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My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
Killswitch Engage premieres a new guitar playthrough video for "Strength Of The Mind" featuring guitarists Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz. The song is from the band's new album, "Incarnate", which debuted at #6 on The Billboard 200.
Check out now the guitar playthrough for "Strength Of The Mind" below.
Chuck Loesch of 101 X, No Control Radio posted information on the metal bands appearing at South By South West 2016 (SXSW).
Wicked Bad Concerts/ at the Swan Dive FREE w/ RSVP
7:00pm - Smoky Mirror
8:00pm - The Dirty Seeds
9:00pm - Summit
10:00pm - Oddfellows
11:00pm - White Dog
12:00am - Black Tabs
7:30pm - Mountain Rag
8:30pm - Ladykiller
9:30pm - Foxmoor Express
10:30pm - Thunderkief
11:30pm - Orcanaut
7:15pm - Amplified Heat
8:15pm - Greenbeard
9:15pm - R.I.P.
10:15pm - Crypt Trip
11:15pm - Glitter Wizard
12:15am - The Great Electric Quest More...
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
New Jersey's Toothgrinder released "Nocturnal Masquerade" earlier this year and now the band will embark on the biggest tour of its career so far, opening for Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire, and label mates 36 Crazyfists through March and April.
Needless to say, the band is stoked about the opportunity to join this trek. "Being massive fans of Killswitch Engage since their inception, it is completely mind-blowing that we have the opportunity to travel the country with them and our good friends in 36 Crazyfists," singer Justin Matthews enthused.
He goes on to say, "If you were to tell any of us a few years - or even months ago - that we would be on this tour, we would have laughed in your face. We have something cool to offer everyone coming to see the tour. Our style is melodic, technical, and simple all wrapped in one, something that seems to encompass this entire package. It's going to be a wild ride and we cannot wait to get the festivities started." More...
Killswitch Engage premieres a new song and music video titled "Cut Me Loose", taken from the upcoming new album "Incarnate", which will be out in stores March 11th via Roadrunner.
Check out now "Cut Me Loose" below.
Explains frontman Jesse Leach: More...
Killswitch Engage will release new album "Incarnate" this coming March, with pre-order bundles now available at this location.
A video for the track "Hate By Design" can be seen at this location, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Alone I Stand
2. Hate By Design
3. Cut Me Loose
4. Strength of the Mind
5. Just Let Go
6. Embrace The Journey ...Upraised
7. Quiet Distress
8. Until The Day
9. It Falls On Me
10. The Great Deceit
11. We Carry On
Special Edition bonus tracks
14. Triumph Through Tragedy
15. Loyalty More...
Killswitch Engage premieres a new song and music video titled "Hate By Design", taken from the upcoming new album "Incarnate", which will be out in stores March 11 via Roadrunner Records.
Check out now "Hate By Design" below.
Killswitch Engage premieres a new song and music video titled "Strength Of The Mind", taken from the upcoming new album, which will be out in stores coming spring via Roadrunner Records.
Check out now "Strength Of The Mind" below.
Heavy metal outfit Act Of Defiance will close out 2015 supporting Killswitch Engage on a handful of holiday shows at the end of December. This will wrap up what has been a landmark year for the band which saw the release of debut album, "Birth And The Burial."
"If you invited fans of all kinds of metal - from thrash to Scandinavian metal to modern American metal - and had them all in a mosh pit, Act Of Defiance would be their soundtrack," asserts guitarist Chris Broderick. With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, his pedigree speaks for itself.
Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall/Times Of Grace) and vocalist Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) the band is a truly formidable metallic behemoth. See Act Of Defiance live on these dates:
Headlining shows w/Allegaeon
12/2/15 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/4/15 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
12/5/15 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
Holiday shows w/Killswitch Engage
12/27/15 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/28/15 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12/29/15 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom More...
Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.
Our hearts are with Paris tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZRDD8BmhvM— Robert Trujillo (@RobertTrujillo) November 14, 2015
Killswitch Engage have premiered a new song titled "Strength Of The Mind" while on tour with Rise Against and Letlive. Check out now the fan-filmed footage of the band performing the new track in Toronto, Canada July 19th 2015.
Killswith Engage is streaming a new video clip for the song "No End In Sight" shot at the Halloween concert on October 31, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The song will be included on the band's next 2015 DVD release.
Check it out now below.
Killswitch Engage has unleashed a 40 second teaser of a brand new song titled "Loyalty."
The song will be featured on Game Of Thrones' new "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape, Vol.2" compilation, which also includes songs from Anthrax, Method Man, and Snoop Dogg.
Listen in below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. The fifth season of Game Of Thrones will officially kick off on April 12th, 2015.
