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As we all saw, 2014 was an incredible year for metal. From the return of Bloodbath, to the sophomore album from doom and gloom up and comers Pallbearer, there was enough NEW heavy music to please any metalhead, even those with the most underground, obscure or "true kvlt" of tastes.
Whatever your specific preferences are when it comes to sub genres across the metal landscape, there is one thing we can all agree on - Napalm Death is F#$%$G amazing! We're only 14 days into the new year at this point, and it's safe to say that 2015 won't dissapoint, heavy-music-wise, if only for the fact that we will be getting a brand new album from these forefathers of grind. This will Napalm Death's 16 full length studio record and from what I've heard, it will not dissapoint. How could it? It's Napalm F&%%$@NG DEATH !
Here is the newest track that the band posted to tease the record, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" due out Tuesday, January 26th on Century Media.
There were SO many great metal records put out this year. It was not an easy task to whittle this list down to 20, but it's the task we are presented with each year. So here it is....
Metal Shop's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2014
1. Behemoth – The Satanist
2. At The Gates – At War With Reality
3. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
4. Crowbar – Symmetry In Black
5. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
6. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
7. Arch Enemy – War Eternal
8. Slipknot - .5 The Grey Chapter
9. Goatwhore – Constricting Rage Of The Merciless
10. Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion
11. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum
12. Overkill – White Devil Armor
13. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
14. Unearth – Watchers of Rule
15. Vader - Tibi et Igni
16. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
17. Obituary – Inked in Blood
18. Sanctuary – The Year the sun Died
19. Body Count – Manslaughter
It's coming up on the 10 year anniversary of the death of the one and only "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, (August 20, 1966 - December 8, 2004). There are no words that can truly describe the impact that Dimebag's music has had on the world of music, but we will try to do our best this weekend. Get ready for a night of Dimebag stories, Pantera tunes, rare Dimebag bootleg recordings and of course, BLACK TOOTH GRINS. Ian and I are welcoming up the former hosts of Metal Shop, Kevin and Steve Rock, who were the hosts at the time of Dime's death. Join us in the celebration of Dimebag's life, music and memory.
I will leave this here for you to get ready for this momentus occasion. DimeVision in it's full, uncut form.
This past weekend, the metal world lost another one of it's most unique personalities. Wayne Static, 48, was reported dead this past Saturday, November 1st. Static was the frontman of the well-known industrial metal band Static X, whose 1999 breakthrough major label album Wisconsin Death Trip, found him touring the world with well known bands such as Slipknot and Pantera.
It has been reported by his wife, Tera Wray, that he died peacefully in his sleep only three days before his 49th birthday.
Some may know him simply by his outrageous style -complete with signature spiked hair - but to Metal Shop, KISW and all of his fans alike, Wayne Static will be remembered for his unique take on music and his contributions to the metal world at a period in time when the mainstream did not want to touch anything that was heavy.
The summer is winding down and labor day weekend is just around the corner. It's time to end the summer off with some real righteous metal. There's no reason to lie, it was a pretty harsh toke when it was announced that the Summer Slaughter tour was skipping Seattle this summer. To many of us, Summer Slaughter is THE tour of the summer. While Mayhem Festival always has a few pretty choice bands you want to see, more often than not, Summer Slaughter hits the head right on the nail of underground loud music, mixing death metal, grindcore, tech metal and any other core under the sun for a days worth of ear-crushing chaos. So, without that, we've kind of had to make due. This Tuesday and Wednesday are our chance to watch some of the wildest guitar sweeping juggernauts this side of Yngwie....
On Tuesday (August 26th) at Studio Seven, The Faceless will be headlining a show that features a whole lot of awesomeness - Rings of Saturn, Archspire, Fallujah, Black Crown Initiate, Ashes of Existence and Prometheus. The show starts at 5 pm, so clock out and head right over !
You might as well spend the night at Studio Seven because that's exactly where you'll find yourself on Wednesday night ...that is, if you have solid taste in metal.
The almighty ORIGIN headlines a show alongside KIng Parrot, Beyond Creation, Your Chance to Die, Countless the Dead and Odyssian. This is another early one, it starts at 5:30.
If you haven't had the pleasure to listen to any Rings of Saturn....well, now's the time. Sit back, eat a cracker or two, drink your favorite beverage and enjoy the musical styling of this straight up insanity. For fans of: blowing your f****ing mind! Get familiar, then go see them open up for The Faceless on Tuesday. You owe it to yourself.
I love hardcore punk. I love metal. Some people think these two separate yet respective sounds need to be held as far apart as possible, never blending the two and always remaining "true old school." Well, that sure ain't me. There are tons of bands that blur the lines in ways that make me smile from ear to ear - namely Norway's Kvelertak, Sweden's Disfear , and more recently, the side project of Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish, Iron Reagan. These songs are short, fast, pissed and meant to be played at max volume. Don't expect any guitar sweeps or solos, fancy drum fills or anything of that sort. Just simple, to the point, angry anthems for anyone that still remembers all the lyrics to both Minor Threat AND Anthrax discographies. Take a couple minutes to check out this track, "Miserable Failure." This track comes off their forthcoming Relapse Records debut "Tyranny Of Will," due out September 16th in the U.S. If the rest of the 34 songs (!!!!) are anything like this one, I'm sold.
I love metal. I also love pro wrestling (and yes, I know it's fake). When these two things come together, my interest is peaked to the max. Independent wrestler Ultramantis Black has made a solid reputation as a wild, over the top character complete with a crow's-skull-like mask along with cape and septor. A few months back it was announced by Relapse Records that they had signed UltraMantis Black to their label. I found this confusing. How does a wrestler fill up 80 or so minutes on an album? Little did I know that UMB had joined up with members of the punk band Pissed Jeans to create a raging, in your face metallic hardcore blast of awesome. The record comes out next month....when UltraMantis mania comes running wild on you, don't say I didn't blame ya.
Holy crap, Andrew WK knows how to party! Last weekend, as we talked about a bunch on the show, was the 8th annual Rain Fest. Among the 3 day festival, held at Neumo's, bands such as Down to Nothing, 7 Seconds, Converge, Backtrack, Minus, Earth Control and many many more played to a sold out northwest crowd. The highlight, though, was no surprise, as the poster boy for partying, one Mr. Andrew WK took the stage and sent the venue into a frenzy, a sort of chaotic site that both startles you and gets you stoked as hell! There must have been somewhere around 700 friggin' stage dives! As you can see by this short video a Rain Fest showgoer uploaded to YouTube, Rain Fest is a party. Don't miss it again. This time next year.
This past weekend, we hosted the 2nd annual All Local episode of Metal Shop. It was around this time last year that our good friend and colleague, Robert "BJ" Annette passed away. Each week, BJ would drive all the way up to Seattle for the sole reason of sharing a local concert calendar for the Metal Shop listeners. He exuded love for the metal scene and was always nothing but positive through and through. BJ was the former vocalist of both I-Rot and Dying To Bleed. In his honor, we declared that we would dedicate one episode per year solely to local metal. Go ahead and take a look at the playlist on the main page and let us know what you think. And yes, we would love to hear your band! Send us what ya got and we would be stoked to review it and maybe play it on the show.
For now, check out this full album upload of a really sweet local band called Blood and Thunder. Keep it local, keep it brutal!