Suicidal Tendencies Added To Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Organizers with the 2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have added another band to the mega-festival’s lineup.

Veteran hard rock band Suicidal Tendencies has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.  It marks the first time that the band has ever taken the stage at Ozzfest in any capacity.  The band will take the place of Children of Bodom, which was originally scheduled to perform on the first day of the double-header festival. The updated lineup for the festival is noted below. Audiences will note that there is even a stage dedicated to late Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s festival.

 

OZZFEST Line-up

Saturday, September 24

 

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

KNOTFEST Line-up

Sunday, September 25

 

MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

 

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is currently scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino California.  As a special holiday celebration, fans can purchase single 4-day ticket packs for $84.  The limited-time special is going on now and ends July 4th at 11:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.knotfest.com.  More information on the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online at:

 

 

OZZFEST

 

Website: http://www.Ozzfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theozzfest

 

 

 

KNOTFEST

 

Website: http://www.knotfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

 

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Whitechapel Premieres ‘Elitist Ones’ Video

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Red 13 Media

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Red 13 Media

Whitechapel has released a new music video.

The Tennessee-based metal outfit has released the video for its latest single ‘Elitist Ones.’  The song is taken from the band’s brand new album Mark of the Blade.  That album is available now in stores and online.  The video, which was produced and directed by Jim Foster (http://red13media.com), is streaming online now via Metal Blade Records’ official YouTube channel.  It features the band performing its new song in what looks to be a warehouse setting.  Along with the footage of the band performing there is footage of a woman with some rather reptilian style skin holding a snake (likely meant to be the snake on the album’s cover) also lip synching to the band’s new song.  Foster was upbeat in discussing being tapped to helm the new video, noting his own fandom and that of his crew in working with Whitchapel on the new video.  “As fans of Whitechapel, my entire team and I were stoked when Mike Faley (Metal Blade Records) asked me to write a treatment and direct for the band, he said.  “As a director, my job is always easier when the band is rippin’…and holy s***, are these guys RIPPIN’!”   The new video is the third from the band in support of its new album.  It most recently released the lyric video for the album’s title track.  It can be viewed here.  Also streaming online is the official video for ‘The Void.’  It is also streaming online via Metal Blade Records’ YouTube channel.

Beginning today, June 24th, Whitechapel is hitting the road on the annual Vans Warped Tour in support of its new album.  The tour launches today in Dallas, Texas and currently runs through Saturday, August 13th in Portland, Oregon.  It also includes a stop-off in North Carolina’s “Queen City” on Tuesday, July 5th.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

 

Whitechapel Warped Tour dates
June 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park Main Street Lot
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Port of New Orleans (Mardi Gras World)
June 29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 30 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
July 2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
July 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
July 8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 10 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
July 27 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 – Bonners Spring, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
July 31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Salt River Fields
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
Aug. 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 11 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12 – Auburn, WA – White River
Aug. 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

 

 

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Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

 

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Whitechapel Reveals New LP Specs; Unveils Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Whitechapel has a new album on the way.

The Tennessee-based death metal band announced this week that it will release its sixth full-length studio recording this summer.  Mark of the Blade will be released in stores and online on Friday, June 24th.  The album will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records.  In anticipation of its release, the band has unveiled the lyric video for the album’s lead single, which is also its title track.  The video is currently streaming online via the band’s page at Metal Blade Records’ website.

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

 

 

Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) manned the boards for the 11-song record.  It is not the first time that he has worked with the band.  He also helmed the band’s self-titled 2012 album and its follow-up, 2014’s This Endless War.  Guitarist Alex Wade discussed the changes that listeners can expect from the band this time out with the press, noting the dynamic contrast of the songs and the role of the band members’ personal growth in the album’s sound.  “It’s the most dynamic record we’ve done, in the sense that one song can be very aggressive while the next one will be softer and sentimental,”  he said.  “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.”   The album’s complete track list is noted below.

Mark of the Blade track-listing
1. The Void
2. Mark of the Blade
3. Elitist Ones
4. Bring Me Home
5. Tremors
6. A Killing Industry
7. Tormented
8. Brotherhood
9. Dwell in the Shadows
10. Venomous
11. Decennium

Whitechapel will hit the road this summer in support of Mark of the Blade beginning May 4th in Fayetteville, AR and currently ends on May 22nd.  Fit For A King, The Plot in You, and Enterprise Earth.  After it wraps that tour, it will take some time off before joining up on the annual Van’s Warped Tour beginning June 24th in Dallas, TX.  The band’s run on the Warped Tour goes through August 13th in Portland, Oregon.  Both tour schedules are noted below.