To the army of haters in response to last week’s episode: the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast thanks you for helping keep things exciting! We understand, however, that it wouldn’t be fair to routinely discuss the likes of Babymetal for such a broo-tal crowd. So to make it up to you, this week we bring you some good old Swedish death metal.
Just kidding. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gives a first reaction to “Back To The Front,” the new album from The Artist Formerly Known As Entombed, or “Entombed A.D.” in legalese. Recent name ownership disputes forced the current lineup - including longtime vocalist L.G. Petrov - to make the slight alteration, but thankfully, the music itself sounds like good old Entombed. Listen in to check out Mike’s full thoughts on the matter.
Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reviews - big incoming shocker here - another “prog-djent-core” album. Indeed, he has no shame, and makes no apologies. This week it’s “No Sleep,” the recent sophomore effort from Southern Californian five-piece Volumes. Regarding the band’s creativity, Kevin offers an insightful take on the “good artists borrow; great artists steal” maxim. Listen in to hear more!
“Djent-core” is one general arena in which Kevin and Mike differ greatly, and Mike has the nerve to utter some less-than-flattering remarks about a recent After The Burial performance he witnessed (you can’t see it, but Kevin was wearing the band’s shirt during this discussion). Their disagreement ends as Mike moves on to the real reason he was attending: Killswitch Engage. A full report and lively discussion of the influential band ensues.
The Roadrunner Records Summer Sampler is now online: head over to Noisetrade here to download your free copy. The track listing is as follows:
1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity' More...
Killswitch Engage will return to Michigan to headline Dirt Fest 2014. Coming off of a Rock On The Range appearance and a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance for “In Due Time” from latest Roadrunner Records release "Disarm the Descent," Killswitch closes the band's 2013-2014 World Tour at Dirt Fest 2014.
The 2014 Dirt Fest lineup includes: Killswitch Engage, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Powerman 5000, Hed Pe, Nonpoint, Chimaira, Battlecross, Gemini Syndrome, Tantric, Smile Empty Soul, Local H, Redlight King, Like A Storm, Nothing More, Eyes Set To Kill, Gift Giver, Blue Felix, Psychostick, and a special mystery co-headliner to be announced on July 19th.
The town of Birch Run, MI will once again get turned on its head at Dirt Fest 2014 on Saturday, August 9th. The festival celebrates its 16th year and is hosted by Matt and Andy Dalton of Dalton Brothers Entertainment, along with Banana 101.5 FM. More...
Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach has been answering fan's questions via his personal website (you can submit questions to email@example.com) and the second installment in this ongoing video series is now available online.
In this clip, he talks about musical "guilty pleasures," what he'd be doing if he wasn't a full-time musician, vocal warm-ups, living life in fear of mistakes, the relationship between music and ideology, the future of Times of Grace, and more. Check it out below.
Last week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, we brought you two young and very special Canadian bands, The Kindred and Hollow. And sure enough on this week's episode, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) continues indulging in his love for progressive (and, coincidentally, Canadian) bands.
Toronto, Ontario's Intervals, formed in 2011 and until late last year a strictly instrumental band, have just debuted with the full-length "A Voice Within," within which you'll indeed find a voice: frontman Mike Semesky. Kevin considers some of the musical developments this shift in focus has spurred.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) makes a painful, heavy-hearted effort to dissect his conflicted feelings about the latest Iced Earth release "Plagues Of Babylon" (reviewed here). It is the veteran metal band's tenth studio album, and so far to Mike's ears, falls tragically short of the dazzling comeback that was 2011's "Dystopia."
Finally ensues a discussion of singer Howard Jones, the positives and negatives of his contributions to the mighty Killswitch Engage, and his brand new group dubbed Devil You Know.
Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Killswitch Engage will be playing more North American shows in support of the 2013 album "Disarm the Descent," beginning March 29th and picking up again throughout the month of May.
These will be a mix of radio shows, rock festivals, and headlining shows, including several with Trivium. Dates are as follows:
3.29 Las Vegas, NV Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival
5.1 Huntington, NY The Paramount (with Into Another, Battlecross, My Ticket Home)
5.2 Virginia Beach, VA Lunatic Luau
5.3 Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
5.4 Reading, PA Reverb (with Into Another, Battlecross, My Ticket Home)
5.15 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live (w/Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.16 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range (Columbus Crew Stadium)
5.17 London, ON London Music Hall (with Trivium, Battlecross)
5.18 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (with Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.20 Birmingham, AL Iron City Bham (with Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.22 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall (with Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.23 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma (Catch The Fever Festival Grounds)
5.24 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest (AT&T Center)
5.27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater (with Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.28 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club (with Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.30 Council Bluffs, IA Rockfest (Westair Amphiteater)