past quarter century. In recent years, he has written award-winning scores for award-winning movies and branched out with a new band called How To Destroy Angels. But his biggest musical impact has been and always will be as the mastermind of Nine Inch Nails.
To watch Avenged Sevenfold over the years, it's been fairly clear that this is a band with a plan. With each of their first five albums, A7X steadily evolved, albeit in varying degrees. Tragically, their ascension was harrowingly derailed in December 2009 with the death of their drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.
Watain have been flying the flag of modern black metal for over a decade now, releasing some of the genre’s most talked about works in the process. Fans of the Swedish group’s black metal magic are divided into two groups: those who stop at ‘Casus Luciferi’ and those who regard their last two releases as modern black metal masterpieces. The newest offering to the Beast, ‘The Wild Hunt,’ will have fans divided along much less concrete lines.
It may be hard to believe, but Jason Newsted has now been a former member of Metallica almost as long as he was a member of the legendary band. After departing in 2001, he explored other musical projects, including Voivod. He also embarked on an art career while recovering from shoulder surgery.