Pantera Announces New North American Live Dates

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Pantera will make its way across America this summer, and the band is bringing an equally well-known band along for the ride.

The tour will start with a trio of festival shows May 20 at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Daytona Beach, FL, July 13 at the Rockfest Festival in Cadott, WI and July 15 at the Inkcarceration Festival in Mansfield, OH. From there, the band will head to Burgettstown, PA after wrapping its festival shows.

The remainder of the tour will see the band headlining select dates and serving as support for Metallica. For the band’s headlining dates, Lamb of God will serve as a special guest.

Pantera’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday here. Pre-sales open at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Citi card members here. Pre-sales end at 10 p.m. Thursday.

TOUR DATES:

*Festival Date | #Support Act TBD | ^Pantera Support for Metallica Dates|

2023 Dates

Fri May 20 – Daytona, FL – Welcome to Rockville*

Thu Jul 13 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest*

Sat Jul 15 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration*

Fri Jul 28 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake

Sat Jul 29 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

Mon Jul 31 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater#

Wed Aug 02 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

Fri Aug 04 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium^

Sat Aug 05 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Sun Aug 06 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Tue Aug 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Wed Aug 09 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

Fri Aug 11 – Montreal, QC – Olympique Stadium^

Sat Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Tue Aug 15 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

Thu Aug 17 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Fri Aug 18 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium^

Sun Aug 20 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Wed Aug 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Fri Aug 25 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium^

Sat Aug 26 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tue Aug 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

Thu Aug 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Sep 01 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium^

Sun Sep 03 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma*

Thu Sep 07 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater

Fri Sep 08 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Sat Sep 10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival* 

Tue Sep 12 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Thu Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Fri Sep 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

Sat Sep 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*

Sat Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock*

Fri Nov 03 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center^

Fri Nov 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field^

2024 Dates

Fri Aug 02 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium^

Fri Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field^

Fri Aug 16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium^

Fri Aug 23 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium^

Fri Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field^

More information on Pantera’s upcoming tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://pantera.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pantera

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Kreator, Sepultura Team Up For “Klash Of The Titans” North American Tour

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Kreator and Sepultura are bringing their “Klash of the Titans Tour” to the United States this spring.

The bands are set to launch the co-headlining tour May May 12 in Harrisburg, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through June 10 in New York, NY. It will feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available through Sepultura’s official website and that of Kreator.

KLASH OF THE TITANS North America 2023
KREATOR + SEPULTURA Co-Headline Tour

Special Guests: DEATH ANGEL + SPIRITWORLD
May 12 – Harrisburg, PA
May 13 – Worcester, MA *
May 14 – Niagara Falls, NY
May 15 – Silver Springs, MD *
May 17 – McKees Rocks, PA
May 18 – Charlotte, NC *
May 19 – Atlanta, GA
May 22 – Dallas, TX *
May 23 – San Antonio, TX
May 25 – Phoenix, AZ 
May 26 – San Diego, CA *
May 27 – Los Angeles, CA
May 28 – San Francisco, CA *
May 30 – Seattle, WA *
May 31 – Vancouver, BC
Jun 02 – Salt Lake City, UT *
Jun 03 – Denver, CO
Jun 05 – Minneapolis, MN *
Jun 06 – Chicago, IL
Jun 08 – Toronto, ON *
Jun 09 – Montreal, QC
Jun 10 – New York, NY *

SEPULTURA Closing

Sepultura Andreas Kisser said he is looking forward to joining Kreator on the road, especially because Kreator was “a very strong influence in our early days.” He said “it’s great to see they (Kreator) are stronger than ever.”

Mille Petroza, Krator front man shared Kisser’s enthusiasm about the tour, saying “I’m really happy to be back in the U.S. this May with the mightiest of all…Sepultura.”

Both men said they were also equally looking forward to sharing the stage with Death Angel, which, along with Spiritworld, will be a special guest on the tour.

Kreator’s tour with Sepultura is just one live run the band has scheduled. The band is scheduled to join Lamb of God and Municipal Waste for the “State of Unrest 2023 Tour” starting Feb. 15 in Munich, Germany. Tickets are available for that tour here.

The band is also scheduled to join Testament for a handful of dates in South America from April 19 to May 2. Tickets are available for that tour here.