 

 Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Fit for a King, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth

May 4 – Fayetteville, AR – Georfe’s Majestic Lounge
May 5 – Springfield, MO – The Outland Ballroom
May 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
May 7 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Cafe
May 8 – Wichita, KS – Rock Island
May 10 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
May 11 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
May 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
May 13 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
May 14 – Reading, PA – Reverb Concerts
May 15 – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
May 17 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
May 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
May 19 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
May 20 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
May 21 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
May 22 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s by the Sea

Whitechapel Warped Tour dates
June 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park Main Street Lot
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Port of New Orleans (Mardi Gras World)
June 29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 30 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
July 2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
July 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
July 8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 10 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
July 27 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 – Bonners Spring, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
July 31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Salt River Fields
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
Aug. 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 11 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12 – Auburn, WA – White River
Aug. 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

 

More information on Mark of the Blade is available online now along with all of Whitechapel’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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Whitechapel Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Whitechapel is heading back out on the road this spring.

The veteran TN-based metal outfit has announced that it will embark on one more group of live dates in support of its most recent full-length studio recording Our Endless War (2014).  The upcoming tour schedule launches Wednesday, May 4th and runs through Sunday, May 22nd.  Fit For A King will join the band as support on the tour along with Enterprise Earth and The Plot In You.  The tour launches in Fayetteville, Arkansas and wraps up in Wilmington, NC.  More dates will be announced as the band is also planning on touring this summer in support of its as-yet untitled sixth album.  The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on that record.  Mark Lewis returned to helm this record after manning the boards for Our Endless War.    The band’s current list of dates is noted below.

 

Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Fit for a King, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth

May 4 – Fayetteville, AR – Georfe’s Majestic Lounge

May 5 – Springfield, MO – The Outland Ballroom

May 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective *

May 7 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Café

May 8 – Wichita, KS – Rock Island

May 10 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music

May 11 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

May 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache

May 13 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions

May 14 – Reading, PA – Reverb Concerts

May 15 – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611

May 17 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

May 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall **

May 19 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

May 20 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger **

May 21 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern

May 22 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s by the Sea

*=Whitechapel, Fit for a King, Enterprise Earth only
**=Whitechapel, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth only

 

More information on Whitechapel’s upcoming tour is available online now with all of the latest updates on its next album and all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://whitechapelband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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Veteran Acts Dominate 2015’s Top New Live DVD/BD Recordings List

This week marks the last full week of 2015. It’s a little tough to grasp that there are only eleven days left in the year. But it’s almost time to bid a fond farewell to this year. And even as the year’s final days tick away, there is still plenty of work left to do in turns of examining the top titles from the entertainment world. Phil’s Picks has already done quite a bit of that, delving into the top titles of the music world’s top titles. There’s still some ground to cover in that realm while beginning to transfer over into the year’s top new DVDs and Blu-rays in each of their different own areas. Keeping that in mind, what better way to start making that transfer than to look today at the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. The year’s best new live CDs have already been tackled. And as previously explained, in many cases, some DVDs and Blu-rays are actually released separate from their audio-only counterparts even today, and vice versa. That justifies a separate category for the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays. That being the case, here, for your reading pleasure dear readers, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays. As always, the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list while the bottom five are no less important. They each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen titles. Enough rambling. Here, again, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS AND BLU-RAYS

  1. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – LIVE AT THE ROXY 09.25.14

 

  1. TESSERACT – SCALA

 

  1. AEROSMITH – AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON

 

  1. GEORGE STRAIT – THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY

 

  1. THE WHO – LIVE AT HYDE PARK

 

  1. SHANIA TWAIN – STILL THE ONE: LIVE IN VEGAS

 

  1. ERIC CLAPTON – SLOWHAND AT 70: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE IN LEEDS 1982

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME 1990

 

  1. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – PRONOUNCED L LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD & SECOND HELPING

 

  1. PAT METHENY – UNITY SESSIONS

 

  1. WHITECHAPEL – BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

 

  1. TASTE – WHAT’S GOING ON: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

 

  1. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK

 

  1. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – LIVE IN DUBLIN

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Music’s Past, Present, And Future Come Together In 2015’s Best New Live CDs List

