Metal News for July 1, 2011
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32 news articles posted on this day.
With album sales on the decline and illegal torrent downloads the rule rather than the exception, what's a folk black metal band to do to get metal heads to listen to the music? Why, offer the songs for free of course! And that's what Trollband has done with debut full-length album "In The Shadow of a Mountain" (reviewed here), which is a release that should be on the radar of anyone who digs the more folk leaning bands like Finntroll or Equilibrium.
Trollband members Sam Levitt and Matt Courtemanche have taken out some time to discuss the album with Metalunderground.com, sharing their thoughts on offering the album for free, discussing material for a follow-up album, and sharing tales of live shows that include a distractingly fornicating couple at a Devin Townsend concert. More...
Fatigue had definitely begun to set in by Day Four. Through the beer belly, muscle ache (everyone’s hotel was up the hill), blown-out senses, and heat I thought could only happen in the south, I persevered though badly worn. The venue was getting pretty rough also. Everyone was tired, but still partying hard. Inside it was sticky and stinky like it had not been before. But that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the rest of the great lineup on the last day of the mighty MDF.
Bright and early in the afternoon (although it seemed like night in the main room), hometown boys Visceral Disgorge began the festivities. They brought to mind the early works of death metal. Trauma and gore galore, this band encompassed the snarl inhaled low growls, din-destroying high tuned snare, gallop picking guitar done by Eric.
Bad acid Trip’s singer Dirk Rogers opening question to us was, “Is everyone drunk?,” and by just the sight of the crowd through the hours it was obvious that we all were. Crazed rock riffage and grindcore led this band to a energetic frenzy. Dirk was like Ian Curtis and Johnny Rotten; a twisted love child onstage. This band had true dynamic ranging from guttural blasts to hardcore breakdowns to strange, psychotic circus dementia. More...
Long running Czech Republic based dark metal act Root has announced an upcoming 9th full-length album, which will be titled "Heritage of Satan." The new album is currently slated for release this coming Autumn through Agonia Records.
Root has also announced three special guests who lent their talents while recording the album: Erik Danielsson (Watain), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Aura Noir) and Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth). Vocalists Erik and Nergal provide their vocals on two of the albums' tracks, while one song is decorated with Blasphemer´s northern guitar melodies.
Additional details on "Heritage of Satan" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Metalunderground.com's reviews of the previous Root albums "The Book," "The Temple in the Underworld," "Hell Symphony," and "Zjeveni."
Denver thrash battalion Havok is currently wrapping up a tour with Bay Area legends Forbidden. The tour, which includes Revocation and White Wizzard, has ravaged its way through nearly two dozen cities and coming to an official close in Escondido, California on July 2nd.
Commented vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: "This tour has been absolutely killer! I've never had so much fun on the road. We've seen some very rowdy crowds and have definitely wrecked some necks! Every band on this tour is solid, so people are definitely getting lots of bang for their buck. See ya in the pit!"
Check out footage of the band playing at Studio 7 in Seattle on June 13th in the player below. The remaining dates are as follows:
7/01/2011 Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
7/02/2011 JT's Limelight - Escondido, CA
"Ritual," the latest studio album from Detroit deathsters The Black Dahlia Murder, has landed at the #29 spot on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Top Independent Album, #4 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums and #9 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.
The record entered the UK's Rock & Metal Chart at #20 and #38 in the Indie Chart making "Ritual" the band's strongest first week release in the UK.
In Germany, "Ritual" entered the German Media Control "Newcomer" charts at #15 and is in the official Media Markt charts at #93. In addition, "Ritual" came in at #32 on Canada's Top 200 Chart, #5 on the Independent Charts and #4 on the Hard Charts.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments: "We are beyond stoked at the first week sales of Ritual! We are completely and utterly blown away. We can't thank the fans enough for their incredible devotion to what we do… it means the world to us. We'll be out rocking some new tunes in your town very soon… come check it out!"
The Black Dahlia Murder will also be on the Summer Slaughter tour on the following dates: More...
As was previously announced, All Pigs Must Die will release the eight-song "God Is War" album on August 16th, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings. The band has now revealed the cover artwork for the album, which can be viewed below.