More information on the tour is available along with all of Sepultura’s latest news at:

Website: https://sepultura.com.br

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

More information on the tour is available along with all of Kreator’s latest news at:

Website: https://kreator-terrorzone.de

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kreator

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Hard Rock, Metal Fans Had A Lot To Like In 2022

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The hard rock and metal community had another strong year in 2022, with dozens of acts releasing new studio recordings.  From established acts to some up-and-comers to even some fledgling acts, bands across the hard rock and metal community offered audiences something to appreciate.  That included new power metal, death metal, nu-metal and general hard rock records.  In other words, 2022 was a very good year for the hard rock and metal community, and Phil’s Picks’ 2022 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums list illustrates that clearly.

This year’s list of top new hard rock and metal albums runs across the community with new albums from the likes of Slipknot, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Sabaton, and even Amon Amarth.  Topping this year’s list is the debut album from fledgling nu-metal band Bloodywood.  The band has, in the past few years, made a heck of a name for itself through its music and uplifting lyrical themes.  The band’s star has continued to rise ever since it released its debut album, Rakshak early this year, too.  Joining Bloodywood and the other noted bands on this year’s list are also the likes of Machine Head, Master Boot Record, and Lamb of God, too.

As with each list from Phil’s Picks, this list features Phil’s Picks’ top 10 new albums in the given category and five honorable mention titles.  Those honorable mention titles are no less impactful than the top 10 albums.  It is just that hard to really find just 10 records worth noting.  There are that many that are so good.  So, without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2022 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

PHILS PICKS 2022 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

  1. Bloodywood – Rakshak
  2. Sabaton – The War to End All Wars
  3. Sabaton – The Symphony to End All Wars
  4. Machine Head – Of Kingdom and Crown
  5. Slipknot – The End, So Far
  6. Lamb of God – Omens
  7. Amon Amarth – The Great Heathen Army
  8. Megadeth – The Sick, The Dying & The Dead
  9. Arch Enemy – Deceivers
  10. Ozzy Osbourne – Patient #9
  11. Grave Digger – Symbol of Eternity
  12. Master Boot Record – Personal Computer
  13. Stratovarius – Survive
  14. Artifas – Reflections
  15. Stone Broken – Revelation

That’s it for this year’s list, but there is still plenty more to come between today and tomorrow with lists for top new Family Music, World Music, Top New Independent Albums and Top New Overall Albums.  Somehow Phil’s Picks also has to get in lists for new TV and movie releases, too by midnight Saturday.  Stay tuned!

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Lamb Of God Has Reached Its Peak With ‘Omens’

Courtesy: Epic Records

Veteran metal outfit Lamb of God released its latest album, Omens Friday through Epic Records.  The 10-song record is the band’s ninth studio recording and the band’s sixth album through Epic Records.  It is among the most musically powerful of the band’s catalog, musically speaking, from beginning to end.  This part of the record’s body will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical content is mostly accessible, and in turn makes for its own interest, too.  It will be examined a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered they make the album yet another welcome addition to what is already a crowded field of new hard rock and metal albums this year.

Omens, Lamb of God’s brand-new album, is a powerful new offering from the veteran metal outfit.  The record, which clocks in at just 40 minutes, proves itself so powerful in part through its musical arrangements.  The record’s musical arrangements stand out because overall, they are a culmination of everything that the band has composed over the course of its nearly 30-year life.  The groove metal which has made the band such a well-known and respected act is just as present as ever throughout the album.  Audiences get a healthy dose of that sound and style right from the record’s outset in ‘Nevermore.’  Front man Randy Blythe’s low, half-groaning spoken word approach in the verses once again compliments the heavy guitars to make the song so engaging while the screams and equally screaming guitars add even more to the choruses.  The band switches things up somewhat later in the album’s run in its title track.  In place of the high-energy groove metal that makes up so much of the album, this song actually offers audiences a little more thrash approach.  The band blends that with its groove metal leanings to make the song really stand on its own merits.  ‘Gomorrah,’ which immediately follows, adds even more to the interest as it changes things even more.  This song bears a sound and style that actually is slightly similar to that of works from Hatebreed while also having a pure metal approach.  It really stands as one of the record’s most interesting musical presentations.  As the album progresses, it goes even further in a thrash direction in its penultimate entry, ‘Denial Mechanism.’  The screams and wails from the guitar line in the bridge lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Testament while the overall approach throughout is just as comparable to works from that band, as well as to works from the likes of Hatebreed and so many others.  ‘September Song,’ which closes the album, changes things up even more with its brooding, bass-driven opening bars.  From there, the band launches into its more familiar heavy, lurching groove metal sound while still ensuring the song maintains its own identity separate from the works that make up so much of the band’s catalog.  Even with that in mind, it sounds, overall, like it would fit perfectly in the band’s 2003 album, As The Palaces Burn.  Between this song and all of the others here, what audiences get, musically, is a little something familiar and something less familiar.  The whole is a musical presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

