Exodus Releases Its New Album; Premieres Lyric Video For Album’s Latest Single

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The wait is finally over for Exodus’ new album, Persona Non Grata.

The long-awaited album released Friday. Along with its release, the band also premiered the lyric video for the album’s new single, ‘Prescribing Horror’ Friday. The song is the album’s third, following the release of ‘Clickbait‘ and ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves).‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Prescribing Horror’ is different from that of most of the music featured in Persona Non Grata. Instead of the high-energy works for which the band is known, this song’s arrangement is a heavy, plodding composition. It is comparable to some of the works from the band’s first two albums, Burn My Eyes (1994) and The More Things Change… (1997). The vocals that accompany that heavy, rich guitar line give the song even more of an interesting presentation, as does the bass work.

According to comments made by guitarist Gary Holt, the song’s lyrical theme is a warning about drug use.

As we have finally come to the day of Persona Non Grata’s release, something we’ve been eagerly awaiting for what seems like an eternity, we are pleased to share one last lyric video with you, my personal favorite song on the album, ‘Prescribing Horror,” said Holt. “A little tale of motherhood and a drug, and what happens when greed comes before life and safety. The story of Thalidomide.”

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Exodus is scheduled to launch “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” next spring alongside Testament and Death Angel. The tour was originally scheduled to take place last and this month, but was postponed last month due to impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The band announced the postponement early last month.

 Holt offered the following statement on the postponement.

“We are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of canceled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time,” said Holt. “We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”    

Guitarist Eric Peterson expanded on Holt’s statements.

“We were really on the fence with this decision, but seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just canceling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22,” he said.

Fellow guitarist Alex Skolnick echoed his band mates’ sentiments in his own comments.

“It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are,” said Skolnick. “Although “Bay Strikes Back” is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top-grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently canceled – a lose/lose for everyone. The fact that a lower-budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Death Angel front man Mark Osegueda also chimed in on the negative news.

“Usually when I’m asked to contribute a quote to an announcement it pertains to something I’m extremely excited about,” he said. “In this case, I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postponed. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

The new dates for the “Bay Strikes Back Tour” are noted below.

Bay Strikes Back 2022 dates:  
4/9/2022 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater  
4/10/2022 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues  
4/12/2022 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues  
4/13/2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues  
4/15/2022 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre  
4/16/2022 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater  
4/19/2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom  
4/20/2022 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall  
4/21/2022 – Austin, TX – Emo’s  
4/22/2022 – Dallas, TX -Amplified Live  
4/23/2022 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues  
4/26/2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade  
4/27/2022 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz  
4/30/2022 – Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom  
5/1/2022 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage  
5/2/2022 – Boston, MA – House of Blues  
5/3/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts  
5/5/2022 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount  
5/6/2022 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom  
5/7/2022 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater  
5/9/2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE  
5/10/2022 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora  
5/11/2022 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall  
5/12/2022 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre  
5/14/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge  
5/15/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge  
5/17/2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre  
5/19/2022 – Denver, CO – Summit  
5/20/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot  
*More dates to be added  

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Pandemic Forces Another Tour’s Postponement

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears surrounding it have forced the postponement of yet another tour.

The North American leg of the “Bay Strikes Back Tour” will now take place (tentatively) in 2022. The announcement was made Friday through a news release. Originally scheduled to run from Oct. 6 – Nov. 27, the tour’s North American leg will now run from April 9, 2022 to May 20, 2022.

The news release states all tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored at the new dates. Additionally it states refunds are available at point of purchase.

Exodus front man Gary Holt offered the following statement on the postponement.

“We are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of canceled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time,” said Holt. “We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”    

Guitarist Eric Peterson expanded on Holt’s statements.

“We were really on the fence with this decision, but seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just canceling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22,” he said.

Fellow guitarist Alex Skolnick echoed his band mates’ sentiments in his own comments.

“It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are,” said Skolnick. “Although “Bay Strikes Back” is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top-grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently canceled – a lose/lose for everyone. The fact that a lower-budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Death Angel front man Mark Osegueda also chimed in on the negative news.