The "God is War" track listing is as follows:
1. Death Dealer
4. God Is War
5. The Blessed Void
6. Third World Genocide
7. Total Extinction
8. Sadistic Vindicator
This coming weekend's lineup of new tracks added to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network features a more well-rounded group of metal songs than in recent weeks.
Amberian Dawn of course continues to add more music (with the band even being named RBN artist of the month), with additional tracks appearing from Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, Devin Towsend, Graveyard BBQ, and Suicide Silence.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:
Amberian Dawn - "Ghostly Echoes" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Ghostly Echoes (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Asking Alexandria - "Morte et Dabo" (160 MSP)
Asking Alexandria - "Morte et Dabo (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Bring Me The Horizon - "Pray for Plagues" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Ziltoidia Attaxx!!" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Ziltoidia Attaxx!! (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Graveyard BBQ - "By the Grace of the Grill" (160 MSP)
SikTh - "Bland Street Bloom" (160 MSP)
SikTh - "Bland Street Bloom (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Suicide Silence - "You Only Live Once" (160 MSP)
Suicide Silence - "You Only Live Once (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Suicide Silence - "Slaves to Substance" (160 MSP)
Suicide Silence - "Slaves to Substance (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP) More...
Leprous, the Norwegian progressive/avant-garde metal band that recently signed a worldwide deal with InsideOut Music, has revealed that it has chosen surrealistic American artist Jeff Jordan to create the artwork for the upcoming album "Bilateral." You can check out the artwork after the jump.
Commented vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg: "We are proud to announce that we're collaborating with the surrealistic American painter Jeff Jordan and the Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz for the artwork on our upcoming album. Jeff Jordan is probably best known from his work with The Mars Volta, and his paintings are highly rated all over the world. Ritxi Ostariz did the artwork for our previous album "Tall Poppy Syndrome" (released 2009 through Sensory Records) and of course we want him to be part of this new album - Ritxi too is a critically acclaimed designer, and in our opinion one of the very best in his field."
The band's new album "Bilateral," which was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street (Opeth, Pain Of Salvation, Devin Townsend, Symphony X, etc.), will be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via InsideOut Music. More...
Roxx Records has issued the following announcement about a limited edition compilation release from Christian metal act Crossforce:
"Roxx Records is pleased to announce the final track listing for their Limited Edition release from Crossforce! The CD will consist of the long lost and previously unreleased cassette only 6 song demo tape simply entitled ‘Crossforce’ originally released in 1986 making it the 25th Anniversary of this recording. As well as the never before released demo entitled the ‘Frontline demo’ recorded in 1987 and made only to send to former Frontline Records Exec Jimmy Kempner in an effort to get the band signed to the label. Rounding out this special CD collection is a long lost practice session version of ‘Rockin til the Final Day’ the bands anthem song!
"Pre-orders have now begun and are available in your choice of 2 packages, the single disc version our the Deluxe Edition two disc version. Both versions will come with a Limited Edition guitar pick featuring Roxx Records signature series guitar pick # 4 featuring Crossforce/Mercy/Krush lead guitarist Phil Castillo.
"The 2 disc version will come with an exclusive bonus disc only available to the first 100 pre-orders. This disc will contain live tracks from a previously unreleased Crossforce show recorded in San Francisco in 1987 as well as long lost demo tracks from the band Mercy which was the band featuring Tony and Phil post Crossforce days. These demos and all of the live tracks have never been released. Get in early on the pre-order once they are gone, they are gone and this is a special Limited edition pressing of only 500 copies. All pre-orders will ship to arrive on or before the official release date of September 6th 2011."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Selfmadegod Records has announced that the label will re-release the debut album from New York City-based death metal outfit Pyrrhon late this August. "An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master" features 45 minutes of modern death metal from the act, recorded by Dan Pilla at Bad Lab Studios in Tabernacle, New Jersey in early 2011, and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves Studios in Queens, New York. The cover art and layout created by Caroline Harrison, and the completed album was initially self-released by Pyrrhon directly.
This August, Polish record label Selfmadegod will officially reissue the album with proper distribution and promotion worldwide. An official street date will be announced shortly.