The musical content featured in Omens is just part of what makes it an appealing presentation.  The lyrical content that accompanies that musical content makes for its own appeal.  From beginning to end, the album’s lyrical offers audiences more familiar, accessible sociopolitical commentaries and ruminations on personal struggles.  These are themes that the band has approached in different ways over the course of its life, but they hit just as hard here as ever.  ‘Denial Mechanism’ is one of those songs that delivers some of that commentary.  Blythe addresses the ongoing decline of civilization (so to speak) as he screams, “A pathetic birth of the end of times/Slowly creeping to the final deadline/No fairytale on a movie screen/Just slow collapse beneath our gluttony/Take warning/as the bloated masses gather/Take warning/As their childish screams of anger/Suck this broken system dry/Until there’s nothing left/Take warning.”  He is warning people to take notice of all of the negative things happening and to see what is coming if things do not change.  He continues in the song’s second verse, “An idiotic Doomsday/Mass annihilation/At the hand of our possessions/Plastic in your bloodstream/Plastic in your brain/The human race is f*****/Behind our thirst for everything.”  Here in that last line is what seems like a commentary about mankind’s materialism and its role in everything that is happening negatively in the world.  He concludes by telling the generation that will inherit the Earth, “I’ll be dead and gone/Long before the blade drops/It’s up to you my children/To decide if this all stops.”  In other words, Blythe is reminding audiences that the fate of the planet is up to the current generation, because he will be long gone before the possible negative end happens.  This is, again, a familiar-type message from the band and is certain to resonate with plenty of audiences.

‘Ditch,’ which comes much earlier in the album’s run, takes on people’s roles in their own lives in a very powerful fashion.  The song opens with Blythe screaming, “I don’t’ give a God **** about your demands/Jus spit your trash and take a bow/I’ve heard it all before/The deviants and miscreants/break their vows/You can all keep crawling/I’m digging out/You’re face down/Down in a ditch that you dug yourself.”  This is Blythe telling the world that people are responsible for themselves and their own actions and their results.  Especially now in this world, it is a message that needs to be presented time and again.  Blythe continues, “You can live and die by the hand you’re dealt/Unwound consequence/And you can never tell/Live or die by the hand you’re dealt.”  This further illustrates that message.  As if that is not enough, he further adds in the song’s next verse, “You demand a life you haven’t earned/Entitled, soft, and soon to learn/There’s no shoulders here for crying/You command an ego gone unchecked/Unbridled needs for cheap respect/But your dreams were built for dying.”  He is talking about (or seeming to be talking about) the current generation and in general, people who have the mentality that they deserve the most for the least.  The current generation certainly seems to have that mindset of thinking it deserves a life unearned.  There are others out there who have that same mindset, so it makes the song all the harder hitting.  To that end, this song is more proof of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  It is just one more of the songs that serves that end, too.  ‘To The Grave,’ which immediately precedes ‘Ditch’ is yet another key example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.

‘To The Grave’ comes across as a song that seems to focus on the all too familiar topic of mental health.  This is inferred as Blythe screams right from the song’s outset, “I’ve walked the halls of madness/I’ve heard the jailer’s laugh/I’ve yet to sing the funeral dirge/The only option left/Risen from an inferno of hopelessness and shame/Walked the tightrope out of it/Then shouldered all the blame.”  The mention of “the jailer” is a metaphor.  It is a representation of a controlling force.  It is that force that keeps a person locked within one’s self.  It is a good personification of this power.  He continues, “Make no mistake/I know it’s always there/The scent of doom riding neglect/It’s hanging in the air.”  Again, this further describes that feeling that so many people deal with in fighting depression.  The theme becomes even clearer as Blythe adds, “The only thing to fear remains unseen/Never disappears/Stand guard eternally/The only thing I fear lives on inside of me/Whispers in my ear/To the grave eternally.”  That is about as clear as one can get in delivering such a message.  It is something that will resonate just as much with audiences as the other themes addressed so far.  So simply put, his song comes across as being from the vantage point of someone battling that mental health battle.  It is an increasingly common theme in rock and metal, and is certain to connect with audiences just as much as the other themes addressed here and throughout the album.  When all of the record’s lyrical themes are considered together, the whole makes the album’s overall lyrical presentation just as engaging as the album’s musical presentation.