Going to see live shows is anything but cheap. Anyone that has ever been to one will attest to that. Regardless of whether the show is close by or a long drive, it seems going to see shows nowadays is anything but cheap. Not to mention it’s not always easy because of time constraints. Weekday and weeknight shows are anything but easy just because of scheduling regardless of whether or not one has a family. So that leaves the question what is one to do in place of going to see a show? The answer: Pick up one’s favorite live recording on CD or DVD/Blu-ray. Both formats offer their own pros and cons. And in many cases, what is available on CD might not necessarily be available on DVD/Blu-ray or vice versa. That leads to the need for a list both for the year’s best new live CDs and new live DVDs/BDs. For the sake of this list the attention will go to the year’s best new live CDs. This year’s list includes a number of live CDs that were not accompanied by live DVDs and Blu-rays. Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s new live CD Live + is one of those that only received the CD treatment. It topped this year’s list. Saxon’s The Saxon Chronicles is another live CD that didn’t get the companion DVD/BD treatment. It’s on the list, too as is Birth of Joy’s Live at UBU, Jimi Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival performance, and Zodiac’s The Road Tapes Volume 1. In other cases such as The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” recordings, audiences were lucky enough to get the recordings in complete packages. The same applies with Whitechapel’s Brotherhood of the Blade. These are just some of the titles that made the cut for this year’s list of the year’s best new live CD recordings. This was by no means an easy list to assemble. So no offense is meant against any recording that was left off the list. Set lists had to be taken into account as well as production values and also the acts’ stage presence. Taking all of that into account the following is the final list. Without any further ado I offer to you, dear readers, 2015’s Top New Live CDs.

2015 TOP NEW LIVE CDS

1. JEFF BECK — LIVE +

2. CARLOS SANTANA/JOHN MCLAUGHLIN — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD — SWEET HOME ALABAMA

4. DARYLL HALL AND JOHN OATES — LIVE IN DUBLIN

5. TESSERACT — ODYSSEY

6. JIMI HENDRIX — ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL

7. ZODIAC — THE ROAD TAPES VOLUME 1

8. WHITECHAPEL — BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

9. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME

10. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE IN LEEDS

11. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: THE MARQUEE CLUB LIVE IN 1971

12. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS (SPECIAL EDITION WITH WACKEN OPEN AIR 2015 CONCERT)

13. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

14. EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

15. BIRTH OF JOY — LIVE AT UBU

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Fans Will Be Proud To Be Part Of Whitechapel’s “Brotherhood” After Hearing Its New Live Recording

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

This Friday, veteran death metal act Whitechapel will release its news live recording Brotherhood of the Blade. The CD/DVD combo pack is a rare profile of what is one of today’s most prolific death metal acts. Regardless of audiences’ familiarity with the veteran Knoxville, Tennesse-based band, this recording proves to be one that any death metal fan will enjoy. This applies to the package in whole. For the sake of this review however, the focus will sit on the recording’s audio-only portion (it’s CD presentation). The main way in which Brotherhood of the Blade’s CD proves such an important part of the package is its set list. Over the course of the record’s thirteen-song, fifty-two-minute run time, the featured set list strives to both reach those fans that have been there since the band’s early days and those that have just recently joined the band’s fan base. It mostly represents the band’s most recent full-length recording Our Endless War (2014). However, none of the band’s previous four full-length recordings are ignored here, either. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note. Front man Phil Bozeman does interact with the audiences at different points. However he and his band mates–Ben Savage (guitar), Zach Householder (guitar), Alex Wade (guitar), Ben Harclerode (drums), and Gabe Crisp (bass)–let the music do the talking here. They attack each song with the full fury for which the band has come to be known for in its live shows. That is evident in the package’s CD side. However, there’s no denying that it translates even better through the package’s DVD side. Both sides together create a concert that audiences listening at home will enjoy just as much as those that were in attendance at the show’s taping. Last but hardly least of note in regards to Brotherhood of the Blade’s CD presentation is its audio mix. Considering the size of the venue in which the concert was recorded the audio mix is quite impressive in its own right. Though, again for full appreciation of that mix fans will want to take in the concert’s DVD presentation as well as its CD presentation. The combination of that solid audio mix alongside the band’s equally solid performance and set list makes Brotherhood of the Blade a live recording that will make any longtime fan proud to be part of the brotherhood and any new fan just as proud to have joined. It is a recording that even by itself proves to be among the best of this year’s new live CD recordings.