The "An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master" track listing is as follows:
1. New Parasite
3. Idiot Circles
4. Correcting a Mistake
5. Gamma Knife
6. The Architect Confesses (Spittlestrand Hair)
7. Flesh Isolation Chamber
8. A Terrible Master
Stray From The Path, the alt-hardcore outfit out of Long Island, NY will embark on the “Illuminatour” on July 5th with Underoath, Times of Grace, and Letlive. Full details on the trek can be found after the jump.
Tom Williams (guitars) states: “Underoath's 'Illuminatour' starts very soon! We are very stoked to go out with bands that we love and respect very much. We just finished wrapping up our new record that will be out this summer on Sumerian Records. We are very proud of this record and can't wait for everyone to hear it. We feel that we took a lot of what we were doing on Make Your Own History and made it more raw, grittier and darker. The record also features a few guest appearances that will be revealed in due time.
"We will be playing two songs off the new record on the tour w/ Underoath, Times of Grace and Letlive. We are playing lots of cities we haven't been to in a long time, lots of familiar places and some brand new places. Stay tuned to our Facebook page in the coming weeks for new music, new studio updates and tour video blogs, as well as new merch designs. Stray From The Path has never been more excited about a tour before. See everyone on the road.” More...
Italian industrial-post-black metallers Aaborym have inked a worldwide deal with Agonia Records. Singer/bass player Fabban commented on the deal:
"I know this label very well. We decided to sing up with Agonia Rec exactly because we need to be followed and supported in a more careful and precise way, something that is sometimes quite hard to have if you're part of a major label with hundreds of other bands. There's a crisis in the air, especially in the music industry, reason why we're betting everything on quality. What we will release in 2012 will be a very particular album and it will be required a great commitment from our label, a great commitment, not only from the economic point of view.
"We chose Agonia because is able to give us everything we ask for in order to achieve something very very important, something that people don't really expect. This is the biggest deal of the entire Aborym's career. We have a very high budget, we have confidence and a massive deployment of energies and resources from Agonia's side. Through these premises we should and we must do only great things. The sixth Aborym album will be released in 2012 and it will celebrate the 20th anniversary of activity of the Italian combo.
"We'll celebrate 20 years of Aborym through a series of surprises for our fans. The album we're working on will be something extremely astonishing, something that nobody can even remotely imagine. Aborym has always been like that, but this time we'll walk beyond the lines. Our new album will be also a reward to all our fans: our own way to say thank you for 20 years of support and passion for our music."
"It's great to be working again with Agonia Records," adds guitarist Hell.IO.Kabbalus, "and we're already sticking down with Fabban some new material for the next album. If you think Psychogrotesque was crazy, this next one is going to fuck your synapses from behind."
In July 2011 the new t-shirt celebrating the 20th year of the band,will be available and one of the songs from the next album will be used to record a new video clip.
Los Angeles-based metal trio Einvera is currently streaming songs online from the band's self-released debut album "In Your Image." You can check out the tracks by heading over to the band's Facebook page. A statement from the band's publicist reads as follows:
"Born of three musicians who crossed paths in music school in Los Angeles, Einvera deliver a high-paced multi-instrumental explosion of technical metal born under the influence of nontraditional American folk music. After months of crafting original material together, the band finalized and recorded early in 2011, the recording sessions resulting in the 33-minute-long, eclectic, energetic, eight-song, full-length dubbed In Your Image, recently self-released by the core members of Einvera themselves."
The "In Your Image" track listing is as follows:
1. Static Ascension
2. Let in Without a Name (Sea of Trees)
3. Invariably Transient
4. Send Me Home
5. Prismatic Distortion
6. In Your Image
7. The Gift of a Ghost
8. A Mausoleum for the Living
A Backward Glance On A Travel Road's music video for the new song “Heat” is out now and available for viewing in the player below. The band's publicist commented on the video clip:
"Featuring the base lineup of HYPNO5E, there is definitely a distinct HYPNO5E sound within, but keep in mind that ABGOATR is a beast of its own! The song is a bonus track off of the band’s self-titled debut, which is now available on limited edition physical copy w/ 36 pages of exclusive artwork and lyrics. The video was produced by Emmanuel Jessua of HYPNO5E."
Swedish metallers Degradead are currently streaming their entire new album "A World Destroyer" (reviewed here) online, which was released on June 28th through Metalville Records. You can check out the whole album by heading over to the AOL Music website.