As much as Omens content does to make the album worth hearing, it is just one part of what makes the album worth hearing.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  That is because it ensures that the record’s instrumentations and vocals are expertly balanced throughout its run.  From one song to the next, the immense wall of sound generated through the instrumentation ensures each musician gets his own moment to shine while also not overpowering the vocals at the same time.  The result is that the combination of the instrumentation and vocals creates a wholly positive general effect.  That positive general effect brings everything full circle and completes the album’s presentation.  Keeping that in mind, the whole of Omens becomes one more positive addition to this year’s already crowded field of new hard rock and metal albums.

Omens, the latest album from Lamb of God, is a strong new offering from the veteran metal outfit.  The record’s appeal comes in part through its musical content.  The record’s arrangements give audiences a welcome blend of something familiar and something different.  It brings elements of the band’s existing catalog with influences from other established metal acts for a whole whose musical presentation is fully engaging and entertaining.  The record’s lyrical themes are just as engaging, as they touch on topics that will connect with just as many audiences as the album’s musical arrangements.  The album’s production puts the final touch to its presentation, ensuring an overall positive general effect.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of Omens.  All things considered they make Omens a work that will appeal equally to Lamb of God’s fans and to metal fans in general.

Omens is available through Epic Records. More information on Omens is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.lamb-of-god.com

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Ovtlier Takes On Narcissists In New Single, ‘Nemesis’

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Ovtlier debuted its latest single over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Nemesis‘ Friday. The song’s premiere came a month after the premiere of the band’s then latest single, ‘Blame The Dead.’

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, intense composition. There are groove metal leanings throughout the song, and some more pure metal elements throughout the work. That combination of elements makes the song comparable, stylistically, to works from the likes of Lamb of God, Unearth, and Slipknot.

The song’s lyrical theme takes on the issue of facing narcissists, said front man Joey Arena.

“We’ve all encountered narcissistic individuals who hide behind a mask,” he said. “There are many snakes out there, ones who try to get close, only to gather intel and use it against you. I pride myself on keeping it truthful and transparent with everyone I meet and that will get you both loved and hated. The best part is I believe in healthy boundaries and it usually weeds out those who are not good company. I live my life by ‘do no harm, take no shit’; If I don’t like you, you’ll know it. ‘Nemesis’, it’s in the name”.

More information on Ovtlier’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://ovtlier.co

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ovtlier

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OvtlierBand

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Louder Than Life Festival Lineup Announced

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The Louder Than Life Festival will return to Louisville, KY this year with an expansive lineup of acts.

The festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 22-25 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY, will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, and KISS. The four-day festival will also feature performances from bands, such as Bloodywood, Anti-Flag, and Superbloom. The KY Expo Center is located at 937 Phillips Ln. in Louisville, KY.

The festival’s full lineup is noted below. Tickets are available here. Weekend general admission passes start at $249.50 plus fees. Weekend VIP passes start at $629.50 plus fees. A limited number of Weekend Top Shelf VIP passes is still available for $1,329.50 plus fees.

General admission single day passes start at $99.50 plus fees. Single day VIP passes start at $295.50 plus fees. Layaway options are available through March 31 for $10, with payments made through July.

A trailer for the forthcoming annual festival is streaming.

The current Louder Than Life lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Plush, Lilith Czar, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, Eva Under Fire, Oxymorrons

Friday, September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, POORSTACY, Crown The Empire, DED, All Good Things, Amigo The Devil, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, Archetypes Collide

Saturday, September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Theory of a Deadman, Body Count, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, Bloodywood

Sunday, September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Architects, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, The Struts, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, The Warning, Royal & The Serpent, caroles daughter, Radkey, The Mysterines, Crown Lands, AEIR, The Alive, As You Were

The Louder Than Life Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival debuted in 2014 and expanded to four days in 2021.

