Album Review: Darkest Hour – GODLESS PROPHETS & THE MIGRANT FLORA

Matt Albers I subscribe to a school of thought that fans of metal or other loud rock music have two gateway moments in their lives. These are when one discovers a band, song, album, sound, or style that initially sparks their interest in heavy music. This first “gateway drug” is usually a more “mainstream” or…

Perfect Circle Announce US Tour/New Album

PERFECT CIRCLE ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR Jan. 9, 2017, LOS ANGELES – A Perfect Circle will trek across North America this Spring in the outfit’s first tour since 2011, with the month long outing kicking off at The Pearl in Las Vegas (April 7 and 8). The band previously announced a May 7 performance at the…

Band Interview: ORBS

I recently got to dive deep into the minds of Dan Briggs (BTBAM, Trioscapes) and Adam Fischer (Fear Before The March Of Flames) for their experimental rock collaboration, ORBS. ORBS is an experimental supergroup featuring Dan Briggs, Adam Fischer and the ever beautiful Ashley Ellyllon (Cradle of Filth, Abigail Williams) that really breaks boundaries of where…

Album Review: DevilDriver – TRUST NO ONE

Matt Albers It’s been nearly two years since founding drummer John Boeklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick left California’s DevilDriver. Since then, vocalist Dez Fafara returned to his prior band, Coal Chamber, to release their fourth album, Rivals, on Napalm Records, amid extensive touring. The last we heard from the melodic death/groove thrashers was Winter Kills,…

Scale the Summit to release a new album this summer

Progressive instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT have begun recording their fifth album, expected to be released via Prosthetic Records this summer. The band will spend the next few weeks tracking new soundscapes of “thrilling, expansive, technical prog” (Prog Magazine) that will serve as the follow-up to their Billboard-charting, critically acclaimed 2013 release, “The Migration.” Further details will be…

Album Review: DevilDriver – WINTER KILLS

Matt Albers Side projects seem to be novelties at first glance. Opportunities for members of other bands to explore different musical endeavors or generate revenue from another demographic, but doomed to only produce one or two albums before reuniting with the original project. Actually, there are many exceptions to this rule, in which plenty of…

Max Cavalera talks about new Soulfly album “Savages”

A new trailer for SOULFLY’s ninth album, “Savages”, in which the band’s mainman, Max Cavalera talks about the guest musicians that appear on the CD can be seen below. “Savages” is scheduled for release on October 4 via the band’s new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is…

Cavalera Conspiracy next release to be total Grindcore?!?

Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) has a different direction in mind for the next release from him and his brother Igor “Iggor” Cavalera‘s band Cavalera Conspiracy. Max recently told live-metal.net that the groups new album would be “all grindcore”. The following exchange took place with the above-mentioned site in regards to that: “On the other hand–again,…

Album Review: Chimaira – CROWN OF PHANTOMS

By Matt Albers For music fans that aren’t in bands themselves, it’s easy to forget how hard it must be to keep a band together. Countless factors usually unseen by listeners are at work, such as the financial risks, travel expenses, production costs, and promotional relations. Any issues that are seen first and on the…

Volbeat back at it again!

Volbeat have announced that recording sessions are currently underway for their new album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies“. Former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano and producer Jacob Hansen (Raunchy, Nightrage) are handling the production duties for the album. Band frontman Michael Poulsen said of the sessions thus far: “We’re back in the studio, this time breaking…