“Usually when I’m asked to contribute a quote to an announcement it pertains to something I’m extremely excited about,” he said. “In this case, I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postponed. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

The new dates for the “Bay Strikes Back Tour” are noted below.

Bay Strikes Back 2022 dates:  
4/9/2022 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater  
4/10/2022 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues  
4/12/2022 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues  
4/13/2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues  
4/15/2022 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre  
4/16/2022 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater  
4/19/2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom  
4/20/2022 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall  
4/21/2022 – Austin, TX – Emo’s  
4/22/2022 – Dallas, TX -Amplified Live  
4/23/2022 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues  
4/26/2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade  
4/27/2022 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz  
4/30/2022 – Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom  
5/1/2022 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage  
5/2/2022 – Boston, MA – House of Blues  
5/3/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts  
5/5/2022 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount  
5/6/2022 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom  
5/7/2022 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater  
5/9/2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE  
5/10/2022 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora  
5/11/2022 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall  
5/12/2022 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre  
5/14/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge  
5/15/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge  
5/17/2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre  
5/19/2022 – Denver, CO – Summit  
5/20/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot  
*More dates to be added  

In other news, Exodus is scheduled to release its new album, Persona Non Grata Nov. 19 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)‘ last month. It was followed by the debut of the  lyric video for its new single, ‘Clickbait’

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

   

   

Aftershock Festival 2021 Performance Times Announced

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Organizers of the annual Aftershock Festival have announced the schedule for this year’s installment of the annual event.

Now in its ninth year, the festival is actually a rescheduled event from 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to be re-scheduled last year. As with its 2019 edition, this year’s installment of the Aftershock Festival is officially sold out. It is scheduled to take place this weekend from Thursday to Sunday at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.

The festival grounds are located at 1600 Garden Highway. Sacramento, CA.

Attendees at this year’s festival will be required to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines. Those guidelines are noted here.

The 2021 edition of the Aftershock Festival is scheduled to open at 4:25 p.m. ET Thursday with a performance by Oxymorrons, on the Coors Light Stage. Fit For A King follows at 4:50 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage. Death Angel and Exodus will follow Oxymorrons at 5:25 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively on the Coors Light Stage. Meanwhile back on the Jack Daniel’s Stage, Knocked Loose is scheduled to follow Fit For A King at 5:55 p.m.

From there, Anthrax, Testamentand Cypress Hill will keep the music going between the two stages. Cypress Hill’s performance on the Jack Daniel’s Stage at 8:50 p.m. will close out the evening’s activities.

Friday will see the festival expand to three stages, with music starting at 12:45 p.m. from Contracult Collective on the Coors Light Stage. Ayron Jones will take the stage first at 1:20 p.m. Friday on the Kolas Stage. Performances from acts, such as Crobot, Pop Evil, and Rancid and many others will keep things moving through the day. Metallica will headline Friday’s events beginning at 8:55 p.m.

Moving on to Saturday, American Teeth and The Black Moods will open the day’s schedule at 12:30 p.m. and 12:35 p.m. on the Coors Light Stage and Kolas Stage respectively. Also notable acts featured on the day are those, such as South of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and Atreyu, as well as Anti-Flag, Mudvayne, and Alien Weaponry. The original lineup of The Misfits rounds out the day at 9:10 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage.

Even as the weekend winds down Sunday, the music will not let up. Sunday’s schedule opens at 12:20 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage with a performance by Law. As the day continues, performances from the likes of From Ashes To New, Pennywise, Mastodon, and Rise Against are also scheduled. Metallica closes out the weekend’s festivities at 7:55 p.m. ET on the Kolas Stage.

Along with lots of music, this weekend’s festival will also feature just as much food, drink and entertainment. The full details on all of that are noted below.

Additional food & beverage, and other experiences onsite include:

·      Caduceus Wine Garden, highlighting Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and PUSCIFER.

·      Coors Light Coldstream serving with frosty draft technology, complete with actual ice crystals

·      Deep Eddy Vodka -Deep Eddy’s Dive In Trailer is a place where people come together to enjoy good times that never seem to end. Where strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. While at Aftershock stopby and see us at the Deep Eddy Dive In Tour and raise a glass to being back together!