More information on the 2022 Louder Than Life Festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltlfest

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Annihilator’s ‘Metal’ Re-Issue Is A Mostly Successful Presentation

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More than 14 years after it released its album, Metal, veteran hard rock/metal band Annihilator will re-issue that record in the form of Metal II.  Originally released April 16, 2007 through SPV/Steamhammer, Metal featured 10 songs.  The album’s Japanese release featured a cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ as a bonus track.  This time out, the song is part of the album’s standard release, in place of the song ‘Operation Annihilation.’  Also featured in the album’s re-issue is a cover of Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight’ as an extra, bringing the album’s track count to 11 songs.  That cover is just one of the songs that makes the album successful.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ is notable in its own right, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The band’s cover of Excite’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ is another notable addition to this presentation.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes this new presentation of Metal a mostly successful record.

Annihilator’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2007 album, Metal – dubbed Metal II – is a mostly successful new presentation.  Its success comes in part through its cover of Van Halen’s ‘Romeo Delight.’  Front man Jeff Waters talked about taking on the Van Halen classic in a prepared statement.

“There was something about Women And Children First,” muses Annihilator’s, said Waters.  “It was massively brutal attitude meeting aggression — meets a DLR-fronted party. You have to remember when this came out. ‘Romeo Delight’ is the most ‘heavy’ song from VH, in my (and Kerry King’s!) opinion.”

“His [Eddie Van Halen’s] playing, writing, performance, and smile were second to none EVER,” added Waters. “He was a superb writer, lead guitar innovator, genius rhythm player, and was able to build a gear empire. He took chances. Did his own thing. It worked. Millions and more will mourn him, as long as the future world likes music. But we also will be celebrating forever, as musicians will continue to hand down the ‘EVH-Influenced-Musical-Genes’ to future generations!”

Annihilator’s take of ‘Romeo Delight’ stays largely true to its source material, backing up Waters’ statement. From the guitars to Waters’ own vocal delivery sound and style (which sounds a lot like that of David Lee Roth), to Fabio Alessandrini’s performance on drums and the very sound there, the song echoes Van Halen’s original quite well. Even bassist Rich Gray’s work on bass is so similar in sound and style to that of Michael Anthony. All of this is a tribute to those responsible for the song’s production. It makes the song sound so much like the original in its general approach.  All things considered here, the song proves to be just one of the works that makes this record stand out.  The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ does its own part to make the album interesting.

The band’s re-worked take of ‘Chasing The High’ stands out largely because of the guest appearance of Lamb of God guitarist Willie Adler.  Adler’s groove metal riffs work with the band’s more pure thrash leaning in the vein of vintage Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth to make the song in whole such a unique composition.  The intensity of the original composition is stepped up so much because of Adler’s addition to the mix.  The re-worked take on the song stays true to its source material.  It just steps it up a number of notches, making it even more intense.  To that end, the song stands on its own merits in the record’s overall body and shows even more what audiences have to appreciate from this re-issue.  The band’s cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ as a standard part of the record is one more positive aspect of the presentation.

The cover of Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’ stands out because as with the other songs examined here, it stays true to its source material.  In listening to the original song alongside this updated take of the song, the update is so impressive because it takes the source material and maintains its vintage metal sound but also really steps it up more.  The presentation sounds so much fuller in its new update.  Those responsible for the record’s production and re-mastering are to be applauded for their work just as much in this case as with the album’s other songs.  When the impressive result of that work is considered here along with the work that went into the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Metal II a nice update on Metal

Annihilator’s forthcoming reissue of its 2007 album, Metal, Metal II, is a positive presentation from the veteran metal outfit.  That is proven through each of the extras featured in this re-issue.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s works, the whole becomes a mostly successful overall work. 

Metal II is scheduled for release Feb. 18.  More information on Annihilator’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Hatebreed Debuts ‘Instinctive’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Hatebreed premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)‘ Wednesday. The single is taken from the band’s latest album, Weight of the False Self, which was released in 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video for ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)’ features footage from Hatebreed’s time on last year’s “Metal Tour of the Year Tour.” The band joined Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium for the tour.

In related news, Hatebreed also announced new live dates Wednesday. The band is scheduled to launch its new tour alongside Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia, and Stick To Your Guns May 8 in Baltimore, MD. The tour is scheduled to run through June 5 in San Francisco, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH and Las Vegas, NV.

