The beginning of the year is often the most exciting time for new music. With 2013 in the books, it's time for the musical landscape of 2014 to be shaped. Anticipated albums become new releases and we're all given the opportunity to bask in the greatness gifted to us by metal's greatest acts.
2013 was a great year for video director Phil Mucci, as his work on Stone Sour's 'Do Me a Favor' and Huntress' 'Zenith' promos landed not only on Loudwire's 10 Best Rock and Metal Videos lists, but other site's Top 10 lists as well. Beginning several years back with High on Fire's 'Fertile Green,' Opeth's 'The Devil's Orchard' and Pig Destroyer's 'The Diplomat,' Mucci's videos began to take on a more distinctive animated style.
The loss of GWAR frontman and mastermind Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) sent the metal world into mourning on March 24. Countless tributes have been paid by some of rock and metal's finest musicians along with fans from around the world. In memory of the late frontman, the surviving members of GWAR memorialized their friend and announced the launch of the Dave Brockie Foundation.
With my brother living in Japan with his family, every few years I set out to visit him in the Land of the Rising Sun. This year it just so happened that Killswitch Engage were playing the intimate Osaka venue Club Quattro during my visit. To see the band play Japan was definitely an incredible experience, helped further by an awesome Japanese opening act called Meaning.
Belgian black metal conquerors Enthroned are set to assault fans with their 2014 full-length, 'Sovereigns.' The much anticipated record won't hit stores until April 15, but we've got an exclusive stream of the full album right now!