·      Dr. Greenthumb’s – Founded by the Godfather of insane brains, B-Real of Cypress Hill 

·       Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program

·       It’s Ronz World –  custom guitars, rock shop and art

·       Jack Daniel’s Mobile Distillery Tour Experience – Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Cheers your friends make your own history at Aftershock when you rock out at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage with Metallica!

·      KOLAS – Stop by the Loud Lounge to level up Aftershock vibes with t-shirt ripping, body art and more.  KOLAS will also provide dynamic delivery outside the festival grounds.  Stop by the KOLAS footprint all weekend long to learn more!

·      Mortus Viventi  – Live Tarot Card Readings

·       The Blackened Bar – Aftershock is proud to continue the collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey. The pop-up will feature Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth-shattering music of Metallica. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals.

·       The Loud Lounge – Get heady and hang in the Loud Lounge with Kolas, Clown Cannabis, California’s Finest CBD, Heavy Grass, Dr. Greenthumb’s, Helpful Hemp and more. 

·       Take Me Home – not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001.

·       weedmaps – Located inside the Loud Lounge. Fans can learn about cannabis delivery by downloading the weedmaps app all weekend long. Stop by the booth for fun giveaways and prizes and if you forgot your clear bag, weedmaps has your back. 

Aftershock Festival is presented and produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. More information on the festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.AftershockFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AftershockSac

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Exodus Addresses Media Sensationalist Tactics In Its New Single, Lyric Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Exodus debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Clickbait’ Friday.

The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album, Persona Non Grata, which is scheduled for release Nov. 19 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)‘ last month.

The video for ‘Clickbait’ uses newspapers to incorporate its lyrics. The lyrics in question openly go after the media’s practice of using certain style writing to get people’s attention and how that practice shows the media’s lack of any soul.

The musical arrangement featured alongside that fiery commentary adds to the song’s impact. The shrieking guitars and pounding drums pair with the equally heavy bass and powerhouse vocals to make the song even more impactful.

Persona Non Grata will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. Pre-saves and pre-orders are open now along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONA NON GRATA will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt
  • Cassette – Tinted Red
  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
  • Double LP
    • Black 
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
    • Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
    • Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
    • Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
    • Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
    • Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
    • Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
  • Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
    • Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • 20 page booklet
    • Slipmat
    • CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
    • Patch
    • Flag

Below is the PERSONA NON GRATA tracklist:

  1. Persona Non Grata
  2. R.E.M.F
  3. Slipping Into Madness
  4. Elitist
  5. Prescribing Horror
  6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
  7. The Years Of Death And Dying
  8. Clickbait
  9. Cosa Del Pantano
  10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
  11. The Fires Of Division
  12. Antiseed

In related news, Exodus is scheduled to join Testament and Death Angel on the road this fall for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The 30-date tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through Nov. 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities nationwide, such as Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” with TESTAMENTEXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL are:
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA 
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA 
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX 
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX 
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
10/19/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA 
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA 
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH 
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI 
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/06/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT 
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA 

In other news, Exodus recently partnered with comic book company Incendium to launch a new comic book series titled, Tales of the Damned. The four-issue limited series is scheduled to ship Oct. 31 and is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66 per copy. It is available to order here.

“The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 as part of the comic book series’ launch, and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Exodus Announces New Album Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Things are picking up in the Exodus camp.

The band announced the first details for its next album Friday. The band’s new album is titled Persona Non Grata. The band is hoping to release the album in November, though the record’s official date is under consideration as drummer Tom Hunting recovers from squamous cell carcinoma.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. Pre-saves and pre-orders are open now along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONA NON GRATA will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt
  • Cassette – Tinted Red
  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
  • Double LP
    • Black 
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
    • Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
    • Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
    • Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
    • Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
    • Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
    • Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
  • Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
    • Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • 20 page booklet
    • Slipmat
    • CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
    • Patch
    • Flag

Below is the PERSONA NON GRATA tracklist:

  1. Persona Non Grata
  2. R.E.M.F
  3. Slipping Into Madness
  4. Elitist
  5. Prescribing Horror
  6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
  7. The Years Of Death And Dying
  8. Clickbait
  9. Cosa Del Pantano
  10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
  11. The Fires Of Division
  12. Antiseed

In anticipation of the album’s pending release, the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)’ and its video Friday. The video is extremely violent, featuring a man detained and beaten by armed officers before also being tortured mentally and physically.