Whitechapel’s new live CD recording Brotherhood of the Blade is one of the best of this year’s new live CD offerings. It is a CD that over the course of its thirteen tracks and fifty-two minute run time will make any of the band’s longtime fans proud to be part of the band’s brotherhood. It will also leave new fans just as proud to have joined the brotherhood. The main reason for such acclaim is the concert’s set list. While the thirteen-song set list focuses heavily on the band’s most recent full-length studio recording, 2014’s Our Endless War, (it features a total of five songs from that album) it doesn’t ignore the band’s other albums, either. Four of the show’s songs are lifted from the band’s self-titled 2012 album. Two of the featured songs come from the band’s 2006 debut album The Somatic Defilement, and two more are pulled from its followup, 2008’s This is Exile. The only album not represented here was the band’s 2010 album A New Era of Corruption. Considering this, the band is to be commended for having made such a concerted effort to reach its entire fans base. Having left out that one album it would be unfair to call this performance a career-spanning show. But it still does quite the job of showing Whitechapel’s past, present, and potential future, too. It is just one way in which Brotherhood of the Blade’s CD presentation proves to be such a solid recording. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is also of note here.

The set list that is featured over the course of Brotherhood of the Blade’s fifty-two minute run time is, while not career-spanning, is still a healthy representation of the band’s body of work. It is a set list that will entertain the band’s long-time fans just as much as its newer fans. As important as it is to note in regards to the CD presentation’s whole it is just one way in which this presentation proves to be so solid. The band’s stage presence is just as important to the concert’s overall listening experience as the show’s set list. From start to finish, front man Phil Bozeman and company impress with their stage presence. The band lets its music do the talking throughout most of the show. Though, front man Phil Bozeman does take some time here and there to interact with the audience both between songs and even during the songs. There is a certain sincerity in his voice when he thanks the hometown fans for coming out to support the band and for the audience’s years of support. It’s tough to put a finger on it, but that sincerity in his gratitude has just as much effect as his powerhouse vocals as he makes his way through each of the set’s songs. Even when he talks to the audience during the songs, there is a certain confidence in his voice that makes him stand out as a front man even more. It’s one of those things that makes his presence on stage so powerful. Of course his command of the stage isn’t all that makes the band’s stage presence so powerful and noteworthy. Ben Harclerode’s blast beats come across with the precision of an M-16 from one song to the next while the three-guitar approach creates a pummeling wall of sound that as powerful as it is never overpowers Bozeman, Harclerode, or Crisp at any point in the show. Audiences will hear (and see) this for themselves when they purchase Brotherhood of the Blade for themselves. It still isn’t the last way in which the recording proves to be so solid, even as impressive as it is. The audio mix in Brotherhood of the Blade’s CD presentation rounds out the ways in which it shows to be a solid recording.

The set list featured in Brotherhood of the Blade’s CD presentation and Whitechapel’s performance of said songs are both key ways in which the recording shows itself to be a solid new live recording from the Knoxville, Tennessee-based death metal band. While both elements are of equal importance to the recording, they are hardly the only ways in which it proves itself worth the listen. The concert featured in both the CD and DVD presentation of Brotherhood of the Blade was recorded at Knoxville’s The International. For those that might not be familiar with the venue, it is a venue with high ceilings but somewhat close walls. That means that sound goes straight out and straight up. It doesn’t have a lot of room in which to spread out and really envelop the hall, basically creating its own share of challenges. This is important to note in the concert’s audio mix because considering this element it would have been easy to have trouble for those behind the boards to balance out the show’s audio. Luckily, those charged with that duty carried out their duties with the utmost expertise. Audiences will be surprised to hear how well each member’s part was balanced against those of his band mates. This is especially important to note considering the sheer power exhibited by the band from start to finish. The end result is a death metal concert that is just as powerful on CD as it must have been in its original recording. That full, pummeling sound couples with the band’s performance of its set list and the set list itself to make Brotherhood of the Blade’s CD presentation one that will make fans new and old alike proud to be part of the band’s brotherhood of fans and a recording that is one of the best of this year’s live CD offerings.

Brotherhood of the Blade is one of the best of this year’s live CD offerings and a recording that will make the band’s fans new and old alike proud to be part of its brotherhood of fans. That is thanks in large part to its set list, which pulls from almost every one of the band’s albums to date. the band’s performance of said songs adds even more power to the CD presentation. Its final audio mix rounds out the ways in which it shows itself to be so impressive. Fans will agree with that sentiment when they experience this concert recording for themselves. Each element shows clearly in itself why this presentation is one that every fan will appreciate and enjoy. Together, they make it a presentation that is, once more, one of the best of this year’s live CD recordings. It will be available in stores and online Friday, October 30th and can be ordered online in a variety of packages at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel. More information on this and other titles from Metal Blade Records is available online now at:

Website: http://www.metalblade.com

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