The album was recorded at Peter Tägtgren's (Hypocrisy, Pain) Abyss Studios in Pärlby, outside Ludvika, Sweden, and produced by Degradead and Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Centinex, World Below).
After previously posting the song "Syndrome 52" online, Poland's Sothoth has now uploaded two more tracks from the band's second album "Rise to Conquer." You can check out the title track and "In the Ashes Shall Be Seen" in the players below. “In The Ashes Shall Be Seen” includes a guest solo by Vogg (Decapitated) and an outro made by VX Mind Ripper (Thy Disease).
Vader will be releasing the new album "Welcome To The Morbid Reich" on August 12th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now revealed the track listing and artwork for the album, which can both be viewed below.
1. Ultima Thule
2. Return To The Morbid Reich
3. The Black Eye
4. Come And See My Sacrifice
5. Only Hell Knows
6. I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul
7. Don’t Rip The Beast’s Heart Out
8. I Had A Dream…
9. Lord Of Thorns
10. Decapitated Saints
11. They Are Coming
12. Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel
13. Raping The Earth
14. Troops Of Tomorrow
You can also find footage from Vader's time in the studio recording the new album by heading over to this location.
Malefice has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming music video for the title track off the new album "Awaken the Tides." You can view the teaser clip in the player below.
"Awaken The Tides" is set for release in Europe on July 15th, the U.K. on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Awaken The Tides
3. Dead in the Water
5. Baying For Blood
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with melodic metal act Arven:
"Arven is special and they're professionally educated musicians share one important attitude: a strong passion for melodic metal. A metal band with five females up front, the only male influence is restricted to the drums. Carina Hanselmann's nightingale-like vocals are the priority for this band, giving Arven its unique sound.
"All in all the sound appears powerful and dynamic, filled with all kinds of dreamy and catchy melodies. Heavy guitar riffs, accompanied by a double-bass thunderstorm and groovy parts are combined with both orchestral and medieval instruments.
"Arven's debut album 'Music Of Light' is going to be released on September 23, 2011! 'Music Of Light' features 10 tracks and comes with an artwork by Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Statovarius, Sirenia). Welcome to the Massacre Records family, Arven!"
Stonelake has posted a music video online for the song "Red Canyon," which can be viewed in the player below. "Red Canyon" is taken from Stonelake's new album "Marching On Timeless Tales."
Solitude Aeturnus will be releasing "In Times of Solitude" through Massacre Records on July 15th, 2011. The band is now streaming the first track from the album online through the Massacre Records MySpace page at this location. "In Times of Solitude" is a compilation release featuring the "Justice For All" demo, along with four bonus tracks.
The track listing and artwork for "In Times of Solitude" can be found below.
1. It Came Upon One Night
2. Transcending Sentinels
3. Into Battle
5. Where Angels Dare To Tread
6. Rememberance Of A Life
7. And Justice For All
9. Mirror Of Sorrow More...
Canadian death metal act Kataklysm is presently wrapping up its world tour and the "Heaven’s Venom" mania will continue this summer with the band's appearance at the famous Wacken Open Air this August.
The band will also perform and headline Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic, Metal Mean Open Air in Belgium, and the 20th anniversary show at the Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany to an already sold out 30,000 + fans!
In other news, Kataklsym also recorded the single "The Iron Will" last week in Montreal, Canada with guitarist/producer J-F Dagenais. Tue Madsen will mix the track this fall in Denmark. The song will be released with a video clip on iTunes one month before "THE IRON WILL: 20 Years Determined" documentary DVD, which will depict the band's long career. The DVD will be released in April 2012 and will include the live performance at Summer Breeze. Stay tuned for more information on Kataklysm.
Chrome Division (the band featuring Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir and Shady Blue of Susperia) has posted a new music video online for the song "Ghost Rider," which is taken off the band's latest album "3rd Round Knockout" (reviewed here). The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus and can be viewed below.
You can also find Chrome Division's previously uploaded music video for the song "Bulldogs Unleashed" by heading over to this location.