The extreme imagery is considered so intense that YouTube requires viewers to sign in to the streaming service in order to confirm their age and view the video. While the imagery used in the video is extreme, it works with the song’s lyrical theme. That theme works with the album’s overall themes of what a press states are those of “societal disgust and degradation.”

Persona Non Grata was produced by Steve Lagudi (Testament, God Forbid, Machine Head) and mixed by Andy Sneap (Fozzy, Skinlab, Arch Enemy). The album’s cover art was crafted by Par Olafsson.

In related news, Exodus is scheduled to join Testament and Death Angel on the road this fall for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The 30-date tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through Nov. 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities nationwide, such as Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” with TESTAMENT, EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL are:
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA 
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA 
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX 
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX 
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
10/19/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA 
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA 
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH 
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI 
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/06/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT 
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA 

In other news, Exodus recently partnered with comic book company Incendium to launch a new comic book series titled, Tales of the Damned. The four-issue limited series is scheduled to ship Oct. 31 and is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66 per copy. It is available to order here.

“The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 as part of the comic book series’ launch, and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

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Sepultura Debuts Quarantine Performance Of ‘Slave New World’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Sepultura’s new “live” recording, SepulQuarta is now available.

The band released the collection of quarantined performances Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.

Guitarist and founding member Andreas Kisser spoke highly of the collection of performances in discussing its release.

“The SepulQuarta album is probably the one I am most proud of!,” said Kisser. “2020 was the most difficult time for a band to survive, without the stage and the direct contact with the fans, but we managed to keep going strong and the album is a consequence of the unity plus the positive attitude from the band. The album sounds great, alive, and very real! All the guests did an amazing job and we feel more than ever that we have a huge Sepultura family out there. Thank you so much for everyone’s support and hope to see you all soon. This album is for you! Enjoy the music!”

In correlation with the recording’s release, the band premiered the video for its quarantine performance of its song, ‘Slave New World’ Friday with Trivium front man Matt Heafy. The video is the third from the recording. The band has also released videos for its quarantine performances of its songs, ‘Mask‘ and ‘Apes of God.’ Devin Townsend guested on ‘Mask’ while Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany appeared on ‘Apes of God.’

The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.

This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:

01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson)
02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian)
03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones)
04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind)
05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira)
06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto)
08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick)
09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin)
11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany)
12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb)
13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu)
14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt)
15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)

The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.

Front man Derrick Greene was optimistic about the tour finally getting off the ground as he talked about it during a recent interview.

“We are extremely excited to reconnect with everyone in North America for this upcoming tour,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all the people who have been anxious to see shows for the past two years. We will celebrate this re-connection of life and music together. See you soon!!”

Kisser echoed Green’s sentiments with his own comments.

“We can’t wait to go back on stage. We are very happy to announce our North American tour for 2022. We will see you all on the road, jamming old stuff new stuff and having the greatest time of our lives. See you all soon stay safe!”

The upcoming tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICHCROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/04/2022  Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO*
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
3/12/2022  The Forge – Joliet, IL*
3/13/2022  Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA*
3/15/2022  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022  Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
3/17/2022  Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA
3/18/2022  Big Night Live – Boston, MA 
3/19/2022  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
3/21/2022  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 
3/23/2022  Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC*
3/24/2022  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
3/25/2022  Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 
3/26/2022  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 
3/28/2022  Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA*
3/29/2022  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX*
3/31/2022  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022  GMBG – Dallas, TX*
4/03/2022  Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 
4/05/2022  The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 
4/06/2022  House of Blues – San Diego, CA 
4/08/2022  Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
4/09/2022  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
* New shows and not rescheduled

More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

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Metal Rock Films’ New Thrash Metal Retrospective Will Resonate With Thrash, Metal Aficionados