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

HATEBREED ON TOUR:
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, + STICK TO YOUR GUNS:
5/8 — Baltimore, MD — UMBC Event Center
5/9 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall
5/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
5/11 — Columbus, OH — KEMBA Live!
5/13 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom
5/14 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — TBA
5/17 — Toronto, Ontario — RBC Echo Beach
5/19 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy
5/20 — Daytona, FL — Welcome To Rockville
5/22 — Charlotte, NC — Metro Credit Union
5/23 — Cincinnati, OH — Ovation
5/24 — Ft Wayne, IN — Piere’s Outdoors
5/25 — Chicago, IL — Wintrust Arena
5/26 — St Louis, MO — The Factory
5/28 — Dallas, TX — So What Festival
5/29 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Outside
5/31 — Wichita, KS — Wave
6/1 — Denver, CO. — Mission Ballroom
6/3 — Las Vegas, NV — Theater at Virgin Hotels*
6/4 — So Cal  — TBA*
6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield*
*No Stick To Your Guns

More information on Hatebreed’s new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.hatebreed.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/hatebreed

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Downfall 2012 Added To 2022 ShipRocked Cruise Lineup

Courtesy: Yvonne’s World PR

Downfall 2012 has been tapped to join this year’s ShipRocked cruise.

The announcement came through a news release distributed Monday. The six-day cruise is scheduled to launch Jan. 22 from Galveston, TX and to make stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to port Jan. 27. Information on room reservations and tickets is available here.

Lamb of God and I Prevail are scheduled to headline the 2022 cruise. Also featured in this year’s event are bands, such as Nonpoint, From Ashes to New, and Drowning Pool. The cruise’s full band lineup is available here.

In related news, Downfall 2012 premiered the video for its cover of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing‘ in November. The band premiered its take of Motorhead’s timeless classic, ‘Ace of Spades‘ in July.

More information on Downfall 2012’s stint on the 2022 ShipRocked cruise is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://downfalltwentytwelve.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DF2012

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Downfall2012

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Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu Joins Repentance For Its Latest Single; Band Inks Deal With Noble Demon

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Hard rock super group Repentance unveiled its latest single and the song’s companion video Monday.

The group opened the new week with the premiere of its new single, ‘Reborn’ and its companion lyric video. The song is the first single from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is slated for release later this year through Noble Demon. Its premiere comes more than a year after the band — in its new lineup of Adam Gilley (vocals), Shaun Glass (guitar), Eric Burns (guitar), Eric Karol (bass), and Brandon White (drums) — premiered the band’s then latest single, ‘God For a Day,’ which was the title track from the band’s then latest album.

As with ‘God For a Day,’ the musical arrangement featured in ‘Reborn’ is a heavy, intense metalcore style composition. Though, the guest appearance of Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu adds a clear thrash metal influence to the arrangement, too. The whole makes this song even more intense just in terms of its musical arrangement.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and its video. Reading the lyrics in the video, which are presented over images of fire as the song plays over it all, the song’s lyrical theme comes across as a…pardon the pun…fiery statement of determination, letting go of the past and moving forward after cleansing one’s self of the stains of the past. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

Going back to the note of the band’s new EP, the band recently inked a new record deal with Noble Demon. The label is also home to the likes of Oceanhoarse, Neonfly, and Red Moon Architect.

Glass spoke highly of Noble Demon as he talked about the band’s addition to the label’s roster.

“Repentance is thrilled to be with the mighty Noble Demon Records for our new releases!,” said Glass. “I was so impressed with how such a newer label was making waves and with such a diverse roster of Metal/Rock it was the obvious place for this to be our new home with a professional staff and Patrick’s amazing history in the Metal industry, it’s a breath of fresh air.”

Noble Demon founder Patrick Walch shared Glass’ positive vibes in his own comments.

“When I discovered Repentance last year listening to their first single and then the full length album ‘God for A Day’ I instantly knew I was onto something there,” he said.”After having spoken with Shaun Glass for a while we knew that the vibe was more than right between us so, it didn’t need much negotation in order to work together on their next songs.”

Added Walch, “I’m proud to welcome another member to the Noble Demon family, this time with a pure US metal sound which I’ve always been appreciating by bands like Trivium, Lamb Of God, Devildriver etc., all bands I grew up with as well. And having Corey of Trivium play the solo on this new single is a huge honor for all of us. Check out Repentance, you won’t be disappointed!”

More information on Repentance’s new single and album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.repentanceband.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WeAreRepentance

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WeAreRepentance

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