Glen Benton of Deicide: Not an Angry Person, But Still Scary as Hell

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Glen Benton has undeniably been one of metal's most controversial, and misunderstood front men. As a dual vocalist and bass player for Florida's pioneering death metal band Deicide, Benton has withstood religious protests and death threats, numerous line up changes and inner turmoil over the years within the band, and media hype labeling him as satanic and evil.

But, after more than a quarter of a Century since the band formed, Deicide (featuring Benton on bass and vocals as well as guitarists Jack Owen & Kevin Quirion and drummer Steve Asheim) rages on, having unleashed its unholy wrath upon the world in the form of a fast, violent blast of Hellish death metal with brutal drumming and sped up shredding riffs and inhuman, guttural vocals. Angry, violent Anti-Christian, even satanic themes have been prevalent throughout each of the bands 11 studio albums.

Recently, Benton took time to speak with the Weekly about the band's current tour, his feelings about living life with no regrets, being the father of teenagers, the nature Evil in the world, living life with no regrets, his concern about the Ebola Virus, and the bands that got him into playing heavy metal music in the first place.

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Mastodon Are Too Busy Head Banging to Talk About Twerking

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Coming up in the murky, humid climate of the South, Atlanta-based metal band Mastodon create a heavy sound that swallow listeners whole using crushing drums, dual vocalists and thunderous guitar riffs. Mastodon's music is dense and filled with layers of jazz, death metal, hard rock, prog and experimental noise. The band has shoveled through six epic albums since forming 15 years ago, including the most recent record, from this year, Once More 'Round The Sun.

Guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher join bassist Troy Sanders and drummer Brann Dailor in Mastodon, to create sonic slabs of monstrous music that can educe trance like states of meditation, and simultaneous episodes of head banging. Mastodon has established itself as a pioneering force among metal today, and the band's sphere of influence can be clearly seen and heard, especially bands like Isis, Intronaut, Baroness, Kylessa and tons more.

The band is currently on a U.S. tour in support of the new album, and Dailor took time to speak with the Weekly about the new album, last month's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the role of drummer and vocalist, as well as the current tour's opening bands, why he doesn't want to keep making a big issue about the music video for the song "The Motherload." We also talked about how the bands Today is the Day and Neurosis were crucial in shaping Mastodon from the early stages of the band. Be sure to catch Mastodon tonight at the Fox Theater in Pomona.


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The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

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Dream Theater
Progressive Metal, unlike other sub genres of heavy metal borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity. Progressive metal (prog metal for short) is less about brutality and speed, as is the case with extreme metal or thrash. And the focus is not so much on evil or satanic themes, much like black metal. Instead, listeners can hear everything from classical music, symphonic metal, speed metal, power metal and traditional heavy metal in many 'Prog Metal' bands. The focus has always been in the proficiency of the musicians, epic song writing and sounds that aren't neatly categorized into only one type of metal. As this list will show, even extreme metal bands can lean more towards the Prog Metal side. We now present our list of the 10 Best best Progressive Metal/Hard rock bands.

See also: The 10 Best Metal Drummers


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Nope, Godsmack Still Aren't Going Anywhere

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The rising tide of '90s nostalgia continues to prove that some bands just don't know how to quit. And that the more out of vogue they seem to get with the mainstream, the more rabid their true fans get. Although Godsmack just released their sixth full-length album over a 20-year career, the hard rock Boston, Mass. quartet is still considered a formidable force as they continue a packed year of touring, headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink's Uproar Festival. Southern California fans, including the diehards that tattooed the band's signature flaming sun emblem around their navel, can see Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate and more on two stages at the tour's stop at Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine tonight.

Godsmack's tough guy rawk hits such as "Keep Away," "Voodoo," and "Stand Alone" are sure to be the highlight of the band's Uproar set, but fans can also expect to hear tracks from the band's August, 5th release, 1000hp out via Republic Records. After a four-year hiatus, the songwriting chemistry moved the band back into the spotlight with the support of 3.9 million Facebook followers and packed live show attendance during their previous tour Mass Chaos. The band's celebrated album release and enduring music career was even recognized and applauded by the mayor of Boston, declaring August 6th "Godsmack Day." With only a few select dates left performing on Uproar Festival, vocalist Sully Erna spoke about the band's breather, the new album and Godsmack's worst touring experience ever.


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OC Death Fest - The Music Hall - September 13, 2014

Categories: Metal, live review

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Alex Distefano
The Faceless
OC Death Fest
The Music Hall
9/13/14

The blazing hot sun and triple digit heat didn't keep hundreds of faithful metal heads away from a warehouse in an industrial corner of Anaheim on Saturday for the second annual OC Death Fest, organized by Arrogant Behavior Promotions, an LA-based underground metal booking company.

With over 20 local and touring bands performing, the festival began early. Doors opened promptly at 1 p.m. and the first bands were on shortly after. The set up of the seemingly makeshift venue, known simply as The Music Hall, was an outdoor stage and an indoor stage, both of which were hot as hell. But from the onset, fans were treated to a flood of local talent throughout the entire 11-hour event.

Whether it was death metal, black metal, thrash, deathcore, grind, progressive or some kind of hybrid, this festival covered it all. From the brutal, head banging death metal of LA's female thrash band Harlequin.

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The 10 Best Industrial Bands

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Nine Inch Nails
Industrial music is such a vague, broad term. But in general, one might imagine a typical sound attached to it. Yet there are countless subgenres of Industrial, and the lines between these types of music are blurred with many bands incorporating multiple styles into the music.

Industrial music can be rock made with bass, drums and guitars. But mostly, the music is made with keyboards, electronic mechanical drum beats, experimental noise machines, and often avant-garde methods of incorporating samplers, distortion, synthesizers. The results usually produce cerebral, and raw, sometimes malevolent sounding beats. The scene can be related to punk, with some slightly different philosophies, style, attitudes, and lyrical subjects mixed in with their DIY approach. This is experimental,  sometimes dystopian, and unpredictable music that borrows heavily from DJ subculture, heavy metal music, the use of samplers, synthesizers and other machines to create what is commonly referred to as Industrial. It's also popular all over the globe, especially in places like Germany, Canada, and even North and South America. We now present our list of the 10 Best Industrial Bands.

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Metal Invictus Promoter Angie Gabriel Keeps the Metal Scene Fresh

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(Photo from Left to right): Metal Invictus crew: Cesar Escobar, Angie Gabriel, Adrian Mejia, Jimmy Armenta)
Lingering cigarette smoke from the upstairs balcony fogs the midsize open floors packed with shaggy, sweat-stained concertgoers at the Airliner bar. Located off North Broadway in Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles, the club offers a dark, packed crevice of underground culture with a low cover charge and multiple music acts throughout the week.

On many weekends, the Airliner transforms into a communal hub for local metalheads. Backyard and basement bands from the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas are given the opportunity to migrate to a proper stage and venue with the help of an events-promotion company called Metal Invictus.


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Wovenwar Break Out of Their Old Band's Shadow

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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

Categories: Metal

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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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