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Throughout their rich histories, the rock and metal communities have seen a lot of “hot spots” develop across America.  Seattle, during the 90s was the hub for the burgeoning “grunge” scene.  Atlanta, for decades has been its own hub for so many kinds of rock  and metal.  Sevendust calls Atlanta home as do the like of Stuck Mojo, The Black Crowes, and Mastodon.  New York City has often been known as one of the key cities (if not the key city) in which the hardcore punk movement started.  The San Francisco Bay area meanwhile is where the thrash metal scene got its start.  The Bay Area and the thrash scene that developed therein are the focus of the recently released independent “rock-umentary” Bay Area Godfathers.  Released Nov. 10 on DVD by Metal Rock Films, the 90 minute retrospective is a presentation that thrash metal fans will find worth watching at least occasionally.  That is proven in part through its central feature, which will be discussed shortly.  The pacing that results from the main feature’s presentation presented plays its own key part to the retrospective’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content that accompanies the main feature adds some appeal to the overall presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Bay Area Godfathers.  All things considered, it is a presentation that serves as a good starting point in an examination of what is just one of metal’s many sub-genres.

Bay Area Godfathers is a presentation that thrash metal fans will find worth watching at least occasionally.  That is proven in part through the 90-minute program’s main feature.  The main feature follows the genre’s growth from its infancy in the early 80s to its growth in popularity in the late 80s.  Audiences learn through the presented history that the genre’s development was apparently somewhat unexpected.  That is because in the lat 70s and early 80s, pop, disco and other genres were still very prominent and popular in the San Francisco Bay area.  Even with those genres still being popular, audiences learn that there was a movement in the underground away from those more popular genres and acts and toward the heavier rock world.  The guerilla style presentation is not the spit-shined work that audiences might expect from say MTV, VH1 or ay of those well-known outlets.  The story is told through first hand accounts and stories of the musicians and bands that rose to popularity in the early days of thrash.  The interviews are captured with ordinary cameras.  There are no wireless microphones to amplify the speakers’ voices.  There is no editing to clean up the look and sound of the interviews.  They are presented wholly in a very distinct DIY fashion.  At the same time, the program is clearly segmented into specific portions (E.g. thrash’s early days, the division of punk and thrash, the growing popularity of thrash on rock radio and magazines).  That clear segmentation helps to keep viewers engaged and entertained throughout the course of the documentary.  Between this and the fact that the story is told mainly by those who were part of the genre’s evolution (in place of lots of third hand narration), and the video that helps tell the stories, this main feature in itself gives audiences quite a bit to appreciate.

While the main feature in Bay Area Godfathers mostly ensures viewers’ appeal, it is not a perfect presentation.  The pacing that results from the in-depth tale does suffer at points throughout the program.  While Bay Area Godfathers’ run time is listed at 90 minutes, there are times when it feels like it runs a little bit longer because of the pacing.  Whether that is due to the lack of that extra narration or maybe just a little bit too much in the way of anecdotes and stories is anyone’s guess.  Maybe it is the result of both of those elements.  Regardless, there are moments in the program that do feel as though they are dragging more so than at others.  Thankfully, that is not the case throughout.  That aside it is still noticeable, so it does detract from the documentary’s presentation at least to a point, just not enough to make the program fail.

Once audiences have made their way through the main feature of Bay Area Godfathers (or even before), they also have some bonus content to watch.  The documentary’s writing/directing/producing team of Bob Nalbandian and John Strednansky discusses favorite memories of the early days of the thrash metal scene in the bay area.  The men also share their thoughts on topics such as the impact of the scene on the overall metal community and why the pair even got started making its “Inside Metal” film series.  The history behind this aspect is interesting as it takes listeners briefly into the bigger history of the rock ad hard rock scene in California.  The discussion on the roots of the metal scene in the Bay Area in the early 80s shows the seriousness of the team’s dedication to the genre.  It is refreshing to hear from the men, that this was not just some pet project, but something that stemmed from their own love for the genre.  On a completely random note, as the men are talking (apparently in a hotel lobby) a figure walks to the elevators behind them in what looks like the outfit of the Kansas Jayhawks mascot outfit.  All that is visible from the camera angle is from the waist down, but it certainly makes for a funny moment as the mascot stands there pacing a little, waiting for the elevator as the men talk.  In discussing the favorite memories, Stradnansky talks about his first “Metal Monday” show, seeing Motley Crue and how that changed his life.  It is its own continued testament about the love that these men had for their project.  There are even discussions about favorite clubs, which adds to the discussions about the clubs featured in the documentary.  This enriches that aspect of the presentation even more.  Between this, so much more in the nearly 10-minute bonus and everything featured in the documentary’s main feature, this presentation proves itself a relatively entertaining and engaging presentation for thrash and metal aficionados in general. 