Artisan has posted a video clip online for the song "Road To Khitai," which can be viewed below and features video from the "Age of Conan" game. The band also commented on the clip:
"Artisan is a Norwegian band project and media experiment lead by your's truly: Jens F. Ryland. As a band we will continue to make music without being tied to a genre or put in a shelf. As a media project Asgeir Mickelson and myself will continue to make posts about our lives as musicians on this blog along with creating new possibilities to implement our music.
"The first Artisan video is a fan-video from the online game 'Age of Conan' by Funcom. I play AoC actively and this is my tribute to a brilliant game. Playing AoC is in itself a good inspiration to create music, and that is why this whole band and this particular song has come to life. Artisan is not signed to any label and at this time we have no live plans."
The lineup for this first song and video is:
ICS Vortex - bass and vocals (ex-Dimmu Borgir, ICS Vortex, Borknagar, Arcturus)
Mustis - keys (ex-Dimmu Borgir)
Asgeir Mickelson - drums and guitar (ex-Borknagar, ex-Testament, Spiral Architect. Sarke, ICS Vortex)
Jens F. Ryland - guitar and video production (Borknagar, ICS Vortex)
Vegasti - video editing and production
Necrocurse has announced it will be releasing the "Insane Curse of Morbidity" 7" colored vinyl through Aftermath Music in September. The track listing and artwork for the vinyl release can be viewed below.
Side A – Insane Curse of Morbidity
Side B – Dust to Flesh (The Evocation)
After recently announcing the North American release for "Call to Arms" is set for September 27th, Saxon has now revealed the U.S. tour dates in support of the album. The currently announced shows are as follows:
28.09.2011 US Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
29.09.2011 US Santa Rosa, CA - The Last Day Saloon
30.09.2011 US Sactramento, CA - The Boardwalk
01.10.2011 US Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
02.10.2011 US Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy
05.10.2011 day off
07.10.2011 US San Antonio, TX - Sunkin Gardens
08.10.2011 US Saint Charles (Chicago), IL - The Arcada Theatre
13.10.2011 US New York, NY - B. B. King
14.10.2011 US Springfield, VA - Jaxx
15.10.2011 US Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street
The upcoming Saxon European tour dates are as follows:
23.11.2011 DE Halle - Easy Schorre
24.11.2011 DE Bremen - Aladin
25.11.2011 DE Lichtenfels - Christmas Metal Festival
10.12.2011 DE Karlsruhe - Knock Out Festival
11.12.2011 DE Bochum - Zeche
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has posted the final part in their series of track by track breakdowns of their new studio album, "Kairos." You can check out what the final three songs meant to the band below:
"Embrace The Storm" - "A song about persistence and faith, not being scared about the worst moments in life, they are a part of our growing as humans and we do not fear any storms that might happen in life. We overcome the bad times with a lot of work and learning with our mistakes. The music has a kind of melodic riffs, with a little of Ozzy/Rhoads influence, and is very heavy!!"
"No One Will Stand" - "Here we try to express our feelings when we are on stage, making the analogy of war, going to battle every night, we take no prisoners, total destruction. Conquering a new territory every time we go out on tour, leaving our mark, exchanging a wonderful type of energy with the crowd, the best experience for any musician, to be on stage. The song is very fast, very trash with the influence of the early hard core bands and attitude. It is very old school."
"Structure Violence (Azzes)" - "This song is a collaboration with the French percussive group Les Tambours Du Bronx, a brutal heavy group that makes a huge sound with oil gallons and some electronic pads, it is amazing. We managed to record the song in different studios, we in Brazil, them in France, and the result is fantastic. The more organic sounds of Sepultura mixed so well with their heavy machinery sounds. We did the lyrics on the three languages, Portuguese, English and French, and it was inspired by the up rising in the Arab world, specially the crisis in Egypt, who took off from power the dictator Mubarak and started a whole wave of protests in other countries." More...
The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have confirmed the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place from May 24-27, 2012 at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. The first names for the festival are as follows:
Church of Misery
The Devil's Blood
Today Is The Day
The Day Everything Became Nothing
Dragged Into Sunlight
Agents Of Abhorrence
Heidevolk has issued the follwoing update with regard to recording new material:
"Brothers and sisters! This summer we will record our fourth opus. The new, as-of-yet untitled CD will be a concept album, featuring nine songs based on the early history of the Batavian tribe.
