By Andrew Bansal On September 18, Halestorm pulled into downtown Los Angeles to headline a show at the Wiltern Theater. Their powerful 19-song, 90-minute set included an assortment of tracks from their two studio albums, along with selections from their upcoming ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP (to be released October 15) — all of which [...]
By Andrew Bansal The Ocean is a German progressive metal band that began in 2000 and built a reputation on the strength of their creative experimentation on early albums like Fluxion, Aeolian and Precambrian. Subsequently, they recorded a massive double concept album, released in two parts as Heliocentric and Anthropocentric in 2010. Now, led by [...]
By Andrew Bansal Based out of Vancouver, Canada, Anciients play a blend of soothing acoustic rock melodies and crushing heavy metal. The band released their debut album, Heart Of Oak, April 16 via Season Of Mist Records and hit the road on the Death To All tour. I recently caught up with Anciients guitarists Kenneth [...]
By Andrew Bansal Based out of Houston, Texas, occult rock band Venomous Maximus started out in 2010 and self-released their debut album, Beg Upon The Light, on their own label, Occulture Records, late last year. The album is set to get a bigger release via Napalm Records this summer. I recently spoke with guitarist/vocalist Gregg [...]
By Andrew Bansal Maryland rockers Clutch released their long-awaited 10th studio album, Earth Rocker, on March 19. The album, the followup to 2009′s Strange Cousins From The West, was produced by Machine, who worked with the band on their 2004 offering, Blast Tyrant. I recently spoke to Clutch guitarist Tim Sult about the making of [...]
By Andrew Bansal Canadian theatrical hard rockers Incura released their self-titled debut album February 26 via Coalition Music and Warner Music Canada. As is evident from the lyric video of the song “Turning Blue” and the music video for “Who Your Are,” the band brings a refreshing touch of theatricality, which isn’t common among rock [...]
Hatebreed released The Divinity of Purpose January 29 via Razor & Tie.
Dethklok’s Brendon Small talks Wesfest 8 and this weekend’s live debut of Galaktikon.
By Andrew Bansal Philadelphia-based modern heavy metal band A Life Once Lost released their fourth full-length studio album, Ecstatic Trance, on Season Of Mist records late last year. To support the release, they did a North American touring run with Revocation. Now they’re gearing up for a short US headline run — dubbed The Man [...]
By Andrew Bansal Texas-based heavy metal band Warbeast recently released a split album with Philip Anselmo titled War of The Gargantuas, featuring two previously unreleased Warbeast tracks — “It” and “Birth of a Psycho” — along with the first-ever solo material released by Anselmo in his 30-year career. Of course, this album was put out [...]