Metal Rock Films’ recently released thrash metal retrospective Bay Area Godfathers is a presentation that rock and metal aficionados alike will find intriguing.  They will find it as a presentation that is worth watching occasionally.  That is proven in part through its main feature, which takes viewers back through the early history of thrash metal in the San Francisco Bay area.  The rich, in-depth story told in the main feature is presented largely through first hand stories and anecdotes from those who were part of the scene at the time.  Some are well-known names while others are less so, creating a rich starting point in the history of the genre.  For all of the content that the main feature offers audiences, there are some occasional issues with the feature’s pacing.  There are moments throughout the documentary in which the story feels like it slows down.  Thankfully those moments are not enough to derail the program.  The bonus content that accompanies the documentary’s main feature adds a little more enjoyment an engagement to the whole.  Together with everything in the main feature, the two elements join with the better elements of the program’s pacing to make the retrospective/history piece worth at least an occasional watch.  Bay Area Godfathers is available now.

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Overkill Debuts Seventh ‘Welcome To The Garden State’ Discussion Video

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Overkill continued its “Welcome To The Garden State” docu-video series this week.

The band premiered the seventh video in the series on Tuesday.  In this latest entry in the ongoing series, the band’s members talk about the rise of the internet and its impact on music sales.  It is a discussion that will please fans of physical media.

Overkill has released six other videos previously in the series, with each video covering a variety of topics.  The whole list of videos and topics is noted below.

Part I: Band Origin & Name
Part IIEarly influences the Genre  
Part IIIEast Coast vs. West Coast
Part IV: Old School Venues & Social Media!
Part V“Hello From The Gutter” music video, & the origins of their symbol: the bat skull (Chaly)
Part VI: Album Out Tomorrow

The premiere of Overkill’s latest addition to its “Welcome to the Garden State” discussion came only four days after the band debuted the video for its latest single, also titled ‘Welcome to the Garden State.’

‘Welcome to the Garden State’ is the third single to be released from Overkill’s new album The Wings of War.  It follows the release of ‘Head of a Pin‘ and ‘Last Man Standing,’ both of which have had their own companion videos crafted.

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Overkill will launch a tour in support of The Wings of War on April 25 alongside Death Angel and Act of Defiance.  The two-week-plus tour is scheduled to start in Baltimore, MD and wind down May 11 in Boston, MA.  It also features performances scheduled in Nashville, TN; Detroit, MI and Milwaukee, WI.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the OVERKILL Wings Over The USA 2019 Tour with DEATH ANGEL & ACT OF DEFIANCE are:
4/25/2019  Sound Stage/ Rams Head  – Baltimore, MD
4/26/2019  Theater of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 
4/27/2019  Rex Theater –  Pittsburgh, PA 
4/28/2019  House of Blues  – Cleveland, OH
4/29/2019  Mercury Ballroom  – Louisville, KY
4/30/2019  St Andrews Hall  – Detroit, MI 
5/01/2019  Intersection  – Grand Rapids, MI 
5/02/2019  House of Blues – Chicago, IL 
5/03/2019  Varsity Theater –  Minneapolis, MN
5/04/2019  The Rave –  Milwaukee, WI         
5/05/2019  Delmar Hall  – St Louis, MO
5/06/2019  The Cannery Ballroom  – Nashville, TN      
5/08/2019  Bogarts  – Cincinnati, OH  
5/09/2019  Anthology  – Rochester, NY  
5/10/2019  PlayStation Theater – New York, NY **w/ Life Of Agony
5/11/2019  Paradise – Boston, MA

The Wings of War is available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

The Wings Of War will be available for purchase in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • CD Digi + T-Shirt + Poster Bundle
  • Green Cassette
  • Grey Vinyl (limited to 1,500)
  • Green with Yellow Splatter vinyl (limited to 500)
Please note that imported items will ship

The full track listing for The Wings of War is noted below.

