Wovenwar Break Out of Their Old Band's Shadow

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Metal Blade Records
The members of Wovenwar made it to a very important anniversary recently. It's been a year since the band rose from the ashes of the now defunct San Diego Christian metalcore act As I Lay Dying. Most bands would consider that a feet in itself. But for drummer Jordan Mancino, guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, and bassist Josh Gilbert it's been a chance to escape the horrific headlines that plauged the former outfit. At this point, they'd rather not talk about Tim Lambesis, the band's singer charged with soliciting an undercover detective to kill his wife of nine years. After pleading guilty and being sentenced to six years in prison, it was up to the rest of the band to figure out how to cope with the drama and get back to doing what they do best--rocking the fuck out.

They seem to have hit their stride with Wovenwar, and their new singer Shane Blay. With a new stable of thunderous, melodic riffage on their self-titled debut album, they've already begun the process of reminding fans of the old band that they're back and ready to drag your ass back into the pit and get things swirling again. Recently, they've toured the U.S. opening for Black Label Society and are looking forward to spending the fall in Europe supporting In Flames. Of course, their SoCal fans have few different opportunities to see them this week, starting tonight in OC with a show at Chain Reaction. They'll also be playing Friday at Soma in their hometown of San Diego and they'll be in L.A. at the Roxy on Saturday. We recently spoke to drummer Jordan Mancino about moving past the old band nightmare, finding a new singer and writing new songs.

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The 10 Best Viking Metal Bands

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Manowar
It's no wonder heavy metal music and themes of Norse mythology and the Vikings go hand in hand for many bands. Obviously, region and cultural heritage is a huge factor, among European and Scandinavian countries, for sure. But something about the raw power, spiritualism, warfare tactics, mysticism, culture and way of life that the Vikings still resonates with modern heavy metal fans. Both can be rabid for their tribes, both are warriors at heart, and both celebrate musical rituals that connect them with the spirits. If the Vikings were around today, in their ancient form, they would be head banging and moshing along with  passionate fans at metal shows.  We now present our list of the 10 Best Viking Metal Bands.

See also: 10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Farewell Tours By Rock Bands Are a Hoax in Every Way Imaginable

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John Gilhooley
Vince Neil of Motley Crue
By: Andrew Bansal

In what has increasingly become a trend over the years, veteran rock bands that have existed for the past three decades announce their farewell tour, advertise it as the very last one they would ever do, and promise to deliver their best for fans one final time. But this entire ideology is flawed and wrong, for several reasons. Let's delve

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Rap Metal is Back...And It's Actually Good!

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Body Count
By: Corey Deiterman

Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-hop elements like rapping and turntables was a serious low point.

Except now we have a whole generation who grew up on that music and wants to give it another whirl. You can find bands like Whitechapel and Suicide Silence admitting how much their sound is indebted to Korn and Slipknot, while others are even busting out those turntables again.

There's a difference this time though. Insane as it may sound to say it, it's working this time.
I'll be the first to slam '90s rap-metal. Even those who hand in inventing it, like Mike Patton of Faith No More, came out strongly against it; he famously once said, "don't blame me for that shit." Yet his part in its creation is undeniable thanks to the massive success that was "Epic."

And "Epic," along with various other experiments in the idea like Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing" with Chuck D, Anthrax and Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise," and Run DMC's version of "Walk This Way," proved that the idea could work. It just...didn't.


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Summer Slaughter Tour - The Observatory - July 19, 2014

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Alex Distefano
Morbid Angel
Summer Slaughter Tour
The Observatory
7/19/14

Extreme metal took over the Observatory on Santa Ana Saturday, for the first date of the all day Summer Slaughter Tour, featuring headliners Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus. The parking lots around the Observatory and surrounding areas were littered with metal heads young and old, all flocking to the two stages at the Observatory for some of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal music, both from the local and national touring level. Doors opened promptly at 2 p.m., but people were arriving all day, right up until Morbid Angel appeared at 10 p.m.
 
The tour also featured heavy hitters like Origin, Goatwhore, both of whom played before 8 p.m. Even earlier, Fallujah, Decrepit Birth and Boreworm, finishing out the touring portion of the bill. Orange county local metal bands Why We Kill, and Voices of Ruin performed on the smaller, Constellation Stage, with many friends, supporters and family members of the band rocking out in the crowd, as well as lots of new fans. Other highlights included LA based bands Nihilitus, None of the Living Remain and Tormentor, all of whom showcased a tremendous amount of talent and showmanship, with many fans catching each band.


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10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Morbid Angel
Death metal is such a vague term, even though it is in itself a sub genre of the greater umbrella of heavy metal music. But, when it comes to extreme metal, if a death metal band can write good songs is important. But more impressive is if a band can write a collection of good songs, thrown together cohesively in the form of an album. We now present our list of the10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die.

See also: 10 Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is Wrong About Punk

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Todd Owyoung for the Riverfront Times
BRUUUUUUUCE!!!
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," he also said a few harsh words about punk rock, referring to it as rubbish and saying that the lack of talent in punk was an excuse to call it performance art. He goes on to state, "Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.'"

Not totally untrue. The problem, however, lies in his words that immediately follow that thought:

"But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."

Whoa, waitaminute. Perhaps the English icon is referring strictly to the British punk bands of the '70s and '80s, citing some sort of inside info. After all, dude's basically a rock god. However, and no disrespect meant to porn stars, but the idea that punks wish they were living decadent lives in heavy metal bands is way off-base.


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The 10 Best Heavy Metal Documentaries

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Lemmy starring as himself in the film LEMMY
Keeping in theme with last week's post of the Top Ten Heavy Metal Movies, we decided to offer up a slight variation, with a list of top ten documentaries about heavy metal: in terms of the music, its origins and history, key figures, global cultural impact, and the lifestyle of fans. We now present, our list of the 10 Best Heavy Metal Documentaries.

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Korn's Bassist Fieldy Talks About Braving Bomb Scares and Sobriety

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After breaking the news three years ago they were adding Skrillex-influenced electronic beats to their nu-metal sound in "The Path of Totality," Korn have not only transformed their musical direction, but have shifted the band perspective with positive morale that is audibly noticeable in their latest album and collaborative sober lives.

Coming off of a worldwide tour in support of October 2013's "The Paradigm Shift," vocalist Jonathan Davis, guitarist Munky Shaffer, bassist Fieldy Arvizu, re-instated guitarist Head Welch and drummer Ray Luzier are coming home to tour the United States for Rockstar Energy Drink's Mayhem Festival. Korn will share the main stage with Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria and Trivium on Saturday, July 5 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. Recently, Fieldy talked to us about a bombing scare Korn dealt with while in Russia, touring sober, and how his religious views affect his tattoo choices and daily lifestyle.

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Suicide Silence Pushes Forward After Vocalist's Death

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Suicide Silence had just about everything going for them by the end of 2012. Their fan base was growing larger and more rabid by the day with the release of their third album, The Black Crown, which reached No. 28 on the Billboard 200, and garnered major respect from the deathcore community. It was as if nothing could stop them. But it all collapsed on the morning of Nov. 1, 2012, when vocalist Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle accident in Huntington Beach.

While getting over the shock of their comrade passing, the remaining band members faced the decision of whether to disband or change their name in an attempt to start from scratch. But they chose to do neither.

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