"It will be recorded in Nico van Montforts's XPZ studio in Oppidum Batavorum, Gelderland, and the Abyss Studio in Pärlby, Sweden. Peter Tägtgren will take care of drum production and mixing. We expect to release it in early 2012."
In other Heidevolk news, the band also recently parted ways with guitarist and founding member Sebas Bloeddorst. A statement from Sebas can be found here.
Napalm Records has checked in with the following update about Ex Deo, the Roman themed band featuring the members of Kataklsym:
"The Roman legion of Ex Deihas not been quiet by any means... The centurions have been busy putting together the follow-up to the highly acclaimed debut album 'Romulus.' The second opus entitled 'Caligula' is set to feature the most intense 'epic metal soundtrack' to come out in recent history."
According to mainman Maurizio Iacono: "The album will once again have the honor of some elite guest appearances. The band promises an album that will shake the metal scene!"
Artwork and layout for "Caligula" will be handled by classic artist Seth (Septic Flesh). Some song titles include "I, Caligula", "Burned to Serve the Nocturnal Light", "In War & Conquest/Roma Caput Mundi" and "Teutoburg (The Ambush of Varus) - Part 1".
The Ex Deo legion is set to enter JFD studios in Dallas, TX and Montreal, Canada with producer Jean-François Dagenais (Kataklysm, Malevolent Creation, Misery Index, Despised Icon) this Fall.
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of their native United Kingdom this September, where they will be joined by Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, as well as Fallen Fate.
"However you think of it, it's gonna be an historic tour - a Barrage of the finest British and Irish thrash," says Onslaught's Sy Keeler.
"We think it's great that we'll finally get to tour with these guys," adds Gama Bomb frontman Philly Byrne. "It'll be like when people take their old and infirm family members on holiday, but a metal holiday."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
After the grey and miserable weather the day before, it was nice to awake on the final day of Graspop and be greeted with plenty of sunshine. While that may not have been the most metal sentence I have ever written, the roster of bands on display may well have been the most extreme of the weekend.
Like the previous day, we wasted a little time in the campsite before heading into the main area to catch the second main stage band, in today's case, Canadian heavy metal heroes, Anvil. Of course, everyone knows the story of Anvil by now, and perhaps that's made this set such a special one. From the opening guitar shrieks of "March Of The Crabs/666" there were smiles all around, not least from frontman Steve "Lips" Kudrow. The fact that everyone could see how much fun the band were having made the fans enjoy it all the more, which I'm sure in turn only fueled the smiles on the faces of Anvil. It might seem a strange word to use to describe a performance from a metal band, but Anvil are a really fun live experience. It's impossible to watch them and not headbang or raise the horns. Kudrow's interaction with the crowd is simply great, not least because he doesn't patronise the audience with cliche lines like "Are you ready to party?" I was also impressed by his ability to perform his guitar duties flawlessly, while still singing. Drummer Rob Reiner and bassist Glenn Five also deserve alot of credit, as their skills were on full display today, particularly Reiner's during, "White Rhino." Having only a fairly short set, only three songs from the group's new album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" were performed today, namely the title track, "On Fire" and "New Orleans Voodoo," but they all went down well with the crowd, who did their best to sing along to the latter. Another highlight came during Kudrow's guitar solo, which he did by playing his axe with a vibrator. An unorthodox method, but effective. As one might expect, they closed their set with the anthemic, "Metal On Metal," which went down a treat for all viewing. While they may not be the greatest heavy metal band to ever grace the Earth, they might well be one of the most enjoyable and were a great way to start the day.
It was then over to Marquee 2 for a little crossover thrash from D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.) There were plenty of old school thrashers in attendance for them, complete with upturned caps and white shoes, and they all seemed to enjoy what they were witnessing. As much as I've always liked the band and crossover in general, I found watching them for as long as I did to be a little much, as most songs follow a similar formula, resulting in the performance getting a little boring after a short while. It seems I was not alone in this opinion, as there were plenty who came in to watch, then left after a couple of songs. D.R.I. are, like Anvil, all about having fun, but they don't possess the same stage presence. Songs like "Snap/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" and "Asleep At The Wheel" are always good to hear, but they felt rather tame today. Perhaps it would be better to catch them in a small club setting, because they weren't able to make it work in the Marquee. More...