Below is the track listing for The Wings Of War
1              Last Man Standing
2              Believe In The Fight
3              Head Of A Pin
4              Bat Shit Crazy
5              Distortion
6              A Mother’s Prayer
7              Welcome To The Garden State
8              Where Few Dare To Walk
9              Out On The Road-Kill
10           Hole In My Soul

More information on The Wings of War is available online now along with all of Overkill’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.wreckingcrew.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/OverkillBand

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Overkill Releases New “Welcome To The Garden State” Entry; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Overkill released another new entry in its “Welcome to the Garden State” docu-series this week.

The band premiered the latest installment in the series on Thursday.  This latest addition finds the band’s members talking about venues that they attended in their formative years, and the venues in which they performed.  The segment runs almost eight minutes.

The band’s members discussed in the series’ previous installments, the East coast vs. West coast sound, their early influences and the band’s place in the industry, and the band’s roots.

The band’s docu-series is just part of its efforts to promote its forthcoming album The Wings of War.  The band has also released videos for the album’s singles Head of a Pin and Last Man Standing.

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Along with its new video, the band also recently announced a new slate of live dates in support of The Wings of War.  Death Angel and Act of Defiance will serve as support on the tour.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available now.

Confirmed dates for the OVERKILL Wings Over The USA 2019 Tour with DEATH ANGEL & ACT OF DEFIANCE are:
4/25/2019  Sound Stage/ Rams Head  – Baltimore, MD
4/26/2019  Theater of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 
4/27/2019  Rex Theater –  Pittsburgh, PA 
4/28/2019  House of Blues  – Cleveland, OH
4/29/2019  Mercury Ballroom  – Louisville, KY
4/30/2019  St Andrews Hall  – Detroit, MI 
5/01/2019  Intersection  – Grand Rapids, MI 
5/02/2019  House of Blues – Chicago, IL 
5/03/2019  Varsity Theater –  Minneapolis, MN
5/04/2019  The Rave –  Milwaukee, WI
5/05/2019  Delmar Hall  – St Louis, MO
5/06/2019  The Cannery Ballroom  – Nashville, TN      
5/08/2019  Bogarts  – Cincinnati, OH  
5/09/2019  Anthology  – Rochester, NY  
5/10/2019  PlayStation Theater – New York, NY **w/ Life Of Agony
5/11/2019  Paradise – Boston, MA

The Wings of War will be available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  Pre-orders for The Wings of War are open now.

The Wings Of War will be available for purchase in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • CD Digi + T-Shirt + Poster Bundle
  • Green Cassette
  • Grey Vinyl (limited to 1,500)
  • Green with Yellow Splatter vinyl (limited to 500)
Please note that imported items will ship

The full track listing for The Wings of War is noted below.

Below is the track listing for The Wings Of War
1              Last Man Standing
2              Believe In The Fight
3              Head Of A Pin
4              Bat Shit Crazy
5              Distortion
6              A Mother’s Prayer
7              Welcome To The Garden State
8              Where Few Dare To Walk
9              Out On The Road-Kill
10           Hole In My Soul

More information on The Wings of War is available online now along with all of Overkill’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.wreckingcrew.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/OverkilLWreckingCrew

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/OverkillBand

 

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Metal Purists Will Appreciate UDR Music’s Wacken 2015 Recording

Courtesy: UDR Music

Courtesy: UDR Music

The Wacken Open Air Festival is one of the most renowned hard rock concert festivals if the music industry.  The festival started 26 years ago in the city after which it is named.  Late this summer UDR Music celebrated the festivals 25th anniversary – marked in 2015 – with the release of the festival’s 25th anniversary recording.  Considering that the recording presents the show lineup from the festival’s 25th anniversary, its title is a little bit misleading.  That aside, it is still an enjoyable experience for any purist member of the metal nation worldwide.  That is due in no small part to the lineup presented in the recording.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bands’ performances are just as important to note in the recording’s presentation as is the recording’s presented lineup.  That will be discussed later.  The platforms on which the recording has been made available rounds out the most important of the recording’s elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, Live at Wacken 2015 26 Years Louder Than Hell is one of this year’s top new overall live recordings.

Live at Wacken 2015 – ­26 Years Louder Than Hell is one of 2016’s top new overall live recordings.  It is hardly the first live recording that the festival’s organizers have ever released.  Even with that in mind, it is still an enjoyable recording for the festival’s fans and for the purist metal legions around the world.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s featured performer list.  A total of 107 bands performed on Wacken 2015 between the Bullhead City Circus, Party Stage and double main stage.  It goes without saying that considering that mass of metal, there’s no way that UDR or the fesitval’s organizers could have possibly featured every one of those bands.  Regardless, the featured performer list included in this recording is still impressive in its own right.  That list includes the likes of Judas Priest, Danko Jones, Uli Jon Roth, In Flames, Annihilator and so many others.  Simply put, the perfomer list featured in this recording pulls from a number of metal’s sub genres and from so many eras of metal’s history.  It goes to show the respect that the festival’s organizers and fans have for metal, its history and culture.  Sure, it would have been nice to have Dream Theater included in the featured performer list, or maybe Hellyeah, or even Prong (yes, even Prong performed at Wacken 2015).  But the performer list included in this recording is still impressive in its own right in the end.  Considering this, it should be clear why it is such an important piece of the recording’s presentation.  It is just one of the important elements to note.  The featured acts’ stage presence in their performances is just as important to note here as the acts themselves.

The acts that are featured in UDR Music’s new Wacken Open Air Festival recording are important in their own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because while hardly every one of the bands that performed at the festival, they represent a wide swatch of the metal community and its history.  That means the recording will reach just as wide of an audience.  While the recording’s featured performer list is clearly an important piece of the recording’s presentation, it is hardly the recording’s only important element.  The bands’ stage presence in their performances plays an important part in the recording’s presentation, too.  Rob Halford and company prove the importance of the bands’ performances right from the recording’s outset.  They take the stage and own it with ease.  Halford is at the top of his game both in terms of his vocal talent and his very presence.  Glenn Tipton is just as enjoyable to take in as he works his way through the band’s performance of ‘Painkiller.  On another note, the members of Running Wild are just as impressive as they work through the high-octane ‘Under The Jolly Roger.’  Skindred’s performance of ‘Proceed With Caution’ will have home audiences on their feet just as easily as it did the audience in attendance of the festival.  That is because of the fire and energy exuded by the band throughout its performance.  It is just one more example of the importance of the bands’ performance to the festival recording’s presentation.  One could just as easily cite the performances from My Dying Bride, In Flames, and Death Angel as proof of that importance, too.  All things considered, it is safe to say that every single performance featured in this recording will keep home audiences just as entertained and engaged as the audiences that got to enjoy the festival in person.  Even with all of this in mind, the bands’ performances still are not the last element to note in examining this recording.  The platforms on which the recording has been made available are just as important to note as the previously discussed elements.

The bands that were featured in Live at Wacken 2015 26 Years Louder Than Hell and their performances are both key elements in examining the festival’s recording.  The featured performer list presents the past, present and future of metal while also presenting a solid cross-section proving what has made the festival so respected for now 26 years.  The featured bands’ performances are so important to note because they will keep home audiences just as entertained and engaged as the audiences who had the honor of experiencing the festival in person.  While both elements are clearly important both alone and collectively to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The platforms on which the recording has been made available are just as important to note as the previously noted elements.  Audiences will be happy to know that the recording has been made available on separate 2 DVD/2 CD and 2 BD/2 CD combo pack.  The DVD set averages approximately $22 and the BD set $23.  Considering that, the various platforms and their prices are relatively affordable for audiences.  The only downside to the sets is that their set lists don’t exactly match.  Not every song featured in the recording’s DVD and BD presentation is included in the recording’s CD platform.  To that end, it is the recording’s only major negative, which is actually a good thing.  That means that the recording’s varied platforms and other discussed elements more than make up for that one negative, as unavoidable as it is to note.  All things considered, Live at Wacken 2015 26 Years Louder Than Hell proves in the bigger picture to be one of 2016’s top new live recordings as well as one of the year’s top new live DVD/BDs and CDs.  It is available now in stores and online.

Live at Wacken 2015 26 Years Louder Than Hell is one of 2016’s top new live recordings.  That is the case even considering that it does have at least one unavoidable negative.  The recording’s featured performer list and the featured acts’ performances partner with the varied platforms on which the recording has been made available to make the recording an enjoyable experience for any purist member of the metal nation worldwide.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from UDR Music is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.udr-music.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UDRMusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/udrmusic

 

 

 

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